Ms. Catherine Asthon,
European Union Foreign Policy Chief
Dear Ms. Ashton,
While supporting the initiative presented by the European Parliament delegation to Iraq to reach a logical, peaceful and lasting solution for Camp Ashraf, we are requesting urgent action to have the existing solution accomplished. This is a practical and guaranteed solution for the future of all the residents in Camp Ashraf. Considering the fact that Camp Ashraf residents enjoy status of "protected persons" under the Fourth Geneva Convention, the guarantee of their protection is an international necessity. Therefore, we support a peaceful transition to find an agreeable solution.
The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) signs and supports the Letter of Concern regarding the human rights situation in Negros.
Today IPON and its partners call on the President's attention to ongoing human rights violations against the human rights defenders of TFM on Negros.
Sa araw na ito tayo ay nagluluksa dahil sa pagpanaw ng isa nating kasama at kapanalig. Si Sgt. Esequias Duyogan, isang ulirang Kawal Pilipino, ay nagpakita ng tunay na kahulugan ng pagiging makabayan at makadiyos. Sa kabila ng lahat ng takot at agam-agam, siya ay tumindig para sa katotohanan. ang kanyang buhay ay pagpatunay na 'di lahat ng Kawal Pilipino ay tumatalikod sa dakilang adhikain ng pagpapahayag ng katotohanan. Siya ay naging ganap na malaya dahil siya ay pumanig sa katotohanan ng walang takot at buong tapang.
The Uganda gay death penalty bill didn’t pass on Wednesday. But in an unprecedented move, Parliament has bought more time, and will debate it in an emergency session this Friday.
President Museveni can stop the bill and we have a unique chance to influence him -- today he is being sworn in for another term in office and in the next 24 hours world leaders will send him welcoming messages. Museveni is sensitive to views on his statesmanship, and relies heavily on the support of many governments. If our Heads of State tell him that they reject this heinous bill and expect him to step in -- the bill could be scrapped.
Alerted by the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT)1 to the reality that an increasing number of governments are allowing torture to spread and that public opinion appears to tolerate the practice, we feel compelled to state unequivocally that respect for human dignity means that torture is forbidden under all circumstances.