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.
Ms. Navanethem Pillay
High Commissioner for Human Rights
1211 Geneva- Switzerland
Dear Ms. Pillay
As you are well informed that in the bloodbath against the defenseless residents of Camp Ashraf, carried out on 8 April 2011, 35 Ashraf residents were killed, and 345 others were injured with 225 suffering from gunshots, grenade explosions and various types of shrapnel. Tens of the wounded are in critical and dangerous conditions; they are subjected to severe infection and blood clots. The Iraqi government prevents medicine and medical equipment from being delivered to Ashraf to provide treatment for the wounded.
We call on all humane consciences to save Ashraf’s wounded residents who are at the risk of losing their lives at any moment.
I would like to draw your attention to a statement enclosed by Dr. Javad Ahmadi the senior surgeon in camp Ashraf following April 8th attack to save the lives of hundreds of critically wounded residents in Camp Ashraf
Yours in solidarity,
Max de Mesa
Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates
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On Tuesday April 19, a crucial decision will be made over the fate of the Mekong River in Southeast Asia. The governments of Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam will decide whether to build the first dam on the lower Mekong mainstream, the Xayaburi Dam. Located in northern Laos, this dam is the first of 11 large hydropower dams that – if built – would devastate the world’s most productive freshwater fishery.
GENEVA – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday condemned a lethal Iraqi military operation in a camp housing an Iranian exile group that left at least 34 people dead and dozens injured, said there must be an independent inquiry, and called on governments to consider resettlement to third countries as a matter of urgency.