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.
We condemn occupation of Camp Ashraf and the savage massacre of defenseless civilians including women by Iraqi forces on Friday, 7 April 2011.
The savage massacre of innocent civilians in camp Ashraf and direct shooting at unarmed refugees by dozens of armored vehicles and hundreds of fully armed forces that was carried out on Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's direct order is a crime against humanity that so far has led to 33 dead including 8 women, and more than 300 wounded. The number of dead is increasing due to lack of access to medical services.
Paris, 11 April 2011 – An international and independent investigation must be carried out into the attacks on civilians living in Camp Ashraf on 8 April where Iraqi authorities are bound by international humanitarian law to cease all forms of violence against camp residents, said the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the Iranian League for the Defence of Human Rights (LDDHI) in a joint press release today. Residents of the camp have "protected persons" status under the Fourth Geneva Convention. FIDH and LDDHI strongly condemn the attacks, the latest in a series since 2009.
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) from provinces in Mindanao on Wednesday completed a one day seminar on Anti-Torture Law and United Nations Committee Against Torture Concluding Observations and Recommendations, held in one of the local hotels in this city.
The Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA) oriented the NGOs on concluding observations and recommendations including the training of the police, military regarding the convention against torture and steps to be taken for people who are arrested and due process to be able to prevent torture.