We, the undersigned human rights non-governmental organizations and individuals, are writing this statement in full support of the two criminal complaints filed against George W. Bush, former President of the United States. The complaints are filed pursuant to Article 6(1) of the Swiss Criminal Code and request the General Prosecutor of the Canton of Geneva to open a preliminary investigation and prosecution against Mr. Bush upon arrival in Switzerland, for substantive breaches of the United Nations Convention Against Torture (CAT). The complaints set forth reasonable grounds to believe that a person who is scheduled to be present on Swiss territory has committed an act of torture.
We, civil society organizations from across the world, strongly urge all governments, as well as regional and international organizations, to clearly and unequivocally denounce the ongoing violent crackdown against the public protests and demands for democratic reform and government accountability that have been occurring across Egypt since the 25th of January.
Millicent Gaika was bound, strangled, tortured and raped for five hours by a man who crowed that he was 'curing' her of her lesbianism.
She barely survived, but she is not alone -- this vicious crime is recurrent in South Africa, where lesbians live in terror of attack. But no one has ever been convicted of 'corrective rape'.
In June 2011, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on transnational corporations and other business enterprises (SRSG), Prof. John Ruggie, will present his final report to the UN Human Rights Council. This report will include Guiding Principles for the operationalization of the "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework as well as options for UN mechanisms on business and human rights to follow the SRSG.i
“You deceived the workers who harvested your fields but now their wages cry out to the heavens. The reapers’ complaints have reached the ears of the Lord of Hosts.” (James, 5.4)
On behalf of our small farmers, we appeal for equity, dignity and justice:
On June 2009, we rejoiced with millions of small farmers when RA 9700 (Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program, CARP As Amended) was enacted with an overwhelming vote from both Houses of Congress. The law extended for five years the period for the acquisition and distribution of all agricultural lands, instituted necessary reforms in RA 6657 and provided at least P150,000,000.00 for the extended period.