by: Puerta del Sol Economics Working Group and Syntagma
The citizens of Puerta del Sol and Syntagma Square express our indignation and invite all the ‘indignados’ in all the squares around the world to join us.
From the USA to Brussels, from Greece to Bolivia and from Spain to Tunisia, the crisis of capitalism is on the rise. A crisis caused by the same culprits who are imposing the reforms to get over it: pumping public funds into private financial institutions while forcing the citizens to foot the bill. Rather than lifting us out the crisis, their structural adjustment plans sink us even deeper in.
Mrs. Navi Pillay
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Dear Ms. Navi Pillay
As you are already aware, on April 8th Iraqi forces attacked the 3400 defenseless Iranian refugees residing in Camp Ashraf with columns of armored vehicles and warfare. In this violent attack 36 residents were killed – including 8 women – and 350 others were left wounded. Maliki’s government has not hidden its intention to annihilate Ashraf residents. He has given an ultimatum to Ashraf residents and the international community, saying he will bring an end to Camp Ashraf at any means necessary and expel the residents from Iraq before the end of the year.
Rights group Task Force Detainees of the Philippines (TFDP) called President Benigno Aquino a heartless uncompassionate President due to his inaction over the death of a cancer-stricken political prisoner.
In the morning of July 15, 2011, Mariano Umbrero, a political prisoner, died at the New Bilibid Prison (NBP) Hospital.
GENEVA – UN human rights experts* on Monday expressed their dismay at the use of tear gas and water cannons by security authorities against peaceful protestors in Malaysia on Saturday, reportedly leading to injuries and one death, and the arrest of more than 1,600 people at the Bersih 2.0 rally.
The first year of a newly elected presidency is often described as “necessarily a time of transition, of learning the proverbial ropes…..”. Last week, an editorial in Philippine Daily Inquirer even went to the extent of saying that “ President Aquino’s first achievement is to inaugurate, slowly, perhaps not too steadily, but also surely, the post-Arroyo era”.
For the human rights victims and the human rights defenders, this is farthest from the truth.