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The National Human Rights Commission, this weekend, joined Rwandans in honouring the victims of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The chairperson of the commission, Madeleine Nirere, said that 19 years after the Genocide, most Rwandans are aware of their rights, adding that it is the commission's mandate to ensure that all are acquainted.

Several speakers talked about the history of the Genocide against the Tutsi.

Antoine Mugesera, a historian and former Senator, gave a detailed presentation on discrimination cases in Rwanda from the early 1950s through the Genocide in 1994.

"I advise survivors to try and live with some of the perpetrators in our communities; be ready that some will come with a negative attitude. Be accommodative but also vigilant," said Mugesera.

According to one of the genocide survivors, Dative Nzamugulisuka, the Genocide was no doubt organised by people in the highest offices in the country.

"It is m ... Read more »
Category: Human Rights News | Views: 15111 | Added by: Admin | Date: 2013-04-15 | Comments (1)

Tensions rise in Papua-KNPB activist killed


Jayapura Onews,-- compiled from reports of Tabloid Jubi, Victor Mambor and West Papua Media stringers in Wamena
December 17, 2012

A West Papua National Committee (KNPB) activist has been killed, and a farmer has died from his wounds in hospital, after being shot by members of the Australian-trained anti-terror unit Detachment 88 outside Wamena on December 16, following raids that arrested at least six activists on Sunday morning, according to multiple sources.

KNPB activist Hubertus Mabel (aged 30) died shortly after being taken by police to Wamena hospital after the shooting at 1030am in the village in Milima (or Kugima) in Kurulu district outside Wamena. Local farmer Natalis Alua (3 ... Read more »
Category: Human Rights News | Views: 1670 | Added by: Admin | Date: 2013-04-07 | Comments (0)

The UN Human Rights Chief, Navi Pillay on 5 April 2013 ordered United States to shut down its Guantanamo Prison Camp with immediate effect. As per the International Laws, the indefinite imprisonment of the detainees by US without any charge or trial was a violation of International laws.

The Human Rights Chief of UN also claimed that the hunger strike by the inmates of the Guantanamo Bay US Naval Base in southeastern Cuba was a desperate act as well as an element of Surprise.

As per United Nations Human Rights claim, the act of US was just not a breach of its own commitments but also of the international laws and standards.

Guantanamo Prison Camp

Guantanamo prison camp was started in January 2002 during bush administration and is a detainment and interrogation facility of the United States military that is located within Guantanamo Bay Naval

Base of Cuba. It is use ... Read more »
Category: Human Rights News | Views: 564 | Added by: Admin | Date: 2013-04-07 | Comments (2)

Press Release – Australia West Papua Association

Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr and Defence Minister Stephen Smith are visiting Indonesia this week for regular ministerial talks. Although DFAT has said it raises concerns about the human rights situation in West Papua in recent replies to AWPA’s …April 2013

Situation in West Papua should be raised by Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr and Defence Minister Stephen Smith

Foreign Affairs Minister Bob Carr and Defence Minister Stephen Smith are visiting Indonesia this week for regular ministerial talks. Although DFAT has said it raises concerns about the human rights situation in West Papua in recent replies to AWPA’s letters we hope Sen Carr will again raise the situation in West Papua with his counterpart in Indonesia. In the ... Read more »

Category: Human Rights News | Views: 691 | Added by: Admin | Date: 2013-04-02 | Comments (0)

Onews,-- ASEAN's human rights body needs more independence from governments in order to be an effective organisation that can improve the welfare of its citizens, said regional activists, who criticised governments for lacking the political will to ensure universal freedoms and basic rights for their people.

Yuyun Wahyuningrum, a senior advisor on ASEAN and human rights at Human Rights Working Group Indonesia's NGO coalition for international human rights advocacy said ASEAN always subscribes to the "lowest common denominator" when it comes to forging an agreement on fundamental rights such as freedom of speech or religion.

"ASEAN always brings cultural relativism to the issue of human rights because at some point some countries in ASEAN do not necessarily fit with what the West defines as universal human rights," she told The Brun ... Read more »
Category: Human Rights News | Views: 504 | Added by: Admin | Date: 2013-03-30 | Comments (0)

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