“These men are prisoners of conscience and must be released immediately and unconditionally. Gambia must stop such acts of persecution and allow criticism to be heard in the country,” said Lucy Freeman AI researcher on the Gambia in a press release.
Amnesty International has urged the international community to publicly condemn human rights violations in the Gambia, such as arbitrary arrests, torture, extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances.
According to Lucy Freeman, Amnesty International’s researcher on the Gambia; “The conviction of these men is a violation of their rights to freedom of expression, assembly and association.”Amnesty International today called for the immediate release of four activists arrested over the distribution of T-shirts calling for an end to dictatorship in the Gambia.
The four were arrested in June 2011 after distributing T-shirts made by the NGO “Coalition for Change – The Gambia” (CCG), which featured the slogan “End to Dictatorship Now”.
George Stroumboulopoulos’ Haiti Special Part 1: A look at Haiti two years after the quake.
“Recently decades of inexpensive imports like rice from the U.S. and food aid for various crises have destroyed local agriculture and left Haiti unable to feed itself.”
“Some groups (NGO’s) have worked hard to make change, and positive change. But here’s the truth that we know around the world and it’s true for Haitians: it comes down to jobs, widespread unemployment and underemployment . More than two thirds of the labour force do not have formal jobs.”
“The level of poverty is extreme in this country. It is called the poorest in the western hemisphere. Three quarters of the population live on two dollars a day or less.”
“The NGO’s should be willing to submit to the Haitian vision, and prepare their own retreat, which does not have to be sudden.” says Patrick Elie.
“There is hope for Haiti, but it’s going to be an uphill battle,” says Patrick Elie. “Every country should be the master of its own destiny.”
Artists for Peace and Justice - an NGO providing relief for Haiti
The Malaysian government must repeal the criminal sodomy law used in a politically motivated attempt to bar Anwar Ibrahim from politics, Amnesty International said today after the opposition leader was acquitted by the country’s High Court. Laws criminalizing consensual sexual activity between adults are contrary to international human rights standards. The sodomy law violates the rights of gay Malaysians. Moreover, it was used as a tool of political repression against Anwar. (published by Amnesty International)
Sodomy is illegal in Muslim-majority Malaysia but, says the BBC’s Jennifer Pak in Kuala Lumpur, very few people are ever prosecuted. (published by bbc.co.uk)
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