I started this blog for personal matters, to publish my art and literature, Now it seems I am turning this blog to a reporting media of Human abuse and Human being in wretched plight all around the World. I hope, We all citizen should rush to the crying and disturbing souls and help and support them. Protest and publicizing can help stop atrocities on public and bring safety measure to the mass under calamities.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Ciudad Juarez's drug war death toll hits 3,000

Ciudad Juarez's drug war death toll hits 3,000

This year's death toll from drug-related violence in the north Mexican city of Ciudad Juarez has reached 3,000 - 10 times the figure recorded in 2007.
A woman reacts to seeing the body of one of her relatives in Ciudad Juarez (14 December 2010) A total of 7,386 people have been killed in Ciudad Juarez in the

The grim milestone was reached after two murders on Tuesday, the Chihuahua state attorney-general's office said.

Last year, 2,763 people were killed in Ciudad Juarez, 1,140 more than in 2008.

More than 30,000 people have died across Mexico since President Felipe Calderon launched an offensive against the drug cartels in 2006.

Northern states have seen much of the violence, with cartels fighting each other for control of the lucrative drug smuggling routes to the US.


Arturo Sandoval, a spokesman for Chihuahua's attorney-general, announced on Tuesday that, with two weeks left in 2010, 3,000 murders had been recorded in Ciudad Juarez, a city of 1.3 million people.

The latest deaths were the result of two separate incidents, he said. One of the victims was a 35-year-old man found shot dead in a car, while the other murder saw a 46-year-old killed in front of his family.

Bridge between the United States and Mexico near El Paso, Texas Ciudad Juarez is situated just across the border from El Paso, where the murder rate is low

A total of 7,386 people had been killed in Ciudad Juarez in the past three years, he added. In 2007, about 300 people were murdered there.

Most of the victims were members of rival drug gangs, but civilians and members of the security forces were frequently targeted or caught in the crossfire, officials said.

In one incident in October, at least 14 people were killed when masked gunmen stormed a garden party and then shot indiscriminately at dozens of youths.

Thousands of people have fled the city in the wake of the violence.

Ciudad Juarez is situated just across the border from El Paso, Texas, a city with one of the lowest murder rates in the Unites States.

On Monday, hundreds of doctors and health workers in Ciudad Juarez went on a 24-hour strike in protest at the high number of threats and attacks they are subjected to.

This year, three medical workers have been killed and 11 kidnapped.

Map showing areas of influence of Mexican drug cartels

Source : BBC

Friday, December 10, 2010

Blasphemy trials in Pakistan reveal a broken justice system

Blasphemy trials in Pakistan reveal a broken justice system

Washington Post Foreign Service
Friday, December 10
KULLUWAL, PAKISTAN - With its single dirt road, friendly residents and abundance of drowsing donkeys, this village hardly seems a hotbed of religious radicalism.

Nevertheless, four years ago, dozens of angry townspeople marched and chanted, "Death to the blasphemer!" Their demands were answered. Two years later, court records show, a teenaged Muslim named Muhammad Shafique was sentenced to hang for cursing the Prophet Muhammad and tossing pages of the Koran onto "cow dung and urine."

Today, an air of regret permeates Kulluwal. Shafique's accusers fled town, and their relatives now say the allegations were lies. Many residents call the case a setup fueled by political and personal rivalries. But as Shafique waits on death row, his appeal stuck in Pakistan's glacial courts, no one is quite sure what to do.

"The situation at that time was emotional. It was the responsibility of the police to sift through the facts and find the truth," said Chaudhry Safraz Ahmed, 42, a community leader whose father was one of Shafique's accusers. "That did not happen. And Shafique is behind bars."

Pakistan is in the midst of a heated debate over its ban on blasphemy following the sentencing to death last month of a Christian woman, Asia Bibi. The pope condemned that sentence, which has not yet been carried out. Human rights organizations, meanwhile, have demanded the repeal of a law that they say is used to harass religious and sectarian minorities in this Sunni Muslim-majority nation.

But blasphemy cases, about half of which involve Muslim suspects such as Shafique, also point to a more fundamental problem with grave implications for the nation's U.S.-backed fight against militancy: Pakistan's broken justice system, corrupt and lacking in expertise, often rewards vendettas and encourages radicalism.

In this system, religious extremism is less an epidemic than a menacing shadow - just as it is across Pakistan, an unstable democracy where Islamist threats often eclipse the majority's more peaceful views.

The law against blasphemy - which encompasses vaguely worded prohibitions on insults against Islam - gives radicals a tool with which to bully those who don't share their hardline religious views. Legal experts say lawyers, witnesses and authorities are frequently intimidated into helping to enforce the law, leading to injustices that bolster militants' anti-government arguments.

"These are the kind of provisions that allow space for extremists to act with impunity," Ali Dayan Hasan, a Pakistan-based representative for Human Rights Watch, said of the blasphemy law. "This country is, in that sense, at a crossroads where it is time for people to stand up."

Disputed account

Just what happened on the evening of March 17, 2006, in this agrarian corner of Punjab province remains in dispute. It took a court in the nearby city of Sialkot 73 hearings over 27 months to gather enough testimony for a verdict. Lawyers' strikes, witnesses' absences and a funeral caused delays. In the end, the key evidence against Shafique, now 22, was witness accounts and soiled scraps of pages from a Koran, which the judge deemed impossible to fake.

"The question arises whether . . . a Muslim can think to smear the pages of the Holy Book with cow dung and urine just to create an evidence to involve his opponents," the judge wrote in 2008. "Not an iota of evidence has been produced by the accused in this regard."

But Shafique's family, along with many others in Kulluwal, cite two reasons for such a plot. Shafique, an aspiring electrician, had accused his brother's wife of adultery. And her alleged paramour had powerful allies, among them a town politician with his own motive: Shafique's brother was challenging him in a village election.

Whatever the case, word of Shafique's alleged rampage spread, and a crowd beat him viciously, residents recalled. Qari Qadir, the village imam, said he declined requests to announce the offense over his mosque's loudspeaker, fearing a "serious situation." Instead, he led a march the next day at which protesters demanded that police file charges.

"Everybody was against him," said Ahmed, the community leader. "The police thought it could become a law-and-order situation if they did not take action."

According to court records, two main accusers - the politician and Ahmed's father - did not testify. Four young men who did gave nearly identical statements about seeing Shafique curse the prophet and rip the Koran.

Shafique testified that the charges were personal and political, and that he "heatedly" loved Allah.

The court sentenced Shafique to join about 7,600 others in Pakistan on death row, about 60 of whom are convicted blasphemers, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. The country has not executed anyone since 2008, and blasphemy cases are often overturned on appeal.

But for many, that potential reprieve is little help. Suspects are often murdered in prison or after release, a fact one Pakistani court used to justify the blasphemy law - in prison, it reasoned, suspects are protected from public rage.

Blasphemy was outlawed during British colonial rule but made a capital crime in the 1980s under the Islamist military rule of Mohammed Zia ul-Haq. Now, the law is being scrutinized; a bill in parliament would shorten sentences, require evidence that the crime was committed intentionally and introduce punishment for false accusation.

But while recent international attention has galvanized opponents of the current law, it has also roused defenders. Conservative religious parties have threatened mayhem if the law is changed, an idea they deem a Western conspiracy. One cleric in northwest Pakistan went further, promising $6,000 to anyone who kills Bibi, the Christian woman.

'A baseless charge'

Amid this debate, Mirza Shahid Baig, Shafique's lawyer, sticks to technical arguments. The wrong police investigated, he said, and there was no serious look at Shafique's side of the story.

"I am a very true lover of the holy prophet, but this case was totally false," Baig said one recent afternoon at his dusty basement office in the bustling city of Lahore. "Whether the law is correct or not correct according to the morality, this is not my job."

In Kulluwal, most everyone seems to agree that a blasphemer deserves death. But they are certain Shafique was not one.

The investigators and witnesses who testified against him have all left town, and no one else recalls seeing Shafique's alleged rampage. Ahmed said his father is ready to recant in court.

"This is a baseless charge," said Ahmed, calmly sipping tea with Shafique's parents on a recent day. "The issue is religious, so it had an influence on the police. It interfered with the investigation."

Another resident, Mohammed Ibrahim, is the brother of the politician who accused Shafique and the father of one youth who testified. Ibrahim said his son has since told him he was pressured to lie, and that his brother forced police to file charges.

"He thought of himself as important, as someone who could not be challenged politically," Ibrahim said of his brother, who, he added, has moved to Canada.

To some Kulluwal residents, the whole affair proves elders should resolve disputes, not courts.

Shafique, meanwhile, writes letters to his family from solitary confinement. In one recent missive, he said that prison guards avoid touching him. He understands, he wrote, for he reserves no sympathy for blasphemers.

"My heart weeps for the innocent ones," he wrote. "But I have no words of sympathy for the sinners . . . I would have killed them myself if I could."

Hussain is a special correspondent.

Afghan law has done little for women - UN report

Afghan law has done little for women - UN report

Afghan women travel on horse-drawn cart in Kandahar city, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Nov 23, 2010. Things have improved little for many women, the report says

Millions of Afghan women continue to suffer from violence and harmful practices despite a new law aimed at curbing such abuse, the UN says.

In a new report, the UN spoke to women and men across the country, including officials and religious leaders.

The report paints a bleak picture of life for Afghan women in urban and rural areas among all ethnic groups.

Women still face "honour killings" and forced marriages nine years after the Taliban were ousted, it said.

The report blames insecurity and poverty caused by three decades of war, but it also says the government is not doing enough to protect women's rights.

A law was introduced last year to eliminate violence against women, but rather than implementing it, the police and courts were reinforcing harmful traditional practices, the report said.

Georgette Gagnon, the director of human rights at the UN's Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (Unama) said the law needs speedy and adequate enforcement.

"At the highest level we have recommended that the ministry of interior, the police, the judges, the courts, give out specific instructions, guidelines and supervise the activities of police in this area," she said.

The UN's report is embarrassing for the Afghan government and its Western backers, who often paint a rosy picture of how life for Afghan women has improved since the fall of the Taliban.

The government is often accused of tolerating a culture of impunity.

But it also faces the serious challenge of how to protect women's rights in lawless areas which are outside its control as the Taliban-led insurgency spreads.

Source : BBC

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

December 2010: Take Action for Human Rights

December 2010: Take Action

Source : Amnesty International

A 38-year old labour activist, Su Su Nway, is serving a sentence of eight and a half years in a remote prison in Myanmar because she put up an anti-government banner in Yangon.

In Mexico, Father Alejandro Solalinde Guerra, is being intimidated by gangs and officials for providing a safe refuge to migrants who are exploited by criminals.

A woman in Senegal, Khady Bassène, is still waiting for justice and to find out what happened to her husband who disappeared in 1999.

These are ordinary people involved in extraordinary struggles and we don’t want to forget them.

Write for Rights

That’s why we participate in Write for Rights. Every year around International Human Rights Day on 10 December, thousands of Amnesty International members and supporters get together. We write letters and sign petitions taking action for individuals facing the risk of human rights violations.

Father Solalinde arrested by municipal police in the town of Ciudad Ixtepec, Oaxaca state, Mexico 10 January 2007. He was then briefly detained with 18 Guatemalan migrants.

Letter-writing works

Igor Sutyagin, who was in prison in Russia for more than 10 years says letter-writing really works. He said,“The officials, they know about these letters. They know that this person is somehow untouchable and I really want to ask you and all Amnesty members to continue that activity because that will help others. I think it’s very, very important.”

Demand that the rights of Su Su Nway, Father Alejandro, Khady Bassene and others are respected.

Take action Now

You can also participate in a letter-writing event. Enthusiastic volunteers have organised events even in countries where we don’t have an office. Click here and browse through the month of December to find out if there is an event happening near you.

Individuals at Risk

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Each year hundreds of thousands of people mark International Human Rights Day on 10 December by taking part in Write for Rights, Amnesty International’s letter-writing marathon.

We write letters and take action online to demand that the rights of individuals are respected, protected and fulfilled. In doing so, we show solidarity with those suffering human rights abuses and try to bring about real changes to people’s lives.

All stamps

Join the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who will be writing letters and taking action online for 10 days in December. From Belgium to Benin and Switzerland to South Korea, Amnesty International events will take place around the world from 4-14 December 2010, to mark International Human Rights Day.

People will come together to Write for Rights by sending letters, emails, faxes, SMS messages and tweets, and signing petitions. Take action below.

Taking action can make a difference

In July 2010 the Egyptian authorities released Bedouin blogger and activist Musaad Suliman Hassan Hussein, known by his pen name Musaad Abu Fagr. He had been held without charge or trial for almost three years for calling for the rights of Bedouins in the Sinai to be respected.

Bu Dongwei spent over two years in a “Re-education Through Labour” camp in China until his release in July 2008, following campaigning by Amnesty International and others.

We're campaigning on behalf of ten different individuals this year. Take action below.

Appeals for action

Act now for Father Solalinde, Mexico

2 December 2010

Take action for Catholic priest Father Alejandro Solalinde Guerra, whose life is at risk because he has dedicated his life in Mexico to providing a place of safety for migrants.

Act now for Saber Ragoubi, Tunisia

6 December 2010

Take action for Saber Ragoubi, who was sentenced to death in Tunisia for belonging to a terrorist organization, which he denies. He was convicted on the basis of a “confession” under torture.

Act now for Femi Peters, Gambia

10 November 2010

Take action for Femi Peters, Campaign Manager for the opposition party in Gambia, who is serving a one-year prison sentence for holding a peaceful demonstration organized by his party.

Act now for Mao Hengfeng, China

10 November 2010

Take action for Mao Hengfeng, who serving 18 months "Re-education through labour" in China for her activist activities. She says she has been beaten.

Act Now for Khady Bassène, Senegal

10 November 2010

Take action for Khady Bassène, whose husband, Jean Diandy, was arrested by soldiers in Senegal in 1999. No one has seen him since and she is fighting for the truth about what happened to him.

Act now for Su Su Nway, Myanmar

8 November 2010

Take action for labour activist Su Su Nway, who is serving a sentence of eight years and six months in a remote prison, far from her family, for taking part in antigovernment protests.

Act now for Zelimkhan Murdalov, Russian Federation

8 November 2010

Take action for Zelimkhan Murdalov, who has not been seen since 2001, when he was detained in Chechnya in the Russian Federation.

Act now for Norma Cruz, Guatemala

1 November 2010

Norma Cruz, who fights for justice in cases of violence against women in Guatemala, has received dozens of death threats. Her aggressors have not been brought to justice

Act now for Walid Yunis Ahmad, Iraq

12 September 2010

Take action for Walid Yunis Ahmad, who has been held in detention by the Kurdistan Regional Government in Iraq for more than 10 years without charge or trial. He has been tortured.

Act now for Roma families forcibly evicted in Romania

26 January 2010

Take action for 100 Roma people, who have been forcibly evicted from their home in central Romania and need to be rehoused.

Sunday, December 5, 2010



A few days ago (from 20 Nov to 2 Dec.2010), I had visited a North Eastern State Tripura, in India. I looked for any news regarding Human Rights Violation or involving Human Rights activities. I talked to many people, but no one can shed light on this topics. I asked even a Sub-divisional Magistrate. There was no clue to be mentioned about human rights violation. People seemed peaceful and happy. My search was not finished and finally I came to know an organization through some of my close friends. The name of the Organisation is TRIPURA HUMAN RIGHTS ORGANISATION ( THRO). I went to the office and met with general secretary, Mr. Purusuttam Roy Burman. An influential, powerful and intellectual man. A lawyer in profession. He provided me some reports and told me in brief the present state of human Rights in Tripura. I have been pleased by the action the organization took earlier.

Thank you.

The organisation has some upcoming project Local people can join them , and support. A statement in Bengali of their upcoming plan of action has been given below. (Readers can click the image to see enlarged or press ctrl and plus sign.)





Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world,
Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people,
Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law,
Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations,
Whereas the peoples of the United Nations have in the Charter reaffirmed their faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person and in the equal rights of men and women and have determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms,
Whereas a common understanding of these rights and freedoms is of the greatest importance for the full realization of this pledge,
Now, Therefore THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY proclaims THIS UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS as a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, to the end that every individual and every organ of society, keeping this Declaration constantly in mind, shall strive by teaching and education to promote respect for these rights and freedoms and by progressive measures, national and international, to secure their universal and effective recognition and observance, both among the peoples of Member States themselves and among the peoples of territories under their jurisdiction.

Article 1.
• All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights.They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2.
• Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.

Article 3.
• Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.

Article 4.
• No one shall be held in slavery or servitude; slavery and the slave trade shall be prohibited in all their forms.

Article 5.
• No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Article 6.
• Everyone has the right to recognition everywhere as a person before the law.

Article 7.
• All are equal before the law and are entitled without any discrimination to equal protection of the law. All are entitled to equal protection against any discrimination in violation of this Declaration and against any incitement to such discrimination.

Article 8.
• Everyone has the right to an effective remedy by the competent national tribunals for acts violating the fundamental rights granted him by the constitution or by law.

Article 9.
• No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.

Article 10.
• Everyone is entitled in full equality to a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal, in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.

Article 11.
• (1) Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defence.
• (2) No one shall be held guilty of any penal offence on account of any act or omission which did not constitute a penal offence, under national or international law, at the time when it was committed. Nor shall a heavier penalty be imposed than the one that was applicable at the time the penal offence was committed.

Article 12.
• No one shall be subjected to arbitrary interference with his privacy, family, home or correspondence, nor to attacks upon his honour and reputation. Everyone has the right to the protection of the law against such interference or attacks.

Article 13.
• (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of movement and residence within the borders of each state.
• (2) Everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and to return to his country.

Article 14.
• (1) Everyone has the right to seek and to enjoy in other countries asylum from persecution.
• (2) This right may not be invoked in the case of prosecutions genuinely arising from non-political crimes or from acts contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 15.
• (1) Everyone has the right to a nationality.
• (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality.

Article 16.
• (1) Men and women of full age, without any limitation due to race, nationality or religion, have the right to marry and to found a family. They are entitled to equal rights as to marriage, during marriage and at its dissolution.
• (2) Marriage shall be entered into only with the free and full consent of the intending spouses.
• (3) The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.

Article 17.
• (1) Everyone has the right to own property alone as well as in association with others.
• (2) No one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.

Article 18.
• Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.

Article 19.
• Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.

Article 20.
• (1) Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.
• (2) No one may be compelled to belong to an association.

Article 21.
• (1) Everyone has the right to take part in the government of his country, directly or through freely chosen representatives.
• (2) Everyone has the right of equal access to public service in his country.
• (3) The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government; this will shall be expressed in periodic and genuine elections which shall be by universal and equal suffrage and shall be held by secret vote or by equivalent free voting procedures.

Article 22.
• Everyone, as a member of society, has the right to social security and is entitled to realization, through national effort and international co-operation and in accordance with the organization and resources of each State, of the economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his dignity and the free development of his personality.

Article 23.
• (1) Everyone has the right to work, to free choice of employment, to just and favourable conditions of work and to protection against unemployment.
• (2) Everyone, without any discrimination, has the right to equal pay for equal work.
• (3) Everyone who works has the right to just and favourable remuneration ensuring for himself and his family an existence worthy of human dignity, and supplemented, if necessary, by other means of social protection.
• (4) Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.

Article 24.
• Everyone has the right to rest and leisure, including reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay.

Article 25.
• (1) Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.
• (2) Motherhood and childhood are entitled to special care and assistance. All children, whether born in or out of wedlock, shall enjoy the same social protection.

Article 26.
• (1) Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.
• (2) Education shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.
• (3) Parents have a prior right to choose the kind of education that shall be given to their children.

Article 27.
• (1) Everyone has the right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits.
• (2) Everyone has the right to the protection of the moral and material interests resulting from any scientific, literary or artistic production of which he is the author.

Article 28.
• Everyone is entitled to a social and international order in which the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration can be fully realized.

Article 29.
• (1) Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
• (2) In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society.
• (3) These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations.

Article 30.
• Nothing in this Declaration may be interpreted as implying for any State, group or person any right to engage in any activity or to perform any act aimed at the destruction of any of the rights and freedoms set forth herein.

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