Sunila Abeysekera, 61, Sri Lankan human rights activist
EDT September 16, 2013 Malala Yousafzai opens the new Library of Birmingham in Birmingham, England, with an inspiring speech about the power of books. (Photo: Christopher Furlong, Getty Images) SHARE 12 CONNECT 21 TWEET 3 COMMENTEMAILMORE BRUSSELS (AP) European lawmakers have nominated several candidates for the bloc’s top human rights prize, including Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai and U.S. intelligence leaker Edward Snowden. The European Parliament said in a statement late Monday they were among seven nominees for this year’s Sakharov prize. The finalist for the prestigious 50,000 euro ($65,000) award will be chosen next month. The 16-year-old Malala, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year on her way home from school, was jointly nominated by three caucuses, making her the likely front-runner. Snowden, who leaked a trove of documents on U.S.
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China protects human rights with vigor
A member of Sri Lankas Sinhalese majority, she refused to take sides in the countrys long, brutal civil war, and repeatedly demanded that both sides be held accountable for their actions. The conflict, between the Sinhalese (who are mainly Buddhists) and Tamil separatists (who are mainly Hindu), began three decades ago; since then, according to a UN estimate, between 80,000 and 100,000 people have been killed. If one white person had been abducted or killed in Sri Lanka, then the Western countries would have reacted differently. Sunila Abeysekera, to a United Nations publication, in 1999 The war nominally ended in 2009, when the Sri Lankan army put down the rebels, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam. But abuses by both sides, including intimidation, abduction, torture, and murder, are reported to be continuing. Ms. Abeysekera was the longtime executive director of the Inform Human Rights Documentation Center, an organization she helped establish in Colombo more than 20 years ago. The group monitors abuses by both the government and the Tamil Tigers, as the rebel group is colloquially known.
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Mangalore: Human rights need protection- Dr V Suresh
The present government supports the development of capitalists and uses its police power to curtail the voice of people who oppose its action,” said Dr V Suresh national secretary of Peoples Union for Civil Liberties (PUCL). He was addressing the press meet held here on Sunday September 15. He also continued and said Laws which are against human rights and which prevailed during the British regime are being practiced today. In the present system the government favors the capitalists, rich class and ignores the common man. Hence people should raise their voice against the anti-human laws. In a contemporary scenario people who their voice against the government have been booked under sedition laws. Hence the Peoples Union for Civil Liberties forum have setup a fact finding committee in the recent incident of Muzaffarnagar violence in which more than 50 people were killed. In the forth coming elections the forum has also insisted to include the Human rights in their Agenda.” PUCL secretary Kavitha Srivastava said Presently the UPA government has introduced the Food Security Bill have undermined entitlement ensured by the Supreme Court.
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Venezuela Leaves OAS Human Rights Group
In the process of facilitating the development of human rights, attaching importance to the rule of law means mobilizing all legal resources and giving full play to the role of law, which include safeguarding the sanctity of the Constitution, implementing laws both domestic and international, enhancing social legislation and paying attention to law enforcement. Particularly, we should adopt an all-out, open and constructive attitude toward the concept of law and its relationship with social construction, and initiate governance through soft laws. In short, all laws, as an integral whole, promote the cause of human rights. Helping Tibetans develop their local economy Otto Kolbl, researcher at the German Department of Lausanne University, Switzerland Some Tibetan monks have told me that their ultimate goal was not only to pass on their cultural and religious heritage to the next generation, but also to create favorable conditions to further develop their insight into the essence of humankind and other aspects of Buddhist religion, philosophy and science. Lay Tibetans are equally engaged in the social construction process of the region, which goes way beyond the mere “preservation” of tradition. I have not met any Tibetan hostile to outside views or some form of assistance in this process, as long as it helps fulfill their wishes. Obviously, a good knowledge of the reasons which led to the late emergence of Tibetan-owned businesses is vital to work out a functional plan.
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The socialist-led government’s pullout from the Organization of American States-affiliated court took effect Tuesday, a year after the late President Hugo Chavez announced it would do so. President Nicolas Maduro tweeted that the court is “a tool to protect US geopolitical interests” and “harass progressive governments.” “The so-called human rights system, the inter-American court and the commission, are by-products of an instrument of persecution against progressive governments that began with President Chavez’s arrival,” Maduro added at a press conference on Monday, according to Al Jazeera. Venezuela has not quit the OAS itself and technically remains bound by orders of its Inter-American Commission on Human Rights. The Latin American nation’s move to leave the court has drawn repeated pleas from the United Nations, which is worried about the political situation in the country under Maduro. Regrettably, this withdrawal becomes effective today. We want to repeat our concern that this decision may have a very negative impact on human rights in the country and beyond, the spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Rupert Colville, told reporters. The American Convention on Human Rights also known as the Pact of San Jose was adopted by many countries in the Western Hemisphere in the Costa Rican capital of San Jose in 1969, and came into force in 1978.
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