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Human rights trends - 2007

Image: Violent protests, more than 100 killed, as Kenya's election result is rigged

Violent protests, more than 100 killed, as Kenya's election result is rigged

In 48 constituencies, all in President Mwai Kibaki´s support base areas of the country, the results as declared locally do not correspond with those announced by the Nairobi headquarters of the Election Commission of Republic of Kenya (ECK). Within ten minutes of releasing the results, Kibaki was sworn in. Violent protests immediately broke out and continue in large parts of the country. Houses have been set ablaze, looting is out of control and the death toll, according to Kenya´s national broadcaster KTN, currently stands at 124. 31 Dec 2007 »

Image: Kenya Human Rights Commission cites election flaws

Kenya Human Rights Commission cites election flaws

Electoral malpractices and human rights violations in campaigns are likely to impact negatively on the General Election today, says the Republic of Kenya Human Rights Commission. -Although concerns have been raised over rampant human rights violations and electoral malpractices, little has been done by relevant State institutions to address them. This has cast doubt on the fairness of the 2007 polls, the human rights NGO warns. 27 Dec 2007 »

Image: Landmark victory on call for halt to executions

Landmark victory on call for halt to executions

The global campaign against the death penalty secured a landmark victory yesterday when the United Nations General Assembly endorsed the call for a worldwide moratorium (suspension) on executions. In a landslide result, 104 UN member states voted in favour of the ground-breaking resolution. 54 countries voted against, while there were 25 abstentions. 19 Dec 2007 »

Image: French journalist kidnapped in Somalia

French journalist kidnapped in Somalia

The International Federation of Journalists joins the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) in condemning yesterday's kidnapping of French journalist Gwen Le Gouil on Sunday  by unknown gunmen in the port town of Bossasso, the capital of the Bari region in the north-eastern part of Republic of Somalia. 17 Dec 2007 »

Image: Tibetan writer receives freedom of expression award

Tibetan writer receives freedom of expression award

The Norwegian Authors Union´s Freedom of Expression Award for 2007 has been given to Tsering Woeser, right. The Tibetan writer, living in the People´s Republic of China, was selected among many candidates. -We are very proud that a Tibetan writer is receiving this prestigious prize, says Chungdak Koren, chairwoman of the Norwegian Tibet Committee. 17 Dec 2007 »

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