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December 31, 2007

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-07)
 

December 27, 2007

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-07)
 

December 26, 2007

Too many Cases of war crimes unsolved

In his speach to the media, few days ago, the Head of the OSCE Mission to BiH Ambassador Douglas Davidson (right) is of the opinion that 12 years past the end of war in BiH, there are too many unsolved cases of war crimes. (26-DEC-07)

December 19, 2007

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-07)
 

December 18, 2007

WATCH DOCS 2007 – prizes

The closing ceremony of the 7th International Film Festival WATCH DOCS. Human Rights in Film took place at the Muranów cinema on 16 December 2007. As the best film, the festival’s audience selected the Israeli documentary “Bridge over the Wadi”, directed by Barak Heymann and Tomer Heymann, about a joint Israeli-Arab elementary school. Director Barak Heymann collected the award on Sunday.(18-DEC-07)

December 17, 2007

Tibetan writer receives freedom of expression award

The Norwegian Authors Union’s Freedom of Expression Award for 2007 has been given to Tsering Woeser. 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-07)
 

December 17, 2007

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-07)
 

December 17, 2007

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-07)
 

December 14, 2007

Moscow Human Right House celebrates its 15th anniversary

The Human Rights House in Moscow (The Russian Research Centre for Human Rights) celebrated its 15th anniversary yesterday with a conference summing up the centre´s activities through a dramatic decade and a half in Russian history. The 60 people attending ´New challenges – new strategies´ concluded that the Centre has been vital for the human rights movement in the Russian Federation, but addressed also the fact that the Centre´s future survival is in the balance, with rents rising to levels no longer manageable. (14-DEC-07)