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Friday, February 03, 2006

Human Rights Watch annual report

Human Rights Watch has released its annual report examining human rights developments in more than 70 countries during 2005.

According to the report, the human rights situation has worsened across South Asia, as Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal all violated human rights while attempting to put down rebellions.

Although the report commented that the Indian government set up a committee to review the broad powers granted to army and paramilitary forces, it criticized the government for creating legislation to protect police and security forces from prosecution. This legal protection allows the torture of suspects.
"Indian military, paramilitary and police forces have engaged in serious human rights abuses in conflict zones, and yet there have been no attempts at transparent investigations or prosecutions of those responsible," the report says.
The impunity of Indian security forces is apparent in the Punjab mass illegal cremations case. Although the Central Bureau of Investigation reported thousands of illegal creamtions, and the Supreme Court designated the National Human Rights Commission as its body to investigate this crime, the Punjab government has neither admitted wrongdoing, nor prosecuted any security officers for their role in the disapperances and extrajudicial executions leading to the illegal creamtions.

Security forces in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh were also criticized for serious human rights violations such as extrajudicial executions, arbitrary detentions, limited access to prisoners, and custodial torture.

[This entry is cross-posted on ENSAAF's Blog.]

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2 Comments:
Anonymous Anonymous [At 4:18 PM]:

I am a human rights activist so when I came across your blog I had to send you this because it is very important that as many people as possible sign this. I can see that you yourself are involved with human rights so you are the perfect person to sign it and have others sign!

I know there are many human rights issues involved with the war in Iraq. But I think that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights covers everything that's happening and should be taught to all soldiers.

Violations of human rights are a common problem and give increase to ethnic, racial and religious conflicts;
In 1984, because of the devastation created by World War II, the United Nations (U.N.) adopted the *Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
The Declaration represents a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, and is *endorsed by 191 *U.N. member states
Even with its truly universal character, it is little known by most citizens, and no nation actively promotes and sees to its full application

The above is true, go to the site below and sign the Human Rights Education petition.

http://new.petitiononline.com/yhri2005/petition.html

(copy and paste ^this^ into the address bar to go to the site.)

It would be great to send this out to as many people as possible. As it covers everything you just said.

 
Anonymous Anonymous [At 4:19 PM]:

i myself am a human rights activist so I thought you would enjoy this. It will help many people everywhere.

I know there are many human rights issues involved with the war in Iraq. But I think that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights covers everything that's happening and should be taught to all soldiers.

Violations of human rights are a common problem and give increase to ethnic, racial and religious conflicts;
In 1984, because of the devastation created by World War II, the United Nations (U.N.) adopted the *Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
The Declaration represents a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations, and is *endorsed by 191 *U.N. member states
Even with its truly universal character, it is little known by most citizens, and no nation actively promotes and sees to its full application

The above is true, go to the site below and sign the Human Rights Education petition.

http://new.petitiononline.com/yhri2005/petition.html

(copy and paste ^this^ into the address bar to go to the site.)

It would be great to send this out to as many people as possible. As it covers everything you just said.

 
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