Four human rights defenders who were acquitted in the High Criminal Court in October 2009 after the case against them collapsed when forensic evidence proved police statements to be false, have apparently now been convicted and sentenced by the Court of Appeal. Reports indicate that the human rights defenders, Sadeq Jawad Ahmed Al-Fardan, member of the Committee of the Unemployed; Sayed Omran Hameed Adnan, member of the Committee Against One Percent; Fadhel Abbas Mohamed Ashoor, member of the Committee to Combat High Prices; and Habib Mohamed Habib Ashoor, member of the Committee for Detainees were sentenced on the 28 March 2010 by the Court of Appeals to three years in prison, for the alleged murder of a police officer and the attempted killing of two of his comrades during a riot. The four human rights defenders have not yet been re-arrested.
Resettlement efforts are under way for thousands of displaced Muslims from Sri Lanka’s north who have been languishing in refugee camps for nearly two decades, officials say. The internally displaced people (IDPs) were forcibly evicted in October 1990 from the northern districts of Jaffna, Mannar, Kilinochchi, Mullaithivu and some parts of Vavuniya by the insurgent Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). About 75,000 Muslims are estimated to have fled, making their way towards government-controlled areas in Vavuniya and Anuradhapura, as well as to Puttalam District on the northwestern coast, according to the International Crisis Group (ICG).
حث مركز القاهرة لدراسات لحقوق الإنسان، الحكومة المصرية على أن تتناول في تقريرها للأمم المتحدة عن الحقوق الاقتصادية والاجتماعية والثقافية، مشاكل الاعتداء المتكرر على ممتلكات الأقباط، في إطار جرائم العنف الطائفي –التي كان آخرها في نجع حمادي- وحق النوبيين في العودة إلى موطنهم الأصلي، وفي بناء منازلهم وفق ميراثهم الثقافي، وحق بدو سيناء في تملك أراضيهم وعدم اضطهادهم أمنيا. جاء ذلك خلال اجتماع دعت إليه إدارة حقوق الإنسان بوزارة الخارجية بعض منظمات حقوق الإنسان، لمناقشة إطار تقرير الحكومة المصرية إلى الأمم المتحدة، بخصوص مدى التزامها باحترام الحقوق الاقتصادية والاجتماعية والثقافية، وشارك فيه بهي الدين حسن مدير مركز القاهرة.
كما طالب بهي أيضا بإدراج ما يتعلق بتقييد حق العمال في الإضراب في تقرير الحكومة، وحقهم في حد أدنى للأجور، والتمييز ضد النساء العاملات، والتأمين الاجتماعي والصحي، والقوانين المقيدة للحق في إنشاء نقابات مهنية وعمالية، وعدم تنفيذ الحكومة لأحكام القضاء ذات الصلة.
Amnesty International has urged the Iranian authorities to release seven members of the Baha'i religious minority who appear to be facing a "show trial" in Tehran on a collection of spurious charges. The five men and two women, who were arrested almost two years ago, could face the death penalty if they are convicted of crimes including "espionage for Israel", "insulting religious sanctities" and "propaganda against the system”.
Global Restrictions on Religion, a new study by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life, finds that 64 nations – about one-third of the countries in the world – have high or very high restrictions on religion. But because some of the most restrictive countries are very populous, nearly 70 percent of the world’s 6.8 billion people live in countries with high restrictions on religion, the brunt of which often falls on religious minorities. The report is attached.
Service for Christians killed in sectarian clashes draws 5,000 protesters: Thousands clashed with police during a funeral procession yesterday for the seven people killed in an attack on churchgoers leaving a midnight Mass for Coptic Christians. The protesters pelted cars with stones. Earlier, they smashed ambulances at the hospital in frustration over delays in turning over the bodies for burial. A security official said police fired tear gas to disperse the crowd. The riots follow an attack the previous night, in which three gunmen in a car sprayed automatic gunfire into a crowd leaving a church in the town of Nag Hammadi, about 40 miles from the ancient ruins of Luxor. The lead attacker was identified as a Muslim.