Amnesty International called on the UN and governments in Central Africa to take immediate action to secure the release of more than 350 men, women and children thought to have been abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in recent weeks.
The Special Rapporteur of the UN Human Right Council on the situation of human rights in the Sudan, Sima Samar, issued the following statement following her fourth visit to the country from 25 July to 2 August, 2007.
This is the second Gender Report Card and its purpose is to assess the implementation of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, Rules of Procedure and Evidence and Elements of Crimes and in particular the gender mandates they embody.
"Mummy, why did you go to Beit Hanoun? Don’t you know that half of the people were killed there?" I replied, "No, half of the people didn't die there." "Do you mean that all the people die there? Don’t you know that you could’ve been killed?"
So this is the story of the week, an elderly woman blew herself up in Gaza on November 23. It is extremely sad that the only way a woman’s life story can be told, is through her taking not only her own life, but the lives of others.