Six and Sixty

Sunday, October 7, marks six years since Anna Politkovskaya was murdered in her apartment elevator. The assailant shot her four times, three in the chest, and once in the head, the trademark of a contract hit. Also on Sunday, incidentally, Vladimir Putin will turn sixty years old. Six and sixty. There’s symmetry in the numbers, [...]

Uzbekistan: Arrest of human rights defender Gulshan Karaeva

President Islam Karimov, Office of the President, Uzbekistan Your Excellency, I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for Salem-News.com I came to know about the situation from Front Line Defender. On 27 September 2012, human rights defender Ms Gulshan Karaeva was arrested in her home in Qarshi and taken to a local police station [...]

Uzbekistan: Arrest of human rights defender Uktam Pardayev

President Islam Karimov, Office of the President, Uzbekistan Your Excellency, I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for Salem-News.com. I came to know about the situation from Front Line Defenders. On 30 September 2012, at approximately 10:00 am, human rights defender Mr Uktam Pardayev was beaten and arrested at a service station in the [...]

The Riot of the Faithful

The fall out from the Pussy Riot scandal continues unabated. But the activities are less from Riot’s supporters, and more from their detractors. Indeed, it seems that Pussy Riot’s “punk prayer” in Christ Our Savior Cathedral has stirred a hornet’s nest, and now all the little bees are angrily buzzing about, thrusting their tiny stingers [...]

Turkey: Arbitrary arrest of İHD Chairperson Ali Tanrıverdi

Mr. Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister, Turkey, [email protected] Dear Prime Minister, I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for Salem-News.com. I came to know that OMCT  has been informed by reliable sources about the arbitrary arrest of Mr. Ali Tanrıverdi, Chairperson of the Mersin Branch of the Human Rights Association (İnsan Haklari Derneği – İHD). [...]

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