Of Marikana, Malema and Mangaung: South Africa’s Faultlines

The Marikana Massacre, which pitted police against striking miners, labor against capital, and in the minds of many the state against the people, serves as a brutal and grim reminder of just how divided post-Apartheid South Africa is. The Mandela Miracle, never a miracle at all but rather the culmination of decades of struggle and [...]

Nepal: Alleged torture and ill-treatment inflicted by the police on Mr. Khimlal Rijal

Mr. Bijaya Kumar Gacchedar, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Home Affairs, Ministry of Home Affairs, Singha Darbar, Kathmandu, Nepal, [email protected] Dear Mr. Bijaya Kumar Gacchedar, I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for Salem-News.com. I came to know about the situation from International Secretariat of OMCT that they have been informed by Advocacy Forum [...]

Azerbaijan: Sentencing of human rights defender Mr Ilham Amiraslanov to two years imprisonment

President Ilham Aliyev, Office of the President, Azerbaijan Your Excellency, I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for Salem-News.com. I am came to know about the situaiton from Front Line Defenders. On 12 September 2012, human rights defender Mr Ilham Amiraslanov was sentenced to two years imprisonment by Sabirabad District Court. Ilham Amiraslanov is [...]

Peru: Trumped up criminal charge against human rights lawyer Mr Jhon Kennedy Vega Carrascal

Sr Ollanta Humala Tasso, Presidente de la República del Perú Your Excellency I am William Nicholas Gomes, Human Rights Ambassador for Salem-News.com. I came to know about the situation from Front Line – The International Foundation for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders. Human rights lawyer Mr Jhon Kennedy Vega Carrascal, who is currently on [...]

One man hanged in public in Tehran today- His last words before death: “I’m Innocent”

One man was hanged in public in Tehran early this morning. According to the state-run Iranian news agency Fars, the man was 27 years old and identified as Sadegh Moradi, also known by the media as Black Scorpion. He was convicted of raping four women and kidnapping and stealing from 14 other women, said the [...]

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