CPN Maoist says a new war has begun (VIDEO)

Posted on | oktober 11, 2012 | No Comments

Making their way to the streets for the first general convention of the party’s National People’s Volunteer the Mohan Baidhya led fraction of the Communist Party of Nepal – Maoist announced the party military wing to be formed soon here at Basantapur Kathmandu on Wednesday. The announcement was made by Chairman Mohan Baidhya during the inauguration of the general convention of the party’s people’s volunteer bureau.
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Doubts Raised About the Alleged Assassin of Marisela Escobedo

Posted on | oktober 11, 2012 | No Comments

As readers of the Americas MexicoBlog and the Americas Updater know, we have been closely following the case of Marisela Escobedo. Mother of Rubí, who was brutally murdered in 2008, Marisela became a human rights defender, seeking justice for her daughter’s murder, tirelessly knocking on government doors and even investigating (and resolving) the case herself. The assassin escaped after confessing. Protesting in front of the Chihuahua state offices, Marisela herself was shot dead.

On October 8, the Chihuahua government announced that it had captured the assassin of Marisela, who confessed to authorities. José Enrique Jiménez, (“El Wicked”)  told the press that he shot Escobedo on orders from the Zetas. He said Sergio Barraza, who murdered Rubí, was a member of the Zetas and Escobedo’s very public mission to bring him to justice upset the nation’s most ruthless organized crime group.
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Urgent: 10 prisoners scheduled for execution today

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According to reliable sources from Iran, 10 prisoners have been transferred for execution from Ghezelhesar prison to solitary confinement cell in Tehran’s Evin Prison. According to the sources, they are scheduled to be executed o the morning of October 11.

A human rights group, Justice for Iran has published the names of five of the prisoners:

  • Saeed Sedighi, 31 years old (picture)
  • Abbas Namaki, 39 years old, father of two children
  • Hamid Rabiei, 31 years old
  • Mohammad Ali Rabiei, 55 years old, father of Hamid)
  • Ali Darvish, 44 years old
  • All the prisoners are allegedly convicted of drug-related charges.

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Questions about lack of democracy, freedom of speech and corruption mar Ugandan’s Golden Independence Jubilee

Posted on | oktober 10, 2012 | No Comments

Yoweri Museveni

Thousands of Ugandans filled the Independence Ground at Kololo Airstrip just outside Kampala to mark the country’s Golden Independence Jubilee Anniversary. Uganda is celebrating 50 of Independence from British colonial rule which took stretched from 1894 to 1962.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who has made history himself by leading the country half of that time, was the guest of honour together with his wife Janet Museveni. Heads of state from Rwanda, Burundi, Kenya, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo, South Sudan and Ethiopia, graced the pompous ceremony. British rule over Uganda came to an end on October 9, 1962 with the Union Jack being replaced with the Uganda National flag which was handed over to then Prime Minister Milton Obote during Independence Day on 9 October, 1962. His Royal Highness the Duke of Kent who 50 years ago presented the country’s independence to Dr Obote, was in Uganda for the first time since 1962 to represent Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
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Human rights groups urge UN to cease anti-drug trafficking funding until Islamic Republic renounces use of death penalty for drug-related offences

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On the World Day against the Death Penalty, Iran Human Rights (IHR) together with four other NGOs dedicated to human rights issues inside Iran and the cessation of the death penalty have called for a moratorium on international funding to Iran’s anti-drug trafficking programs until such time the Islamic Republic renounces its policy of execution for those convicted of drug-related offenses.

The full text of the letter calling for the moratorium can be read below or downloaded here. The Farsi version of the letter can be read HERE.

According to reports from human rights groups that document executions in Iran from both official and unofficial sources, roughly 650 executions were carried out in 2010 and 676 in 2011. So far, in 2012, at least 330 individuals have been executed. Of these executions, it is estimated that more than 70% are of individuals sentenced to death under the Islamic Republic’s Anti-Narcotics Law, which mandates the death penalty for a wide range of drug-related offenses.
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