U.N. General Assembly Looks at the Rights of Women and Children

Last week hundreds of world leaders converged in New York City for the annual opening of the United Nations General Assembly; on the agenda were hot topics such as Syria, Israel and Iran. However, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and the rights of women and children have also been on the agenda.  Governments and aid organizations alike made [...]

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 [...]

Australia: Lead the Human Rights Movement in Asia

Senator Bob Carr, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Australia Re: Australia: Lead the Human Rights Movement in Asia Dear Senator Bob Carr, Congratulations on your recent appointment as Foreign Minister of Australia. I am William Nicholas Gomes, Salem-News Human Rights Ambassador.  I look forward to working with you and the Gillard government to help Australia realize [...]

Iron Fist in a Velvet Glove: Burma’s ethnic cleansing continues

Much has been made of late of the ‘concessions’ by the Burmese regime to dialogue and possible political liberalization that began with the release from house arrest of opposition figure, and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Aung San Suu Kyi. Indeed while such moves should be applauded and welcomed one cannot help but wonder if they [...]

Support for Palestinian political prisoners is gaining momentum

Recently, I interviewed a young Palestinian woman from Israel, Sawsan Khalife’, about her political activism. Yesterday, Sawsan sent me an appeal that stated: A group of Palestinian youth from within the Palestinian occupied territories 1948, from all factions and political groups, have declared an open-ended hunger strike and sit-ins in Haifa in solidarity with the demands [...]

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