Stories about Human Rights from November, 2007
Egyptian bloggers this week rejoice over the imprisonment of corrupt police officers, who tortured a carpenter to death. The celebration is all the more special, following the sentencing of men in uniform who tortured Emad Al Kabir. In this post, bloggers remind us that their happiness is short-lived, as abuse is rife and freedom of expression continues to be curtailed.
Window on Eurasia writes: “Russian President Vladimir Putin’s characterization of his political opponents and those standing behind them as ‘the enemies of Russia’ has sparked a discussion among his supporters about the relationship of that term to Stalin’s notorious one, ‘the enemies of the people.’ Pavel Danilin, editor of the...
Robert Amsterdam posts a YouTube interview with human rights activist Ludmila Alekseeva (in Russian, with English subtitles).
TOL's Elections in Russia cites a Russian blogger's post on ways “to falsify the elections in a more ‘civilized’ manner.”
De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis and Executed Today write about the myths surrounding life and death of Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya.
De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis posts another pre-election update that covers some virtual and real-life attacks on the opposition.
Srebrenica Genocide Blog reports: “Dutch court ruled Tuesday that the United Nations and the Netherlands should face trial for the 1995 Srebrenica genocide.”
TOL's Belarus watches Andrzej Wajda's Katyń and hopes to see a similar film about the Kurapaty tragedy in Belarus one day.
Sean's Russia Blog writes about double standards in coverage and reactions to the Russian election in the West: “To think President Bush had to nerve to throw his two cents in. […] You gotta be kidding me. I don’t recall any statement when the NYPD locked up 1000 people protesting...
Sean's Russia Blog explains “the context that Duma elections will take place in Dagestan.”
De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis posts another entry on the pre-election situation in Russia. Here's one of the highlights: “Kasparov's movement United Civilian Front (OGF) started a picket at the doors of the police department demanding to liberate Kasparov. The picket where only one person participates need not be preliminary...
“Until this day I believed in freedom of media and its role in civil liberties in this country [Great Britain]. But information I have read today slightly changed my mind”, Craig Murray says. Such was a reaction of bloggers all over the world to the decision of the British court...
A storm is brewing in the Egyptian blogosphere after video hosting site You Tube removed several videos featuring policemen torturing victims from their site. "This is by far the biggest blow to the anti-torture movement in Egypt," writes Wael Abbas, an award winning blogger, whose videos capturing the torture of victims at the hands of police were removed from You Tube. What are the other bloggers saying?
Foreign Notes offers samples of media coverage of Holodomor in Eastern Ukraine.
Garry Kasparov is in jail and on “forced hunger strike” – and Robert Amsterdam believes that the ongoing crackdown on the opposition “reveals tremendous insecurities related to an unsustainable state model.”
Bosnia Vault reviews the results of the election in Croatia.
According to[Fa] Negarakha and many other bloggers,Reza Valizadeh,journalist and blogger,was arrested today in Tehran.The blogger has been Baznegar site's manager.
Sophie writes about the protests by Malaysian Indians that took place on Sunday in Malaysia. The protesters are demanding fair treatment for Malaysians of Indian ethnicity.
Seesaw of Balkan Powder Keg follows Western media's coverage of the volatile situation in the Balkans: “My dear friends all over the world, especially in Europe, please do not say once again, you did not know!”
Srebrenica Genocide Blog reports on the excavation of the remains of 616 more Bosniak victims of the 1995 Srebrenica genocide in a mass grave located in an area nicknamed “Death Valley.”