Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 31 n° 344

Posts Tagged ‘protest’

Copt-Muslim clashes have escalated in Cairo

Posted by fidest press agency su giovedì, 10 marzo 2011

At least 13 Christians and Muslims have died and 140 have been injured in clashes between Coptic Christians and Muslims in Cairo on Tuesday. The violence began after 1000 Copts gathered to protest the burning of a church in Sol, Egypt. On Monday, Egypt’s ruling military council vowed to have the church rebuilt and prosecute those behind the arson attack.  Two months ago a suicide bomber killed 23 people at a church in Alexandria, but in reaction to the bombing, thousands of Muslims gathered at churches across the country, forming human shields to protect them Copts as they celebrated Christmas on January 7.  In separate incidents, violence has continued on Wednesday as hundreds of people armed with knives have clashed with pro-democracy activists in Tahrir Square. Christians make up about nearly 10 per cent of Egypt’s mainly Muslim population of about 80 million, and are increasingly protesting acts of discrimination.

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Gaddafi isolated as rebels seize cities

Posted by fidest press agency su venerdì, 25 febbraio 2011

Tripoli, Libya – Pro- and anti-government forces are fighting for the control of key cities while Muammar Gaddafi has isolated after encouraging his supports to fight and blaming the young people and Osama Bin Laden for the protests.
• Protests in Libya have expanded fast and the eastern parts of the country is now controlled by the opposition, including the military.
• Opponents of Muammar Gaddafi are said to have taken control of Misurata, Libya’s third-largest city, where Gaddafi traditionally has maintained strong tribal support.
• Muammar Gaddafi has refused to stand down and encouraged his supporters to attack protesters.
• The International Federation for Human Rights claims that at least 700 people have died during the past few days, whereas many have estimated the figure to be thousands.

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UN demands investigations into deaths in Tunisia

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 5 febbraio 2011

The United Nations’ top human rights official today urged the Tunisian  government to ensure that its security forces stop using excessive force against demonstrators, and to start credible investigations into deaths that have occurred during recent protests. The North African country has been rocked by street protests by civilians reportedly angered  by rising prices of essential commodities, lack of employment opportunities, alleged corruption  and limitations on fundamental rights and freedoms. “Whatever the precise total, I am extremely concerned about the very high number of people killed in Tunisia in recent weeks,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi  Pillay, in a statement issued in Geneva. “It is essential that basic international human rights norms and guidelines governing the use of firearms are urgently and strictly adhered to.”  Government figures for those killed over the weekend of 8-9 January stand at 21, but human rights organizations have put the death toll much higher. While demonstrations intensified during the past weekend, deaths were also reported in preceding weeks. The protests, which  began on 17 December, have continued across the country. Ms. Pillay noted reports which suggest that the majority of protests have been peaceful in nature and that security forces reacted with excessive force in breach of international standards. Ms. Pillay also expressed concern over reports of widespread arrests, including of human rights defenders and bloggers advocating fundamental human rights principles such as the freedom  of expression, as well as reports of torture and ill-treatment of detainees.  The human rights chief urged the Tunisian government to respond to the underlying causes of  the unrest and to draw up policies to ameliorate economic hardship and lift severe limitations on civil liberties, including the freedoms of assembly, the expression of opinion and the right to associate.

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Climate Crimes and Human Rights Abuses

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 18 Mag 2009

St San Francisco, CA  May 19, 2009 12 noon (PST) Shell gas station at 16th and Guerrero – 400 Guerrero  Justice In Nigeria Now joins groups New York, DC, London, the Hague, and elsewhere to protest Shell’s human rights abuses and climate crimes on the first day of an international week of action to protest Shell. Before his death, Ken Saro-Wiwa declared that while the Nigerian government, with the complicity of Shell, might kill his body they could not kill the spirit of non-violent resistance to Shell’s environmental and human rights abuses. On the day of Shell’s annual meeting, groups around the world will protest Shell’s continued gas flaring in the Niger Delta, which is a major contributor to climate change and causes a range of health concerns including asthma, cancer and other respiratory illnesses. Justice In Nigeria Now along with other groups is demanding that Shell stop gas flaring now.  Protesters will hold a large banner with the statement – Shell:  Stop Gas Flaring in Nigeria. Colorful posters with images of Nigerian villagers will augment the banner with statements such as:  “Shell: Gas Flares are Causing Cancer” and “Shell: You have Ken Saro-Wiwa’s Blood on Your Hands”. Gas flares are open-air fires that burn natural gas that is released when oil is extracted from the ground. A World Bank study concluded that flaring in the Rivers and Delta states in Nigeria releases 35 million tons of carbon dioxide and 12 million tons of methane each year – equivalent to the annual global warming pollution of 56 coal plants or 47 million cars. Gas flares are toxic and harmful to human health, which is why they are strictly regulated in countries such as the United States or the UK. Because flaring is cheap, if environmental and human costs are not considered, Shell and other oil companies have flared gas continuously for decades in Nigeria. On November 10, 1995, Saro-Wiwa and eight other Ogoni activists were executed by the Nigerian government… Evidence indicates Shell collaborated with the Nigerian government in a campaign of brutal crackdowns that culminated in the execution of Saro-Wiwa and his colleagues following a sham trial on trumped up charges. Shell will be forced to face this evidence in US federal district court in New York City in a trial that begins May 26th. On April 23rd, Judge Kimba Wood rejected Shell’s last-ditch attempt to avoid trial, rejecting the company’s claim that the court did not have jurisdiction to consider the case.

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