Monthly Archives: April 2011

UN asks Syria to stop human rights abuses

By Staff Writer The United Nations Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution on the human rights situation in the Syrian Arab Republic calling upon the government of Syria to, among other things, put an end to all human rights violations, protect its population, fully respect all human rights and fundamental freedoms, allow access to the internet and telecommunications networks and lift censorship on reporting. The resolution which was adopted with 26 votes in favour, nine votes against and seven abstentions, ¬†urged the Syrian Government to release all prisoners of conscience and arbitrarily detained persons, refrain from reprisals against people who participated in peaceful demonstrations, launch a credible and impartial … Continue reading

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Is the world moving away from HIV/AIDS?

Representatives of faith-based advocacy and humanitarian groups participating in an 8 April hearing at the United Nations (UN) on the HIV pandemic said the meeting highlighted progress that had been made but also revealed serious challenges ahead. Efforts by faith groups and others will have to be particularly focused and intense in the weeks leading up to a high-level 8-10 June meeting at the UN that will assess progress and set new targets in the global response to HIV and AIDS. “I’m worried; I’m scared,” Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda of Zimbabwe, general secretary of the World Young Women’s Christian Association, and a speaker at the hearing, said at an evening “de-brief” sponsored … Continue reading

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