Posts Tagged ‘political parties’

Amnesty International India goes into elections with 14 point human rights programme

February 27, 2014

On 27 February 2014 it was reported by TwoCircles.net that Amnesty International India is asking political parties contesting the 2014 parliamentary elections to commit to and adopt as part of their manifestoes 14 key goals to improve India’s human rights record. … India’s political parties need to show their commitment to respect, protect and fulfill fundamental human rights. Amnesty representatives are meeting leaders from various political parties with the following 14 points of the ‘Human Rights Charter’:

  1. Protecting the rights of communities affected by corporate-led projects.
  2. Ending torture, extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances.
  3. Ending arbitrary detention and reducing excessive under-trial detention.
  4. Protecting the rights of all persons in custody.
  5. Ending the use of the death penalty.
  6. Ensuring justice for marginalized communities who have suffered abuses.
  7. Reforming the criminal justice system to better tackle violent crime.
  8. Tackling all forms of violence against women more effectively.
  9. Holding armed forces accountable for human rights abuses.
  10. Protecting people’s rights to privacy and freedom of expression.
  11. Protecting the rights of migrant workers and domestic workers.
  12. Strengthening human rights institutions and protecting human rights defenders.
  13. Building a culture of respect for human rights through education.
  14. Adopting a more principled approach to human rights abuses around the world.

via Amnesty International puts forward 14 human rights charter for coming election | TwoCircles.net.

Political parties in Madurai, India, learn about human rights defenders

January 26, 2014

There are plenty of training courses on human rights, but this one reported by the Times of India on 26 January deserves special mention as its main target were political parties. The two-day seminar started Saturday 25 January for members of political parties and movements in the state of Madurai.  Human Rights Defenders Alert organised the event. Around 60 representatives from political parties and outfits [whatever these are!] attended the training course.

via Political activists learn how to defend human rights – The Times of India.

Swaziland: Human Rights Abuser Dlamini set to become Prime Minister, again

October 25, 2013

An Opinion post in allAfrica.com of 23 October alerts us that Swaziland‘s King Mswati III is expected to reappoint Barnabas Dlamini, as his Prime Minister, despite his appalling civil rights record. The king has summoned his subjects to the Cattle Byre at Ludzidzini for ‘sibaya’, a people’s parliament which he claims is the supreme policy making body in Swaziland. At the meeting on Monday 28 October 2013, King Mswati is expected to announce his choice of PM. [The king rules Swaziland as absolute monarch and chooses the PM and the government, as well as the majority of members of the Senate.] ..Dlamini’s record shows him as a hard man with little regard for human rights. He supports the king in his desire to stop all dissent and brand oppositions as terrorists. He banned four pro-democracy organisations. His Attorney General Majahenkhaba Dlamini told Swazis affiliated with the political formations to resign with immediate effect or feel the full force of the law. Under the Suppression of Terrorism Act STA members and supporters of these groups could face up to 25 years in jail. Under the draconian provisions of the STA, anyone who disagrees with the ruling elite faces being branded a terrorist supporter.

via allAfrica.com: Swaziland: Human Rights Abuser Set to Be P.M. Page 1 of 2.