Archive for November 2nd, 2015

02/11/2015

‘Hate Speech, Provocation of Communal Hostilities, Abuse of Religion for Political Purposes’ Ahead of Myanmar Elections

Human Wrongs Watch

The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on 1 November 2015 expressed deep concern at the continuous resort to hate speech, provocation of communal hostilities and the abuse of religion for political purposes, incited by “extreme element among the majority community in Myanmar”.

Soldiers from the Ta’ang National Liberation Army, an ethnic armed group, walk near Pahlaing village in Myanmar’s Shan State in September 2015. Photo: Htoo Tay Zar/IRIN

Soldiers from the Ta’ang National Liberation Army, an ethnic armed group, walk near Pahlaing village in Myanmar’s Shan State in September 2015. Photo: Htoo Tay Zar/IRIN

“With the approaching elections on 8 November, he urges all concerned in Myanmar to eschew any kind of pressure, intimidation, dissemination of hatred or violence against individuals or organizations based on their ethnic identity, gender, religious persuasion or political views,” said a statement issued by Ban’s spokesperson in New York.

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02/11/2015

Don’t Shoot the Messenger!

Human Wrongs Watch

2 November 2015 – In the past decade 700 journalists have been killed for reporting the news and bringing information to the public: on average one death every week. In nine out of ten cases the killers go unpunished. Impunity leads to more killings and is often a symptom of worsening conflict and the breakdown of law and justice systems.*

Source: UNESCO

UNESCO warns that impunity damages whole societies by covering up serious human rights abuses, corruption, and crime. Governments, civil society, the media, and everyone concerned to uphold the rule of law are being asked to join in the global efforts to end impunity.

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