Activists hail release of Christian pastor in Iran, teen in…

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VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Submit an Event Listing Submit a Press Release AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Rector Tampa, FL Submit a Job Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Ecumenical & Interreligious, Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Rector Shreveport, LA Comments (1) Tags In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Featured Events The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ [Ecumenical News International] Religious rights activists are hailing the release over the weekend of an Iranian pastor accused of apostasy and a Pakistani girl who was charged with blasphemy.Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani was released on Sept. 8 after a six-hour hearing, reported the American Center for Law and Justice, which worked to garner American support for the minister’s release, Religion News Service reports. The Christian convert had faced possible execution. “Your prayers, your advocacy, and your voice has been heard,” read an online announcement from ACLJ.The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom welcomed Nadarkhani’s release “after being unjustly imprisoned for three years because of his faith,” said its chair, Katrina Lantos Swett. “USCIRF calls on the government of Iran to comply with its own laws and international standards of human rights and release all other prisoners of conscience,” she added.Meanwhile, a teenage girl in Pakistan had been accused of burning pages of the Quran, Islam’s holy book. The Associated Press reported that Rimsha Masih was released on Sept. 8, not long after a Muslim cleric from her neighborhood was charged with planting incriminating evidence against her.“Her parents were with her when she was freed from the jail, and she has been taken to a safer place,” said one of her lawyers, Tahir Naveed Chaudhry.USCIRF also cheered the teenager’s release, calling it “an important and encouraging development that underscores the urgency of Pakistan reforming its blasphemy law.” Said USCIRF Executive Director Jackie Wolcott: “The law victimizes all Pakistanis — Christians, other religious minorities, and Muslims.” Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Press Release Service Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GAlast_img read more

Cuba reminded of goals of Non-aligned Movement as it takes over presidency and hosts summit

first_img Cuba and its Decree Law 370: annihilating freedom of expression on the Internet CubaAmericas Organisation New press freedom predators elected to UN Human Rights Council RSF_en News Reporters Without Borders said today that it hoped UN Secretary General Kofi Annan will remind Cuba of the goals of the Non-aligned Movement in relation to human rights and fundamental liberties as the country took over the Movement’s three-year rotating presidency and began hosting its five-day summit.Fifty heads of state and government, 3,000 delegates from 116 member countries (soon to be 118 with the forthcoming membership of Haiti and St. Kitts and Nevis) and representatives of several observers countries, such as China are expected in Havana for the movement’s 14th summit from 11-16 September, in the presence of the UN Secretary General.The worldwide press freedom organisation said it was determined to point out that several heads of state who hold press freedom and pluralism in contempt, such as Iran’s, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Pakistan’s Pervez Musharraf and Vietnam’s Nguyen Minh Triet, will be greeted in the Cuban capital by another predator of free expression in the person of Fidel Castro.“This summit should not be used as a screen for governments for whom the imbalance between North and South justifies dictatorship, oppression and the absence of a state of law”, said the organisation, stressing that, “The protection and promotion of human rights are among the objectives in the draft final document which will be submitted to member countries for approval during the summit.”“The Ministers reaffirmed the significant importance attached by the Movement to the promotion and protection of human rights and commitment to fulfil obligations to promote universal respect for, and observance and protection of, all human rights and fundamental freedoms for all in accordance to the UN Charter, other instruments relating to human rights as appropriate and international law”, says paragraph 193-1, ratified on 30 May 2006 in Putrajaya, Malaysia. We can unfortunately expect that countries such as Iran, Uzbekistan, Zimbabwe, Libya and Belarus will sign a promise that they have no intention of honouring, not forgetting Cuba, which as president of the Movement, is supposed to see that it is respected. References to the UN Charter and International laws with which these countries adorn themselves, logically obliges them vis-à-vis the UN and the international community. We hope that the Secretary General Kofi Annan will remind them of this. The Cuban authorities have already shown signs of bad faith on the eve of the summit, of which it is doing its utmost to limit coverage, by expelling foreign journalists. Cuba is the second biggest prison in the world for journalists, after China, with 23 journalists behind bars.The Non-aligned Movement was founded in Belgrade in September 1961 under the auspices of Yugoslav President Marshal Tito, whose objective at the time was to gather countries refusing to take either the US or Soviet side in the cold war. As Havana hosts the 14th summit of the Non-aligned Movement from 11-16 September, Reporters Without Borders points out that most countries which it lists as ‘predators of press freedom’ are members of the Movement, which however promotes respect for human rights and fundamental liberties. News Follow the news on Cuba May 6, 2020 Find out more CubaAmericas Help by sharing this information September 11, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Cuba reminded of goals of Non-aligned Movement as it takes over presidency and hosts summit October 15, 2020 Find out more News to go further News October 12, 2018 Find out more RSF and Fundamedios welcome US asylum ruling in favor of Cuban journalist Serafin Moran Santiago Receive email alertslast_img read more