WE MUST NOT FORGET
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Taliban gunmen in Pakistan shot and seriously wounded a 14-year-old schoolgirl who rose to fame for speaking out against the militants, authorities said.Malala Yousufzai was shot in the head and neck when gunmen fired on her school bus in the Swat valley, northwest of the capital, Islamabad. Two other girls were also wounded, police said.
In this life we are offered a path of Good or evil. In evil it is easy to see the evil fruit and the evil men who serve themselves.
I have spoken of this evil that has spread to all Religions and Governments. We must learn to see this evil and reject it. Government has the responsibility to care, protect and serve the People. The Love for all People must be there as a example of Faith and correct leadership. There is no Honor to God in hate and the destruction of Gods People. The creation of People on this earth is for Gods Glory. God Glory is in the Children and also the Women of this world. There is no Glory when men holds back creation and brings shame to the Glory of God’s Love. Gods correction is in Love and Forgiveness, not hate and the destruction of lives.
"Every day an Afghan girl is abused, raped, has acid thrown on her face and mutilated. Yet no one remembers or acknowledges these girls," Elay Ershad, who represents the nomadic Kuchi people in Afghan parliament, told Reuters.
Echoing concerns of other prominent Afghan women, Ershad said the government took no real interest in women's rights, instead using the issue for political gain and currying favor with Western backers, a claim Kabul has dismissed as untrue.
President Hamid Karzai has repeatedly condemned Yousufzai's shooting, even using it to address women's rights in his country: "The people of Afghanistan ... see this attempt not only against (Yousufzai) but also against all Afghan girls," he said last week.
- Bangladesh, often cited as a model of progress in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), appears to be sliding backwards when it comes to dealing with violence against women (VAW).
Police statistics and assessments by non-government organisations (NGOs) working to establish women’s rights show that there is in an increasing trend in VAW.
According to police records, while there were 2,981 cases of dowry-related violence in 2004, the figure has already hit 4,563 in the first nine months of 2012. Also, where there were 2,901 rape cases recorded in 2004, the figure for the current year, up to August, stands at 2,868.
Bangladesh, has an area is 144,000 sq km including 10,090 sq km of water. This is one of the most vulnerable places to climate change. The poor depends on what they can grow and like many of the poor Asian countries they are greatly affected by climate change. In our studies on how we can assist, we find over population as one of the causes of poverty and we see this as an extreme challenge to meet the needs for assistance.
If we are to be ready, it must be for Pre-Deployment and Government training of local and National sections.
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The protests are led by a group called Hefajat-e-Islam, which set the government a May 5 deadline to introduce a new blasphemy law, reinstate pledges to Allah in the constitution, ban women from mixing freely with men and make Islamic education mandatory.
The government of the overwhelming Muslim country has rejected the demands.
We Lift up the families and friends in prayer.
Shahidul Alam, Bangladeshi photographer, writer and founder of Pathshalaand the South Asian Institute of Photography, said of the photo: “This image, while deeply disturbing, is also hauntingly beautiful. An embrace in death, its tenderness rises above the rubble to touch us where we are most vulnerable. By making it personal, it refuses to let go. This is a photograph that will torment us in our dreams. Quietly it tells us. Never again.”
WHAT IT MEANS TO SUPPORT HUMAN RIGHTS
By Denny Rymer
Some of my early study on Human Rights presented with a simple understanding that all individuals are entitled to certain basic rights under all situations. These include the right to life, physical safety, political rights, certain civil liberties, justice, a degree of tolerance, mutual respect, and most important; the rights to human dignity.
As I spent time in thought of these issues I seen that human rights were nothing less that moral entitlements and even moral obligations; and to offer anything less; and especially when it is with-in our power to do so, presented as a failure of humanity…in this failure I found that as a rule most people were clueless and blind to the sufferings of others…In looking back through history I seen that it has always been this way… “Many simply don’t care” and in simple terms I concluded that they just march to a different drummer and that others will always have to be there to make sure that righteousness is applied.
I work in Humanitarian efforts and Human Rights. In this I can apply what is missing and motivate as needed. As a reporter with my own news sites and a radio program I can raise issues and I can put into place a solution and present it around the world. In the report that I recently did in Manila on the homeless; this is often seen as normal in the Philippines and other countries. What makes this story now stand out in a different way is the fact that Billions of Pesos of funding for the poor has been taken by corrupt officials in the Government…And where many have died on the streets in the last 10 years because of this corruption; this must at some point be considered out of control by world governing bodies as Human Rights Violations…Somehow the government must be made to understand that the country cannot continue in this direction and they must come to understand the suffering of the poor.
To support Human Rights means to understand and stand up and fight for the weak and the helpless. It means that we reach out for the help that is needed to make change and we demand that something be done… It means that as a Global Family we fight to save and protect just like we would for our children in the next room….It starts with one person or one city where we say no more and it moves forwards from there. It means that we serve for the Greater Good and we stand for the weak and the helpless…If we forget this we have again failed and again become nothing.….