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The following proposals have received wide support in the World Parliament voting system. Many of these proposals are also followed by informative responses from other members which are not reproduced here, but can be found under 'Program' ; 'Recent Events' at the original website; www.tgde.org.

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World Social Forum

created by Fabian (664) - 28 Jan 2005, 11:54

The international council of the world social forum should use the mechanism of this website for decision-making.

Human Rights violations in Uzbekistan

created by atif (522) - 19 May 2005, 22:37

Recent events of barbarianism in Uzbekistan by the ruling regime must be condemned in its entirety and the perpetrators of these gruesome and open human rights violation that led to killing of more than 500 civilians in city of Andijan must be brought to justice.

Condemn Violence as a mode of Political Expression

created by BrianCoughlan (138) - 05 Jul 2005, 20:28

Using violence as a means to a political end is fascism, pure and simple. Therefore the WP should condemn the recent violence at the G8 summit in Edinburgh.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/scotland/4653617.stm

Russian Federation: President Putin must condemn the murder of Anna Politkovskaya

created by Fabian (664) - 27 Oct 2006, 17:07

The WPE has called on President Vladimir Putin to condemn the murder of Anna Politkovskaya and show that there can be no impunity for such crimes. This would demonstrate his support for human rights defenders and independent journalists and the vital and legitimate role they play in Russian society.

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In a letter to President Putin, Fabian Kyrieleis, the Speaker of the WPE said:

"We believe that it is crucial for such a strong political statement of support to come from the highest authority in Russia, the President. The statement should make clear that attacks on independent journalists and human rights defenders are unacceptable and that perpetrators of such attacks will face vigorous investigation and prosecution."

The WPE is shocked and appalled at the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya on 7 October. The WPE believes that Anna Politkovskaya was in all likelihood targeted because of her work as a journalist, reporting on human rights abuses in Chechnya and other regions of the Russian Federation. It is clear that such a murder is a serious blow to freedom of expression and the independence of the media in Russia.

"We note that the office of the procuracy was swift to open an investigation into her murder, and that Yuri Chaika, Procurator General, has taken charge of this investigation. We are urging the Russian authorities to ensure that this investigation be prompt, thorough and impartial, with the findings made public, and that suspected perpetrators be brought to justice in accordance with international law," Fabian Kyrieleis said.

The WPEhas also noted that President Putin has stated that all necessary measures will be taken to investigate Anna Politkovskaya’s murder, and that the President and Prime Minister of the Chechen Republic have spoken out against her murder.

"However we believe that the Russian authorities need to do far more to support and protect human rights defenders and independent journalists in Russia," Fabian Kyrieleis said.

Together with other Russian and international non-governmental organizations, (NGOs), the WPE wrote to President Putin in March of this year, in the run up to Russia taking on the Chair of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, asking him to make a statement in support of human rights defenders and independent media. In July this year, he met with Russian and international NGOs, including the WPE, during the Civil G8 event.

"President Putin must follow through such initiatives by responding to individual cases of egregious attacks on individual activists and journalists. Without such a response, there is a danger that initiatives such as the Civil G8 are only a public relations exercise," Fabian Kyrieleis said.

The organization also asked President Putin to personally ensure that the authorities investigate all reported instances of harassment, intimidation and threats of human rights defenders and independent journalists in Russia, and that officials at every level of the state apparatus, including law enforcement officials, respect the legitimacy of the work of human rights defenders and independent journalists and allow them to carry out their work without hindrance or harassment.

"President Putin must show unequivocal commitment to protecting the rights if independent media and NGOs in Russia. Without President Putin's personal commitment little will change," Fabian Kyrieleis said.


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