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Here comes all approved program proposals in this particular area from the WPE pariamentarians, with the most recent one first!


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Support for Morales

created by swotty (958) - 02 Jan 2006, 01:02

The members of the World Parliament vote yes to show solidarity with Bolivia's new leader Evo Morales.

Mr Morales is South America's first democratically elected indigenous leader in a country repeatedly pillaged by the greed of western corporations. The WPE watches with hope for the same reductions in poverty witnessed in Venezuela. Further info; http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4568534.stm


Referendum for Catalonia and the Basque Country

created by Askatu (54) - 22 Jan 2005, 00:17

Projects for a distancing of the nations of Catalonia and Euskadi (basque country), including eventual independence from the Spanish state have been deemed by both the spanish government and its main opposition party as unconstitutional and deserving of arbitrary consequences which could lead to the suspension of their autonomic rights. Should the constitution conflict with the will of the majority of the people there is no reason why it should not be reformed. Referendums in the Basque Country and Catalonia must take place and its outcome be respected and turned into reality.


For Turkey to fully acknowledge its part in the Armenian Genocide

created by Askatu (54) - 22 Jan 2005, 00:11

It has probably been here before. No Turkish Government has ever recognized the slaughter and deportation Armenians at the beginning of the 20th century. It is thought that bout 1.5 million perished and hundreds of thousands were deported. There is sound historical evidence and accounts of survivors to support this. However, the official Turkish line has been to deny this events even took place. This is not acceptable for a country claiming to be respectful of human dignity and seeking membership to the European Union under this banner.


Balanced sustainable growth needed in EU

created by Sundaram (24) - 05 Feb 2005, 12:18

The new Commission president Barrosso's agenda hovered around jobs and economic growth. It is fine and it is important but not at the cost of social and environmental values and against the principle of solidarity. HIs agenda is strongly pro-business putting business interests ahead of consumers, workers and the environment and his vision is to replicate the American economic model in the EU. This means the rich will get richer faster than the rest and it will lead to higher economic disparity between the rich and the poor. The balance between the economic, social and environmental parts of the traditional EU agenda has been broken up. He is trying to overthrow the values that EU so far stood - a social Europe founded on the principle of solidarity, with economic disparity being the lowest in the world and a leader in environmental causes in the world. He says that for social redistribution and environment, you need growth. but what is needed is to grow together sustainably... make everyone grow! and not the rich growth faster than the rest and not to destroy the environment first and pay more to save them!

I request all members to support this campaign in proposing to the new Commission President to have a balanced sustainable growth in EU.


Women in Darfur

created by Fabian (664) - 17 May 2006, 18:27

Since 2003, thousands of women and girls have been raped or subjected to other forms of kitu CRM iereual violence in Darfur.

Two million civilians have been forced to flee their homes and over 200,000 remain in refugee camps in Chad.

The International Criminal Court (ICC) is investigating crimes in Darfur. It now recognizes serious crimes of violence against women as crimes against humanity.

Yet authorities in Sudan have publicly refused to cooperate with the ICC or bring those responsible to justice before national courts

Act now to end impunity

International pressure works. It's time to put the Sudanese authorities under fire.

Support this vote!


Sudan crisis

created by Fabian (664) - 17 May 2006, 18:35

In our silence we are complicit

"The Janjawid militias and the soldiers arrived on market day in Abu Jidad. The soldiers cordoned off the market and the Janjawid got inside to take the money and the cattle. They killed several persons. I saw the bodies of those killed. Some were killed by the gun, others by bayonet." Ercouri Mahamat, Koranic student, from the village of Abu Gamra, near Kornoy town, in North Darfur.

Darfur is situated in the West of Sudan and covers an area the size of France (the size of Texas). For a number of years it was the scene of sporadic clashes between farming communities such as the Fur, Masalit and Zaghawa, and nomadic groups, which led to many deaths and the destruction and looting of homes. The government blamed competition over scarce resources for the clashes.

In February 2003 a new armed opposition group, the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) took up arms against the government, because of what they perceived as the lack of government protection for their people and the marginalisation and underdevelopment of the region. The support base of this armed group came mainly from the agricultural groups in the region. Shortly afterwards another armed group, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) emerged.

The government of Sudan responded by allowing free rein to Arab militias known as the Janjawid (guns on horseback) who began attacking villages, killing, raping and abducting people, destroying homes and other property, including water sources and looting livestock. At times government troops also attacked villages alongside the Janjawid, and government aircraft have been bombing villages sometimes just before Janjawid attacks, suggesting that these attacks were coordinated. The links between the Sudanese armed forces and the Janjawid are incontrovertible, the Janjawid are now wearing uniforms provided by the army.

"The Janjawid arrived and asked me to leave the place. They beat women and small children. They killed a little girl, Sara Bishara. She was two years old. She was knifed in her back." Aisha Ali, from the village of Sasa, near Kornoy town in North Darfur.

Hundreds of thousands of people have been forcibly displaced from their homes as a result of actions by the Janjawid and the government forces and large areas of Darfur have been depopulated. The UN estimates that there are now almost one million internally displaced people in Darfur who have fled from their burnt villages and taken refuge within Darfur, mostly in towns and camps, often in very poor conditions, while more than 120,000 have crossed the border into Chad.

According to the report issued by the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights in May "the mission identified disturbing patterns of massive human rights violations in Darfur perpetrated by the Government of Sudan and its proxy militia, many of which may constitute war crimes and/or crimes against humanity. According to information collected, it is clear that there is a reign of terror in Darfur".

Since late 2003 hundreds of people from the Darfur region have also been arrested, apparently because they were suspected of contacts with the armed opposition groups operating in the region. Those arrested have been held under Article 31 of the National Security Forces Act, which allows detention for up to nine months without access to judicial review. Many of those detained have said they were tortured in custody.

On 8 April the government of Sudan and the SLA and the JEM signed a ceasefire agreement that was due to come into effect on 11 April. Under article 5 of the agreement "[t]he parties have decided to free all the prisoners of war and all other persons detained because of the armed conflict in Darfur" (article 5).

The WPE is calling on all parties involved in the Darfur conflict to immediately end human rights violations including the unlawful killing and abuse of civilians. The WPE is also calling on the international community to support the deployment of international human rights monitors to Sudan.


Sudan: Darfur needs a UN peacekeeping force that can provide security for civilians

created by Fabian (664) - 07 Sep 2006, 08:50

I kindly ask the members of the World Parliament to support the following:

The African Union and the Darfur Peace Agreement are failing the people of Darfur. Only a renewed and determined engagement by the UN and the international community can offer hope for an end to the people's suffering.

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The international community must admit that no solution has been offered to the suffering in Darfur -- on the contrary things are getting worse. What the people of Darfur need now is an international peacekeeping force with the power to put a stop to the killings, to the raping, and to the displacement. Personal security is the basic need -- and fundamental right -- of all people in Darfur.

Once again the world at large is ignoring the conflict in Darfur, playing along with the charade that peace is in progress, when, in fact, nothing could be further from the truth. There has been more conflict since the Darfur Peace Agreement was signed, not less, more displacements of people, not fewer, and more human rights violations perpetrated without any progress towards justice. And what's more, there now is a very real danger that this conflict, as it spills over the border, will continue to spread beyond Sudan.

The African Union mission in Sudan (AMIS) does not have the means -- or, frequently, the will -- to protect civilians.

In north Darfur, in the Korma region, 72 people were killed over the course of five days in early July. Their attackers were members of the Minni Minawi faction of the Sudan Liberation Army -- the only party, in addition to the government, to have signed the Darfur Peace Agreement (DPA). The attackers told their victims that they were being punished for opposing the DPA. AMIS troops did not answer the victims' cries for help, nor apparently did AMIS investigate the killings -- saying that the villagers attacked were associated with a group that had not signed the DPA.

In the meantime, in direct defiance of the UN Security Council ban on offensive military flights over Darfur, Antonov aircraft of the Sudanese government continue to bomb areas under the control of those who oppose the DPA.

"he people of Darfur have a deep -- and understandable -- distrust of a peace agreement that depends primarily on the Sudanese government for its implementation. If there is to be a meaningful peace in which respect is given to people's human rights, concerns about the peace agreement must be addressed.

A UN peacekeeping force charged and resourced to provide genuine protection for civilians could offer the people of Darfur some hope for the future -- and the Sudanese government must not stand in the way of such a force being deployed.


Brazil: Ensuring effective public security is the only way to create real human security!

created by Fabian (664) - 27 Oct 2006, 16:50

Dear members of the WPE, I kindly ask you to support the following:

The second and final round of elections in Brazil is taking place on 29 October, for presidential and some state gubernatorial candidates.

Ensuring effective public security is the only way to create real human security and allow all in Brazil to live with freedom from fear and from want-

In the presidential race, incumbent President Lula will face Geraldo Alckmin, the former governor of São Paulo state. When public security came up during the first TV debate between the presidential candidates, each accused the other of cutting budgets, rather than discussing the policy solutions.

The country’s breakdown in public security has been particularly evident this year with the army‘s occupation of Rio de Janeiro, and an extreme outburst of criminal and police violence in São Paulo.

Despite this situation, the presidential candidates have so far failed to propose serious, long-term policies on public security. Their proposals – such as building more prisons or strengthening border control - have been inadequate in addressing the deep-rooted social problems that lie at the heart of Brazil’s spiralling criminal and police violence.

Corruption within the police and government is generating a climate of lawlessness where organized crime is flourishing. The Brazilian state’s discriminatory posture towards the most vulnerable communities further contributes to the country's security crisis where violence and social exclusion are two sides of the same coin.

The WPEs experience around the world shows that public security can only succeed when the rule of law is respected, when justice is available for all. You cannot create security for one group of people at the expense of the rights of another group of people

The WPE urges all levels of the Brazilian government to address the country’s chronic public security problems through coordinated action, improving basic services in poor communities, such as health and education. Only then will human rights-based policing be able to guarantee the security of all Brazilian citizens – both rich and poor.


Sudanese MPs: Protect Darfur

created by Fabian (664) - 01 Nov 2006, 16:45

Dear members of the WPE, please support the letter from the Speaker of the World Parliament Experiment to Mr Ali Ahmed al-Sayed, Head of the Peace and Reconciliation Committee of the Sudanese Parliament.

"Dear Mr Ali Ahmed al-Sayed,

As the next session of the National Assembly begins I am writing to you to urge the Peace and Reconciliation Committee of the National Assembly to take urgent and effective action to ensure the protection of civilians in Darfur.

In the past four months over 80,000 more people in Darfur have been displaced, some of them for the second or third time. There are now more than 2 million people displaced in camps and towns who have been unable to return to their villages for over three years.

In many areas of Darfur displaced people dare not leave camps because Janjawid militias occupy the surrounding area, which is now depopulated. Where people do venture outside the camps the Janjawid often attack them. Women who have to leave the camps to look for firewood are frequently raped by Janjawid. Such risks make the return of displaced people to their homes impossible.

The government has failed to disarm the Janjawid as it agreed to do in the Ndjamena Humanitarian Ceasefire Agreement of 2004, the Darfur Peace Agreement of 2006 and many other agreements. Antonov planes of the Sudan Armed Forces are bombing villages in raids which almost invariably fail to distinguish between civilians and military targets.

There is an urgent need for an effective peacekeeping force to provide security for the civilian population, to ensure the safe and voluntary assisted return home of those who have been displaced, and to actively monitor and verify the disarmament of the Janjawid. The African Union Peace and Security Council resolved in March 2006 to hand over to a UN force with a strong mandate and better resources than the African Union Mission in Sudan (AMIS), which has been carrying out peacekeeping duties in Darfur since 2005.

The UN Security Council in August 2006 mandated an expanded UN peacekeeping force to be deployed in Darfur but, although there are already 10,000 UN peacekeepers in Sudan under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement, this deployment has so far been refused by the ruling National Congress Party. However other parties in the Government of National Unity accept the transition to a strong UN force with a mandate to protect civilians.

We urge you to use the weight of parliament and the National Assembly Peace and Reconciliation Committee to urge the government to accept UN peacekeepers. Until they come, the African Union and the international community must ensure that AMIS is strengthened and actively protects civilians.

We hope you will share our concerns with the other members of the Peace and Reconciliation Committee and the National Assembly so that active steps can be taken urgently to ensure the protection of the civilian population.

Yours sincerely,

Fabian Kyrieleis Speaker of the World Parliament Experiment"

Turkey: Unfair trials -- failed justice under new courts

created by Fabian (697) - 20 Feb 2007, 19:16

World Democracy Activists have revealed today that people charged under anti-terrorism legislation in Turkey continue to face unending trials with some people still detained after more than a decade.

Unfair trials continue to blight Turkey's human rights record. A look at the prolonged and flawed trials of those charged under anti-terrorism legislation provides a striking indication of the extent of the failure of justice in Turkey today.

The Turkish government professes its commitment to eradicating torture, yet it is shocking to discover that evidence extracted through such methods continues to be admitted in the special Heavy Penal Courts and judges are still refusing to throw it out.

Those charged under anti-terrorism legislation are brought to trial before special Heavy Penal Courts, which replaced the State Security Courts in June 2004. However, the same pattern of unfair trial procedures continues:

Even after the Turkish authorities have provided the possibility for people to be retried following European Court judgments finding Turkey in violation of fair trial principles, to date such retrials have not been a fresh, thorough and impartial re-examination of the evidence.

By law, some people in whose favour the European Court of Human Rights has ruled, have the right to retrial. However to date, if such a retrial is opened, it is conducted in a way worthy of Kafka's attention - the same judges and prosecutors wipe off the dust on the same files and predictably reach the same decision that was already criticized by the Court in the first place. Old and compromised evidence, most often obtained through torture, is not overturned.

The Turkish authorities must undertake as an urgent priority a systematic review of all pending criminal proceedings to determine all those cases where there are allegations that during interrogation statements by suspects/defendants or witnesses were illegally extracted through torture or other ill-treatment. They must take steps to drop all cases where there is well-founded suspicion that the main evidence against the defendant is based on 'confessions' allegedly extracted by force.

The WPE calls on the Turkish authorities to comply with international standards for fair trials and undertake a full investigation of all torture allegations; end all use of torture evidence in court; ensure the right to an effective defence; end prolonged pre-trial detention and protracted criminal proceedings.


Egypt: Karim Amer sentence makes bloggers new target of the authorities

created by Fabian (700) - 27 Feb 2007, 14:24

The World Parliament Experiment condemns the four-year sentence handed down by an Egyptian court today against blogger Karim Amer, and calls for his immediate and unconditional release.

This sentence is yet another slap in the face of freedom of expression in Egypt. The Egyptian authorities must protect the peaceful exercise of freedom of expression, even if the views expressed might be perceived by some as offensive. The WPE considers Karim Amer to be a prisoner of conscience who is being prosecuted on account of the peaceful expression of his views.

The Egyptian authorities must repeal legislation that, in violation of international standards, stipulates prison sentences for acts which constitute nothing more than the peaceful exercise of the rights of freedom of expression, thought, conscience and religion.

Karim Amer is the first Egyptian blogger to be tried for writing blogs criticizing Egypt's al-Azhar religious authorities, President Husni Mubarak and Islam. Charges against him included "spreading information disruptive of public order and damaging to the country’s reputation", "incitement to hate Islam" and "defaming the President of the Republic".


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