LHASA, Tibet -- The Tibet Autonomous Region has worked out a
plan to beef up the protection of rare Buddhist scriptures written
on pattra leaves, and a leading group will be formed to
coordinate efforts in this regard.
The mainstream press does not report on these everyday occurrences.
By: Jeff (ISM)
April 19, 2004
Sunday the 18th, in Biddu, after noon prayers and memorial for
Rantissi; bulldozers and soldiers showed up and started working on
the Wall. A couple hundred villagers went to the work site. About 20
adult Palestinians and 7 Internationals headed into the olive groves
coming within 100m of the work site. The Israeli forces fired tear
gas and then attacked the demonstrators with horses and infantry.
News Release Issued by the International Secretariat of Amnesty International AI INDEX: ASA 11/007/2004 26 April 2004
Afghanistan: "First execution since fall of Taliban"
Amnesty International today (26 April 2004) expressed shock at news of the first judicial execution known to have been carried out in Kabul since the fall of the Taliban. Abdullah Shah, a military commander from Paghman, was executed on approximately 19 April. Amnesty International urges President Karzai to declare a formal moratorium on executions in line with assurances given to Amnesty International in 2003.
Over the past year, Amnesty International has extensively documented the many failings of the criminal justice system in Afghanistan. The system is currently incapable of fulfilling even the most basic standards for fair trials as stressed by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, following her observance of Abdullah Shah's trial proceedings.
From 1 May 2004, those asylum seekers from the 10 countries coming into the EU will have the right to remain and to work
The very bad news
On 30 April 2004 - all financial support for these asylum seekers will end, they will be made homeless and they will not be entitled to social housing
Only those who find a job will be allowed to be considered for social housing, and only if you are working will you be entitled to Housing Benefit or ant in-work benefits, such as Tax Credits.
"In order to arrive at what you do not know
You must go by a way which is the way of ignorance.
In order to possess what you do not possess
You must go by the way of dispossession.
In order to arrive at what you are not
You must go through the way in which you are not.
And what you do not know is the only thing you know
And what you do own is what you do not own
And where you are is where you are not."
News Release Issued by the International Secretariat of Amnesty International
AI Index: MDE 14/015/2004 (Public)
21 April 2004
Amnesty International condemns in the strongest terms the attacks that claimed the lives of at least 58 people, many of them children, in Basra today.
"Indiscriminate attacks have devastating effects and reveal a complete disregard for the most fundamental human right -- the right to life. This became tragically clear for the parents of the children, who were killed or injured by the explosion on their way to school," Amnesty International said.
(Geneva) As the UN Commission on Human Rights draws to an end, activists and like-minded governments have achieved an important victory over a concerted backlash against sexual rights, with the reaffirmation in the Commission's resolution on violence against women that "...women have the right to have control over and decide freely and responsibly on matters related to their sexuality, including sexual and reproductive health, free of coercion, discrimination and violence". The text had proved contentious during negotiations but was adopted without challenge.
I'm an Acharya (a senior teacher) with the Order of Amida Buddha, which is a Pureland Buddhist Order. I'm a minister, teach on-line and hold Pureland Buddhist sangha gatherings in Perth, Scotland. I mainly write about Buddhist matters and share the teachings of the Head of our Order, Dharmavidya David Brazier