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Perspectivas / Perspectives

Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos solicita a la Unión Europea la suspensión de su acuerdo con La Habana

Destacan el notable agravamiento de la situación represiva y señalan que sólo en el mes de agosto se produjeron en la isla al menos 267 detenciones arbitrarias, casi la mitad contra las Damas de Blanco.


 

Madrid, Sept.2.– El Observatorio Cubano de Derechos Humanos (OCDH), con sede en Madrid, solicita formalmente a la Unión Europea la suspensión del Acuerdo de Diálogo Político y Cooperación con el gobierno de Cuba, debido al agravamiento de la situación represiva en la isla.

"La reunión del próximo 9 de septiembre en La Habana, a la que asistirá la alta representante para Asuntos Exteriores y Política de Seguridad de la UE, Federica Mogherini, debería servir para poner punto final al Acuerdo, debido al incumplimiento flagrante de los compromisos adquiridos por el gobierno cubano en materia de derechos humanos, recogidos en dicho acuerdo", exigió el OCDH.

Las autoridades cubanas han violado, entre otros, el título II del acuerdo, que recoge temas relacionados con la democracia, los derechos humanos y la buena gobernanza; así como el título IV, referido al desarrollo social. El gobierno de Miguel Díaz-Canel ha intensificado la represión contra la prensa independiente y los activistas de la sociedad civil y oposición. Esto se contradice no solamente con los estándares internacionales de derechos humanos, sino con las normas establecidas en la nueva Constitución, aprobada sectariamente por el propio régimen.

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Pakistan's Prime Minister ensures protection of Religious Minorities

I hope and pray that the Prime Minister can really put his declarations of intent into practice, since as religious minority in Pakistan we need the protection of our people and places of worship’.– Bishop Samson Shukardin OFM

Christians suffer from institutionalized discrimination, illustrated by the fact that occupations seen as low, dirty and derogatory are officially reserved for Christians. Many Christians are very poor, and some are victims of bonded labor. There are also many Christians belonging to the middle class, but their economic status doesn’t save them from being marginalized or persecuted. The country’s notorious blasphemy laws target religious minorities (including Muslim minorities), but affect the Christian minority in particular, not just the poor.

Christians in Pakistan are dwindling since 2005 under islamic rule to less than 2.5 million or less than 1.5% of the population; 1.4 million are Catholic. Many have emigrated to Europe; most of them to England.

Islamabad, Aug.2.“The speech of Prime Minister Imran Khan is very encouraging and gives new hope to the religious minorities living in Pakistan. In the past also the leaderships said such nice words but were not able to fulfill them.” This is what Bishop Samson Shukardin OFM, at the head of the Catholic Diocese of Hyderabad said to Fides News Agency. “We were born and brought up in Pakistan,” added the Bishop, “but we still do not get equal rights, it is a sad reality. I hope and pray that the Prime Minister can really put his declarations of intent into practice, since as religious minority in Pakistan we need the protection of our people and places of worship.”

The Franciscan bishop declares, however, that he appreciates the initiatives and provisions that the government led by Imran Khan is already implementing for the benefit of religious minorities.

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India criminaliza el ‘divorcio exprés’ musulmán

Diciendo “talaq, talaq, talaq” un musulmán indio se podía divorciar de forma automática de su esposa.  

20 países musulmanes ya han prohibido esta práctica

Barcelona, Jul.31.– Así de fácil era para un hombre musulmán en India divorciarse de su mujer. En su presencia, por correo, llamada telefónica o hasta por Whatsapp. Si pronunciaba o escribía “me divorcio” en árabe tres veces (no necesariamente consecutivas), quedaba libre de toda obligación con su esposa. La dejaba en la calle. Hasta ayer, cuando el Parlamento indio aprobó una “histórica” ley que criminaliza el triple talaq, una práctica que no está recogida en la sharia ni en el Coran pero que se calcula que afecta al 67% de las musulmanas divorciadas en el país.

La aprobación de la ley, que impone penas de hasta tres años de cárcel, representa una victoria para el partido nacionalista hinduista del primer ministro Narendra Modi, promotor de la iniciativa. El Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) no agrupaba los votos suficientes, pero lograron que el proyecto pasara en un segundo intento gracias a la ausencia de una decena de parlamentarios opositores y la abstención de otro partido.

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Michelle Bachelet, Nicolás Maduro, and the Report on Human Rights in Venezuela

The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, fielded reactions to a new U.N. report documenting torture and extrajudicial executions in Venezuela.

New York, July 23.– Michelle Bachelet, the former President of Chile who now serves as the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Human Rights, gave an Maduro welcomes Bachelet in CaracasMaduro welcomes Bachelet in Caracasinterview last November to the journalist Fernando del Rincón, of CNN en Español, to discuss the crisis in Venezuela. He began by asking about two letters she had recently received—one from family members of dozens of political prisoners, the other from the parents of young protesters who had been killed by security forces—requesting that she personally visit Venezuela to report on the human-rights violations committed by the government of President Nicolás Maduro. Bachelet told him that these were not the only letters she had received making that request. “Today, I also got an official invitation to visit Venezuela,” she said, from Maduro’s government. Rincón, who was visibly surprised, asked if, in accepting Maduro’s invitation, she could be seen as collaborating with the government, and noted that “accepting this invitation is accepting the invitation of the person accused of violating human rights.” Bachelet replied that she wanted to sit down with every side. “Listen, I’ve had many years of experience,” she added. “I’ve been Secretary and President of my country, I’ve worked with many governments and people from civil society, and I think it would be wrong to say that, because I am invited by one or the other, I would be non-objective.”

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Do Chinese authorities respect human rights of Xinjiang's Turkmen population?

Erdogan’s Risky China Gamble: Official Turkish delegation to inspect troubled Xinjiang.

Xinjiang in Central AsiaXinjiang in Central Asia Ankara, July 19.– An official Turkish visit to the troubled north-western Chinese province of Xinjiang to assess reports of a brutal crackdown on the region’s Turkic Muslims is politically charged terrain.

On the one hand, it could shape Turkey’s challenge to conservative Gulf states’ leadership of the Islamic world. In particular, Turkish assertiveness on the Uighur matter could complicate Muslim silence about the most frontal assault on their faith in recent history. On the other hand, such assertiveness would greatly complicate Turkey’s relations with China.

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