Human rights

Amnesty International Finds Deported Pakistani

AllAfrica.com, 20 April 2007.

Amnesty International has confirmed that Pakistan national Khalid Rashid, has been in the custody of Pakistan intelligence since April 2006. 

On Tuesday, Amnesty International received information that Rashid, who disappeared after being handed over by South African government officials to agents of Pakistan's government on 6 November 2005, appeared before the Federal Review Board in the supreme court building in Islamabad on Thursday last week.

NAPWA Employees Chase Boss from Work

Iafrica.Com, 20 April 2007. 

Two disgruntled employees of the National Association of People Living with HIV and Aids (NAPWA) have chased their national director Nkululeko Nxesi away from work.

According to NAPWA’s Joe Manciya, the two employees, who accuse Nxesi of mismanagement the organisation’s funds, told Nxesi upon arrival at work to leave the offices and also demanded his resignation. 

Wide Support for Biowatch South Africa’s Appeal Against Order to Pay Monsanto’s Legal Costs

Friday, 20 April 2007

More than 200 organisations and individuals from 26 countries, besides South Africa, have sent messages supporting Biowatch South Africa in its appeal against an order to pay the legal costs of Monsanto South Africa (Pty) Ltd, local component of Monsanto Company, the multinational seed and chemical corporation.

Biowatch SA Asks Court to Reverse Order that it Pay Giant Corporation’s Legal Costs

Wednesday, 18 April 2007.

On Monday, April 23 2007, a full bench of the Pretoria High Court will hear Biowatch South Africa’s appeal against a court order that it pays Monsanto South Africa’s legal costs. 

The costs order being appealed arose out of Biowatch South Africa’s successful application to the High Court for the Department of Agriculture to provide access to information which would shed light on the basis for decisions about the permitting of genetically modified crops in South Africa.

Oxfam Launches £5m Appeal for Darfur

Sky News, 16 April 2007.

Oxfam is launching a £5m appeal to help refugees in Darfur survive what it calls the world's greatest humanitarian crisis. 

The organisation says the money is needed to keep people alive while politicians ignore the crisis in the western region of Sudan and neighbouring Chad. The conflict, which was originally confined to Sudan, is now spreading to Chad.

Top Musicians to Feature on Amnesty International CD

AI, 10 April 2007.

Aimed at  promoting Amnesty International's human rights' work, best-selling artists Green Day, R.E.M, Christina Aguilera, and Snow Patrol are expected to feature on a CD of songs written by John Lennon.

The CD, which will be released globally on 12 June 2007 by Amnesty International and Warner Bros. Records, will see all proceeds going towards the organisation’s human rights work, including the crisis in Darfur. The CD will have 50 tracks available for download.

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