From praise to shocking disgrace

After years of lobbying by rights activists and the international community, Malaysia passed an effective and comprehensive law in 2007 against human trafficking with provisions for protection, shelter and return of trafficked person to their home countries.

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Fatal Tsvangirai crash ‘was not accident’, says MDC

HARARE, March 7 — The wife of Zimbabwean leader Morgan Tsvangirai has been killed in a car crash in what his party claims may have been an assassination attempt.

Movement for Democratic Change leaders in South Africa said they suspected the head on collision with a lorry which left Prime Minister Tsvangirai injured and his wife Susan dead was not a genuine accident.

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Vote on Human Rights Situation on Myanmar

The draft resolution on the human rights situation in Myanmar (document A/63/430/Add.3) was adopted by a recorded vote of 80 in favour to 25 against, with 45 abstentions, as follows:

Against Algeria, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Brunei Darussalam, China, Cuba, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Egypt, India, Iran, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Libya, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nicaragua, Oman, Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Viet Nam, Zimbabwe.

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AP:UN chief criticizes Myanmar and Zimbabwe


UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon criticized the governments of Myanmar and Zimbabwe Wednesday and said a year of multiple crises has put human rights on trial.

At a year-end news conference, the U.N. chief said 2009 “promises to be no less difficult” than 2008, with a worsening humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, the danger of anarchy in Somalia, a continuing global financial crisis and the need to reach an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.

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Did China bend to critics before Olympics? Not much

By John Chalmers

BEIJING (Reuters) – Remember the “Genocide Olympics”? Remember all the talk that China’s anxiety to let nothing spoil the Beijing Games had left it vulnerable to demands for a change in its dealings with the outside world?

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Zimbabwe’s Mugabe may be better than SPDC’s Than Shwe

The Star Online

Zimbabwe’s Mugabe may be better than SPDC’s Than Shwe

By Nelson Banya

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe could sign a power-sharing deal on Sunday that names opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai as prime minister, a senior ruling party official said on Saturday.

A man reads a local daily newspaper on the street of Zimbabwe’s capital Harare August 8, 2008. (REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo)

The official said Mugabe’s ZANU-PF, after more than two weeks of talks seeking to end a post-election crisis, wants any unity government to last five years.

Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Tsvangirai would be premier although his powers were still under discussion.

“There could be a signing tomorrow, after the leaders have met to thrash out the remaining issues,” the official, who asked not to be named, told Reuters.

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The only answer to Mugabes of the world may be a coup


Special to The Washington Post

OXFORD, England — The government of Zimbabwe recently ordered foreign aid groups to halt their operations within its borders, thereby blocking the food aid that the United Nations funnels through such organizations from getting to the country’s starving people.

Earlier, the government of Myanmar issued a similar ban. Of course, when we say “the government of Zimbabwe,” what we really mean is President Robert Mugabe, just as “the government of Myanmar” these days means Senior Gen. Than Shwe, the leader of the ruling junta. In justifying the bans, each ruler harrumphed that outsiders should not be allowed to tell his nation what to do.

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Zimbabwe’s NLD lawmaker in hospital after attack by Kyant Phut and Swanarr Shins

Zimbabwe’s NLD lawmaker in hospital

after attack by Kyant Phut and Swanarr Shins

Sorry readers, the events are so similar between Zimbabwe and Myanmar. I mixed up all.


HARARE (AFP) — The Zimbabwe opposition said Monday that one of its lawmakers was in intensive care after being beaten up by President Robert Mugabe’s supporters ahead of an aborted campaign rally.

The Movement for Democratic Change said in a statement that the newly elected Thamsanga Mahlangu, a deputy for a constituency in the country’s second largest city of Bulawayo, “is battling for his life in intensive care unit after armed ZANU-PF militia attacked him yesterday”.

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China and Russia castrated UNSC with the veto on Zimbabwe sanctions

China and Russia castrated UNSC

with the veto on Zimbabwe sanctions


Zimbabwe president Robert Mugabe casts his vote at a polling station in Harare

Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe casts his vote at a polling station in Harare in June. Photograph: EPA


Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe casts his vote at a polling station in Harare in June. Photograph: EPA


British and US efforts to apply punitive pressure on Robert Mugabe were abruptly undermined last night when Russia and China vetoed a UN security council resolution seeking sanctions against Zimbabwe.

The resolution, calling for an arms embargo, and financial and travel restrictions on Mugabe and 13 other regime leaders, was backed by nine nations but foundered on the vetoes of the two permanent members. The arms embargo would have affected Russian and Chinese weapons exporters.

The outcome at UN headquarters in New York will raise questions about the international community’s ability to act decisively against Mugabe and his Zanu-PF ringleaders who orchestrated the violence that disfigured Zimbabwe’s election run-off last month. Mugabe was declared the victor after his opponent, Morgan Tsvangirai, pulled out citing the absurdity of holding a vote while dozens of opposition members were being beaten, arrested and killed.

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The Lesson of Zimbabwe’s ‘Election’

By Alex Perry

Under the watchful eye of the regime’s security services, Zimbabweans Friday voted in a single-candidate presidential “runoff” that will almost certainly extend Robert Mugabe’s rule until 2014. Despite reports of a low turnout, the decision by opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to withdraw last Sunday makes Mugabe’s victory inevitable. In Zimbabwe, presidential terms last six years, so by the time he faces reelection again, Mugabe will be 90 and will have ruled his country for 34 years. Nevertheless, expectations are that after six more years of hyper-inflation, mass unemployment and brutal repression, the President will be in better shape than his country.

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Is Zimbabwe Becoming Africa’s Burma?

Even as Zimbabwe’s democratic party accept defeat and folded its tents, President Robert Mugabe continues to push his country ever further down a slippery and ruinous slope.
The Burma-ization of Zimbabwe is now only a matter of time. And that time could come as soon as this Friday. That’s when the runoff election to determine who will run unfortunate Zimbabwe is scheduled. Like the Burmese generals who insisted on holding a referendum days after a typhoon devastated their country, Mugabe says there will be en election, even if he has to do the whole thing himself.

Sunday, Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), leader Morgan Tsvangirai called a press conference in his home in Harare’s central suburbs and announced that his party was pulling out of the presidential run-off scheduled for Friday.

Amnesty International Condemns Zimbabwe ,Sudan, Burma and Gaza

Oppositions ‘must accept Than Shwe and Mugabe’

Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has said the opposition must accept him as leader before any talks on ending the country’s political crisis.

Comment: I suddenly recognize that this is the same line palagarized from our Sr General Than Shwe to Daw Suu and NLD. SPDC should proud of this fact. They should sue Mugabe for the violation of copy right!

“I am the president. Everybody has to accept that if they want dialogue,” he told thousands of cheering supporters. The opposition pulled out of last Friday’s presidential run-off, citing violence in a campaign. It says 5,000 of its members are still missing. Nigeria has joined a small group of African states criticising the poll.

“We express our strong displeasure at the process leading to the election and its outcome,” said Foreign Minister Ojo Maduekwe.

“We therefore do not consider the outcome of that election as a basis for moving forward.”

On Friday, Botswana – the African country to take the toughest stance against Mr Mugabe – urged Zimbabwe’s neighbours not to recognise the election result.

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Experts unveil index to check nations’ rule of law

7/3/2008, 11:24 a.m. CDT


The Associated Press


VIENNA, Austria (AP) — Legal experts from 95 countries have devised a way of measuring how well leaders, officials and judges are meeting the basic principles of law and human rights.

The “Rule of Law Index” — unveiled Thursday at the World Justice Forum in Vienna — is aimed at helping the United States and others countries pursue more fair policies in the pursuit of terrorists, participants said.

“The so-called war on terror has brought with it subtle changes. We talk about ‘coercive interrogation’ instead of what it really is: torture,” former Irish President Mary Robinson said in a speech to the forum.

“We face the new ‘normal,’ which must be confronted,” she said. “For the majority of the world’s citizens, the rules of the game are fundamentally unfair.”

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