Thursday, July 16, 2009

The president of Chechnya killed Natalia Estemirova, Memorial


Stories and News No. 51:


The Story:

My name is Natalia Estemirova and I was a human rights activist.
I was born in Saratov, Russia, by Chechen and Russian parents.
I graduated in History at the University of Grozny and then I worked there as a teacher.
I was a widow and my husband was a policeman.
I began to gather evidence on violations of human rights in my country since the second Chechen war in 1999.
In 2000 I became a member of Memorial, a human rights organization.
In 2004 I was rewarded for my efforts with the Right Livelihood Award in a ceremony at the Swedish parliament.
In 2005, along with Sergei Kovalyov, of Memorial, I received the Robert Schuman Medal.
In 2007 I was awarded with the Anna Politkovskaya Prize.
Anna...
I worked with her.
Just until 2006, when she was killed.
Stanislav Markelov, a lawyer for Human Rights, was on our side and he was assassinated too.
Now, my time to be murdered has come.
The list of dead grows, as the shadow of blood following the government of my country, Chechnya, but more importantly, who is behind it...


The News:

Group blames Chechen leader for activist's murder
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A human rights group blamed Chechnya's president for the kidnap and murder of a prominent activist, the latest in a series of slayings of establishment critics in Russia.
Natalia Estemirova, a close friend of murdered Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya, worked for the human rights organization Memorial in the Chechen capital Grozny and documented abuses by law enforcement agencies.
She was abducted on Wednesday in Chechnya and her body was found later in woodland in neighboring Ingushetia.
A Kremlin spokeswoman said President Dmitry Medvedev was "outraged" and had ordered an investigation.
Memorial's chairman Oleg Orlov pointed the blame at Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov, a former rebel turned Kremlin loyalist.
"I know, I am sure of it, who is guilty for the murder of Natalia... His name is Ramzan Kadyrov," he said in a statement on Memorial's website www.memo.ru late on Wednesday.

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Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Italian G8? A great party a few meters from the suffering...


Stories and News No. 50:


The Story:

Silvio has a large and beautiful garden full of flowers.
He is not the owner, but he is responsible for it.
Many people have put on him their trust and hope for a better garden.
An unlucky day a violent storm crashes down on the beautiful garden.
Many flowers are uprooted and perish.
Silvio decides to move the surviving flowers inside a greenhouse.
This one is realized in record time, with the hope that it is only a temporary solution.
It is a narrow space; the light that comes from the transparent ceiling is in any way not comparable to the sun, which daily gave to flowers a natural and free present.
Many begin to lose the wonderful colours that once they possessed.
The air inside the greenhouse is not that fresh and clean outside.
Also this is now affecting the health of plants.
Silvio, who is used to talk to the flowers, assures them that soon they will return to stay in the garden.
Words, words, a lot of words, he says.
In fact a day comes when the man, chosen to take care of the garden, decides to restore only a part of it to meet some friends.
These other gardeners like his idea and everyone congratulates Silvio for the good initiative.
They chat amiably, eat well, drink better and Silvio is very happy.
In that moment the flowers overcome their own nature and turn to the music that comes from outside.
They can see the silhouettes of guests dancing merrily.
Some of plants recognize that unmistakable Silvio.
He is the lowest; there is no margin of error.
And in that instant the earth trembles.
This time it is not the earthquake.
The flowers raise and get out from the ground for the first time in their lives.
They get up for their ignored rights...


The News:

It had seemed an audacious choice: bringing the leaders of some of the world’s most industrialized countries to a city ravaged by an earthquake just three months before. But as so often happens in Italy, a country that appears to handle last-minute emergencies better than long-term planning, the Group of 8 summit meeting opened here on Wednesday without any glaring hitches.
“We’re proud that we were able to pull off a miracle,” Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said Wednesday evening at a news conference.
“I thank everyone who agreed to move the venue here,” Mr. Berlusconi said, adding that world leaders said they were “happy” to come to L’Aquila, “the capital of grief.”
It was a rush job. Two weeks after an April 6 earthquake killed nearly 300 people in this central Italian city, Mr. Berlusconi announced that he was moving the meeting here from La Maddalena, an island off the coast of Sardinia. In recent weeks, more than 1,000 workers labored round the clock to transform a school for the Italian Finance Police into a compound holding 1,500 international delegates and more than 3,000 journalists, complete with fresh grass and wicker lawn sets.

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Monday, July 6, 2009

Uyghurs in China exterminated in the silence...

Stories and News No. 49:


The Story:


A video with no sound is like an unpopular story, unknown to most.
Like ours is.
Uyghurs is our name.
For media or historians we are a Turkic ethnic group living in Eastern and Central Asia, primarily in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in the People's Republic of China.
However we are only people, just like you.
"Uyghurs" means also "unified", "united".
United to continue to breathe, to smile, to wake up in the morning and go through the day that will follow, together to survive.
Many humanitarian organizations argue that, under the pretext of helping the United States in the war on terror, China is slowly killing us. Many exiled denounced the systematic violation of human rights by the Chinese authorities to repress any form of our cultural expression.
Now your media speak about 140 dead.
They are not the first ones.
Do not let us be another video with no sound...


The News:

Scores Killed in Clashes in Western China
BEIJING — The Chinese state news agency reported Monday that at least 140 people were killed and 816 injured when rioters clashed with the police in a regional capital in western China after days of rising tensions between Muslim Uighurs and Han Chinese.
The casualty toll, if confirmed, would make this the deadliest outbreak of violence in China in many years.
The rioting broke out Sunday afternoon in a large market area of Urumqi, the capital of the vast, restive desert region of Xinjiang, and lasted for several hours before riot police officers and paramilitary or military troops locked down the Uighur quarter of the city, according to witnesses and photographs of the riot.

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