My plea to the people of Israel: Liberate yourselves by liberating Palestine
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, in an exclusive article for Haaretz, calls for a global boycott of Israel and urges Israelis and Palestinians to look beyond their leaders for a sustainable solution to the crisis in the Holy Land.
In conjunction with the International Day of Action for Rivers on March 14, SALT Malaysia have collaborated with different groups to celebrate the world's rivers and those who struggle to protect them. In West Malaysia, SALT team collaborated with Save Rivers, BaramKini, JKOASM and TaskForce against Kaiduan Dam to organised a film screening on three films namely Save Tasik Chini, The Sunken Grave and Stop Baram Dam, which represents the issues from Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. After the film screening, they proceed to a public place for a ballon-giving event to give awareness to the public about importance of rivers.
While in Sabah, a coalition called Sabah Save Rivers which SALT Malaysia is part of, celebrate Action for Rivers by launching 'Rivers Are In Our Hands' campaign. The objective of this campaign is to create awareness among the public to protect rivers from pollution due to development projects, to raise public awareness about the need to appreciate the water and use it wisely and to celebrate the river that has sustained us.
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On behalf of SALT, we would like to wish Pax Roana members a Happy New Year 2014. We would also like to take this opportunity to share with you our small success story. On 9th December 2013, SUARAM, a national human rights organization awarded the prestigious SUARAM Human Rights Award 2013 to the Task Force on Anti Kaiduan Dam. The Task Force was nominated by SALT MALAYSIA as SALT has been working very closely with them since the SALT 4 programme in Ulu Papar 2011. Therefore, we would like to thank you for all of your support and solidarity over the years. We believe that all of our efforts, encouragement and support for each other will have a real impact in our work for social justice especially for marginalized communities.
In just 2 days’ time, African leaders could kill off a great institution, leaving the world a more dangerous place. The International Criminal Court (ICC) is the world’s first and only global court to adjudicate crimes against humanity. But leaders of Sudan and Kenya, who have inflicted terror and fear across their countries, are trying to drag Africa out of the ICC, allowing them the freedom to kill, rape, and inspire hatred without consequences.
Democratic Reform in Asia: The Free Somyot Campaign as a catalyst and litmus test for genuine democracy in the region
Like many places in the world, South East Asia too is going through democratic, economic and political reforms and change. And one prominent case which is led by concerned citizens of South East Asia is the Free Somyot Campaign. Somyot Pruksakasemsuk, a Thai labour activist, human rights defender and magazine editor, has been in detention since April 2011, awaiting trial under the Thai lèse-majesté law for the publication of two articles deemed insulting to the monarch. He faces up to 30 years in prison.