Showing posts with label minorities. Show all posts
Showing posts with label minorities. Show all posts

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Egypt Copts ready for Easter mass despite attacks

Egyptian Copts will celebrate Easter mass on Saturday, marking one of Christianity's most joyous occasions just days after the deadliest attacks in living memory against the country's religious minority.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

‘Terrorism Godfather’ Erdogan pursuing ‘Third Reich-style’ foreign policy : top German MP

A top German MP has slammed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, calling him a “terrorism Godfather” and accusing him of pursuing a Third Reich-style foreign policy. The outburst follows Ankara’s Nazi-themed taunts over a ban on Turkish rallies in Germany.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Bulgarian President Says Turkish Meddling in Parliament Elections 'Unacceptable'

Bulgarian President Rumen Radev has said that Turkish meddling in parliament elections is a confirmed fact and is "unacceptable," adding that Sophia aims to maintain friendly relations with Ankara.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Obama criticises Netanyahu's 'divisive rhetoric'... (will reevaluate approach to peace talks)

The US has criticised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following his re-election victory for abandoning his commitment to negotiate for a Palestinian state and for what it called "divisive" campaign rhetoric towards minority Arab voters.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

1. Ankara a accusé Athènes de violer les droits de la minorité musulmane. 2. La communauté grecque et ses institutions à Constantinople, Imvros et Ténédos

Le ministre des Affaires étrangères turc Mevlut Cavusoglu a critiqué la Grèce pour non-respect des droits des "Turcs" (sic) vivant dans ce pays. Selon lui, la Turquie respecte les droits de la minorité grecque qui réside sur son territoire, et la Grèce « fait l’inverse »............

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Russian-speakers’ part Soglasiye wins parliamentary elections in Latvia

RIGA, October 5.  Latvia’s social democratic party Solgasiye (Concord), representing the interests of the Russian-speaking population and led by Riga’s first Russian mayor Nil Ushakov, has won elections to the country’s parliament, the Saeima, chairman of the Latvian Central Election Commission Arnis Cimdars said on Sunday.

Along with Soglasiye, five other political forces have won seats in the parliament.

According to the Central Elections Commission, Solgasiye won support from 23.13% of voters.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Russian Investigative Committee claims Ukrainian prosecutors inadequate

Official spokesman for the Russian Investigative Committee Vladimir Markin said that the agency would study the role of representatives of the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine in "covering-up the genocide of the Russian-speaking population in the country," RIA Novosti reports.

"The inadequate protective reaction from a group of people hiding behind the sign of the Office of the Prosecutor General of Ukraine pushes us to study their role in covering up the genocide of the Russian-speaking population," said Markin.

Monday, September 29, 2014

Russia launches criminal case on genocide of Russian speakers in south-eastern Ukraine

Russia’s Investigative Committee has initiated a criminal case on genocide of the Russian-speaking population in the embattled southeast of Ukraine, the committee’s spokesman Vladimir Markin said Monday.
“The Main Investigative Directorate of the Russian Investigative Committee has launched criminal proceedings on the genocide of the Russian-speaking population living in the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s republics [Article 357 of Russia’s Criminal Code],” Markin told ITAR-TASS.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Czech, EU, UK and US criticise China’s human rights record at UN meeting

Geneva, 19 September: The United States and United Kingdom expressed concern for human rights in Tibet during the UN Human Rights Council’s 27th Session in Geneva.

The US Ambassador said, “China has restricted the freedom of movement of released prisoners of conscience Gao Zhisheng and Dhondup Wangchen. The government has tightened control on expression of religious freedom and its continuous repressive policies on Tibet and Uighur areas…..”

“UK remains concern by reports of violence in ethnic minority areas of China and excessive use of force by the security authorities. We urge china to engaged meaningful dialogue with minority communities in Tibet and Xinjiang, ” said the UK delegate in its statement .

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Russia says Latvian FM’s statement ‘cynical attempt to mislead international community’

Russia’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday it was bewildered by the Latvian Foreign Ministry’s statement on a speech by Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian foreign ministry's human rights commissioner, at a regional conference with ethnic Russians of Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia.

“Latvia’s Foreign Ministry claims that Moscow’s accusations against Riga over the unfavorable human rights situation in Latvia are groundless, and that in fact that country is ‘part of the free, democratic world and is proud that its residents, all of its residents, just as in all the other European Union states, are ensured all fundamental rights and freedoms’,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Obama says NATO must help strengthen Ukraine’s military

US President Barack Obama urged NATO on Wednesday to help strengthen Ukraine's military and said the alliance must leave the door open to new members to counter what he called Russian aggression.

Obama was speaking in Estonia, one of three ex-Soviet Baltic states bordering Russia that fear separatist rebellion in eastern Ukraine could herald problems for them. All three have sizeable Russian minorities and rely on Russian fuel deliveries.

Obama says Russia must stop meddling in Ukraine for ceasefire to work

US President Barack Obama has said a ceasefire in Ukraine could only be effective if Russia stopped "pretending" it was not active in the conflict and stopped sending troops and weapons into the country.
Ukraine said its president had agreed with Russia's Vladimir Putin on steps towards a "ceasefire regime" in Kiev's conflict with pro-Russian rebels.
However, the Kremlin denied any actual truce deal, sowing confusion on the eve of a NATO summit.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Statement on Iraq: President Obama has acted expeditiously and appropriately in authorizing targeted military action and providing significant humanitarian assistance

Press Statement, John Kerry, Secretary of State, Washington, DC, August 7, 2014 :

"President Obama has acted expeditiously and appropriately in authorizing targeted military action and providing significant humanitarian assistance to the people of Iraq at this very difficult moment when it is vitally needed.

The stakes for Iraq’s future could not be clearer, and today’s crisis underscores the stakes profoundly. ISIL’s campaign of terror against the innocent, including Yezedi and Christian minorities, and its grotesque and targeted acts of violence bear all the warning signs and hallmarks of genocide. For anyone who needed a wake-up call, this is it.

Monday, July 28, 2014

OHCHR/New Ukraine report:The horrendous shooting down of the Malaysian Airlines may amount to a war crime (Navi Pillay)

Intense fighting in eastern Ukraine “extremely alarming”, says Pillay, as UN releases new report:

GENEVA (28 July 2014) - A total breakdown of law and order and a reign of fear and terror have been inflicted by armed groups on the population of eastern Ukraine, according to a new report issued today by the Office of United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.

The report documents how these armed groups continue to abduct, detain, torture and execute people kept as hostages in order to intimidate and “to exercise their power over the population in raw and brutal ways.”

Monday, June 2, 2014

Russia urges Russia-NATO Council to demand that Kiev stops military operation

Russia has urged the Russia-NATO Council to demand from the Kiev authorities to immediately stop a military operation in the southeast of the country as well as to comply with the Geneva accord and the OSCE ‘road map’, Russia’s Ambassador NATO Alexander Grushko said on Monday after a Council session on Ukraine at the level of ambassadors.
The session was called by the Russian side in view of a worsening situation in the east of Ukraine.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

New Kiev authorities violate human rights. (European observers)

European observers present in Ukraine since the beginning of rioting note that the forces that seized power in Kiev violate human rights and that their actions would be found illegal in most countries of the European Union. 
Mateusz Piskorski, member of the Polish Sejm of the fifth convocation, director of the European Centre of Geopolitical Analysis, told Itar-Tass that as to the rhetoric of the political forces dominating the Euromaidan, they call for obvious violation of fundamental human rights, mostly the rights of national minorities.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Remarks at the OSCE Special Permanent Council Meeting on Ukraine. -Victoria Nuland Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs

 Vienna, Austria,March 3, 2014
Thank you Madam Chair.
My thanks to Ambassador Guldimann for being here, to the Ambassador for Ukraine, and to all the chairs of the OSCE institutions.
There should be no question where the United States stands on this matter. The President has been clear; we have also joined a statement at NATO of the 28 allies, we’ve also joined a G7 statement. We consider Russia’s actions in Ukraine to be a violation of international law and a violation of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the independent nation of Ukraine, and a breach of Russia’s Helsinki Commitments and its UN obligations.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Ethnic Turkish Chief: Bulgarians Turned Dogan's Attacker into Martyr

Instead of condemning the attack against ethnic Turkish leader, Ahmed Dogan, Bulgarians are demonstrating a dangerous trend of turning the attacker into a victim.
The statement was made by Lyutvi Mestan, the newly elected Chairman of the ethnic Turkish party Movement for Rights and Freedoms, DPS. Speaking for TV+ Wednesday, Mestan said the assailant has been made looking like a martyr and a hero, which was a demonstration of the flaws of Bulgarian democracy which violate texts in the country's Constitution.
The ethnic Turkish leader further stated that even senior officials in Bulgaria have shown deep ignorance about integration of minorities, interpreting it simply as accepting "their way of life."

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Syrian Christians pray for peace on Christmas Eve (PHOTOS RT)

As disastrous civil war continues to ravage Syria, Christian communities across the country gathered to attend Christmas masses and pray for peace in the strife-torn land after almost two years of violence.
"I pray that peace and safety returns to the hearts of all Syrians," Heba Shawi, a Catholic attending mass at Notre Dame church in the Damascus district of Qusur told AFP. "I hope the smiles come back to children's faces."
Bishop Joseph al-Absi, who led the mass at the Melkite Greek Catholic Cathedral in Damsacus, prayed for peace in Syria, asking God to protect the country and it leadership, according to SANA news agency.

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