Journalists assaulted in Indian-controlled Kashmir

New York, November 29, 2011-The Committee to Protect Journalists calls for an investigation into the November 25 attack on four journalists reporting on a protest in Indian-controlled Kashmir.

The journalists-AP Television News cameraman Umar Meraj, Al-Jazeera English online contributor Showkat Shafi, Getty Images photojournalist Yawar Kabli, and photojournalist Shahid Tantray for the Hindi-language daily Dainik Bhaskar-were covering a protest in the city of Srinagar when they were assaulted by paramilitary forces and the police, news reports said. Officials kicked and beat the journalists using their rifle butts, batons, and fists, witnesses said, according to news reports. Continue reading

International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

Elections in Egypt: real concerns for public safety and election fairness

Nine months after the unprecedented popular uprising that led former President Mubarak to step down, elections for a new parliament will commence on Monday, 28 November 2011, against a highly tense political backdrop with real concerns for public safety and election fairness, says International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH). Continue reading

Abducted gas company staff must be released unharmed: HRCP

Lahore, November 21: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed concern at an insurgent organization’s announcement that three abducted employees of a gas company in Balochistan have been sentenced to death by a “court” of the insurgents and would be executed soon. HRCP has demanded that the three men must be released and rights of all citizens respected. Continue reading