A squad of the National Army opened fire against a vehicle of the Regional Indigenous Council in Cauca (CRIC) and killed José Edwin Legarda, husband of Aida Quilcué, renowned indigenous representative · The Andean Indigenous Coordinating Organization calls for President Álvaro Uribe to be trialed, while Amnesty International condemns the killing
Even though the court has not yet pronounced sentence, eight out of eleven members voted for the continuity of Raposa Serra do Sol as an integral self-ruled territory - If the decision is confirmed, farmers, rice growers and other productive sectors will have to leave and land will be given to the indigenous peoples.
INTERVIEW. Abdullah Demirbas, member of the Democratic Society Party (DTP), was a mayor in one of Diyarbakir’s districts, in North Kurdistan, until last year when the Turkish law closed down the town council, accusing him of providing public information in languages other than Turkish, something that is against the Turkish State Constitution. In this interview, Demirbas talks about the threats on banning his party, as well as the perspectives of the DTP on the next local elections.
The Council of the European Committee requested this measure in Ankara after representatives showed signs of worry for the president’s mental health. The leader of the terrorist Kurdistan Workers Party is the only one condemned to prison on Imrali Island since 1999. The government has declared his release under one condition, that Öcalan turn in all fire arms.
For the first time ever an official document from the institution, in this case a letter of recommendation, contemplates the possibilities of "fighting for complete independence" for the Himalayan country in the case that talks with Beijing do not offer positive results in the near future · The delegates have reaffirmed that they continue to follow their philosophy of using non-violence.
The pressure from the Sri Lankan military on the rebel guerillas continues, the same guerillas who still have control over the North East of the island · Amnesty International has put out a warning on the humanitarian crisis currently taking place in Wanni, where the fighting is centralized, provoking 300,000 displaced civilians · Last week, the Sri Lankan Government rejected a cease fire from the Tamil Tigers.
Tutsi leader Laurent Nkunda agrees to ceasefire between rebels and Congolese army after weeks of fighting · UN peacekeeping forces deployed in the zone between the two fronts.
Report criticizes Serbian Government’s ‘inadequate’ response to attacks on Albanians and other minority groups following Kosovo’s declaration of independence · Authorities failed to take ‘preventative measures’ to stop violence and ‘have made little effort’ to bring perpetrators to justice · Most of the violence is said to have taken place in the autonomous province of Vojvodina.