TENS of thousands of hard-line government supporters turned out for state-sponsored rallies yesterday, some of them calling for the execution of opposition leaders as Iran’s police chief threatened to show “no mercy” in crushing any new protests by the pro-reform movement.
Sri Lanka’s president today urged the Tamil Tiger rebels to allow the estimated 250,000 civilians trapped in the northern war zone to flee to safety following reports of heavy casualties among non-combatants stuck in the shrinking territory.
The leader of Zimbabwe’s main opposition party and about 50 other democracy activists – many of them bandaged and bruised – were taken to hospitals following a court appearance today, two days after they were arrested and reportedly beaten for trying to attend an opposition meeting.
MARY Robinson is critical of the Irish state’s failure to enshrine the European Convention of Human Rights in domestic legislation (Irish Examiner, Dec 20). Maybe the judiciary should get proper training. Too much for them to apply human rights. We know: family law, treatment of juvenile offenders, mentally handicapped people ...