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#comment-5824" id="comment-5824">Anna Bligh's concrete legacy
Well, perhaps environmentalists can be assured that Anna Bligh's legacy to Queensland's ecology will be what she left by way of a concrete impression, otherwise how she played a key role contributing to Australia's mass extinctions.
Bligh may use the above for her epitaph if she wishes. I give her my permission.
Snowy River Region
#comment-5825" id="comment-5825">Death penalty for Asia Bibi
Asia Bibi, 45, was sentenced on Monday by a court in Nankana district in Pakistan's central province Punjab. Ms Bibi's case dates back to June 2009 when she was asked to fetch water while out working in the fields. And her case spotlights the Muslim country's controversial laws.
She was arrested in Ittanwalai village and prosecuted under Section 295 C of the Pakistan Penal Code, which carries the death penalty.
Sentencing her to hang, Judge Naveed Iqbal "totally ruled out" any chance that Ms Bibi was falsely implicated and said there were "no mitigating circumstances", according to a copy of the verdict.
Although proponents justify the “defamation of religion” concept as protecting religious practice and promoting tolerance, it really promotes intolerance and human rights violations of religious freedom and freedom of speech for religious minorities in these countries.
A United Nations forum last year passed a resolution condemning "defamation of religion" as a human rights violation, despite wide concerns that it could be used to justify curbs on free speech in Muslim countries.
Numerous Christians like her and others have been victims of it, either because they have made a comment which has been construed as critical of the prophet of Islam or as a way of settling property and business disputes. Now she has become the first person to be sentenced to death under it.
The international community, the UN, and the EU must do everything they can to make sure this vulnerable woman does not suffer the extreme penalty.
Western governments and a broad alliance of activist groups have voiced dismay about the religious defamation text, which is ostensibly to broaden the concept of human rights to protect communities of believers rather than individuals.
Fortunately, the General Assembly resolution is non-binding against U.N. member states. Just how much of the UN resolutions are binding?
Husband Ashiq Masih, 51, told AFP that he would appeal her death sentence, which needs to be upheld by the Lahore high court, the highest court in Punjab, before it can be carried out.
"The case is baseless and we will file an appeal," he said.
#comment-5828" id="comment-5828" class="active">Brumby boost to native waterbird annihilation and cruelty
Agriculture Minister Joe Helper has announced that the Brumby Government, in the lead-up to the election, was giving $400,000 of taxpayers money for hunting and shooting clubs to 'promote game management". This is on top of the $12.7 million for a shooting club. It's all under a Labor policy called "Pursuing the Great Outdoors" that will continue controversial duck shooting seasons and allow shooting in Red Gum National Parks.
This is despite the Yorta Yorta traditional owners not wanting
recreation duck shooting on their land.
The Brumby government intends moving recreational duck shooting from the Environment Minister's portfolio to the Agriculture Minister. Native waterbirds will be treated either as a "pest species" and managed like other wildlife, or procreated as "livestock". We all know how cruel some of our livestock industries are! This will be a disaster for native waterbirds.
The Coalition Against Duck Shooting are meeting outside Minister Joe Helper's electoral office
177 High Street, Maryborough (Melbourne Melways Map 627, A 1)
Friday, 19 November 2010
to talk to the Maryborough constituents and hand out our leaflets
Greens Western Victoria candidate for the Upper House, Marcus Ward, will be joining the action. Marcus has a very good chance of winning this seat. It is essential for our native waterbirds that the Greens win the balance of power both in the Upper and Lower Houses.
Please make a special effort to attend this very important action and us know if you are coming -
[email protected] mobile: 0414 816 509.