Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Update on Sudan

For the past seven years, the Amherst Town Human Rights Commission (HRC) continued to receive monthly  update on the human rights situation in Sudan, and recently on South Sudan (the newest independent country in the UN). This was mainly due to active members of Amnesty who attended the monthly meeting of the Commission (Magda, Fanny, Samia, Mohamed).
This month, HRC will get the following update:

1) Congresswoman Niki Tsongas, of Lowell, MA signed on and co-sponsored last month The Sudan Peace, Security, and Accountability Act of 2012 (HR 4169), which was introduced by Jim McGovern last March. By signing on this Bill, Rep. Tsongas joined John Olver, William keating, and Michael Capuano in supporting peace in Sudan.

HR 4169 summary is "To require the development of a comprehensive strategy to end serious human rights violations in Sudan, to create incentives for governments and persons to end support of and assistance to the Government of Sudan, to reinvigorate genuinely comprehensive peace efforts in Sudan, and for other purposes"

2) Amnesty International called last week upon South Sudanese authorities to investigate and end horrific acts of violence and rape of civilians by its security forces. Read more on this here

Thank you HRC for bringing the voice of the oppressed and standing for human rights worldwide...

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Welcome back George

Professor George Greenstein, a founding member of our chapter back in 1978 has stopped by our table today and expressed interest to reconnect with his group... what a great news... Thanks are due to our Treasurer, Bob Stern, who actually re-connected him to the Chapter 

I want take this opportunity and make a quick announcement. The next meeting of the group will be@ 1pm  on Sun 10/21 at Magda & Mohamed house (and not on Sat at Jones Library as was originally planned)
The address is: 135 East Hadley Rd (S.Amherst)