Sunday, October 07, 2007
anna politkovskaya, one year later
in the time-honoured fashion of an english gentleman, the undersigned wrote a letter to the times, published yesterday:
A day to remember Anna Politkovskaya
Sir, Tomorrow marks the first anniversary of the murder of the Russian investigative journalist Anna Politkovskaya.
We the undersigned are all supporters of the human rights organisation RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in WAR), and this weekend we will be making the first Anna Politkovskaya Award to recognise women who are defending human rights in zones of war and conflict.
We call on the Russian Government to bring to justice, in full conformity with international standards, both those who killed Anna Politkovskaya and those who have ordered her murder.
We also call on the world’s leaders to pledge to do everything in their power to protect the journalists and human rights defenders who work in areas of war and conflict, and who speak out on behalf of the victims, as Anna did.
We owe it to the memory of Anna to protect the very few who still speak out, on behalf of those to whom nobody wants to listen.
RIGOBERTA MENCHú TUM
ARCHBISHOP DESMOND TUTU
PRESIDENT VACLAV HAVEL
THE HON ZBIGNIEW BRZEZINSKI
TERRY WAITE, CBE
BARONESS KENNEDY OF THE SHAWS
SISTER HELEN PREJEAN
JOHN SWEENEY *
DESMOND O’MALLEY *
BARONESS WILLIAMS OF CROSBY
PROFESSOR YAKIN ERTURK
SISTER MARYA GRATHWOHL
JOHN D. PANITZA *
KATRINA VANDEN HEUVEL
i don't know who some of these people are, so i am going to look them up and link to what i find!
[some time later]
whew. learned a lot in the last while. click on some of the names, why don't you? oh, and the * is for the 3 guys for whom i couldn't find a decent link.