Citizens speak out – 28 Jul 2011

Citizens speak out – 28 Jul 2011


Citizens speak out. In countries that include
Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Libya, Saudi Arabia, Syria, United States and Yemen,
people continue to stand in solidarity as they demand improved living conditions, equal
access to government services, and other political and social reforms. UNITED STATES – Congressman Luis Gutierrez
joined ten others in front of the White House in the nation’s capital of Washington, DC
on Tuesday, July 26 to protest the deportation of undocumented immigrants while calling for
President Barack Obama to take a more proactive stance in immigration reform. DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO – Monsters and
Critics reported on July 25 that over 100 residents fled across the border to Uganda
to escape violence between Congolese and Rwandan troops clashing with armed groups in the region. EGYPT – Fifteen groups have submitted proposed
changes to the nation’s constitution that would guarantee equal rights for women in
education and work, as well as require female representation in Parliament and local political
offices. SAUDI ARABIA – Fourteen female US senators
sent a letter to King Abdullah bin Abdul-Aziz, asking that he live up to his country’s commitments
to the UN Human Rights Council and the Arab Charter on Human Rights by permitting women
to drive. YEMEN – Visiting UN envoy Jamal bin Omar,
who has been seeking to help ease the current political crisis between the government and
activists, stated that although conditions specified by both sides could hinder reconciliation,
hope still remains as his discussions with each group continues. SYRIA – Agence France-Presse reports that
activists comprising the Syrian Revolution Coordinators Union are meeting Wednesday in
Turkey in a first-ever gathering to coordinate efforts among groups toward their pro-democracy
goals. LIBYA – UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s
special envoy Abdul Elah al-Khatib met with Libyan Prime Minister Baghdadi Al- Mahmoudi
in Tripoli Tuesday to urge a political resolution for the months-long conflict that would also
meet the legitimate demands of the Libyan people. In sadness for the loss of precious lives
as well as those injured and oppressed, we pray for all conflicts to end and that citizens
in every nation may choose to coexist in peace, harmony and dignified freedom�

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