Saturday May 25, 2013
Kyrgyzstan: Defamation Campaign and Threats Against Human Rights Defender Ms Tolekan IsmailovaLetter by William Gomes Salem-News.com
William Gomes advocates for activists involved with, 'I Am Gay and Muslim'.
(SALEM) - A smear campaign and threats against Ms. Tolekan Ismailova; a human rights activist from Kyrgyzstan, are unacceptable behaviors of the Kyrgyz government.
She is charged with spreading propaganda for homosexuality in Kyrgyzstan and being destructive to Kyrgyz values through her connection to the film, I Am Gay and Muslim.
Along with other organisers of the human rights festival, Ms Tolekan Ismailova has been at the receiving end of government harassment that is totally unacceptable.
Our Human Rights Ambassador, William Nicholas Gomes, expresses serious concern for the physical and psychological integrity and security of these activists in his letter to H.E. Mr Almazbek Atambayev, President of Kyrgyzstan.
In fact Mr. Gomes emphasizes the extremely legitimate role played by human rights defenders and civil society organisations in the promotion of human rights for all.
He cites in particular the right to non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and protection against homophobic hate speech and acts.
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Salem-News.com Human Rights Ambassador William Nicholas Gomes is a Bangladeshi journalist, human rights activist and author was born on 25 December, 1985 in Dhaka. As an investigative journalist he wrote widely for leading European and Asian media outlets.
He is also active in advocating for free and independent media and journalists’ rights, and is part of the free media movement, Global Independent Media Center – an activist media network for the creation of radical, accurate, and passionate telling of the truth. He worked for Italian news agency Asianews.it from year 2009 to 2011, on that time he was accredited as a free lance journalist by the press information department of Bangladesh. During this time he has reported a notable numbers of reports for the news agency which were translated into Chinese and Italian and quoted by notable number of new outlets all over the world.He, ideologically, identifies himself deeply attached with anarchism. His political views are often characterized as “leftist” or “left-wing,” and he has described himself as an individualist anarchist.
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