Europe urges end to Myanmar violence

Updated 04 November 2012
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Europe urges end to Myanmar violence

BRUSSELS: European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso yesterday called for an end to sectarian killings in Myanmar, following talks with the president of the nation which is emerging from decades of brutal military rule.
In western Myanmar, 89 people have been killed in clashes between Buddhist Rakhines and Muslim Rohingyas, according to the latest official toll covering the last 10 days of October. Many thousands more have been displaced by the violence.
“We are deeply concerned by these events and by the consequences for the reforms and democratization of the country. We hope that all religious leaders will call for restraint,” Barroso said in a speech, a copy of which was released in Brussels.
“The EU stands ready to mobilize 4 million euros ($5.14 million) for immediate humanitarian needs, provided access to the affected areas is guaranteed,” Barroso added.
He was speaking in Myanmar at a newly established peace center designed to aid dialogue between all parties in Myanmar’s peace process. During his visit to the country he also held talks with President Thein Sein.
The European Union, winner of this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, has contributed 700,000 euros to starting up the peace center, to be followed by further funds.
In 2013, the bloc will contribute 30 million euros to Myanmar’s ethnic peace process, a Commission statement said.
After five decades of brutal junta rule, Myanmar has stunned the world with rapid economic and democratic change, which has led to an easing of sanctions imposed by the United States and the European Union to encourage further reforms.


India seeks death penalty for rape of girls under 12

Updated 21 April 2018
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India seeks death penalty for rape of girls under 12

  • The decision to prescribe the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls under 12 follows an outrage over the rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu-Kashmir.
  • The Press Trust of India news agency reported that the ordinance is being sent to the president for approval.

New Delhi: India’s government has decided to prescribe the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls under the age of 12 to combat an increase in crimes against women.
The Press Trust of India news agency reported Saturday that the ordinance is being sent to the president for approval. It will require the approval of Parliament within six months in order the become law.
The decision follows an outrage over the recent brutal rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu-Kashmir state and the alleged rape of a girl by a ruling party lawmaker in Uttar Pradesh state.
Countrywide protests following a 2012 New Delhi gang rape and murder case prompted the government to double prison terms for rapists to 20 years.