by Caitlin Williams, USA
As the European Games close, the question What will happen to Leyla Yunus remains. Yunus is one of the many human rights defenders and activists detained and imprisoned in Azerbaijan in advance of Baku 2015. Almost a year after defending the principles of “tolerance, [and] peace adherence” that the Olympic games were meant to be founded upon, Dr. Leyla Yunus still finds herself suffering from deteriorating health in a prison cell.
by Zubeida Mustafa, Pakistan
Perween Rahman became an anathema for many. In Karachi, which has become a city of death with far too many vested interests – economic and political – it is not difficult to hire a killer for a few thousand rupees (less than 30 USD) to eliminate an ‘undesirable’ person. That is what Perween had become: undesirable. She was emerging as a barrier in the way of those whose avarice knows no bounds.