HRW Wants Pope Francis to Highlight Human Rights Issues

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Daniel Bekele, the Africa Director at Human Rights Watch, said this landmark visit is a key moment for Pope Francis to stand with all victims of human rights abuses, including those targeted because of their ethnic or religious group or their sexual orientation.

Human Rights Watch-HRW, wants Pope Francis to highlight critical human rights concerns in the three countries he is scheduled to visit in Africa.

Pope Francis is scheduled to embark on his African tour, staring on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. He is expected to start in Kenya on Wednesday and then move to Uganda on Friday, on a three days visit. He will thereafter move to the Central African Republic.

Human Rights Watch wrote to Pope Francis on November 16, asking him to highlight critical human rights concerns in the three countries. 

The rights body, wants Pope Francis, to speak out strongly on matters of justice, civil and political rights, religious tolerance, and respect for sexual and gender minorities. 

Daniel Bekele, the Africa Director at Human Rights Watch, said, "this landmark visit is a key moment for Pope Francis to stand with all victims of human rights abuses, including those targeted because of their ethnic or religious group or their sexual orientation".
 
Bekele added that the Pope's messages and actions during his visit can help alleviate the suffering of millions of Africans, who are often at the mercy of abusive security forces and armed groups."

Archbishop John Baptist Odama, recently told the media that the Pope will deliver special messages to different categories of people. On homosexuality, Archbishop Odama said the Pope will not deviate from what the Catholic church preaches, adding that the practice threatens the very human existence. 

He said homosexuals need sympathy and support.

 

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David Rupiny
In his own words, David Rupiny says, "I am literally a self-trained journalist with over 12 years of experience. Add the formative, student days then I can trace my journalism roots to 1988 when as a fresher in Ordinary Level I used to report for The Giraffe News at St Aloysius College Nyapea in northern Uganda.


In addition to URN for which I have worked for five years now, I have had stints at Radio Paidha, Radio Pacis, Nile FM and KFM. I have also contributed stories for The Crusader, The New Vision and The Monitor. I have also been a contributor for international news organisations like the BBC and Institute for War and Peace Reporting. I am also a local stringer for Radio Netherlands Worldwide.


I am also a media entrepreneur. I founded The West Niler newspaper and now runs Rainbow Media Corporation (Rainbow Radio 88.2 FM in Nebbi). My areas of interest are conflict and peacebuilding, business, climate change, health and children and young people, among others."