10 July 2007The senior United Nations envoy to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has condemned yesterday’s murder of a local politician in the far east of the country, saying it seems to be part of an emerging pattern of assassinations of political and business leaders in that region of the vast nation. The body of Floribert Bwana Chuy Bin Kositi, the provincial secretary of the Congolese Rally for Democracy political party, was found yesterday in Goma, the capital of North Kivu province, which borders Uganda and Rwanda.William Lacy Swing, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for the DRC, called the killing of Mr. Chuy Bin Kositi an “odious crime” that had occurred as efforts were being stepped up to bring lasting peace to North Kivu, one of the most volatile regions of the country.Mr. Swing – who is also head of the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) – called on Congolese authorities to do their utmost to ensure that the sponsors and perpetrators of the murder are located and brought to justice.“MONUC is preoccupied by the murders and kidnappings who have recently taken place in the region” around North Kivu, Mr. Swing said in a press statement issued yesterday in Kinshasa, the DRC capital.He stressed that the culture of impunity around such killings and abductions, whether they are targeted or apparently random, must stop. read more

Earlier today Colombo Gazette reported that Muslims in Sri Lanka had written to the United Nations over the threats faced by them as a result of the recent campaign carried out by the Bodu Bala Sena.The Muslim Tamil National Alliance, in a letter sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, said that what’s disturbing is that radical members of the Buddhist clergy are allowed to take the law into their hands, with the enforcers of the law watching from the sidelines.“After the defeat of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Ealam, the Muslims of Sri Lanka have been looking at every opportunity to bring about national unity at a time when the country is in transition. We fail to understand the failure of the government of Sri Lanka in arresting the current trend which if left to go its course ,would spell disaster for the country we call our home,” the letter said. The military has had talks today with Muslim groups on the security concerns of Muslims over the situation which has developed following the Halal certification issue.The meeting comes a week after similar discussions were held between the military and the Bodu Bala Sena monks. The Muslim Tamil National Alliance, led by Muslim politician Azath Salley, urged the UN to draw the attention of the Government of Sri Lanka to international standards relevant to the protection and promotion of the rights of minorities. (Colombo Gazette) Meanwhile separately Ministers A.H.M Fowzie, Rauf Hakeem, Rishard Badurdeen and A.L.M Athulaulla met President Mahinda Rajapaksa after the Cabinet meeting this morning, the Navamani newspaper reported.The newspaper said in an online posting that the situation faced by Muslims in the country was discussed at the meeting. The military had assured the Muslims that they will be given full security and that any anti-Muslim campaign will not be encouraged. The Navamani newspaper reported that the Head of the Military Intelligence took part in the meeting today with the Muslim organizations. read more