Kozhikode (Kerala): Congress President Rahul Gandhi has invited 25 leaders from the Congress and the IUML to help him prepare a roadmap for the overall development of his constituency Wayanad, a party leader said on Wednesday. Those called to meet him in Delhi on Friday include state Congress President Mullapally Ramachandran, Leader of Opposition Ramesh Chennithala, district Congress presidents of Wayanad, Kozhikode and Malappuram as well as some Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leaders. “Rahul Gandhi has indicated that he wants to bring systematic development in his constituency keeping in mind its environment,” Kozhikode district Congress President T. Sidiq said here. “His offices in the constituency would also be streamlined to see speedy redressal of issues that the people face,” said Sidiq.
In a statement released in Geneva today, Professor Paulo Sergio Pinheiro, the UN Commission on Human Rights’ Special Rapporteur of dealing with the situation of human rights in Myanmar, said he hoped that these releases will be followed by the release of all remaining political prisoners. “The release of all remaining political prisoners would also send an important signal to the people of Myanmar and the international community that the Government is committed to a process of reconciliation and to establishing an inclusive and participatory democracy in Myanmar,” said the statement.”The Special Rapporteur firmly believes that former political prisoners can make a valuable contribution to the process of national reconciliation,” it added.