Human Rights

06.12.2012

Uzbekistan: Free Political Prisoners on Constitution Day

Uzbekistan: Free Political Prisoners on Constitution Day

(Paris, December 6, 2012) – The Uzbek government should unconditionally release all of its political prisoners on the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the country’s constitution on December 8, 2012, human rights groups said today. Freeing the country’s many political prisoners would demonstrate a genuine commitment to… »

02.12.2012

Protest, repression and nonviolence in Greece

Protest, repression and nonviolence in Greece

Since protests began in Spain, Athenians started to demonstrate in Syntagma Square (25th of May 2011), together with demonstrations in more than 30 cities across the country. We spent more than a month with a consistently large crowd gathered daily at the bottom of the square, where open assemblies practicing direct democracy were organized. The open meetings continued for about two months. On the 29th of June there was a debate… »

01.12.2012

Corporate Power masquerading as Freedom of the Press: The UK concludes the Leveson Enquiry

Corporate Power masquerading as Freedom of the Press: The UK concludes the Leveson Enquiry

Free Speech is a right unless you are a whistleblower like Julian Assange revealing uncomfortable truths. The rising power of the Media, “The Fourth Estate”, has seen a class of politicians increasingly trying to get on the good side of the Press Barons, even if they made strange bedfellows. Margaret Thatcher,… »

30.11.2012

A Memorial of White Scarves Protests Calderón’s Legacy

A Memorial of White Scarves Protests Calderón’s Legacy

By Daniela Pastrana Each scarf represents a life cut short. Each stitch, a tear. Each thread, a cry of frustration about death and impunity.The Mexican hands embroidering for peace belong to mothers searching for missing sons and daughters, people demanding justice for their… »

26.11.2012

Building More Democratic Families in Argentina

Building More Democratic Families in Argentina

By Marcela Valente A wide-ranging reform of Argentina’s civil code is looking to replace traditional concepts of parental authority and control with one of parental responsibility, while expressly prohibiting corporal punishment for children and adolescents. “The changes are pursuing a more democratic family, that in… »

24.11.2012

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

Millions of women and girls around the world are assaulted, beaten, raped, mutilated or even murdered in what constitutes appalling violations of their human rights. 25 November Secretary-General’s Message for 2012 Millions of women and girls around the world are assaulted, beaten, raped, mutilated or even murdered in what constitutes… »

13.11.2012

IPB Award 2012 Sean MacBride Peace Prize to Nawal El-Sadaawi (Egypt) and Lina Ben Mhenni (Tunisia)

IPB Award 2012 Sean MacBride Peace Prize to Nawal El-Sadaawi (Egypt) and Lina Ben Mhenni (Tunisia)

The International Peace Bureau is delighted to announce its decision to award the 2012 Sean MacBride Peace Prize to two Arab women: Lina Ben Mhenni from Tunisia and Nawal El-Sadaawi from Egypt. They have both shown great courage and made substantial contributions to what is known as the Arab Spring. »

12.11.2012

LGBT rights: The global struggle for queer freedom

LGBT rights: The global struggle for queer freedom

Homophobic persecution and discrimination is rife in large parts of the world, and the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are still not recognised or protected by international law. Nonetheless, progress towards equality is being made thanks to the defiance and bravery of activists. Over the last two… »

08.11.2012

UN Human Rights Committee Review of Turkey

UN Human Rights Committee Review of Turkey

The collective efforts of LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) organizations in Turkey paid off and the UN (United Nations) Human Rights Committee issued its concluding observation on Turkey, covering discrimination against LGBT people. The reports are a compliance review of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), one… »

18.10.2012

Malala, Drones and looking behind the headlines

Malala, Drones and looking behind the headlines

We report here on little known facts about Malala Yousufzai, the courageous teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting women’s education. Craig Murray, former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan, now committed Human Rights campaigner, has been doing some research. When Malala was 12 she was interviewed on BBC World: “Malala: “I… »

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