Human Rights

30.03.2013

From the World Social Forum to the Arab revolts

From the World Social Forum to the Arab revolts

Tunisia, cradle of the revolts in the Arab world, hosts from today [26 March] and until Saturday the World Social Forum (WSF), the most important international meeting of social movements and organizations.  And this is not by chance. The promoters of the WSF chose this country  in reference to the… »

26.03.2013

Travel restrictions stop Algerian activists from attending World Social Forum

Travel restrictions stop Algerian activists from attending World Social Forum

The Algerian authorities have prevented a delegation of 96 trade unionists and civil society activists from crossing the border into Tunisia to attend the World Social Forum this week, violating their right to freedom of movement, Amnesty International said today. The 96 have not been given any reason for the… »

26.03.2013

Palestinian women demand protection under the law

Palestinian women demand protection under the law

Tuesday 26th March, dozens of women protested outside Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s Ramallah office demanding the adaptation for laws that would protect them against violence and crime. Woman’s Affairs Technical Committee (WATC) member, Lubna Ashqar, told Palestinian official news agency WAFA that they want a law that “can ensure dignity and justice… »

26.03.2013

Honouring over 15 million victims of slave trade, UN calls for end to remnants of slavery

Honouring over 15 million victims of slave trade, UN calls for end to remnants of slavery

The United Nations today honoured the memory of an estimated 15 million innocent victims who suffered over four centuries as a result of the transatlantic slave trade, while highlighting the plight of millions more who still endure the brutality of modern slavery. Speaking at the commemoration of the International Day… »

24.03.2013

India: New sexual violence law has both positive and regressive provisions

India: New sexual violence law has both positive and regressive provisions

A new law passed by the Indian Parliament aimed at addressing sexual violence, while positive in some respects, has several deficiencies and also violates India’s international law obligations, Amnesty International said. The upper house of the Indian Parliament passed the Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 on 21 March 2013, meaning… »

20.03.2013

Guatemala: First trial of former head of state offers hope of justice

Guatemala: First trial of former head of state offers hope of justice

The trial of Guatemala’s ex-president General Efraín Ríos Montt and his former head of military intelligence Mauricio Rodríguez Sánchez -due to start on Tuesday 19 March – marks a long-awaited opportunity for justice for the victims of crimes against humanity committed against Guatemala’s Mayan communities, Amnesty International said today. In… »

19.03.2013

Human rights campaigner denounces Francis’s invitation to Mugabe

Human rights campaigner denounces Francis’s invitation to Mugabe

Pope wrong to meet Mugabe.   Francis sends the wrong signal.   Mistake to invite and greet Zimbabwean tyrant “The Pope has made a huge error of judgement by inviting and greeting the Zimbabwean President. He should have shunned Mugabe as a public rebuke for his crimes and as a signal… »

17.03.2013

Delaware, USA: Legislators propose death penalty repeal

Delaware, USA: Legislators propose death penalty repeal

Senate Bill 19 would change death row inmates to lifers Seventeen bipartisan legislators want to eliminate the death penalty in Delaware.  Garnering support from religious leaders, family members of victims of violent crimes and other members of the public, they introduced a bill that would repeal the death penalty. Senate… »

17.03.2013

European Court decides that Spanish eviction law doesn’t protect citizens

European Court decides that Spanish eviction law doesn’t protect citizens

By Pilar Paricio The European Court of Justice has judged that Spanish eviction law violates European Law as it doesn’t protect citizens from possible abusive clauses that banks have included in their mortgage contracts.  Specifically Spanish law prevents judges from suspending an eviction in the case where mortgage clauses are… »

15.03.2013

Bahrain: Dozens Wounded in Clashes as Protesters Mark Anniversary

Bahrain: Dozens Wounded in Clashes as Protesters Mark Anniversary

Dozens of people were wounded in Bahrain on Thursday as protesters marked the second anniversary of a Saudi-led intervention that helped crush the pro-democracy uprising. Clashes erupted around the capital Manama with police firing stun grenades and tear gas at protesters who burned tires and threw Molotov cocktails. Bahrainis… »

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