Human Rights

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… »

15.03.2013

UN human rights office voices concern over changes to Hungarian constitution

UN human rights office voices concern over changes to Hungarian constitution

The United Nations today expressed concern over Hungary’s adoption of an amendment to the constitution that threatens the independence of its judiciary, and stressed this could have a profound effect on the human rights of its citizens. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (… »

15.03.2013

Zimbabwe must stop clampdown and protect fundamental rights during referendum

Zimbabwe must stop clampdown and protect fundamental rights during referendum

As Zimbabwe heads to the polls this weekend to vote on a proposed new constitution, Amnesty International urges the authorities to allow eligible civil society organizations to observe the process without harassment and intimidation. Recent months have seen a clampdown on dissent as a number of civil society organisations have… »

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