Human Rights

31.01.2013

World Report 2013: Challenges for Rights After Arab Spring

World Report 2013: Challenges for Rights After Arab Spring

The euphoria of the Arab Spring has given way to the sobering challenge of creating rights-respecting democracies, Human Rights Watch said today in issuing its World Report 2013. The willingness of new governments to respect rights will determine whether those uprisings give birth to genuine democracy or simply… »

28.01.2013

Bangladesh: garment industry – a cautious optimism

Bangladesh: garment industry – a cautious optimism

From the moment you arrive at the Dhaka airport, it’s clear that the apparel industry is vital to Bangladesh’s economy. Airport walls are lined with posters advertising local garment manufacturers, textile mills, and trims suppliers. Apparel accounts for between 70 and 80 percent of exports, so it’s no surprise that… »

27.01.2013

UN rights chief praises groundbreaking report on violence against women in India

UN rights chief praises groundbreaking report on violence against women in India

A new report proposing ways to tackle violence against women in India represents a groundbreaking basis for action, the United Nations human rights chief said today, urging the Government to follow through with its recommendations. The report was produced by the Verma Committee, which was named after former Chief… »

27.01.2013

Russia: Reject Homophobic Bill

Russia: Reject Homophobic Bill

Vicious attacks on gay rights protesters in Russia in recent days underscores the need for the Russian Duma to reject a draft law on “propaganda for homosexuality,” Human Rights Watch said today. Russian authorities should thoroughly investigate the violence and new threats and hold accountable those responsible. On January… »

23.01.2013

UK must review measures affecting right to peaceful assembly – UN expert

UK must review measures affecting right to peaceful assembly – UN expert

A United Nations expert today urged the United Kingdom (UK) to revise a series of legal and policing measures that are having a negative impact on its citizens’ right of peaceful assembly and association. Measures such as the use of undercover police officers embedded in protests, containing protesters through ‘kettling’,… »

22.01.2013

The ‘Arab Spring’ Arrives in Eritrea

The ‘Arab Spring’ Arrives in Eritrea

By Mirjam van Reisen* Arab Spring has arrived in the Horn of Africa. Young people have been campaigning for the last year, inspired by events in Tunisia and Egypt, phoning households in the country that has been in the grip of its leader Isaias Afewerki since independence from neighbouring Ethiopia… »

22.01.2013

Italy: Summary Returns to Greece Violate Rights

Italy: Summary Returns to Greece Violate Rights

Italy is summarily returning unaccompanied migrant children and adult asylum seekers to Greece, where they face a dysfunctional asylum system and abusive detention conditions, Human Rights Watch said in a report published today. Stowaways on ferries from Greece, including children as young as 13, are sent back… »

21.01.2013

France: Approve Marriage Equality

France: Approve Marriage Equality

The French National Assembly should approve a bill for marriage equality, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to members of the assembly. “From a human rights perspective, broadening the scope of civil marriage to couples of the same gender is the right thing to do,” said… »

19.01.2013

Aaron Swartz and the Freedom to Connect

Aaron Swartz and the Freedom to Connect

Aaron Swartz wanted nothing more than to change the world. He was doing just that until he ended his own life, at the age of 26, on Jan. 11. Aaron was a social justice activist, gifted with deep understanding of how computers and the Internet work, and how they could… »

18.01.2013

Hong Kong migrants, rights groups protest execution of Rizana Nafeek

Hong Kong migrants, rights groups protest execution of Rizana Nafeek

Dozens of Hong Kong-based migrant workers, including Sri Lankans; migrant and human rights groups, protested today the execution of Rizana Nafeek, a Sri Lankan maid, in Saudi Arabia. Nafeek was executed on January 9 for the death of her employer’s child. The Government of the Kingdom of Saudi… »

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