Human Rights

13.10.2012

Greece: Migrants Victims of Loathing, Arbitrary Arrests, Violent Attacks

By IRIN*, Athens – Three police officers in body armour surround two dark-skinned men on a busy street in Athens, Greece’s increasingly restive capital. It is a scene that has been playing out across the city since the launch of a government crackdown on illegal migration two months ago. »

12.10.2012

Egypt’s Film Makers Still Plagued by Censorship

Egypt’s Film Makers Still Plagued by Censorship

Cairo – It’s been nearly two years since the mass uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, but Egypt’s film makers are still plagued by censorship they say is stifling their creativity. Religion and sex remain high on the censors’ list of “taboo issues” as a tide of conservatism sweeps the country under Islamist rule. The… »

11.10.2012

UNICEF focuses on ending child marriage on the International Day of the Girl Child

UNICEF focuses on ending child marriage on the International Day of the Girl Child

On the first International Day of the Girl Child, UNICEF and partners are highlighting joint efforts to end child marriage – a fundamental human rights violation that impacts all aspects of a girl’s life. “The International Day of the Girl Child readily reflects the need to put girls’ rights at… »

24.09.2012

Palestine: International Activists Protest against Construction of the Apartheid Wall

Palestine: International Activists Protest against Construction of the Apartheid Wall

On Sunday 23rd September, 50 international solidarity activists staged a sit-in adjacent to the Israeli Apartheid wall that was constructed on the land of the village of Faqua’ northeast of Jenin. They also organized an “evening of art” at the place, though Israeli forces attempted to stop them. Security and… »

03.09.2012

Arrives to U.S. city of Chicago Mexican Caravan for Peace

Arrives to U.S. city of Chicago Mexican Caravan for Peace

Entering its fourth week for more than two dozen U.S. cities, the Caravan for Peace, led by poet Javier Sicilia, arrived today in Chicago with its message of curbing violence that corrodes Mexico. The group includes, among others, relatives of people killed or missing in the country from causes related… »

03.09.2012

Slavery: Use of Children as Domestic Workers Pervasive Throughout Haiti

[/media-credit] UN picture: Children in Haiti are victims of violence.The use of children as domestic workers is pervasive throughout Haiti. Though culturally accepted for generations, a new campaign has been launched to combat what is one of the worst forms of child labour. Her day starts at 4 a.m.. »

06.07.2012

The Nation of 700 Million Jobless and Slaves

The Nation of 700 Million Jobless and Slaves

If added together, there would be a nation of nearly 700 million people—the third most populated one on Earth after China and India. Its population is made of over 210 million jobless, 215 million children obliged to work; 21 million victims of forced labor, and 228 million working poor youth living on less than the equivalent of US$ 2 per day. »

05.07.2012

Maguwu Defines Diamond Issues in Zimbabwe

The status of human rights in Zimbabwe, environmental concerns from toxic waste, future of diamond revenue and level of transparency from the flow of those funds into treasury. Additionally, he addresses the role of the Kimberley Process and suggests ways the global jewellery industry should handle the supply-chain given how Marange diamonds are entering the market. »

03.07.2012

Argentina: Cristina hands out the first ID cards under the Gender Identity Law

During the handover of the first identity cards under the provisions of the new Gender Identity Law, President Cristina Kirchner said that, “although we still lack a lot of social equality, today is a day of immense reparation for those who, like some of you here today, have waited for your rights to feel like free men or women to be recognised for 42 years.” »

02.07.2012

Interview with Lucy Nusseibeh, founder and Director Middle East Nonviolence and Democracy

I met Lucy at the Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum that took place in Bonn from 25 to 27/6/12. She was introducing some of her nonviolence work in Palestine and I was struck by the similarities of concepts and language with my own humanist take and work on active nonviolence, which is exactly how she put it. I wanted to know more about her work. »

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