Human Rights

10.05.2013

Clothing brands must work with Bangladesh to prevent another disaster – UN experts

Clothing brands must work with Bangladesh to prevent another disaster – UN experts

A United Nations expert group today urged global clothing brands to work with Bangladesh, international organizations and civil society to improve working conditions in the country’s garment sector, following the collapse last month of a factory that left hundreds dead and wounded. “The international brands sourcing from Bangladesh have a… »

28.04.2013

Tunisia: Sentence against blogger upheld in new blow to free speech

Tunisia: Sentence against blogger upheld in new blow to free speech

The upholding of a sentence against a blogger jailed for “insulting Islam” is yet another blow to freedom of expression in Tunisia, Amnesty International said. Jabeur Mejri’s conviction was today upheld by the Court of Cassation. The blogger was sentenced in March 2012 to seven and a half years in… »

24.04.2013

USA: Authorities must end indefinite detention in Guantánamo as hunger strike grows

USA: Authorities must end indefinite detention in Guantánamo as hunger strike grows

The US authorities must urgently end indefinite detention at Guantánamo Bay, Amnesty International said today after it was confirmed that more than half the detainees are now on hunger strike. As of 21 April, 84 of the 166 detainees held at the US naval base in Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, were… »

16.04.2013

Council Majority Supports Immigrant Voting Rights

Council Majority Supports Immigrant Voting Rights

A majority of the NYC Council now supports legislation that would restore the rights of all documented residents to vote in municipal elections. With 28 co-sponsors, the bill is just six signatures shy of a veto-proof majority in the City Council. The announcement was made at a press conference on… »

16.04.2013

Hong Kong – right of abode settled, for now

Hong Kong – right of abode settled, for now

In Hong Kong at the end of March, 2013,the Court of Final Appeal dismissed an appeal by Filipino domestic workers seeking permanent residency in the city. It also denied the HKSAR government’s request for referring the right of abode issue to the NPC Standing Committee for clarification, saying… »

05.04.2013

UN human rights chief urges US to close Guantánamo detention centre

UN human rights chief urges US to close Guantánamo detention centre

The United Nations human rights chief today urged all branches of the United States Government to work together to close the Guantánamo detention centre, stressing that the indefinite incarceration of detainees is a clear breach of international law. “I am deeply disappointed that the US Government has not been able… »

03.04.2013

Hungary must retract law that makes homelessness a crime – UN experts

Hungary must retract law that makes homelessness a crime – UN experts

Two United Nations independent experts today urged the Hungarian Government to retract a recently passed amendment that criminalizes homelessness, stressing this will result in discrimination against those without shelter. “Through this amendment, the Hungarian Parliament institutionalizes the criminalization of homelessness and enshrines discrimination against and stigmatization of homeless persons in the… »

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… »

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