Human Rights

25.12.2012

Protest Against Rape at Jantar Mantar

Protest Against Rape at Jantar Mantar

Protests against sexual violence continued for the third day in Delhi. The venue had shifted from the India Gate-Rajpath environs to Jantar Mantar. Despite the fact that the government had closed metro stops in central New Delhi (from Rajiv Chowk to Khan Market) so that Vladimir Putin was spared the… »

23.12.2012

Egypt gets a new constitution but not the one the people wanted

Egypt gets a new constitution but not the one the people wanted

State media in Egypt are reporting that the new constitution has been approved potentially by around 64% of voters but it is not without its critics who are concerned about a lack of protection for human rights.  Women’s groups and religious minorities are especially concerned. The referendum itself was only… »

20.12.2012

Meir Margalit in Jerusalem: Palestinians could prevent settlements

Meir Margalit in Jerusalem: Palestinians could prevent settlements

Meir Margalit is a Jerusalem City Councilman representing the Meretz party. He is also a founder and coordinator of ICAHD: Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (of Palestinian Homes) In an interview he explains that there will be national elections in January, in which only Israelis vote, and… »

20.12.2012

Record vote against death penalty at UN

Record vote against death penalty at UN

A record 111 countries voted Thursday for a moratorium on capital punishment at a keynote UN General Assembly human rights meeting. Although not legally binding, campaigners say the vote held every two years sends a strong signal to the slowly shrinking number of nations — including China, Iran and the… »

18.12.2012

Ukraine: Investigate Attacks on Peaceful Protest

Ukraine: Investigate Attacks on Peaceful Protest

The Ukrainian government should condemn homophobic speech and attacks on a peaceful protest in Kiev on December 8, 2012, Human Rights Watch said today. The rally by lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) and human rights groups commemorated Human Rights Day on December 10 and protested a… »

18.12.2012

Russia/EU: Moment of Truth Over Human Rights

Russia/EU: Moment of Truth Over Human Rights

The European Union should urge President Vladimir Putin at the upcoming EU-Russia summit meeting to end the crackdown on Russia’s civil society, Human Rights Watch said today. The 30th summit meeting since two sides started meeting regularly will be on December 21, 2012, in Brussels. “The EU should convey… »

16.12.2012

UN – Peaceful settlement of disputes preamble to dawn of new age

UN – Peaceful settlement of disputes preamble to dawn of new age

According to the ancient Mayan civilisation, December 21, 2012, represents the end of a cycle in the Mayan long count calendar that begins in the year 3114 BC. It is the completion of 5,200 years counted in 13 baak t’uunes, a unit of time. One baak t’uune is equivalent to… »

14.12.2012

Kazakhstan: Growing Crackdown on Free Speech

Kazakhstan: Growing Crackdown on Free Speech

The Kazakh government should end its crackdown on independent media outlets and opposition groups, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities appear to be targeting media and opposition groups that most extensively covered violence a year ago in Zhanaozen, in western Kazakhstan, and its aftermath. On December 16,… »

11.12.2012

Human Rights Watch: Reject Homophobic Bill in Russia

Human Rights Watch: Reject Homophobic Bill in Russia

Russia’s parliament should reject a proposed bill that would violate Russians’ freedom of expression and discriminate against and stigmatize Russia’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community. On December 19, 2012, the Duma, the lower chamber of parliament, is scheduled to discuss draft provisions that would impose fines… »

09.12.2012

World without Wars Human Rights campaign highlights huge room for improvement

World without Wars Human Rights campaign highlights huge room for improvement

World without Wars today launched a new Human Rights campaign to highlight the discrepancy between the ideals laid out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights first launched in 1948, and the daily experience of human rights for the vast majority of the planet’s inhabitants. Under the slogan “These are… »

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