Human Rights

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… »

07.12.2012

Landmine Ban: Poland Final EU Member to Join

Landmine Ban: Poland Final EU Member to Join

Poland’s announcement on December 5, 2012, that it is about to ratify the international treaty prohibiting landmines means that all 27 European Union countries have banned these unlawful weapons, Human Rights Watch said today. During the 12th annual meeting of the Mine Ban Treaty, which ended in Geneva… »

07.12.2012

New law will benefit media pluralism despite polarized climate

New law will benefit media pluralism despite polarized climate

Argentina’s new law on Audiovisual Communication Services (SCA), known in Spanish as the Ley de Medios, is due to enter fully into force tomorrow. Reporters without Borders reiterates its support for the bill’s general principles and endorses its application. However, the press freedom organization regrets that it has created a… »

06.12.2012

Uzbekistan: Free Political Prisoners on Constitution Day

Uzbekistan: Free Political Prisoners on Constitution Day

(Paris, December 6, 2012) – The Uzbek government should unconditionally release all of its political prisoners on the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the country’s constitution on December 8, 2012, human rights groups said today. Freeing the country’s many political prisoners would demonstrate a genuine commitment to… »

02.12.2012

Protest, repression and nonviolence in Greece

Protest, repression and nonviolence in Greece

Since protests began in Spain, Athenians started to demonstrate in Syntagma Square (25th of May 2011), together with demonstrations in more than 30 cities across the country. We spent more than a month with a consistently large crowd gathered daily at the bottom of the square, where open assemblies practicing direct democracy were organized. The open meetings continued for about two months. On the 29th of June there was a debate… »

01.12.2012

Corporate Power masquerading as Freedom of the Press: The UK concludes the Leveson Enquiry

Corporate Power masquerading as Freedom of the Press: The UK concludes the Leveson Enquiry

Free Speech is a right unless you are a whistleblower like Julian Assange revealing uncomfortable truths. The rising power of the Media, “The Fourth Estate”, has seen a class of politicians increasingly trying to get on the good side of the Press Barons, even if they made strange bedfellows. Margaret Thatcher,… »

30.11.2012

A Memorial of White Scarves Protests Calderón’s Legacy

A Memorial of White Scarves Protests Calderón’s Legacy

By Daniela Pastrana Each scarf represents a life cut short. Each stitch, a tear. Each thread, a cry of frustration about death and impunity.The Mexican hands embroidering for peace belong to mothers searching for missing sons and daughters, people demanding justice for their… »

26.11.2012

Building More Democratic Families in Argentina

Building More Democratic Families in Argentina

By Marcela Valente A wide-ranging reform of Argentina’s civil code is looking to replace traditional concepts of parental authority and control with one of parental responsibility, while expressly prohibiting corporal punishment for children and adolescents. “The changes are pursuing a more democratic family, that in… »

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