Haiti Two Years After, Still ‘Beset by Chronic Poverty’
UN to Saudi Arabia: Stop Hanging People!
Egypt: No More ‘Virginity Tests’ by the Military
Cairo – A civilian court has ordered an end to the practice of forced virginity tests on female detainees in military prisons. Judge Ali Fekry, head of the Egyptian Administrative Court, read out the ruling at noon on December 27 in a courtroom packed with pro-democracy activists and journalists. The crowd immediately erupted in cheers of jubilation and anti-military chants.
Deadly Racism in Italy
Somaliland officials targeting Oromo, Ogaden and Eritrean asylum seekers
Somaliland officials are abducting and refouling Oromo, Ogaden and Eritrean asylum seekers. This is against international law as it pertains to refugees. Dr Trevor Trueman has co-ordinated a report on this matter which turns around the incident that took place late December 2011 where twenty refugees from Ethiopia were detained by Somaliland security forces.
Arab Spring, the Year the Idea of Power Shifted
Geneva – “In 2011, the very idea of ‘power’ shifted,” High Commissioner for Human Rights said on the occasion of this year’s Human Rights Day on December 10. “We know there is still too much repression in our world, still too much impunity, still too many people for whom rights are not yet a reality,” Navi Pillay said.
Six in 10 Women Suffer Physical and/or Sexual Violence
I love Japan, not the death penalty
Sub-Saharan Africa – Safe Water and Sanitation Targets Are ‘Two Centuries Away’
London – It will take two centuries for sub-Saharan Africa to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) to reduce by half the proportion of people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation, according to NGO WaterAid, which calls on national leaders to commit 3.5 percent of their annual budget to the sector.