News: Human Rights
Human Rights - Fri Sep 24 2010
Human rights: The post-2015 agenda?
The question of the post-2015 (some say 'post-MDG') agenda has perhaps quite a simple answer: let’s get back to basis, let’s get back to human rights.
Human Rights - Mon Jul 12 2010
Israel under review by the UN Human Rights Committee
The UN Human Rights Committee will review Israel’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Covenant). Despite that the Committee has reiterated to Israel that it has a duty to implement the Covenant in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, Israel continues to deny its responsibilities.
Human Rights - Thu Jul 01 2010
US-Mexico: Lethal force on the border
Sergio Hernandez Guereca’s short life revolved around the U.S.-Mexico border that ultimately led to his death. A US Border Patrol agent shot the 15-year-old in the face in Mexican territory between Ciudad Juárez, Chihuahua, and El Paso, Texas.
Human Rights - Mon Jun 28 2010
A more inclusive strategy needed for the MDGs
A fundamental problem in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) has been the lack of a more inclusive strategy of economic development that could integrate and support its "human development" ambitions, according to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD).
Human Rights - Thu Jun 24 2010
Haitian peasants marched against Monsanto
Ten thousand Haitian peasants marched to protest US-based Monsanto Company’s ‘deadly gift’ of seed to the government of Haiti. The march was organized by several Haitian rural social movements that are proposing a development model based on food and seed sovereignty instead of industrial agriculture.
Human Rights - Tue Jun 22 2010
Ecuador ratifies optional protocol on ESC rights
Ecuador is now the first country to undertake all steps to ratify the optional protocol to the international covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (OP-ICESCR). Ratification of the instrument symbolizes Ecuador's commitment to upholding its international human rights obligations and realizing economic, social and cultural rights.
Human Rights - Fri Jun 18 2010
Land and indigenous sovereignty in Chiapas
From the struggle for independence, through the Mexican Revolution and the indigenous uprising in Chiapas in 1994, claims over land have been a central part of the demands of social movements in Mexico. For indigenous communities in Chiapas, land is not just a means of survival. It is also central to their identity and their vision of indigenous autonomy.
Human Rights - Thu Jun 17 2010
One year since the Bagua massacre
"The rainforest is not for sale," was one of the most-repeated choruses in the marches across Peru commemorating the first anniversary of the Bagua massacre. A year later, no one has been found guilty of the tragedy but the peruvian parliament approved the Consultation Law, which dictates that locals must be consulted before any projects to exploit community resources are approved.
Human Rights - Wed Jun 09 2010
After the massacre: The global impact of the Gaza flotilla crisis
"When the histories are written, it is certain that Israel's Flotilla Massacre will be remembered as a key battle in what Richard Falk, the UN's Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Occupied Territory, calls Israel's 'war of legitimacy'" writes Phyllis Bennis.
Human Rights - Tue Jun 08 2010
25 years on, Bhopal tragedy victims still crying for justice
Twenty-five years after an industrial gas leak from the factory of a U.S. multinational firm in this ancient Indian city killed thousands and impaired nearly half a million, victims are still crying for justice.