News: Human Rights
Human Rights - Wed Jun 02 2010
World Bank investigates Cambodian land titling project
The World Bank began its investigation into the Bank-funded Land Management and Administration Project (LMAP) in Cambodia last week, following a complaint that World Bank safeguard policies were flagrantly disregarded leaving more than 20,000 people facing forced eviction from their homes in central Phnom Penh.
Human Rights - Tue May 25 2010
Women's groups call for immediate peace in Jamaica
A state of emergency has been declared in Kingston Jamaica, as some supporters of an alleged local drug lord have taken to the streets in protest at attempts to extradite him to the US. Civilians, especially women and children are beign caught in the crossfire.
Human Rights - Mon May 24 2010
Call for papers on regional mechanisms for the protection of human rights
Conectas Human Rights (Brazil), the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria (South Africa) and the Centre for Legal and Social Studies (CELS, Argentina) invite all interested parties to send in their contributions for the Special Issue of the Sur Journal on Regional Mechanisms for the Protection of Human Rights.
Human Rights - Fri May 21 2010
Pakistan: freedom of expression on internet must be respected
The Lahore High Court on 19 May ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to block the social network website Facebook and hundreds of other international pages in response to a Facebook user calling for an “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day”. This decesion violates international human rights law.
Human Rights - Tue May 18 2010
Nepal: when villages plug in
In Nepal, lost in the chaos of political upheavals, a silent revolution is afoot. In remote villages of this mountainous and energy-starved country people are demanding their right to electricity.
Human Rights /Health - Wed May 12 2010
People living with HIV stigma index
The Index, part of a global initiative driven by civil society organizations and UNAIDS provides a tool that will measure and detect changing trends in relation to stigma and discrimination experienced by people living with HIV.
Human Rights /World Peace and Security - Tue May 11 2010
Palestinian-israeli human rights defender arrested
Makhoul, a human rights defender and General Director of Ittijah – The Union of Arab Community-Based Associations, was arrested by the Israeli Security Agency who raided his familiy home and barred him from leaving Israel. Take action against this arbitrary detention.
Human Rights /Gender - Tue May 04 2010
Domestic workers in South Africa: it's modern day slavery
There are approximately one million, mainly black women, who are domestic workers in South Africa. Testimonies provided by both domestic workers and their provided damning evidence of the abuse of workers in South Africa’s middle and upper class homes.
Human Rights - Tue May 04 2010
Assassination of human rights defenders in Oaxaca
A violent paramilitary attack on a peaceful solidarity campaign in Oaxaca, Mexico, resulted in the killing of human rights defender Bety Carińo as well as an international observer from Finland, Tyri Antero Jaakkola.
Human Rights - Tue Apr 27 2010
Gita Sahgal had to leave Amnesty International last week after questioning its association with a former detainee of Guantanamo Bay. Now, she asks human rights groups to introspect about the dangers of legitimising a violent ideology in their eagerness to find poster boys for their campaigns.