Victory for Same-Sex Equality |
Source: Human Rights Watch
Mexico's Supreme Court
recognized the right of same-sex couples to adopt children in Mexico City,
upholding a core principle of equality. The Court's decision came in
support of a federal law extending the definition of marriage to include
same-sex couples. Mexico is now the 11th country to provide equal
access to marriage.
Homeland Protection or Civil Rights
Hundreds of immigrants are being taken into
detention from domestic trains and buses along our nation’s northern
border. With the jurisdiction to enforce immigration laws within 100
miles of the border, the Border Patrol’s little-publicized
transportation checks claim to be another one of 9/11’s nationwide
|China Prepares for Heavy Rains|
forecasts call for more heavy rain in China, civil affairs authorities are
planning for the prevention of rain-related disasters. They ordered
the relocation of people in areas prone to flooding and mudslides.
Also, authorities will disseminate disaster prevention information among
people in disaster-prone areas.
Malaysia Guarantees Rights
Malaysia recently ratified the Convention on the Rights of
Persons with Disabilities. This is an important step in improving
the lives of those with disabilities. The convention will guarantee
comprehensive fundamental rights including freedom from discrimination and
equal rights. However, there are still concerns about Malaysia's
ability to comply with the convention.
Police Kill Unarmed Prisoner|
Source: Starbroek News
A group of Jamaican policemen were shown murdering a prisoner lying helplessly on the ground in an amateur video filmed by a bystander and aired on Jamaican television. While citizens and the police department have condemned such acts, these excesses of police action are not uncommon.
After failing to
stem crime and violence, the city government of Medellin, Colombia, has
funded music programs to keep youth from falling prey the to the
country’s most pressing social ills. In the Medellin Music
School Network, youth have the opportunity for creative development away
from street life. Since the program's inception, youth crime has dropped
|Burkina Faso Empowering Girls’
Source: All Africa
In Burkina Faso, a combination of poverty and
cultural values deprives many girls of an education and makes the
country’s school completion rate among the lowest in Africa.
However, a new initiative is keeping girls in school by supporting
activities which generate income for their mothers.
Prominent human rights watchdogs are
campaigning for greater visibility of the African Court on Human and
Peoples’ Rights. The seven-year-old court has only heard one case,
which was thrown out on a technicality. Only two African countries
have approved of their citizens taking their governments to the court over
human rights abuses.
Failing Economy Hits Human Rights
French Deportation of Roma
|Gaza Strip Schools Face Closure|
Source: Khaleej Times
According to the U.N. Relief & Works Agency (UNRWA), the U.N. agency for Palestinian refugees, schools and clinics in the Gaza Strip will need to close starting in September due to an $84 million deficit. Jonas Gahr Stoere, Norwegian Foreign Minister and head of the U.N. Ad Hoc Liaison Committee, urged donors to honor their pledges to Palestinian refugees.
Amnesty International (A.I.) condemns Syrian State
Security’s detention of a Kurdish man, Abdelbaqi Khalaf, who is
being held without charge. A.I. believes that Mr. Khalaf has been
subjected to torture since his abduction almost two years ago.
Kurds in Syria suffer great persecution, including arbitrary arrest,
unfair trials, torture and sometimes even death.
Threat for Georgia’s IDPs|
Approximately 30,000 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) have been resettled since the 2008 war with Russia. Along with high unemployment and lack of good farm land, the end of the food assistance program by the World Food Programme could put thousands of families displaced by conflict at risk for hunger next winter.
Refugees International praised Uzbekistan for
allowing entry to over 100,000 ethnic Uzbek refugees fleeing violence in
southern Kyrgyzstan in June, 2010. The Uzbek government provided
temporary asylum and requested international assistance from the U.N. and
the International Committee of the Red Cross. Uzbekistan also
reached an agreement with Kyrgyzstan to strongly encourage the refugees to
return to Kyrgyzstan.