Government Challenges Detention Ruling |
Source: American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and other attorneys
have urged a federal appeals court to uphold Guantánamo prisoner
Mohamedou Ould Salahi's successful challenge to his detention.
Earlier this year, a judge ordered Salahi released on the grounds he was
being held unlawfully. Despite the victory in March 2010, the U.S.
government is appealing the ruling.
to become Symbol of Freedom?
Upholding the right to build
mosques and Muslim community centers despite strong protests is an
important declaration of the right to freedom of religion. However,
several U.S. states are currently deliberating over the exact meaning of
this right as protected under the U.S. Constitution and international
|Human Trafficking Pact Signed|
Source: Vietnam News Agency
During a recent anti-crime conference, Vietnam and China signed
a pact aimed at preventing and managing illegal human trafficking across
their borders. The signing of the pact marked the sixtieth
anniversary of official diplomatic relations between the two
countries. This was the second conference related to curtailing
crime between Vietnam and China.
Thai Teachers Targets of Attacks
Teachers in the southern border province of Thailand recently
became the target of attacks by ethnic Malay Muslim insurgents.
The Teacher Federation of Narathiwat closed schools and halted all
classes in the province for three days to ensure the safety of teachers
Donates to Colombian Welfare |
Source: Colombia Reports
Canada has agreed to donate
$22 million to Colombia in an effort to enrich the lives of Colombian
children and strengthen transnational cooperation between the two
countries. Among other aims, the initiative will attempt to provide
15,000 children with access to education and protect 6,000 at-risk
adolescents from recruitment by illegal armed groups.
The Peruvian government
recently issued a decree that may terminate trials of military and police
persons charged with human rights violations. The decree may exempt
those not sentenced within three years and those who committed crimes
before Peru signed the Convention on the Non-Applicability of Statutory
Limitations to War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity.
|Hershey Chocolate Not So Innocent|
Hershey Company, one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the U.S., appears to be dragging its feet in addressing decent working conditions in the African countries where it gets its cocoa. A new report accuses Hershey of lagging behind its competitors in embracing the Fair Trade label, among other things.
More Rights for Zambian Women
Zambian Ministry of Justice tasked the Zambia Law Development Commission
with developing legislation to give women who marry under customary law
more rights. The proposed additional rights include inheriting
property and receiving financial support in the event of divorce or death
of the husband.
Scrutinized In Scotland|
Source: BBC News
The United Kingdom recently
proposed cuts to the welfare system which would put low income citizens at
risk of losing their benefits. Additionally, the cuts will result in
job losses. The welfare cuts come after Chancellor George Osborne
blamed welfare recipients of making poor lifestyle choices.
Defends Deportation of Roma
European Commission informed France that it could face legal charges
following its actions to deport Roma immigrants from the country.
France offered Roma immigrants financial incentives to return to Romania
and Bulgaria. France defended its removal of Roma immigrants to
their home countries on “voluntary departure”
|Mothers Fight for Children’s
Source: Al Arabiya News Channel
Children born as a result of forced marriages
in Iraq face unique problems. These children, conceived when al-Qaeda
controlled large portions of the country, have no birth certificates and
are therefore unable to go to school. Mothers struggle to
stand up for their children’s rights due to fear that they will be
considered al-Qaeda accomplices.
Syrian Teenager Arrested For Blogging
Human Rights Watch has asked Syrian officials to release a high school student who has been detained without charge since December. Tal al-Mallohi, age 19, was arrested for content on her blog that the Syrian government found objectionable. She has had no contact with her family since her arrest.
Drafts New Child Policy
Bangladesh’s newly drafted National Child Policy 2010 aims to provide a social safety net for children and gradually eradicate child labor. The policy expands the definition of children from individuals under 14 years to those under 18 years. The policy also intends to cooperate with NGOs to offer free health services and education to children.
Trial Sought for Uzbeks
International is pushing for ethnic Uzbeks in Kyrgyzstan to receive a fair
trial as they face charges of killing a police officer during the violent
interethnic conflict in June. While in custody, the defendants
have been attacked by relatives of the deceased police officer and possibly
by officials as well.