Slated to Repeal Death Penalty |
Source: Amnesty International
A bill to abolish the
death penalty was approved in January in the Illinois Senate. If
signed by the governor, Illinois will become the sixteenth state to
abolish the death penalty. Under the bill, funds allocated for
capital punishment cases will be used instead for services for
victim’s families and for the training of law enforcement
Five years after Hurricane Katrina, Nat Turner founded Our School at Blair Grocery, a fledgling educational venture and commercial urban farm in the heart of the Lower Ninth Ward. Operating out of a former grocery store wrecked by fourteen feet of water, the enterprise is an extraordinary fusion of G.E.D. training and farm academy.
Development in Rural Vietnam |
Source: Viet Nam News
The Rural Enterprise Expansion
Project, sponsored by the Canadian International Development Agency, is
helping small-to-medium sized businesses grow and expand in Vietnam.
The $5 million project also includes women-owned enterprises. The
goal of the project is to create and promote sustainable development in
for Investigation of Sri Lankan President
International called upon the United States to investigate Sri Lankan
President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The Sri Lankan President is accused of
possible war crimes and torture. The U.S. Ambassador to Sri Lanka was
aware of the President’s possible war crimes, evidenced by a
statement uncovered by the Wikileaks.
|Duvalier’s Return Ignites Political
Source: Latin America Press
As Haiti struggled in the midst of an
electoral deadlock, its former dictator, Jean-Claude Duvalier, returned to
find himself in police custody. Human rights organizations have long
demanded that Duvalier face criminal charges for alleged human rights
crimes during his rule. Authorities charged Duvalier with
corruption; four Haitians also sued him for crimes against humanity.
Missing Migrants Concern U.N.
Navi Pillay, U.N. High Commissioner for Human
Rights, expressed grave concern regarding the whereabouts of forty Central
American migrants, missing since they were kidnapped in Mexico last month.
Pillay demanded that Mexican authorities conduct a complete and
transparent investigation to determine whether any Mexican state officials
aided the criminal organization that carried out the abductions.
|Tunisia: Violence Will Be Punished|
Source: Radio France Internationale
Prime Minister Mohammed Ghannouchi seeks justice for those
officials who ordered security forces to fire at groups of protesters
attempting to oust Tunisian President Ben Ali. Ghannouchi stated that he
never ordered violent retaliation. After Ben Ali fled the county,
Tunisia installed a new transitional government and promised freedoms to
the Tunisian people for the first time.
Libyan government pledged to provide Liberia with humanitarian support for
refugees fleeing the political unrest in the neighboring Ivory Coast.
The Libyan government sent Liberia 300 tents, three tons of rice, five tons
of flour, one ton of milk, tractors, as well as assorted medical
supplies as refugee numbers continue to rise.
Threatens Rights Advocates|
Source: The New York Times
A human rights organization, the
Belarussian Helsinki Committee, clashed with Belarussian officials over a
report concerning the country’s treatment of lawyers who have
supported an electoral challenge to President Aleksandr Lukashenko.
Authorities could shutter the Belarussian Helsinki Committee, which
criticized the government’s crackdown on opposition leaders
following elections last month.
Greece Wall Harms Refugees
The U.N. High
Commissioner for Refugees stated that Greece’s plan to build a wall
on its border with Turkey could endanger refugees who are seeking asylum
in Europe. Greece argues that the eight-mile-long barrier is needed to
stem the flow of illegal immigrants into the country.
Lawyer Sentenced to Prison|
Source:The New York Times
A leading Iranian human rights
lawyer, Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has been in prison since September 2010, was
sentenced to eleven years in prison for conducting activities against
national security. Her supporters claim that her prison sentence is
politically motivated and that she is being punished for speaking out to
the foreign media about women’s and children’s
A Saudi Arabian woman was found guilty and
sentenced to three years in prison for abusing her Indonesian maid.
The maid endured a severe beating that left her bleeding and with broken
bones that required surgery. Amnesty International cautions that
domestic workers in the Gulf region are often subjected to serious abuse
and slave-like working conditions.
|Suspicious Death in Uzbek Prison|
Abdulfattoh Raimokhunov, an inmate in an Uzbek prison, recently died. Raimokhunov’s relatives believe he was beaten to death because he was in good health and had complained of a prison guard beating him in the past. There is speculation that participating in a hunger strike caused the death of Raimokhunov and other prisoners.
Court has banned any corporal punishment in schools since it is a clear
violation of children’s fundamental human rights. The court
has asked the government to intervene when teachers engage in
misconduct. According to a survey by U.N.I.C.E.F., 91 percent
of children in Bangladesh have experienced physical abuse in school.