Current Human Rights in the News: 2012

MARCH 2012 

It’s Not About Gay Rights – It’s About Human Rights For many, “gay rights” is associated with the debate over whether gay people should be allowed to marry, adopt children or serve openly in the military. But a discussion looming before the United Nations this week is far more basic: whether gays should enjoy the basic right to life.


IOC/Saudi Arabia: End Ban on Women in Sports Saudi policy to bar women and girls violates Olympic Charter.


Egypt: Calls for Minors to be Kept Out of Political Clashes The involvement of children in violence during ongoing clashes between protesters and police in Egypt should be addressed because it is against international norms, say child rights activists.

West Africa: Call for More Coordinated Approach to Child Protection A report from an NGO coalition is calling on ECOWAS to better protect children from forced migration and servitude.

North African Road Trip: Hope Meets Hate in the New Libya One year after the Arab Spring, Spiegel correspondent Alexander Smoltczyk set out on a journey through the Maghreb to assess the region’s transformation. On the second leg of his journey, he travels through post-revolution Libya and finds a country marked by a mixture of hope, desperation and the will to build a new democracy.

NGO Crackdown in Egypt: German Think Tank Chief to be Questioned in Cairo
The head of a major German political think tank’s Cairo office has been snared in the Egyptian government’s crackdown on local and foreign non-governmental organizations operating in the country. The Konrad Adenauer Foundation and other institutions remained closed in the capital on Monday.