Current Human Rights in the News: 2013
Malala Yousafzai addresses United Nations Youth Assembly On her 16th birthday, a young Pakistani schoolgirl made history in New York. Malala Yousafzai, the brave young girl shot and nearly killed by the Taliban, delivered a speech at UN headquarters.
More than 1,000 people killed in May Iraq violence: UN Unrest increased throughout Iraq as Sunnis protested, resulting to deaths and more than 2,000 wounded.
Jovica Stanišić and Franko Simatović acquitted of all charges The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia’s Trial Chamber released two Serbian men who worked in the Serbian security service due to lack of evidence and criminal intent. They were accused for participating in a joint criminal enterprise.
Nawaz Sharif condemns US drone strikes The new Prime Minister of Pakistan condemns U.S drone strikes and states they violate Pakistan’s sovereignty and the UN charter. The Parliament will be making a policy against drone attacks in Pakistan.
South Africa: Police repeatedly turn on asylum-seekers amid xenophobia spike Amnesty International said South Africa should stop violence against asylum seekers as the police used pepper spray and stun grenades on people renewing their permits in Cape Town.
‘There are no human rights in Sri Lanka’ Journalists, activists, lawyers who spoke out against the Sri Lankan government have disappeared as the government tries to control the public opinion, violating human rights.
Japan executions show ‘chilling’ escalation in death penalty use Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s government has now executed five people since taking office in December 2012
USA: Authorities must end indefinite detention in Guantánamo as hunger strike grows As more than half the detainees in Guantanamo Bay prisons seek hunger strikes, U.S must end indefinite detention said Amnesty International.
Human Rights Watch Report on Anti-Homosexulaity Law in Cameroon The report presents 10 case studies of arrests and prosecutions under article 347 of Cameroon’s penal code, which punishes “sexual relations between persons of the same sex” with up to five years in prison.
As President Obama Signs Violence Against Women Act, Amnesty International Commends Activism That Pushed Protections and Safety For All Women On March 7th the VAWA legislation of 2013 was signed by President Obama.
VAWA Act 2013 The American Congress came together on the 113th Session to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act of 1994.
South Sudan: End Widespread Child Marriage Gender inequality and child marriage has become a widespread issue globally. The South Sudan government is recommended to take action against the country’s striking statistics of almost half of Sudanese girls marrying reaching the age of 12 and 19.
NA Adopts Anti-Terrorism Amendment Bill 2013 A wave of fear and protests have swept across Pakistan as constant terrorist attacks pile up dead bodies and casualties resulting from recent bombings. The National Assembly of Pakistan has taken action in creating an Anti-Terrorism Bill. However, the real challenge the government faces is to end the outcry of citizens experiencing this trauma and providing justice.
Report of the Committee on Amendments to Criminal Law- Sexual Violence Against Women India’s Verma Committee produced a report on violence against women with recommendations to tackle this global isssue. It was proposed after a gang raped and killed a 23 year-old woman in India.
Justice Department Memo Reveals Legal Case for Drone Strikes on Americans A secretive memo from the Justice Department, provided to NBC News, provides new information about the legal reasoning behind one of the Obama administration’s controversial policies. John Brennan, Obama’s nominee for CIA director, is expected to face tough questions about drone strikes on Thursday when he appears before the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Drowned in a Stream of Prescriptions A college student suicides after being on Adderall, a drug meant for patients diagnosed with A.D.H.D. It has widely attracted students, while serious psychological dangers and its addictive nature is undermined.
UN Lauds New Tool Enabling Individual Complaints on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights A new protocol created by the UN will help citizens of countries all over the world to file complaints on the international level regarding human rights and atrocities, giving a voice to the “powerless”.
Thousands Join Pakistan Cleric’s ‘Long March’ Thousands of civilians participate in a peaceful democratic long march to the capital of Pakistan in order to protect human rights, eliminate poverty, supremacy of constitution, rule of law, and end corruption.
Independent UN Inquiry Urges Halt to Israeli Settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory The magnitude of violations relating to Israel’s policies of dispossession, evictions, demolitions and displacements from land shows the widespread nature of these breaches of human rights. The motivation behind violence and intimidation against the Palestinians and their properties is to drive the local populations away from their lands, allowing the settlements to expand.
Russia’s Anti-Gay ‘Propaganda Law’ Assault on Freedom of Expression A new legislation by the Russian Parliament restricts human rights for LGBTI people and discriminates against them, while breaching international obligations.