April 8, 2012

Comments Off on When the Rights to Freedom of Opinion and Expression Are Subject to Restrictions: Government Proposes New Bill

When the Rights to Freedom of Opinion and Expression Are Subject to Restrictions: Government Proposes New Bill

By: Yossa Immaculate Daisy-Uganda Article 19 of the UDHR states that “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers”. The ICCPR correspondingly reiterates the same in article 19 […]

Continue reading...

April 8, 2012

Comments Off on Human Rights Organizations Continue to Pressure the Turmenistan Government for Its Poor Human Rights Practices

Human Rights Organizations Continue to Pressure the Turmenistan Government for Its Poor Human Rights Practices

By: Anna Malinovskaya   Turkmenistan, a post-Soviet state in Central Asia, has appeared in the Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International news recently. Information on human rights in Turkmenistan is scarce, because the country is known to impose severe limits on international human rights monitoring. According to Amnesty International, the authorities have denied international non-governmental […]

Continue reading...

April 8, 2012

Comments Off on Hungary’s New Constitution and Media Laws Grossly Violate Human Rights

Hungary’s New Constitution and Media Laws Grossly Violate Human Rights

By: Anna Malinovskaya A recent news report by Human Rights Watch calls attention to the critical political situation in Hungary and the resulting tensions between the state’s ruling party and a few European political bodies. According to HRW, Orbán’s ruling Fidesz party is “using its super-majority in the parliament, spent its two years in office […]

Continue reading...

March 30, 2012

Comments Off on A Journey Through the Plight of India’s Eunuchs, Simply the ‘Third Gender’

A Journey Through the Plight of India’s Eunuchs, Simply the ‘Third Gender’

By: Urmila Chanam Somewhere someplace it’s still just a little before the crack of dawn. And no one else is present for this ‘ceremonial’ ritual other than the ‘dai-ma’ and her assistant. The oil is boiling hot when the knife is dipped in it. A normally born male baby is playing around on the soft […]

Continue reading...

March 15, 2012

Comments Off on Commemorating International Women’s Day in Uganda

Commemorating International Women’s Day in Uganda

  By: Yossa Immaculate Daisy International Women’s Day (IWD) celebrated every 8th of March may have passed, but the opinions of listeners on one of the local radio stations I tuned in on that morning still lingers in my mind. For over 50% of the listeners to believe that the day is “not relevant” anymore […]

Continue reading...

March 10, 2012

Comments Off on On Indigenous Rights in Canada. When Will Their Voices be Heard?

On Indigenous Rights in Canada. When Will Their Voices be Heard?

By: Anna Malinovskaya On January 24, 2012, Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Governor General David Johnston, and 12 Cabinet members held a historic Crown– First Nations Gathering with indigenous leaders in Ottawa. This high-level meeting has revealed many problems that indigenous peoples in Canada are facing. Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, the current national chief of the Assembly […]

Continue reading...

March 10, 2012

Comments Off on The Marriage and Divorce Bill 2009- What it Means for Women in Uganda

The Marriage and Divorce Bill 2009- What it Means for Women in Uganda

By: Yossa Immaculate Daisy     First tabled on the floor of parliament in 2009, the bill was shelved citing “time constraints” and “controversial” clauses in the bill by sections of the public who said it needed re-examination. However, many women will have something to smile about when this bill is finally passed into law. […]

Continue reading...

March 1, 2012

Comments Off on Chinese Authorities Detain Hundreds of Tibetan Pilgrims

Chinese Authorities Detain Hundreds of Tibetan Pilgrims

BY: Anna Malinovskaya Since February 6th, Chinese authorities have detained hundreds of Tibetan pilgrims who returned from Bihar, India, where they attended religious teachings by Dalai Lama from December 31, 2011 to January 10, 2012. Usually Tibetans caught crossing Chinese border with no valid legal documents are detained up to 6 months and then sentenced […]

Continue reading...

February 26, 2012

Comments Off on Violence Against Men Continues to be Silenced

Violence Against Men Continues to be Silenced

By: Irene Madara Over the past several years, cases against women violence have hit the air waves throughout the world. So much attention has been given to the issue, with several organizations being established to empower women against physical and emotional abuse. In Kenya, it is no longer women alone who are abused but the […]

Continue reading...

February 20, 2012

Comments Off on Faulty Medicine Kills Over 100 People in Pakistan

Faulty Medicine Kills Over 100 People in Pakistan

By: Atif Yaqub   Bilquis Bibi, an aged woman, was fighting for her life in a local hospital in Pakistan.  She was insisting to her son to let her go home because she didn’t want to die in the hospital. She was among those thousands of unfortunate people who were taking free medicines for cardiac […]

Continue reading...

February 17, 2012

Comments Off on Haitian Dictator Will Not Be Tried for Gross Human Rights Violations

Haitian Dictator Will Not Be Tried for Gross Human Rights Violations

By: Anna Malinovskaya   Former Haitian dictator Jean-Claude Duvalier, accused by Human Rights Watch of gross violations of human rights, will probably not be held accountable for the atrocities. On January 30, the investigative judge did not find him guilty of assassination, torture, or extreme corruption under his governance. The judge decided that the statute […]

Continue reading...

February 17, 2012

Comments Off on Fighting Female Genital Mutilation In Uganda

Fighting Female Genital Mutilation In Uganda

  By: Yossa Immaculate Daisy Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) is a cultural ritual practiced in a number of countriesUgandainclusive. In this part of the world, it is practiced in three main tribes of the Pokot, Sabiny and Tepeth all found in the eastern part of the country. It is one of those rituals “believed” to […]

Continue reading...

February 10, 2012

Comments Off on Buying Your Way to an A! Corruption Within the Russian School System

Buying Your Way to an A! Corruption Within the Russian School System

By: Anna Malinovskaya A recent series of articles on corruption in Russia’s education system has attracted my attention. Most of the articles try to estimate the bribes annual turnover or quote officials from the Ministry of Education on the measures they take to combat corruption. For example, according to the Russian online newspaper Nezavisimaya (“Independent”), […]

Continue reading...

February 10, 2012

Comments Off on Birom Christians Kill and Eat Muslims in Jos

Birom Christians Kill and Eat Muslims in Jos

NIGERIA.— Many people had thought the battle between the Hausa-Fulani Muslims and Berom natives in Jos was over, after the re-election of Governor Jonah Jang. But the relative peace that was enjoyed in the last three months suffered a severe setback when groups of Muslim and Christian youths clashed . On the 29th of August, […]

Continue reading...

February 8, 2012

Comments Off on Human Rights and State Obligations. Should Boundaries Be Drawn?

Human Rights and State Obligations. Should Boundaries Be Drawn?

By : Yossa Immaculate Daisy Human rights are well regarded as those absolute fundamental freedoms to which a person is inherently entitled simply because one is a human being. The right to a peaceful assembly and association and right to freedom of movement are just a few of those rights as stipulated in Article 20 […]

Continue reading...

February 2, 2012

Comments Off on Time to Face the Truth as Boko Haram Kills Over Two Hundred in Friday Attack

Time to Face the Truth as Boko Haram Kills Over Two Hundred in Friday Attack

  By: Sule Muhammed Lawwal Friday 20th January, 2012 was a day that cannot be easily forgotten as Boko Haram struck the State Security Service (S.S.S) Head Quarters in Kano and other police stations in the state. The attacked was carried out by suicide bombers in cars who drove into the building, collapsing it. It […]

Continue reading...

January 26, 2012

Comments Off on Dirtiest Election in Russian History Results in Numerous Protests and Arrests

Dirtiest Election in Russian History Results in Numerous Protests and Arrests

  By: Anna Malinovskaya Russian newspaper Sobesednik has called Russia’s recent parliament elections “the dirtiest in Russia’s history.” German media company Deutsche Welle released an article titled “Independent observers: these are the dirtiest elections over the last decade.” Independent observers from Deutsche Welle, registered many violations during the elections of December 4th. One of such […]

Continue reading...

January 21, 2012

Comments Off on Students at UC Riverside Face Violence During Protest Against UC Regents Meeting

Students at UC Riverside Face Violence During Protest Against UC Regents Meeting

  RIVERSIDE, CA.— A massive student protest erupted at UC Riverside Thursday after hundreds of demonstrators gathered to protest rising tuition costs. Students from as far away as Berkeley and San Diego came to join in the demonstrations. The students were protesting the ongoing tuition hikes as well as other budgetary related measures, such as […]

Continue reading...

January 21, 2012

Comments Off on Strike Ends in Nigeria, But the Victims Still Seek Justice

Strike Ends in Nigeria, But the Victims Still Seek Justice

By: Sule Mohammed Lawwal The week long strike by the Nigerian Labour Union ended on Monday 15th January, 2012. Exactly one week after the strike started the negotiation between the labour union and the government ended with N97 as the new price for P.M.S. The leader of the labour union Adulwaheed Omar announced the suspension […]

Continue reading...

January 19, 2012

Comments Off on Rally to Defend Public Education to be Held at UC Riverside

Rally to Defend Public Education to be Held at UC Riverside

RIVERSIDE, CA.— A day of mass mobilization to defend public education is being called for Thursday, January 19, 2012 at UC Riverside. The organizers and supporters wrote the following letter regarding the demonstration: Dear Students, Faculty, Staff, and Community Members, We are writing to have our voices heard and call people to action to defend […]

Continue reading...