Human Rights

When will the prosecutors who ignore the law be disciplined?

When will illegitimate prosecutors be fired?

How can a nation claim to follow the rule of law when public prosecutors commonly manipulate evidence and violate the principle of private investigation? What has the judicial reform over the past 10 years achieved?
Nothing can be done to an illegitimate prosecutor who exceeds legal authority after a 10 year recourse period?

“Time to go up a gear,” say UN human rights chief at end of Japan visit

TOKYO (14 May 2010) – The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Friday she had held encouraging discussions with the Japanese government on a range of domestic and international human rights issues, including discrimination, treatment of migrants, methods to combat trafficking, the death penalty and maximizing Japan’s potential as an influential actor on the international stage.

Academy’s Contemporary Docs Series Examines Fiscal Responsibility and Farmworkers’ Rights

“Viva la Causa” and “I.O.U.S.A.” will screen as the next installment in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ 28th annual “Contemporary Documentaries” series on Wednesday, May 19, at 7 p.m. at the Linwood Dunn Theater in Hollywood. Admission to all screenings in the series is free.

New UN report urges greater global efforts to end child labour

8 May 2010 – The United Nations labour agency warned in a new study that efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labour are waning and called for a “re-energized” global campaign to end the scourge.

Women and girls deserve more protection in emergencies, UN rights council hears

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On 23 April 2020, a child washes dishes in the Maarat Misrin camp north of Idlib, Syrian Arab Republic.

Lebanon: New Coalition to Defend Free Speech

At least 60 investigated for social media posts since October 17

Fourteen Lebanese and international organizations announced on July 13, 2020 the formation of a “Coalition to Defend Freedom of Expression in Lebanon” to oppose the Lebanese authorities’ attempts to stifle free speech and opinion in the country, the organizations said on July 13, 2020.

Malaysia: Stop Treating Criticism as a Crime

Abusive Investigations for Critical Speech on the Rise

Malaysian authorities are increasingly responding to criticism of the government by initiating criminal investigations, Human Rights Watch said on July 08, 2020. Journalists, civil society activists, and ordinary people have all recently faced police questioning for peaceful speech under broadly worded laws that violate the right to freedom of expression.

US: Alabama Missing Ways to Improve Young People’s Health

Comprehensive Sex Ed, HPV Vaccine Can Reduce Preventable Deaths

Alabama is failing to enact policies to improve health outcomes for its young people, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on July 08, 2020. Despite the positive impact adolescent vaccines and sexual health education can have on improving health outcomes in the United States, state policies restrict access to information on sexual and reproductive health, leaving many young people unprepared to lower their health risks throughout their lives.

Fresh evidence of war crimes committed by all sides in Syrian conflict, probe finds

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A mother caught up in Syria's long-running conflict, holds her child.

Tunisia: Two-Year Sentence for Homosexuality

Arbitrary Detention; Reported Attempt to Require Discredited Anal Exam

A Tunisian court sentenced two men accused of sodomy to two years in prison on June 16, 2020, Human Rights Watch said on July 06, 2020. The decision violates their rights to privacy and nondiscrimination under international law and Tunisia’s 2014 constitution. The police also attempted to subject the defendants to an anal exam, apparently to use as evidence in the case.