Human Rights

Abuse Allegations at Classified U.S. Site in Afghanistan

Report Calls On Obama Administration to Investigate Inhumane Treatment

Former detainees held at a classified detention facility in Afghanistan claim mistreatment by U.S. military, the Open Society Foundations said in a report released today. The accounts by Afghans—who refer to the site as “Tor Jail” or “Black Jail”—are not in accordance with U.S. detention rules.

SECURITY COUNCIL VOTES TO KEEP UN PEACEKEEPING MISSION IN HAITI FOR ANOTHER YEAR

The Security Council today voted to extend the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti until 15 October 2011, while underlining the significance of next month’s presidential and legislative polls in laying the foundation for a stable political environment in the impoverished Caribbean nation.

SRI LANKA: Crisis Group refuses to appear before flawed Commission

A Statement and joint letter from the International Crisis Group, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International

In a joint letter, the International Crisis Group, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have declined the invitation of Sri Lanka's Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) to appear before it. The Sri Lankan government is promoting the Commission as an independent mechanism for reconciliation and restorative justice after its decades-long civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), yet the Commission fails to meet basic standards and is fatally flawed in structure and practice.

SRI LANKA: Crisis Group refuses to appear before flawed Commission

A Statement and joint letter from the International Crisis Group, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International

In a joint letter, the International Crisis Group, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have declined the invitation of Sri Lanka's Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) to appear before it. The Sri Lankan government is promoting the Commission as an independent mechanism for reconciliation and restorative justice after its decades-long civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), yet the Commission fails to meet basic standards and is fatally flawed in structure and practice.

YEMEN: Emergency aid delivery in Al-Jawf challenged by insecurity

Tribal conflicts, roadblocks, hijacking and unexploded mines are hindering effective aid delivery to thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in northern Al-Jawf governorate, say aid workers and community leaders.

Reflections on the Constitution -- SRI LANKA

Making a person disappear over a land dispute

A place where there is no room for justice is not a nation but a madhouse. That is what Sri Lanka has become today. Ask anyone who has sought justice for any problem they have faced.

SUDAN: The shape of humanitarian space in Darfur

Darfur, described recently by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as still “dangerous, difficult, not stable”, is among the world’s most challenging environments for humanitarian workers.

UN report says Latin America must budget more for education to reach regional goals

Latin American countries must increase their annual education budgets if they are to reach the goals they have set for improving their national education systems, according to a new United Nations report released today.

Number of world’s hungry dips below 1 billion, UN reports

Although the number of hungry people in the world has fallen below 1 billion thanks to renewed economic growth, it remains “unacceptably” high, two United Nations agencies stressed today.

France strikers rally over s pension plans

French strikers have gone to war with the government over plans to extend the retirement age.

The pension plan strikes have crippled train services and flight traffic in France, and are expected to severely disrupt all forms of daily life, especially in Paris.