Human Rights

UN agencies urge renewed efforts to end practice of ‘son preference’


When A Gay Judge Rules On Gay Rights

Opponents of gay marriage are challenging notions of judicial neutrality in a San Francisco courtroom on Monday. They're arguing that a federal judge who struck down California's ban on same sex marriage last year was biased because he's in a same-sex relationship.

In Brief: Child labour in Asia-Pacific region "alarming" - ILO

Hazardous work is among the worst forms of child labour

NEPAL: Government urged to tackle caste-based discrimination, extra-judicial killings, torture and impunity comprehensively

During Nepal’s UPR, 24 states raised caste-based discrimination and Dalit rights. The ALRC therefore welcomes the recent endorsement by the Parliament of the 'Untouchability Bill', which criminalizes the practices of 'untouchability' in the public and private spheres, but urges the government to implement its provisions effectively. We also urge the establishment of the National Dalit Commission as a statutory body, and the development of a national action plan to address caste-based discrimination comprehensively.

AID POLICY: Good leaders battle risk-averse humanitarian culture

Leadership is made more challenging in the humanitarian sector by insecurity and risks to lives when mistakes are made

Sudanese leader still committing crimes in Darfur, Security Council told

Luis Moreno-Ocampo

An Oral Statement to the 17th Session of the UN Human Rights Council from the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC), a non-governmental organization in general consultative status

Recalling the Special Rapporteur on extra-judicial killings' report, the ALRC is gravely concerned by the Sri Lankan police’s use of excessive force and live ammunition against demonstrators protesting against the Private Sector Pensions Bill on May 30th at Katunayake, in which one person died and over 250 people were injured. The ALRC reiterates the need for independent international investigations into a range of human rights abuses in the increasingly authoritarian country.

New Study Shows Media Underreport Child Sexual Abuse and Leave Prevention Out Of The Story

New study released this month indicates media underreports child sexual abuse and omits discussions about prevention. Jill Starishevsky, prosecutor of child abuse and sex crimes has penned a children's book called My Body Belongs to Me to teach children about child sexual abuse prevention.

The numbers of children who are sexually abused in the United States are staggering and often hidden behind a broad demographic range in our country.

TUNISIA: Growing frustration in Choucha transit camp

People who fled violence in Libya lining up for food at Choucha camp, at the Libya-Tunisia border

COTE D'IVOIRE: Aid conundrum in fragile west

Families wonder how they'll feed their children, and how safe they'll be