Human Rights

Community Relations Teams Visit Disaster-Damaged Areas

In an effort to help people recover from the April 15-28 tornadoes and storms that struck Mississippi, community relations specialists from the Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency are contacting survivors throughout the disaster area to provide valuable information.

MOZAMBIQUE: North overwhelmed by asylum seekers

Police have picked up asylum seekers and returned them to the camp

President Obama Signs Tennessee Disaster Declaration

The President today declared a major disaster exists in the State of Tennessee and ordered Federal aid to supplement State and local recovery efforts in the area struck by severe storms, flooding, tornadoes, and straight-line winds on April 4, 2011.

PAKISTAN: Child slavery -- 20,000 children with small heads are run by the shrines for beggary

No one knows about the reality and sad saga of these greenish veiled and shaved head individuals carried by their masters with a chain about their necks to get the sympathies of the masses for the sake of begging.The worst form of slavery in the name of religious tradition has become a common practice in Pakistan as no law and authority is ready to save these enforced mentally retarded slaves from their cruel masters and the beggar's mafia.

The humanities and war

As re-enactors don the blue and the gray to commemorate the Civil War’s 150th anniversary, young men and women dressed in fatigues are locked in combat half a world away under the flag of a nation that was reshaped by that 19th century conflict.

Fairview Heights Man Convicted for Making Terroristic Threats

A Fairview Heights man was convicted in U.S. District Court on April 27, 2011, for Making a False Threat to Detonate an Explosive Device, and Influencing a Federal Officer by Threat, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton, announced today. Roman O. Conaway, 51, was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury on October 5, 2010, in a two-count indictment following a seven hour standoff with federal authorities.

Cochiti Pueblo Man Pleads Guilty to Federal Murder Charge

Defendant Admits Killing His 95-Year-Old Grandmother

This morning, Brian Joseph Chavez, 38, an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Cochiti, entered a guilty plea to a second-degree murder charge. The plea was entered in Albuquerque federal court under a plea agreement with the United States Attorney’s Office. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Chavez will be sentenced to a 25-year term of imprisonment. Chavez has been in federal custody since his arrest on June 22, 2009 and remains detained pending his sentencing hearing, which has yet to be scheduled.

COTE D'IVOIRE: A massacre witnessed

This boy was shot in the face when armed men attacked a building where scores of people had sought refuge

HLS International Human Rights Clinic lobbies for humanitarian restrictions on weapons


Vital lifeline opens up for trapped Libyans as UN vessel arrives with aid

A WFP food distribution at Ras Jedir on the Tunisian-Libyan border