Human Rights

After 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' Is Repealed, What's Next?

Tuesday: Former U.S. Air Force Major Michael D. Almy (L) hugs House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-CA, after she signed legislation repealing "don't ask, don't tell." It's now on the president's desk, awaiting his signature today.

United States’ backing for indigenous rights treaty hailed at UN

Colombian indigenous children in jungle settlements in Panama

Afghanistan: a people trapped between sides

The main conflict-related challenges faced by Afghans in 2010 will persist in 2011, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said today.

INDONESIA: NGOs allege government impunity in Papua

Papuans remain among Indonesia's poorest, despite the province's natural wealth

Puerto Rico Student Strike 2010

Students offer flowers to police officers. Photo by Ricardo Alcaraz of Diálogo. Republished under a CC License.

Clarification relating to the appeal for pardon for Rizana Nafeek

The campaign to seek pardon for Rizana Nafeek needs to be continued as there has been no change in her situation. Her file is now pending before His Royal Highness the King of Saudi Arabia who can make one of the following three decisions:

• To pardon and release her,

• To reconfirm the death sentence, in which case the execution will be imminent,

• To leave the file without a decision.

Dallas Man, Associated with Local Street Gang, Faces 20 Years in Federal Prison, Without Parole, For Shooting a Federal Agent

Defendant Also Pleads Guilty to Drug and Firearm Offenses

Gary Montgomery, a/k/a “G-Bone,” 39, pleaded guilty this morning, before Chief U.S. District Judge Sidney A. Fitzwater, to assaulting a federal officer, distributing crack cocaine and being a felon in possession of a firearm, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Montgomery, and other members/associates of violent local street gangs who allegedly ran a drug distribution conspiracy in the Highland Hills and Pleasant Grove areas in Dallas, were arrested on September 2, 2010. Montgomery is associated with the Highland Hills Posse street gang.

Haiti: Emergency assistance for children & communities affected by the earthquake

Eleven months after the disaster, Tdh continues to support families living the consequences of the earthquake through the construction of more lasting housing, the establishment of permanent facilities for water and sanitation, the care management of malnourished children and the individual support of most vulnerable families through comprehensive protection and assistance measures.

In biggest appeal ever, UN seeks $7.4 billion for humanitarian efforts in 2011

30 November 2010 – The United Nations today appealed for more than $7.4 billion to provide humanitarian assistance to 50 million people suffering from the effects of conflicts and natural disasters in 28 countries over the coming year.


The United Nations human rights chief today voiced concern about the fate of human rights defenders in Iran, whose situation she says is becoming increasingly difficult.