CHRI Human Rights Update

Your round up from CHRI on 19/02/2016

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Today’s top news:

· Election day in Uganda: Tear gas fired, opposition leader detained, social media shut down

· Buhari: My anti-graft war knows no bounds

· More Sosma detainees allege torture, says rights group

· Backing Big Business, Western Australia Is About To Criminalise Protest

· LGBT rights still under attack around the world

The Commonwealth

More controversy ahead for ‘Caribbean’ baroness

Caribbean News Now

The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth to be, Baroness Scotland, is involved in a financial controversy linked to the Maldives and Chari Blair’s law firm.

Commonwealth Countries

Africa

Election day in Uganda: Tear gas fired, opposition leader detained, social media shut down

LA times

The day of election in Uganda was marked by severe delays, allegations of rigged ballots, shut down of social media and the arrest of the main oppositional candidate. This along with previous crackdowns on oppositional rallies and threats by police and other authorities shows that Museveni is trying to cling to his power.

Buhari: My anti-graft war knows no bounds

Daily Trust

President Buhari of Nigeria has spoken up against corruption in the country and has pledged to pursue it. He has come under pressure from the elites in the country, but refuses to back down in a recent statement.

Cameroon: President Biya grants pardon to corrupt Franco-Cameroon lawyer

Cameroon Concord

A Franco-Cameroon lawyer who was arrested in 2010 on corruption charges and then convicted in 2015 is going to be pardoned from her 25 year sentence.

Mahama petitioned to sack EC boss

Pulse

Richard Nyamah the spokesperson for the Progressive Nationalist Forum has created a petition for the current Ghanian president John Mahama to remove the Electoral Commission’s Chairperson Charlotte Osei. This is because she is holding another public position simultaneously which is against the constitution.

´Peace Council was not consulted on Azumah´s appointment´

GhanaWeb

Francis Azumah was appointed to the Elections Steering Committee, however, there are arguments that he may be partisan as he is described to be a member of the National Democratic Congress.

Countries urged to boycott meetings that defies international law

News Ghana

The Ghana Solidarity Forum of Western Sahara is calling on nations, civil society and personalities to boycott the Crans Montana Forum, a forum which Morocco wants to hold to discuss the territories it is occupying. ‘Western Sahara is considered as the last colony in Africa’.

I don’t have NDC party card — Joseph Whittal dares LMVCA

GhanaWeb

Joseph Whittal, has denied allegations that he should be withdrawn from the Electoral Commission’s Electoral Steering Committee because he is an NDC loyalist. He claims that he is not a member of the NDC and that there is no reason to take him off the post.

Tanzania’s FM wraps up visit to Rwanda

News Ghana

The foreign minister of Tanzania Mahiga, has finished his visit to Rwanda where he spoke with both the president and his counterpart in Rwanda. He also spoke out against the genocide and made a statement saying that ‘we have to respect human rights’.

Kenyan father raped by 50 men after he refuses to rape his daughters

Deccan Chronicle

Human Rights Watch came out with a report a few days ago showing the failure of the Kenyan government in the wake of the 2007 violence after the election which lead to hundreds of sexual assault. One of these people is Joseph whose daughters were raped in front of him and as he refused to join he was also raped. His daughters later died from their injuries and from AIDS.

Uganda’s tense election: Five things to know

CNN

The Ugandan election was held yesterday, and CNN has come with some essential quick facts to get you up to speed about it.

Kenya: Mother Wants Doctors Held Accountable for Child’s Paralysis

allAfrica

A Kenyan mother whose son was paralysed as a result of a surgery wants to hold the responsible doctor accountable and alleges that he was drunk during the operation. They have called on Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacist and Dentist Union (KMPDU) and Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) to investigate it.

Fighting corruption without rebuilding the police?

Punch

The Nigerian police needs to be rebuilt. Although there have been many calls and commission on reform of the police, few to none of the recommendations are being implemented and the police is a big part of the corruption problem.

Malawi cabinet approves ATI Bill

StarAfrica

The Access to Information bill has been approved by the Malawi cabinet, all that is needed now for it to ‘be taken to parliament where it will be enacted into law’.

New AU chair has friends in high places

New Era

Mugabe is being replaced by Deby as the AU president, although both stand accused of similar rights abuses etc. Deby has managed to keep a much lower profile and better reputation.

Boko Haram: There are still systematic violation of human rights by Nigerian Military — AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL

Vanguard

The Nigerian army has, despites its progress under Buhari, many violations of humanitarian law and human rights in its operations. Amnesty has sent out a report on these.

Nigeria: ‘Over-Pricing Tertiary Education, a Crime Against Humanity’

allAfrica

The tertiary education in Nigeria is too expensive and the schools are extremely strict and controlling on the lives of the students. University needs to become freer and more accessible.

Sierra Leone makes remarkable history at the African Union

Sierra Express Media

Sierra Leone has made ‘remarkable history’ after being elected as the president of the African Union’s (AU) Peace and Security Council as well as becoming a Ministerial Panel on Elections of Members of the AU Commission. Additionally, they are one of ten states to the African Union’s Commissions on the Rules and Procedures of the Policy Organs.

South Africa: Stand Up Against Racism, Pleads Zuma

allAfrica

Jacob Zuma, the South African president called for a fight against racism saying that ‘Racism is an enemy of humanity. If there is anything that this country must agree on it is the fight against racism’

Some Members of Judiciary Attempted to Have PM Arrested

Swazi Observer

The international Commission of Jurists (ICJ) launched a fact finding mission called ‘Justice Locked Out: Swaziland’s Rule of Law Crisis’. The report came after the arrest of many judiciary officers and is said to have ‘exposed the crisis in the country’s judiciary’.

Human rights violations increase as Ugandans head to polls

Big News Network

There has been an increase in Human Rights violation in Uganda as the country heads for its election. Politicians have been arrested, reporters attacked and harassment and intimidation has been prominent.

Ugandan Opposition Leader Re-Arrested

Voice of America

The Ugandan main opposition leader has been arrested a second time in two days as the election continues in the delayed districts of Uganda. Provisional results show Museveni in the lead of the polls.

Uganda: Observers Give Mixed Reactions On Election

allAfrica

There are mixed reports on how the elections are being handled in Uganda, there are people alleging rigged elections and failures in the voting process and others saying that everything has been calm and successful with some minor delays.

Asia

H&M, M&S Not Fulfilling “Living Wage” Promises, Says New Report

Ecouterre

H&M and M&S who are using a lot of labour in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India are thought to be ethical and responsible in their production, however, people are not treated as well as has been promised by the companies.

Sen. Lankford Asks Obama to Consider Human Rights, Religious Liberty in Growing Diplomatic Ties with Cuba and India

CNS News

Senator Lankford has sent a letter to Obama questioning the decision to increase ties with India and Cuba as they violate religious liberty and human rights.

Marriage biggest reason for kidnapping of women in India

Live Mint

Wanting to marry someone is the main reasons for kidnapping women in India shows the National Crime Records Bureau data from 2014.

India to stop violating human rights in occupied Kashmir: FO

PakTribune

India was called to stop violating human rights in Kashmir, and talks between Pakistan and India were to be resumed after they were rescheduled because of an attack on an Indian airbase.

More Sosma detainees allege torture, says rights group

The Malaysian Insider

More letters from detainees under the Sosma act have been received by Suaram, alleging human rights abuses, including torture.

Wanita MCA wants pregnancy discrimination laws

The Malay Online

Wanita MCA is being backed by the Malaysian Trade Unions Congress (MTUC) in her call for legislation that prohibits questions concerning pregnancy by employers. This comes after a woman’s award for damages were cut in a court case.

Remaining an open society

Nepali Times

India’s democracy is becoming worse, it can be seen in how civil society are being treated and controlled and the attacks on freedom of speech.

Pakistan women risking all to fight for rights

Juneau Empire

A woman who was kidnapped and repeatedly raped in Pakistan is leading the fight for rights for women in the patriarchal society. She has gone public with her story.

JNU crisis: But what about Pakistan?

Scroll

The issues of freedom of speech in India is an important one and this journalist stands with the JNU, however, she says that this issue needs to be focused on at home in Pakistan as well.

Report shows Pakistan hangings hit 324

Sky News

324 hangings were carried out as a punishment for crimes last year in Pakistan, however, the majority are not militants although the moratorium on executions was lifted to deter militancy.

Caribbean

Tivoli Enquiry: ‘Predictably’ The BSI Found No Evidence Of Wrongdoing — Williams

The Cleaner

The Tivoli Gardens, Jamaica, was host to several killings, however, the police has no intention of conducting a serious investigation into the murders or human rights abuses that occurred.

Alvina Reynolds condemns latest rapes

St Lucia Times

Alvina Reynolds, Gender Relations Minister, in St Lucia has condemned recent rapes on the island saying ‘she is appalled that after all that has been said perpetrators continue to violate women an instill fear’

Europe

A wake up call survey

Times of Malta

Aditus, a NGO in Malta promoting human rights has spoken up against the threats against MEP Roberta Metsola. They see this as ‘right-wing sentiments and expressions’. This leads into a discrimination poll concerning the EU.

Pacific

Backing Big Business, Western Australia Is About To Criminalise Protest

NewMatilda

The West Australian government is passing legislation giving police extraordinary powers and will outlaw even peaceful protests. This has been criticized by three UN Special Rapporteurs.

Nauru cancels visitor visas for Australian and New Zealand citizens

ABC News

Nauru has cancelled visas for Australian and New Zealand citizens after a member of the media allegedly entered the country on a tourist visa. There have been many Australian media members wanting to go to Nauru to report on the detention camps, but they have been declined to do so.

Cops negotiating with #LetThemStay protesters who climbed Melbourne Arts Centre spire

SBS

The police had to negotiate with 2 protesters who climbed the Melbourne Arts Centre and put up the banner ‘#LetthemStay’ in protest against ‘human rights abuses being committed in our name in Australia’s offshore detention system, in particular at Manus Island and Nauru’

Teachers stand for refugees

The Logan Reporter

Teachers in Logan city have shown their support for the ‘Let them stay’ campaign calling for the Australian Prime Minister not to send asylum seeking children born in Australia to offshore detention camps.

PM’s trip an opportunity to restore human rights

Scoop

The New Zealand Prime Minister John Key is on a trip to Australia and Sri Lanka. The green party urged him to use this trip to promote human rights and restore New Zealand’s reputation in the area.

South Pacific Meats denies unlawful action

RadioNZ

South Pacific Meats has been accused of breaching the rights of its workers in limiting them the access to a union. ‘Those rights are guaranteed by human rights laws and international labour laws’.

Other

MNJTF Set For Counter Insurgency Trans-border War

Channels Television

The Multi National Joint Taskforce (MNJTF), made up of Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger and Chad, has gathered 10 000 soldiers to fight insurgency at their borders.

LGBT rights still under attack around the world

Amnesty

Although there has been some progress on LGBTI rights around the world, such as the decriminalization of homosexuality in Mozambique, there is still a long way to go.