Human Rights in the news
Daily round up from CHRI UK on 14/01/2016
Today’s top news:
Prominent British human rights leader and civil liberties activist, Shami Chakrabarti, is to leave her role as the director of campaign group Liberty after 12 years in which she has repeatedly clashed with governments.
Civil Society (Finance)
Recent Charity Finance Group report found that opinion was heavily divided over how the regulator should be funded and that awareness of the Charity Commission was very low — with many things the public suggested that Commission should be doing being things that it already does.
Gold Coast Commonwealth Games organisers were criticised by Queensland’s government for communicating poorly with the opening ceremony’s unsuccessful bidders although an independent report shows the overall tender process was fair.
Former Bahamian Prime Minister Hubert Ingraham will lead a Commonwealth Observer Group to Vanuatu for its general election on January 22, being held nine months ahead of schedule following a period of instability in the region.
Minister of State for Asia at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office Hugo Swire will visit Colombo, Jaffna and Galle on his third official visit to Sri Lanka and has called on Sri Lanka to act on a promised probe into alleged human rights abuses before the next meeting of United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC).
Economic Times (The Indian Times)
According to the new rules, any request under the Right to Information Act that goes beyond 500 words can be rejected by a public information officer. If the information isn’t maintained by a government office, it won’t be mandatory for the public information officer to transfer the request.
Jack Hands from The Guardian urges us not to see the recent North Korean detonation of a hydrogen bomb as a reason to silence criticism surrounding human rights abuses.
Seven human rights lawyers from the Beijing law firm Fengrui Law have been held in secret for over a year and recently arrested and charged with ‘subversion’, potentially facing up to 15 years in prison.
BBC News; TIME (http://ti.me/1ZwdDbn)
Amid a crackdown upon defence lawyers within the country, a Swedish human rights lawyer, Peter Dahlin, has been detained in Beijing under suspicion of “harming the national interest”.
The Philippines is becoming a leading voice in the global climate wars by launching the first ever investigation into the world’s top 50 biggest coal, oil, and gas corporations; giants standing accused of violating international human rights law as a result of their fossil fuel production.
Recent revelations of close allies to the US, the Philippines and Colombia having some of the worst numbers of human rights defenders killed in the, has raised accusations against the US for its ‘two-faced’ approach to human rights.
The IHREC has submitted to the UN Committee on the Rights of a Child to reframe the current legal understanding of abortion to protect the human rights of girls experiencing crisis pregnancies.
Samar Badawi, one of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent human rights activists has been released after her recent arrest on accusations of terrorism. Her brother and husband are still being held.
Human Rights Watch
The Washington director of HRW has expressed concerns at the recent TTP and how it will affect the human rights of over 800 million people living in Pacific Rim countries.
An engineer in Romania appealed to the ECHR after he had had private messages read by his employer but the court ruled that he had breached the company’s rules and that his employer had a right to check on his activities.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
The EFF is demanding that a Federal Appeals Court reopen a case that accuses Cisco of wrongdoing by aiding the Chinese government in the capture and subsequent torture of members of the Falun Gong movement, a religious sect that keeps itself as secret as possible within the nation.
The headquarters of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia will from Thursday 21 January to Sunday 31 January 2016, host the 26th AU Summit. Holding under the theme: “2016: African Year of Human Rights with a particular focus on the Rights of Women”.