Human Rights in the news

Daily round up from CHRI UK on 29/01/2016

Today’s top news:

· Migrant crisis to bring tide of human rights challenges, says Strasbourg court

· Colombia’s human rights boss resigns amid harassment scandal

· ‘Human Rights up Front’ initiative ever more vital to strengthen UN’s preventive work, says deputy UN chief

· Cameron agrees to take child refugees but campaigners say it’s still not enough

United Kingdom

Human rights groups condemn PM’s clampdown on claims against Iraq veterans

BT News

7 Human rights groups have branded David Cameron’s clampdown on law firms pursuing “spurious” claims against Iraq veterans “ill-judged and inappropriate”.

Cameron agrees to take child refugees but campaigners say it’s still not enough

The Daily Express

Human rights activists have called on Prime Minister David Cameron to do more to help the plight of refugees after the Government announced children will be taken from refugee camps in Lebanon and other countries neighbouring Syria, and brought to the UK.

Commonwealth Countries

Alberta human rights ruling on foreign worker accreditation overturned

The Canada Star

A judge has reversed an Alberta human rights ruling that found a regulator discriminated against a foreign-trained man who wanted to work as an engineer. Justice June Ross said the tribunal’s ruling contained errors and was unreasonable.

Africa

Human Right Commission Looking Into ‘Maiden’s Bursary’

Eyewitness News

The Human Rights Commission (HRC) in South Africa says it’s still receiving complaints about the so called virgin’s bursary. The organisation, in conjunction with the Commission for Gender Equality, this week started investigations into the programme designed by the uThukela district.

Asia

Guangzhou human rights activists jailed on subversion charges

Hong Kong Free Press

Guangzhou human rights lawyer Tang Jingling has been sentenced to five years in jail for inciting subversion of state power, while activists Yuan Xinting and Wang Qingying will be facing three-and-a-half and two-and-a-half in prison respectively on the same charges.

Americas

Human Rights Watch slams MX for abuses

Mexico News Daily

An international human rights organization has denounced the Mexican government in its annual World Report, citing multiple transgressions against the civil liberties of citizens and migrants.

Colombia’s human rights boss resigns amid harassment scandal

The Daily Mail

Colombia’s top human rights official resigned Thursday amid a sexual harassment scandal that included nude selfies sent to his secretary.

Protester Behind Bars in Argentina

Human Rights Watch

Milagro Sala, a prominent social leader in Jujuy province, was detained on January 16 for participating in peaceful street protests in the center of San Salvador de Jujuy, the provincial capital.

Europe

Migrant crisis to bring tide of human rights challenges, says Strasbourg court

The Telegraph

Guido Raimondi, the president of the European Court of Human Rights, said his office had put in place an “action plan” to cope with a forecast surge in legal cases brought on behalf of migrants in wrangling over their right to stay.

Middle East

Israel ‘Torturing’ Innocent Journalist, Say Human Rights Groups

TeleSur

Palestinian journalist Muhammad al-Qiq has been detained by Israel for more than two months without charge. Human rights advocates say Qiq has been denied access to his lawyer and a doctor, despite warnings he could starve to death within days.

ASEAN

(OPINION) Making the ASEAN Economic Community human rights-friendly

Open Democracy

Haris Azhar argues that the ASEAN Economic Community should insert human rights rules into its implementation plan before integrating the vast Southeast Asian market.

UN

‘Human Rights up Front’ initiative ever more vital to strengthen UN’s preventive work, says deputy UN chief

UN News Centre

The United Nations ‘Human Rights up Front’ initiative, which seeks to strengthen the preventive work of the UN to recognize the value of early warning signals of crises to come, is more vital than ever as the world is facing ever more grave and complex challenges, Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson has told the General Assembly.

Amnesty International

(OPINION) My life as… a human rights educator in training

Amnesty International

If choosing her destiny and being in control of her own story was possible for Laura Maria, 30, human rights educator in training, she says this was never an option for many women in her family. Using her personal experience as an illustration of how education plays a decisive part in people’s lives, here she shares with us why it’s important to work with young people on human rights.