Human Rights in the news
Daily round up from CHRI UK on 29/01/2016
Today’s top news:
7 Human rights groups have branded David Cameron’s clampdown on law firms pursuing “spurious” claims against Iraq veterans “ill-judged and inappropriate”.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Daily Mail
Colombia’s top human rights official resigned Thursday amid a sexual harassment scandal that included nude selfies sent to his secretary.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.