The Global Human Rights Bulletin

Publication of the New York Law School LWOB Student Division

North America

Judge: CA Death Penalty Unconstitutional
Source: Los Angeles Times

A federal judge in California has ruled the state’s death penalty unconstitutional. Judge Cormac J. Carney cited the fact that since 1978 only 13 of the 900 inmates on death row have been executed. According to Judge Carney, these delays devalue the retributive and deterrent purpose of execution, and render it arbitrary and capricious.

Arizona Halts Executions
Source: CNN

Arizona has halted execution pending an investigation into the botched execution of Joseph Wood. The state administered a lethal injection containing midazolam and hydromorphone, which prolonged Wood’s death by nearly 2 hours. Several groups, including Senator John McCain, say that this amounts to torture.

Asia

Thailand Military to Control Media
Source: The Bangkok Post

Thailand’s National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) adopts new restrictions on the freedom of the press. The restrictions apply to all media outlets and ban all interviews with figures likely to mislead public opinion or disrupt the public peace. The restrictions also require the media to broadcast any information the NCPO may wish to disseminate.

Burma Promises to Combat Child Labor
Source: The Irrawaddy

Burma promises to implement a ban on child labor by December. The news comes on the heels of the ratification of the International Labor Organization (ILO) convention, which calls for action towards eliminating child labor, such as slavery, child pornography, prostitution, and other illegal activities.

 

Latin America

Bolivia Reduces Minimum Employment Age
Source: Time

Bolivian lawmakers have approved legislation reducing the minimum age for child workers from 14 to 10. Sponsors of the bill argue that its purpose is to allow families to earn more income to eradicate life-threatening poverty, while human rights groups believe this policy will only perpetuate the rampant poverty that it seeks to ameliorate.

Peru Alleviates Abortion Restrictions
Source: Peruvian Times

Much to the outrage of the Catholic community, the Peruvian government has drawn up specific regulations that will give women the right to abortions in extreme situations, at the behest of the United Nations, 90 years after they became lawful 1924. Statistics show that 30% of teenage mothers died due to clandestine abortions in 2013.

Africa

Kayole babies trafficked for profit
Source: AllAfrica

Ms. Sera Ambiyo Matukho appeared in Nairobi court alongside five other individuals, who are charged with stealing and trafficking a newborn baby. Ms. Ambiyo posed as a doctor when she delivered the newborn, although she is not licensed to practice medicine. The newborn was allegedly offered up for adoption.

Nigeria considers abolishing death penalty
Source: Vanguard

The European Union (EU) has urged Nigeria to consider abolishing capital punishment. Encouraging other alternatives, the EU expressed concern for the many inmates sentenced to death in Nigeria, especially minors. The EU has already freed thirty-five inmates facing the death penalty in the federation, and now plans to secure the release of another eighty-eight.

 

Europe

Mishandling of Malaysia MH17 Bodies
Source: The Telegraph

Ukrainian separatists are being uncooperative with international efforts to secure the bodies of the victims of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. The Ukrainian government has been unable to secure investigators’ access to the crash site, and Russia, who holds significant sway over the separatist movement, appears unwilling to exercise its influence to facilitate cooperation.

Face-veil Ban in France
Source: Human Rights Watch

Earlier this month, the European Court of Human Rights approved France’s decision to ban women from donning full-face veils. A minority of judges dissented arguing that the ban violates the freedom of religion and expression under the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR).

Middle East

Saudi Women Paving Roads in Court
Source: Al Arabiya News

The Saudi Justice Ministry has granted twenty female attorneys license to practice in the courts, a welcome step in a country that has yet to extend driving privileges to women. The ministry has also granted ten other women trainee licenses, which will allow them to practice law after completing the required years of experience.

Al Jazeera Reporter Freed
Source: Al Jazeera

After ten months in prison without charge, Al Jazeera reporter Abdullah Elshamy is finally free. He began a hunger strike in January to protest his arrest and now calls on Egypt to release fellow journalists, including fellow Al Jazeera reports Peter Greste, Baher Mohamed and Mohamed Fahmy who are charged with assisting a banned association and reporting false news.

 

Central Asia

Rights of Homosexuals in India
Source: The Hindustan Times

Only one year after the Indian Supreme Court upheld a law criminalizing sex among homosexuals, Indian Health Minister, Harsh Vardhan, has come out in support of the LGBT community, stating that the government has a duty to protect the human rights of all people, including homosexuals. The Supreme Court is presently hearing a petition on the matter.

Human Rights Group Urging Probe into Lahore killings
Source: The Nation

The Human Rights Watch is urging the Pakistani government to investigate a police shooting at protestors in Lahore, which resulted in the death of eight people and the injury of many others. The government claims that the use of deadly force was justified as shots were allegedly fired from the protesters’ camp injuring several police officers.

 

 

 

 

 

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Information in the Global Human Rights Bulletin does not represent the positions or views of Lawyers Without Borders, a neutral non-profit organization. The Global Human Rights Bulletin is published by the NYLS Student Division independently from its affiliation with Lawyers Without Borders.