Power to Promote Discrimination
Arizona’s new immigration law requires police to stop, question, and arrest those suspected of being present in the U.S. illegally. Ordinary citizens will have the right to sue cities or towns they believe are not arresting undocumented migrants. As a result, police officers will now be under pressure to make arrests rather than risking a lawsuit.
Union Opposes Conviction
Judicial System Needs Improvement
Jamaica Struggles to Rehabilitate
Jamaican neighborhoods have
long been administered by implicit power-sharing agreements between local
drug dons and the government. Spurred by international pressure, the
government has recently cracked down on the dons’ influences.
Nevertheless, Jamaica has seen widespread collapses in social and public
services leaving many unemployed, impoverished and without security.
In Argentina’s industrial
areas, sex trafficking has become an increasing threat to women and
girls. It is a threat stemming from rapid industrialization; as men
move to areas without women, women become part of an insidious process of
supply and demand. T hough anti-trafficking laws exist, they are weakened
by political corruption and lack of enforcement.
Sudanese Rebel Leaders Surrender
Source: All Africa
Two Sudanese rebel leaders surrendered to the
International Criminal Court. They will likely face several counts
of war crimes in regards to an attack in north Darfur on September 29,
2007. The men are expected to appear in court and to be charged
with murder, intentional attacks on peacekeepers, and pillaging.
Somalis Risk Life for World Cup
On the eve of the tournament, Islamist groups warned Somalis not
to watch the 2010 World Cup. Islamist groups control much of the
country. Reports from Mogadishu indicate that people have been
arrested for watching World Cup games and two people were killed by
militants for watching the tournament in a private home.
Former Serbian Officers Convicted
The International Criminal
Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (I.C.T.Y.) sentenced two Serbian
officers to life in prison after convicting them of genocide. The
scale of the attacks at Srebrenica, a civilian safe haven during the
Bosnian War, led to twenty-one indictments. The I.C.T.Y. has
indicted more than 160 persons for war crimes in the former Yugoslavia.
Prior to a major business conference in St.
Petersburg, Russian police confiscated over 100,000 pamphlets critical of
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. The police also detained several
activists who attempted to distribute the pamphlets. Police
maintain that the pamphlets did not have the proper documentation for
Advises Change to Law |
Source: Feminist Majority Foundation
In June 2009, the
government of Saudi Arabia agreed to follow the U.N.’s
recommendation to remove its strict religious laws criminalizing the
interaction of non-related men and women in public. However, a year
later, the Saudi government has not yet removed the restrictive system and
still punishes male and female violators with lashings and imprisonment.
Urged to Investigate Actions
A declaration, signed by
fifty-six countries around the world, urges Iran to respect its
citizens’ freedom of expression, media, and assembly. The
declaration, led by Norway and the United States, speaks out primarily
against the deadly violence used against election protesters in Iran in
2009, including the executions of dissidents.
Uzbek Refugees Face Deportation
Officers in Kazakhstan raided the city of Almaty as part of an attack on illegal immigration. Approximately forty male Uzbek refugees, who fled religious persecution in Uzbekistan, were detained by the officers. Rights activists see the raid as an embarrassment since Kazakhstan openly prohibits deportation to countries where individuals may face torture or threats.
Ethnic Clashes in Kyrgyzstan
Riots in Kyrgyzstan resulted in 46 deaths and injuries to more
than 600 people. The riots were caused by ethnic clashes between
Uzbek and Kyrgyz gangs. Human Rights Watch called on the United
Nations and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to
provide aid to the Kyrgyz government.