Laboratory Trials Killed Babies
Argentina has fined the pharmaceutical company
GlaxoSmithKline, headquartered in the United Kingdom, for illegally using
babies in vaccine-trials. The tests resulted in the deaths of 14 babies
predominantly from poor families with illiterate parents. Many parents
signed consent forms under the pressure of the doctors. Laboratory testing
on humans is not legal in Argentina.
Restitution in Colombia
Source: Colombia Reports
Under Colombia’s Victims and Land
Restitution Law, 11,000 acres of land that drug lord Pablo Escobar
controlled will be returned to hundreds of displaced families. The Law
offers relief to victims of human rights violations and abuses that
resulted from drug trafficking. However, families must establish
purposeful use of the land, like farming, to qualify.
Continues Near Somali Border
Source: Human Rights
Kenya’s security forces have continued to
abuse civilians near the Somali border, despite repeatedly pledging to
stop, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports. Soldiers have raped, beaten,
looted, and arbitrarily arrested civilians, accusing some of being members
of the al-Shabaab militant group. HRW is encouraging the Kenyan government
to investigate and prosecute those responsible.
Youth Activists Beaten and Arrested
Police in Zimbabwe
assaulted and arrested youth members of the Movement for Democratic Change
(MDC) who were planning to protest the imprisonment of their national
chairman. The police reportedly ransacked the party’s office,
confiscating fliers, t-shirts, and minutes from the group’s
meetings. MDC members say the crackdown was an intimidation tactic by
Zimbabwe’s ruling party.