Rape in Haitian Tent Cities
Source: San Diego Union-Tribune
traumatized by the loss of their homes and families, women and children as
young as two are being raped in the rambling tent cities outside of
Port-au-Prince, Haiti. With no lighting or security, the sexual assaults
have become daily occurrences. Most attacks go unreported out of fear of
attackers and the police themselves.
The A.C.L.U., Human Rights Watch, and Juvenile Law Center are calling for Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates to end military proceedings against Canadian national Omar Khadr. Khadr would be the first person in decades tried in a western nation for war crimes allegedly committed as a child.
Korea Uses Sexual Torture
Myanmar has shown no indication that it will free political prisoners before the country’s national election. Special Rapporteur Tomás Ojea Quintana stated to the Human Rights Council that the national election will not be reliable or fair due to the lack of participation from about 2,100 political prisoners.
Female Guerrillas Freed
Supreme Court ruled to annul the sentences of two female guerrillas who,
under torture by the country's judicial police, confessed involvement in a
2004 Bogotá bombing. Finding that the women had confessed only after
oxygen deprivation, shock treatment, and threats of sexual assault, the
Court overruled the women's six-year prison terms.
Guatemala and El Salvador face criticism for their slow responses to rulings from Inter-American human rights bodies. Recently, the Inter-American Court ordered the reopening of 17 stalled military cases stemming from the 1982 Dos Erres massacre in Guatemala and the investigation into the forced disappearance of two sisters in El Salvador in the 1980s.
Human Trafficking Convictions
Agathe Habyarimana, the widow of former Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana, was arrested in Paris on multiple charges stemming from her alleged involvement with the 1994 genocide. The Rwandan government has tried to bring charges against her for years. An expert stated that there is evidence that she planned the 1994 genocide well before it began.
Human Rights Under Review
Reporters Without Borders, the Paris-based organization which monitors internet censorship worldwide, placed Russia and Turkey on its “Under Surveillance” list. The organization cited the arrests and prosecutions of bloggers in Russia and the blocking of websites such as “YouTube” for touching on sensitive national issues in Turkey as reasons for their inclusion on the watchlist.
Encourages Women’s Rights Enhancement|
Source: Gulf News
An Egyptian man was executed after an appeal for his murder conviction was denied. After evidence emerged suggesting that he may have been wrongfully convicted, Amnesty International issued a plea to Egypt’s president to have Atef Rohyum Abd El Al Rohyum’s execution commuted so the case could be retried.