Closer to Racial
Dissenter Orlando Zapata Tamayo died after a hunger strike in protest of repeated beatings by guards at a Cuban prison. Initially charged with public disorder and ``disobedience,'' Tamayo faced a total of 36 years in prison by the time of his death. Amnesty International declared Tamayo a ``prisoner of conscience.''
Man Faces Severe Punishment
Care Villa, a program at the Mae La Refugee Camp in Thailand, supports victims of Burmese landmine attacks. The program provides care to victims who are unable to be properly cared for by family or friends. Landmines are frequently used by the Burmese Junta after raiding villages.
Guatemalans File for Discrimination
Mexico became the first country to domestically institute the United Nations' 'Blue Heart' campaign against human trafficking. Human trafficking, one of Mexico's most lucrative illegal practices relating to its drug trade routes, largely affects women and girls who are exploited for sex and labor. As part of Mexico’s commitment, Mexico City illuminated several buildings to raise awareness.
About New Act
The new Ugandan Domestic Violence Act punishes perpetrators of domestic violence. Although this law is welcomed, Oxfam reports that societal attitudes must change in order to make this law effective. Currently, it is estimated that up to 77 percent of women in Uganda believe that beatings by their husbands are acceptable.
Human Rights Watch reported that Koranic school leaders in Senegal are depriving their students of food and medicine and are forcing them to beg on the streets. School leaders hold significant power in their communities. Human Rights Watch calls for comprehensive school board regulation in order to create a reporting system for such abuses.
Russia proposed a national search engine in an effort to use the internet to the Kremlin’s advantage. President Medvedev encouraged fellow Russians to use the internet to be “modern managers.” Bloggers have historically received pressure from the Kremlin and the proposed national search engine will likely extend control over the alternative journalists.
Apartheid Regime Worsens
In Baghdad, some of the latest suicide bombings seem to have been specifically intended to kill civilians. Iraqis blame al-Qaida for the violence. Malcolm Smart, Director of Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Program, stated that the organizers of the attacks could be prosecuted for war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity.
Opposition Leader Imprisoned
Vladimir Kozlov, an
opposition leader in Kazakhstan, was given a 10-day prison sentence on
March 26, 2010, for distributing leaflets that advocated his own political
party. Asserting that Kozlov’s sentence sheds light on
Kazakhstan’s impartial judicial system, opposition circles contest
the supposed unfair trial and violation of constitutional rights.
Since the end of the decades-long civil war in
Sri Lanka, the 75,000 Sri Lankan Muslims forced to leave their homes during
the violence are slowly starting to return. The Citizen’s Commission,
a local group comprised of civil society and Muslim organizations, voiced
concerns about potential property disputes and reconciliation with Tamil