Mexican Official Detained for His Safety
A Mexican human rights official was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to protect him from military retaliation in his native country. The official, who may seek asylum in the U.S., cited nearly two-hundred instances of soldiers who have tortured and murdered civilians.
Peace Officer Blasts
A Louisiana Justice of the Peace has refused
to issue marriage licenses to mixed race couples. The officer claims to
be acting out of concern for any children borne by the mixed couples. The
A.C.L.U. denounced the action and is encouraging the Louisiana judiciary to
take action against the officer.
Nepal Ignores Calls for Justice
Three years after the end of Nepal’s armed conflict, many
citizens still await justice as promised by their government. Those
responsible for a decade of killing, torture, and kidnapping have not been
tried or punished for their crimes. Political instability persists, and
the nation has yet to make progress in the peace process.
At least twelve Chinese
nationals were sentenced to death for their alleged association with the
July 5, 2009 killings in the far west province of XinJiang. The Chinese
government conducted the trial under closed proceedings, threatening
lawyers to stay out of the case. Human Rights Watch claims the
proceedings fell short of global due process standards.
Chilean Bill Protects Refugees’
Colombia Fails to Meet U.N. Goals
Ugandan Bill Sentences Homosexuals to Death
Hunt for FDLR Is Harming Civilians
|U.K. Bill Targets Sex-Trafficking|
Source: The Guardian
The United Kingdom recently introduced a bill to increase the accountability and effectiveness of local police forces. The bill proposes a new offense that targets persons who pay for sex with prostitutes “controlled for gain.” Critics argue that police will have difficulty enforcing a law that requires the determination of a prostitute’s trafficked status.
Greek Police Accused of Murder
are again under investigation for immigration-related human rights
violations. The police are accused of abusing and causing the death of a
male Pakistani immigrant. Although the immigrant’s autopsy report
was inconclusive, his friends and relatives believe the death was caused
by police brutality.
|Domestic Workers Abused in Gulf|
Source: Al Jazeera
Foreign domestic workers are common employees in Gulf households. Under the sponsorship system in many Gulf countries, a domestic worker’s legal, visa, and employment statuses are tied to his/her employer. The International Labor Organization criticized the sponsorship system as creating vulnerability and allowing for abuse and exploitation of domestic workers.
Death Penalty for Iranian Protestors
Three Iranians, who were detained and accused of participating in post-election protests in June 2009, have been sentenced to death. Amnesty International denounced the sentences and criticized the fairness of the judicial process for the accused. A higher court must confirm the death sentences before they can be carried out.