Threatens Indigenous Brazilians
The Inter-American Commission of
Human Rights urged the Brazilian government to halt the Belo Monte dam
project until it consults with the indigenous peoples living in the
affected areas. The project is part of a government trend to accelerate
development in the country by eliminating the impact on environmental,
social, and human rights.
Authorities Arrest Human Traffickers
Immigration authorities in Colombia arrested 13
people who are allegedly part of a network that traffics immigrants
through Latin America, with the United States as the final destination.
The network hides the immigrants in cargo holds of vehicles in order to
avoid detection and provides false documentation to make the border
crossings appear legal.
of Child Soldiers Continues
Source: Human Rights
The Obama administration is not doing enough to stop
the use of child soldiers in Africa, four human rights groups claim. The
groups are urging the U.S. to end the practice in Chad, Yemen, Democratic
Republic of Congo, and South Sudan, which were exempted from provisions of
the U.S. Child Soldiers Prevention Act of 2008.
Housing as Human Rights
Source: News From
Amnesty International has called on African
governments to recognize the fundamental right to adequate housing and
access to public services. Large numbers of informal settlements have
little access to clean water, health care, sanitation, and other services.
The conditions make residents increasingly susceptible to diseases and
fires, the group notes.