to Execute Mexican Immigrant
Politicians and activists urge the governor of Texas
to spare the life of Humberto Leal Garcia, a Mexican immigrant on death row
for the 1994 rape and murder of a 16 year-old girl. Advocates claim
Garcia’s rights were violated because he was not allowed to contact
the Mexican consulate following his arrest.
Condemns “Three Strikes” Law
The U.S. and 40 other nations signed a
statement to the U.N. Human Rights Council condemning “three
strikes” laws that shut off Internet access for repeat copyright
infringers. Critics claim the laws violate human rights by restricting
access to Internet-based content, thus limiting a person’s ability
to exercise their right to freedom of opinion and expression.
Lead Poisoning in Chinese
Source: Human Rights Watch
Chinese officials are suppressing the results of blood tests
from children living in regions with significant industrial pollution,
Human Rights Watch reports. Children in four provinces are reportedly
suffering from lead poisoning and are being denied access to treatment.
Journalists and activists who speak out about the problem have faced
intimidation and harassment.
Burmese Workers Rescued
Source: The Bangkok Post
Thai police rescued 52 workers who were illegally
smuggled from Burma. Authorities arrested the smugglers after receiving a
tip from a local non-governmental organization. A mother of one of the
victims reported that she had received a phone call demanding a ransom for
the release of her daughter and son-in-law.