Ex-General for Genocide
Guatemala is prosecuting Héctor Mario
López Fuentes, ex-general of the armed forces, for genocide and
crimes against humanity. From 1982 to 1983, the armed forces carried out
mass killings of civilians including thousands of indigenous Mayas.
Fuentes authorized most of the killings that were part of a government
initiative to eradicate the guerrilla groups.
Proposed Gay-Marriage Reform in Chile
Source: The Santiago Times
Chilean president Sebastián Piñera released a
proposal that allows gay couples to apply for civil union after living
together for one year. Members of the conservative parties expressed their
disapproval while gay rights activists convey their support for the
president. Piñera will submit the final proposal to Congress after
the parties review it.
Trafficking Workshop in AngolaSouth
The International Organization of
Migration sponsored a workshop in Angola in July to help combat human
trafficking. The workshop emphasized the role of civil society and
non-governmental organizations in supplementing government programs. One
goal of the event was to help participants learn to tell trafficked
persons apart from illegal immigrants, coordinators
Prison Conditions in Uganda
Source: Human Rights
Inmates in Uganda face appalling conditions
including overcrowding, disease, forced labor, and violence, Human Rights
Watch (HRW) reports. The elderly, pregnant women, and the disabled are
especially vulnerable and have been burned, stoned, or caned for refusing
to perform hard labor. HRW is calling on the government to ameliorate
conditions within its prisons.