Source: Gaston Gazette
A plan to compensate victims who were forcibly sterilized as part of a discriminatory state “eugenics” program in North Carolina crumbled in the state Senate after passing in the House of Representatives, leaving victims angry and distraught. The House sought to give $50,000 in compensation to each living victim of the sterilization program.
Confinement Reviewed in Senate
Refugees Seek Protection
Human Rights Watch is pressing China to protect and give assistance to Kachin refugees who have fled Burma in the face of violence between government forces and Kachin militia. The 10,000 refugees are now facing food and water shortages as well as lacking access to medicine and sanitary conditions.
Communities Oppose Australian Legislation
Sovereignty in Ecuador
Brazilian President Recounts Torture
Cracks Down on Demonstrators
Bans LGBT-Friendly NGOs
UK Strengthens Labor Trafficking Laws
The United Kingdom
introduced legislation to make forced labor trafficking that occurs in
Britain a criminal offense. The new legislation makes sentences for forced
labor trafficking comparable to sentences imposed in sex trafficking cases.
In England and Wales, the average sentence in sex trafficking cases is 62
months; non-sex trafficking cases elicit only a 24 month sentence.
Criminalized in Cyprus
for Sorcery, Adultery
Cup Advances Qatari Labor Laws
Rejects Refugees Fleeing Violence
India’s minimal enforcement of mining industry regulations is causing major human rights violations in mining villages. Mining companies threaten violence against anti-mining activists that complain of destroyed crops, and air and water pollution. Further, mining companies, rather than central regulators, produce their own reports on adherence to regulations, leading to inaccurate information about the mines.