Nova Scotians Protected
Discrimination against transgendered people, including by employers, landlords, and service providers, will now be banned under Nova Scotia’s Human Rights Act. The Legislature amended the act to add ‘gender identity’ and ‘gender expression’ to the list of discriminatory factors because it was unclear if ‘sex,’ which was already on the list, covered transgender discrimination complaints.
a Universal Human Right
Exodus to Malaysia
Rohingya Muslims in Burma continue to take the dangerous journey to Malaysia in an attempt to escape the violence and persecution they have faced for years. The Rohingya Muslims pay smugglers to take them to Malaysia and often face inhumane conditions during the journey. Some Rohingya are murdered and abandoned at sea.
Shia Refugees Face Uncertainty
FARC Cannot Negotiate Land Restitution
Honduras Criticized for Boy’s Death
The United States criticized Honduran soldiers for killing a 15-year-old boy who drove through a military checkpoint. The U.S. government vetted and equipped the unit with a truck, which it used to chase the boy. US assistance to Honduras has reduced because of allegations of human rights abuses with impunity.
Violence Against Women Increases
Eradicating Polio in Three Years
Abortions Rights March in Ireland
Thousands took to the streets advocating for abortions rights in
Ireland following the death of an Indian-born dentist who died after being
denied an abortion. Abortion is illegal in Ireland except when required
to save a mother’s life. However, there is no legislation in place
to safeguard this right.
UN Condemns Russia’s Record
Bahrain Not Delivering on Reforms
An Amnesty International report criticized Bahrain’s government for failing to enact reforms promised in the wake of last year’s protests. It also notes that repression has deepened in recent weeks as the government has outlawed protests, divested activists of citizenship, and begun prosecuting clerics for delivering “politicized sermons.”
Fuel Subsidy Cuts Stir Trouble
Forum Shines Spotlight on
Renews Use of Capital Punishment
India broke its eight-year unofficial moratorium on capital punishment by hanging Ajmal Kasab for his role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks. Human Rights Watch described the policy as a regression for the Indian justice system. Last November, the Supreme Court reanalyzed the standard for capital punishment and moved away from the "rarest of the rare" requirement.