A daily digest highlighting events around the world.
Scalia: Constitution does not protect women against discrimination
The Washington Post
Preview: “Justice Antonin Scalia has weighed in on the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, leaving women’s rights activists seething.
In an interview with California Lawyer, Scalia said that the Constitution itself does not protect women and gay men and lesbians from discrimination. Such protections are up to the legislative branch, he said.”
Related: Scalia: Constitution Doesn’t Protect Women, Gays (Advocate.com), Supreme Court justice: No protection for women in Constitution (Raw Story), Scalia’s Selective Refusal to Extend Equal Protection to Women (TAPPED), Scalia Says Women, Gays Not Protected by Constitution (GAWKER)
‘Niqab,’ Afghan Television Program, Allows Muslim Women To Speak Out Against Abuse, Rape (VIDEO)
The Huffington Post
Preview: “A new Afghan television program is hoping to provide a forum for local women to speak out against widespread abuse, rape and other issues, CNN is reporting.”
Related: Afghan women speak out on abuse from behind mask (CNN)
Punish Iran’s Human-Rights Abusers
The Wall Street Journal
Preview: “In September the Obama administration sanctioned eight Iranian officials for their role in the recent wave of repression inside the country. Meanwhile, the European Union is still discussing human-rights sanctions—but nothing has seen the light of day yet.”
Beware those who sneer at ‘human rights imperialism’
Preview: “If universal rights are dismissed as ‘western’, where does that leave Iranians, Tunisians and Sudanese battling for them?”
Related: Human rights imperialism
Orissa Human Rights Commission seeks report from Bargarh SP over Paikmal encounter
Preview: “The Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) on Monday sought a detailed report from the Bargarh Superintendent of Police within two weeks on the death of two persons in an encounter with the security personnel at Paikmal on December 28.”
Related: Orissa rights panel seeks report on shoot-out deaths (Sify), Paikamal Maoist encounter: Orissa Human Rights Commission soughts report (Health Care n Diet)
South Africa May Deport 1.2 Million Zimbabweans, Human Rights Lawyers Say
Preview: “South Africa may start deporting more than 1.2 million Zimbabweans in April after they missed a deadline to legalize their residency, Lawyers For Human Rights said.
Almost 255,000 Zimbabweans applied to legalize their residency before the Dec. 31 deadline, South Africa’s government said while ruling out an extension to the process. A “conservative” estimate by Johannesburg’s University of The Witwatersrand is that there are 1.5 million Zimbabweans in South Africa, Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh, the head of the refugee and migrant rights program for Lawyers for Human Rights, said.”
Related: South Africa ready to throw out 1.2m who fled Mugabe (Sydney Morning Herald), Illegal Zimbabweans face deportation (The Age)
Could you be our young human rights reporter of the year?
Preview: “Learnnewsdesk has teamed up with Amnesty International to launch this year’s competition”
Related: Young Human Rights Reporter 2011 (Amnesty International)
As Nation Shifts Toward Gay Rights, RNC Candidates Promise To Stay Put
Preview: “The past year saw great strides forward for supporters of gay rights, culminating in the repeal in December of the military’s ban on openly gay and lesbian service members. Polls continue to show the American public is warming to gay rights, from overwhelmingly supporting the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell to rising support for legalized gay marriage at the federal level.”
Related: RNC Chair Hopefuls Defend “Traditional Marriage” (Religion Dispatches), RNC Candidates: Marriage Is ‘Foundational In Our Lives,’ But Gay People Should Be Excluded (Think Progress), RNC Chairman Kisses NOM’s Backside (Lez Get Real)