All Rights All Around the World (Jan. 5, 2011)

A daily digest highlighting events around the world.

EU: A Commitment to Disability Rights
Preview: “The European Union’s ratification of the major international treaty on disability rights is a significant milestone in the global effort to promote the rights of people with disabilities, Human Rights Watch said today. The EU officially joined the International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on December 23, 2010, becoming the first intergovernmental organization to sign on to any human rights treaty and take on its binding obligations.”
Related: EU ratifies the UN Convention on disability rights (Gozo News), EU ratifies UN convention (

Colombia Urges US Trade Pact But Human Rights Fester
The Wall Street Journal
Preview: “A top Colombian official Tuesday urged the U.S. Congress to move forward on long-delayed plans for a free trade agreement, but fresh allegations of human rights violations by Colombia’s military gave further fuel to lawmakers in Washington who are against a deal.”

Human Rights First Statement on Murder of Pakistani Governor Salman Taseer
Human Rights First
Preview: “Today, following news that Salman Taseer, Governor of Punjab, Pakistan and a member of the nation’s ruling Pakistan People’s Party, was allegedly murdered by a member of his security team as a result of his opposition to blasphemy laws, Human Rights First’s Tad Stahnke issued the following statement:”
Related: Civil society says Taseer’s murder begining of ‘dark age’ in country‎ (Daily Times), Taseer’s assassination branded as beginning of ‘dark age’ in Pak by HR activists (Sify News), Thousands at Funeral of Slain Pakistan Governor (The New York Times)

Inter-American Human Rights Commission Sets Unprecedented Recommendations for Haitian Government to Address Wave of Sexual Violence in Displacement Camps
Common Dreams
Preview: “Issuing unprecedented recommendations to the Haitian government, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) has granted a legal request submitted in October by a group of advocates and attorneys for displaced Haitian women including MADRE, the Institute for Justice & Democracy in Haiti (IJDH), the Bureau des Avocats Internationaux (BAI), the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and CUNY School of Law. The IACHR’s groundbreaking recommendations request that the Haitian government take immediate measures to prevent sexual violence against women and girls in displacement camps.”

Human Rights in the 21st Century
VOA News
Preview: “At an Organization of American States event commemorating Human Rights Day, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero opened her remarks by asking if we are making progress on human rights.”

HIV Patients May Soon Face a Choice: Full Price Meds or No Meds At All
Preview: “Thousands of AIDS patients across the developing world could lose access to affordable antiretrovirals if one specific clause makes its way into a pending trade agreement between India and the EU.”

Hackers targeting human rights, indie media groups
cnet News
Preview: “Hackers are increasingly hitting the Web sites of human rights and independent media groups in an attempt to silence them, says a new study released this week by Harvard University’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society.
Based on a survey of 45 groups, the report “Distributed Denial of Service Attacks Against Independent Media and Human Rights Sites” found that a large percentage said they’ve been targeted by distributed denial-of-service (DDoS) attacks from those who disagree with their viewpoints. The Web sites typically have been knocked offline for short periods of time but in some cases have been down for days.”
Related: DDoS Attacks Continue to Plague Human Rights Sites‎ (PC Magazine), DDoS Attacks Strike Human Rights Groups‎ (InformationWeek), DDoS Attacks Targeting Human Rights Sites Rise as Weapon‎ (eWeek)

The war on indigenous peoples in Tucson and Arizona
Tuscon Citizen
Preview: “In previous articles we noted that the United Nations found that bills such as SB1070 and HB2281 are violations of Human Rights.
Rather than fight the violation of human rights, the TUSD board issued a resolution saying that they “shall comply” with the human rights violation the State of Arizona is imposing.”
Related: Ethnic Studies is a Human Right! TUSD Governing Board Votes to Defy International Human Rights (Un Pueblo Sin Fronteras), Arizona Bans Ethnic Studies and, Along With it, Reason and Justice (Islamic Human Rights Commission)

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