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

Amnesty holds grave fears for activists‎
ABC Online
Preview: “Amnesty International is calling for the immediate release of a group of human rights workers detained this week during security crackdowns in Egypt. Two Amnesty International staff members were among a group of about 30 people arrested during a raid by security forces on the Hisham Mubarak Law Centre in Cairo.”
Related: EGYPT: Detained human rights activists released‎ (Los Angeles Times), Journalists, human rights activists arrested and detained in Egypt‎ – Los Angeles Times), Podcast: Egypt Protests Demand End to Repressive Regime‎ (Human Rights First), Detentions, and Aide’s Role, Anger Egyptians‎ (New York Times)

UN Rights Chief Seeks Investigation of Egypt Clashes
Preview: “U.N. Human Rights chief Navi Pillay says she is alarmed by what took place in Cairo and other Egyptian cities this week.  She says police were noticeably absent Wednesday and Thursday, when supporters of President Hosni Mubarak clashed with demonstrators demanding that President Mubarak step down.”
Related: EGYPT: UN human rights official calls for improved security‎ (Los Angeles Times), Egypt must rein in security forces: U.N. rights boss‎ (Reuters), UN rights chief to visit Israel, Palestinian areas‎ (AFP)

Free Pakistani teen jailed for blasphemy, Human Rights Watch says
Preview: “Pakistan must immediately drop blasphemy charges against a teenager and let him out of jail, Human Rights Watch said.”
Related: Human Rights Watch Demands Release Of Blasphemer School Boy‎ (RTT News), Pakistan boy held for blasphemy‎ (BBC News), Blasphemy charge for scribble‎ (The Australian)

Recognize cultural differences in human rights
Times Union
Preview: “We American friends of China can’t condone the imprisonment of Liu Xiaobo or the disappearance of Gao Zhisheng. However, we should try to appreciate that there are important cultural differences in how human rights are understood in developing countries and recognize many Chinese are struggling for change.”
Related: President Obama was served peace prize too early‎ (

Rights Group Calls for Pause in Deportations to Haiti
The New York Times
Preview: “The United States should stop deporting Haitians who are seriously ill or who have family members in America, a human rights group said Friday.”
Related: Human rights commission: Stop deporting Haitians‎ (Juice (blog))

USF student wins human rights essay contest, visit to U.N.
TRIB local
Preview: “A University of St. Francis student has been named the winner of an international essay competition about human rights.
Gretta Hollister, of Joliet, was selected as the winner of Franciscans International’s ‘Human Rights Competition’ in the university category. Her essay, ‘Why Do Human Rights Matter to Me,’ was described as ‘poignant’ and ‘a wonderful extension of our Franciscan Ministry,’ according to the organization. The competition was open to students ages 14-22 from the United States, United Kingdom and Ireland.”

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