All Rights All Around The World (Aug. 3, 2011)

Human Rights Activists Say Syrian Forces Kill 24 
Voice of America
Preview: “Human rights activists say Syrian forces have killed at least 24 civilians in attacks on several cities, as the U.N. Security Council met to discuss President Bashar al-Assad’s increasingly brutal crackdown on anti-government protesters.”

Rights group demands probe of Sri Lankan massacre
Associated Press
Preview: “An international human rights group urged the United Nations on Wednesday to investigate the execution-style slaying of 17 workers for a French aid agency in Sri Lanka five years ago, after a government probe did not identify the killers.”

$36 million for human rights, rule of law
The Zimbabwean
Preview: “The United Nations’ Country Team will from 2012 to 2015 offer technical support to the government of Zimbabwe to the tune of $36 million in order to promote good governance and resolve conflict.”

Libya rebels ‘get message’ on rights: US envoy
AFP
Preview: “The US representative in Libya’s rebel bastion of Benghazi voiced confidence Tuesday that the insurgents would work to prevent human rights abuses and insisted they were making progress.”

Johns Hopkins Law Scholar Says Human Rights Violations Undermine Medical Professionalism, Urges Collective Outcry
Johns Hopkins Medicine
Preview: “Doctors need to become more aware of how governments subtly, but pr­ofoundly interfere with their professional obligations and results in patients’ human rights being violated, a law scholar at the Johns Hopkins Berman Institute of Bioethics says in a commentary published Aug. 3 in the Journal of the American Medical Association.”

AP-IA–Gender Identity-Des Moines, 1st Ld-Writethru,309
Chicago Tribune News
Preview: “Des Moines is taking steps toward prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity.
The move mirrors state law and would make the city the ninth in Iowa to put gender identity language in its municipal code, The Des Moines Register (http://bit.ly/mWzHPq ) reported Tuesday.”

Debt ceiling agreement splits Dems, worries LGBT groups
Bay Windows
Preview: “The U.S. Senate gave final Congressional approval Tuesday, Aug. 2 to a bill raising the nation’s current $14.3 trillion debt ceiling by $2 trillion — but it’s a bill that calls for $2 trillion in federal spending cuts that worry LGBT and AIDS organizations concerned about the survival of safety nets and programs of specific interest to the LGBT community.”

Civil and Human Rights Coalition Opposes Boehner ‘Budget Control Act of 2011’
The Leadership Conference
Preview: “The “Budget Control Act of 2011” under consideration in the U.S. House of Representatives would have a “devastating effect” on people of color, young children, students, older Americans, women, the jobless, and the uninsured, warned The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights.”

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