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Putting words into action

Yesterday Human Rights Watch released their annual World Report for 2010, detailing the state of human rights affairs around the world for the previous year. Many of the stories they focused on were also covered and editorialized here throughout 2009, from government abuses in Eritrea and Sri Lanka to increased civilian casualties in the Democratic […]

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Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants

Since the 1980s, the Brazilian government has offered amnesty to illegal immigrants in four different campaigns, benefiting tens of thousands of foreigners living in Brazil. The latest campaign began in July 2009 by presidential decree, and though it officially ended at the close of 2009, some cases are still pending. Until now, 41,816 foreigners received […]

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When Police Become Killers

A new story today by the BBC details the growing problem of police violence in Nigeria.  The morgue at the Nigeria University Teaching Hospital overflows with bodies brought in by police, often unnamed but reported to be suspected criminals, such as armed robbers or thieves.  In some cases, that may be the case but in […]

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Seriously Iran? Seriously?

Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran a story that showed just how desperate the Iranian government is getting. If harassing Iranian protesters living in Iran was not enough, the Iranian authorities are now threatening Iranians living abroad. As the article states: In recent months, Iran has been conducting a campaign of harassing and intimidating […]

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When Fake News Meets Reality

Just in case you missed it, Maziar Bahari was on the Daily Show on Monday night. Bahari, a Newsweek reporter, was arrested in the aftermath of the Iranian election and kept captive for 118 days. When John Stewart commented, “You were imprisoned in Iran…” Bahari replied, “Yes. Because of you.” While it sounds ridiculous, it […]

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Vigil for Marcelo Lucero, Ecuadorian Immigrant

A little over one year ago a 37-year old immigrant from Ecuador, Marcelo Lucero, was stabbed to death in Patchatogue, NY, a town on Long Island. The community recently held a vigil and called for increased understanding. One can only hope that the memorial service helps to spread open-mindedness and serve as a counterweight to […]

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Watch PBS Tonight

Today, on your local PBS channel, Frontline will have a documentary investigating Iran’s controversial election and how Neda Agha Soltan became a potent symbol for the reform movement.  Frontline has a press release that provides more detail on this documentary: FRONTLINE INVESTIGATES THE CONTROVERSIAL IRANIAN ELECTION AND THE DEATH OF ONE YOUNG PROTESTER SEEN AROUND […]

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The Stupak Amendment: Entrenching Barriers to Women's Health Care and Institutionalizing Inequality

The Stupak Amendment: Entrenching Barriers to Women's Health Care and Institutionalizing Inequality

At almost the same time that the World Health Organization (WHO) released a report lamenting the many barriers that women face to accessing health care, the United States Congress threw up another such barrier in the form of the Stupak amendment blocking access to abortion.  Fittingly, the WHO report noted that “The obstacles that stand […]

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Looking back to see ahead

Tomorrow marks the 20thanniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, which is typically seen as the end of the Cold War. I expect that the blogospherewill be filled with far more in-depth commentary on the subject tomorrow, but for today I would just like to point out one of the articles that is already […]

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The Show Must Go On: Karadzic Trial at the ICTY to Proceed In Absentia

The Show Must Go On: Karadzic Trial at the ICTY to Proceed In Absentia

After over a decade of delay, it seems that Karadzic will be tried in absentia.

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Barack Obama Does Not Care About Iranian People?

It sounds like a travesty when you hear that the Obama Administration has cut down funding to Iranian human rights groups, until you take a deeper look at the facts. Iran Human Rights Documentation Center, Freedom House and International Republican Institute (IRI) will be among the groups that will be denied State Department funding this […]

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AIHRC: A step for Asia, but with little direction

Southeast Asia has officially joined the ranks of Europe, the Americas, and Africa in launching their own regional human rights commission.  Speculation on the proposed human rights body for The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has dominated political commentary in the region for the past year.  Yet, now that the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights […]

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Live From New York: UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Engages in Interactive Dialogue with the UN General Assembly

Live From New York:  UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food Engages in Interactive Dialogue with the UN General Assembly

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food’s, Prof. Olivier De Schutter’s, second presentation to the UN General Assembly.  The interactive dialogue that followed Prof. De Schutter’s presentation is an excellent example of how the Special Procedures system of the UN Human Rights Council allows for greater […]

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A Cleric Worth Knowing: Mehdi Karroubi

A Cleric Worth Knowing: Mehdi Karroubi

During the Iranian presidential elections, Mehdi Karroubi was the long-shot candidate.  He was not as well known as his opponents, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Mir-Hossein Mousavi.  His reformist credentials were strong, but with Mousavi in the race, reformists already had a leader.  His speeches about stronger women’s rights and more individual liberty resonated with many Iranians, […]

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How did Iran do on the Press Freedom Index?

In the annual Press Freedom Index by the Reporters Without Border, it is no surprise that Iran ranked as one of the worst countries for journalists.  Iran, who was ranked 166th in 2008, has fallen to 172nd this year.  The only countries to fare worst than Iran are Turkmenistan (173rd), North Korea (174th) and Eritrea […]

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