Tag Archives: human rights

Guatemalan military officers jailed for war crimes may get amnesty

by Elisabeth Malkin

Emma Theissen Álvarez says she will never forget the faces of the three men who came to her Guatemala City house that day in 1981 looking for her daughter, a student leader who had escaped from her military captors. When they did not find their target, they grabbed her 14-year-old son, Marco Antonio, instead.

Saudi Arabia | Execution of Filipino woman points to Saudi Arabia’s appalling record on work conditions, executions

Saudi Arabia, on January 29, executed a Filipino domestic worker who was found guilty of murder, Al Jazeera reported on Thursday. The 39-year-old woman, was sentenced to death by the Saudi Supreme Judicial Council and executed after the court ruled out the possibility of her case being eligible for a ‘blood money’ settlement, known as ‘diya’ under Shariah law. Diya is a method of monetary compensation by the accused to the murdered victim’s relatives, in lieu of the capital punishment. The family of the domestic worker were informed of her execution only the next day.

Sudan human rights body condemns use of live ammunition against protesters

Sudan’s National Human Rights Commission, the top governmental human rights body, has condemned the killing “by bullets” of protesters during the ongoing wave of protests across the country, calling on the authorities to bring those responsible to justice.

Ukraine | EU criticizes Ukrainian language politics

The European Union called on Ukraine to fully implement the recommendations of the Venice Commission regarding the language clause of the law “On Education”.

And lately, it did it twice. The first statement was made on December 12 in the resolution of the European Parliament. The second time this question was raised by the Council of Europe on December 17 following the meeting of the Council of the Ukraine-EU Association, held in Brussels. The EU specifically addressed the issue of discrimination against Roma. In addition, EU representatives are concerned that Ukraine is violating the right of all national minorities to receive information in their native language.

Disease and Famine as Weapons of War in Yemen

 

by Amir M. Mohareb, M.D., Louise C. Ivers

How can the medical community take stock of the humanitarian disaster in Yemen? The 3-year-old war intermittently garners attention from Western media — for example, in August, when an air strike on a school bus killed more than 50 civilians, mostly children — but is woefully underreported relative to the magnitude of the ongoing crisis. Such neglect highlights the numbing of our collective sensitivity to atrocity. Although the human toll of any war is dreadful, the infliction of suffering in Yemen has particularly toxic characteristics that we believe demand attention from health care providers worldwide: the destruction of health care facilities and the spread of disease and hunger as apparent means of waging war.