· December, 2010

Stories about Human Rights from December, 2010

Africa: Corrective rape testimonies from around Africa

  17 December 2010

Rose highlights corrective rape testimonies from around Africa: “it’s really important to point out how the increasing incidences of violence against gay people in Africa include the grotesque practice of corrective rape, where women are raped, and in some cases, infected with HIV and/or made pregnant.”

Cuba: Economic Segregation

  16 December 2010

Laritza's Laws says that “at no point” do the draft guidelines for economic and social policy “give respect to the rights of Cubans”.

China: A Cold Winter Night with the Petitioners

  16 December 2010

Zhang Kai, a human rights lawyer, swaps the comforts of his warm apartment to come face to face with the suffering of petitioners who took refuge from the cold weather inside a pedestrian subway, on a night when the temperatures dropped to -7 degrees Celsius. He live-casts what he witnessed in his micro blog to raise public awareness of the situation.

Azerbaijan: Hijab ban

  16 December 2010

Aaron in Azerbaijan [Eng] also comments on the recent law introduced in Azerbaijan prohibiting hijabs in schools. The blog wonders if the move is an attempt by the government to stop the further spread of radical Islam in the secular country.

Brazil: The vote for human rights

  16 December 2010

Marcelo Salles, writing [pt] for the blog Escrevinhador (Scribbler, pt), balances out votes in the state of Rio de Janeiro won by elected politicians concerned with human rights, against those opposed. The results are 547,492 and 278,425 respectively.

Haiti: update on unrest after elections

  16 December 2010

While back in Haiti to finish shooting a Web documentary project on the unheard voices of reconstruction, web-reporter Giordano Cossu provides a personal account on the on-going unrest after the controversial elections: “Much of this is in the hands of the Electoral Committee now. The population has already decided what...

India: On Eve Teasing

  15 December 2010

Maesy Angelina at Blank Noise comments: “eve teasing is an issue that nobody talks about. It seems like a monumental thing to try and change it.”

Brazil: Literature and Prejudice against the poor

  15 December 2010

Paulo Lopes comments [pt] on controversial statements by Brazilian actress  and former sex-symbol Vera Fischer. In an interview to Folha newspaper, a few days before launching the latest of ten books she has written in a year (according to blog Acerto de Contas [pt]), Fischer said she does not write...

Kenya: Ocampo's list of six

  14 December 2010

The only thing I’ve been waiting for more than the Kenya WikiLeaks is Ocampo’s list of government officials to be indicted with regards to the horrific 2007 Post-Election Violence.

Haiti: After Elections

  14 December 2010

“The situation here is like a volcano that has been building pressure for a very long time. The massive earthquake, the million homeless people and 300,000 dead, Hurricane Tomas, the Cholera epidemic…a biased election…all contribute to the people's frustration”: Pwoje Espwa provides updates on Haiti, along with photos, here, here...

Cuba: Human Rights Day Arrests

  14 December 2010

Iván's File Cabinet says that “more than 50 dissidents and activists were arrested on December 10 in Cuba…for attempting to mark the International Day of Human Rights.”

Cuba: What About The 11?

  14 December 2010

“The European Union has backed off the full-fledged restoration of relations with Havana sought by the government of Spain, unconvinced that the Castro dictatorship has earned a change in treatment”: Uncommon Sense reasons that since the Cuban government “is unlikely to get…what it was seeking, why would it go ahead...

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