Sweden honors anti-war campaigns, human rights
Markets closed Human Rights Commission Officially Launches Online Video and Recognizes Deaf Community Leader for his Inspiration Press Release: Canadian Human Rights Commission Fri, Sep 27, 2013 9:00 AM EDT Print OTTAWA, Sept. 27, 2013 /CNW/ – A new accessible video to benefit people in Canada’s Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing community as well as people with low literacy was officially launched yesterday at the Canadian Human Rights Commission (CHRC). The online video, entitled “Your Guide to Understanding the Canadian Human Rights Act,” provides information on human rights and discrimination in American Sign Language (ASL), Quebec Sign Language (LSQ), English and French captioning, and English and French voice-over. “I believe this is going to help a lot of peoplewhether they grew up Deaf and use sign-language as their first language, or whether they lack the literacy skills they need to read about their human rights,” said Acting Chief Commissioner David Langtry. “This video is going to speak to its audiences about their rights in their language.” In a special ceremony yesterday, the CHRC formally recognized Jim Roots, Executive Director of the Canadian Association of the Deaf, for his leadership and integral role in the project. It was Mr. Roots who inspired the original concept for the video and led the project through to its completion.
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Human Rights Watch Blasts UN Syria Resolution
While the release of these individuals should be commended, said Gissou Nia, executive director of the Iran Human Rights Documentation Center , hundreds of other prisoners who have been incarcerated solely for the exercise of their human rights and the legitimate expression of their beliefs remain in Irans jails. According to the State Departments Country Reports on Human Rights for 2012, Iranian prisons are absolute hell holes, filled way over capacity with an estimated 200,000 prisoners, many of them political and a number of them media professionals. Torture (including beatings, rape, pulling of nails, burning with cigarettes) is common. Over the decade up to 2012, according to the U.N. human rights rapporteur on Iran, 3,766 flogging sentences were handed down. Arrests are often arbitraryfor crimes such as anti-revolutionary behaviorand formal charges can take months. The Iranian constitution provides for freedom of expression and of the pressexcept for those who would express words that are deemed detrimental to the fundamental principles of Islam or the rights of the public. As the state owns all media through the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting, censors Internet activity, and controls social media, there are not a lot of options for dissenters and netizens. Freedom of religion does not exist, with 99 percent of the population being Muslim and the remaining 1 percent being subject to harassment, intimidation and imprisonment, and, in cases of apostasy from Islam, death.
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Commonwealth giving Sri Lanka carte blanche for human rights abuses
The prize is also known as the “alternative Nobels.” The awards jury on Thursday cited the 67-year-old Walker for “working tirelessly to rid the world of chemical weapons.” It said since 1995, Walker has led the U.S. branch of an organization set up by former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev aimed at safely securing and eliminating nuclear, chemical, biological and conventional weapons globally. The jury said his leadership has helped eliminate more than 55,000 tons of chemical weapons. Sourani, the first Palestinian to receive the award, was praised for defending and promoting human rights in Palestine and the Arab world for 35 years “under exceptionally difficult circumstances.” As leader of the Arab Organization for Human Rights, Sourani organized the first fact-finding mission to Libya after the fall of dictator Moammar Gadhafi and has recently been training lawyers and human rights advocates in Syria. Based in the Gaza Strip, the 59-year-old lawyer has been imprisoned several times by both Israel and the Palestinian Authority. “This award means that we must continue to struggle to defend the rights of the victims,” Sourani told the AP in Gaza. “We must continue to reject all forms of human rights abuses .
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Iran: Human Rights Record Belies New Era
Brendan McDermid-Pool/Getty Images Todays meeting is an opportunity psychiatry for the Commonwealth to show some real leadership on human rights. The organization has been shamefully silent so far about Sri Lankas human rights crisis including the persistent lack of justice for past crimes and ongoing attacks on human rights defenders and other activists. Source: Polly Truscott, Amnesty Internationals Deputy Asia- Pacific Director. Sri Lankas disturbing human rights record means it should be barred from hosting a key Commonwealth summit in November or chairing the organization, Amnesty International said ahead of a key meeting of Commonwealth foreign ministers today. The Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group – made up of foreign ministers and Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma, who gather to address violations of the Commonwealths fundamental values, including human rights – is meeting in New York today. Todays meeting is an opportunity for the Commonwealth to show some real leadership on human rights. The organization has been shamefully silent so far about Sri Lankas human rights crisis including the persistent lack of justice for past crimes and ongoing attacks on human rights defenders and other activists, said Polly Truscott, Amnesty Internationals Deputy Asia- Pacific Director.
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Any progress to remove Syrias chemical weapons is an important step, but this resolution fails to ensure justice for the gassing of hundreds of children and many other grave crimes, said the UN Director at Human Rights Watch, Philippe Bolopion. Human Rights Watch has blamed Syrias regime for the alleged chemical weapons attack near Damascus on August 21, in which it said 1,400 people, including over 400 children, were killed. Bolopion called on the Security Council members to overcome their political differences and make clear to all sides that they must not stand in the way of delivering life-saving aid to civilians, or they will be held accountable. If the killing of civilians by conventional weapons continues unabated, the chemical weapons resolution will be remembered as an effort to draw red lines, not save civilian lives, Bolopion said. The UN Security Council voted unanimously late Friday to pass the resolution that will ensure that the elimination of Syrias chemical weapons program happens as soon as possible and with the utmost transparency and accountability,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. RIA Novosti. Elimination of Chemical Weapons in the World US Secretary of State John Kerry described the resolution, which does not authorize the automatic use of force if Syria is said to be in violation, as a “strong, enforceable, precedent-setting” document which shows that diplomacy can be so powerful that it can peacefully defuse the worst weapons of war.”
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