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Newswire week 23-29 July

 

23 July

Belgian Face-Veil Ban Goes Into Effect

Today, Belgium became the second European country after France to ban the wearing of veils covering the face in public.

http://www.rferl.org/content/belgian_face_veil_ban/24274154.html


24 July

Vedanta under fire from Amnesty International over human rights

Amnesty International has launched a scathing attack on Vedanta, accusing the London-listed Indian miner of disregarding human rights and failing to protect the environment.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2011/jul/24/amnesty-international-slams-vedanta?INTCMP=SRCH


25 July

Burundi should Investigate Political Killings

According to Human Rights Watch, Burundian authorities should investigate and bring to justice those responsible for the dozens of political killings in Burundi since late 2010.

http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2011/07/25/burundi-investigate-political-killings


26 July

Italy fails to adopt measures to tackle hate crimes

Amnesty International says that Italy has failed to take action to protect minority groups from discrimination after the government rejected a bill on homophobic and transphobic crimes.

http://www.amnesty.org/en/news-and-updates/italy-fails-adopt-measures-tackle-hate-crimes-2011-07-26

 

Asian NGOs, awash with cash, ride a wave of economic growth

Western aid gap is being filled by thriving NGOs in Asia, which apply business techniques to charitable ends.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2011/jul/26/asian-ngos-tzu-chi-nunns


27 July

Belarus executions a violation of its international obligations – for the second time, says UN Human Rights Committee

Belarus has violated its international obligations by executing two death row inmates whose cases were being reviewed by the UN Human Rights Committee, despite requests to the Government to await the results of the review, the Committee said today, expressing dismay at the second such breach in two years.

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=11268&LangID=E

 

Mexican cartels move into human trafficking

As organized crime and globalization have increased, Mexico has become a major destination for sex traffic, as well as a transit point and supplier of victims to the United States. Drug cartels are moving into the trade, preying on immigrant women, sometimes with the complicity of corrupt regional officials, according to diplomats and activists.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/americas/mexican-cartels-move-into-human-trafficking/2011/07/22/gIQArmPVcI_story.html


28 July

Guatemalan war rape survivors: 'We have no voice'

More than 100,000 women were raped in the 36-year Guatemalan civil war. Despite violent retributions, they are now breaking their silence

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/jul/28/guatemalan-women-mass-rape-give-evidence?INTCMP=SRCH


29 July

Ecuador’s autocrat cracks down on media freedom

Mr. Correa, Ecuador’s president, is seeking to destroy or silence the remaining independent media, which to his distress have taken on topics such as the hundreds of millions of dollars in government contracts awarded to his brother. The president has filed one lawsuit against the authors of a book about his brother and a a second against the editorial page editor and three directors of one of Ecuador’s most influential newspapers, El Universo.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/ecuadors-autocrat-cracks-down-on-media-freedom/2011/07/27/gIQA5BRtfI_story.html

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