Archive for February 13th, 2013

13/02/2013

“Nothing Has Changed”… “Morsi is Mubarak” – Egyptian Protesters

Human Wrongs Watch

Cairo, February 13, 2013 (Shahira Amin for RIA Novosti*) – On Monday [11 February 2013], two years after former President Hosni Mubarak was ousted, thousands of people in Cairo and across Egypt went out onto the street in protest, calling for an end to Islamist President [Mohamed] Morsi’s rule.

**Image: Credit: Gigi Ibrahim from Cairo, Egypt | The Egyptian Liberal | Wikimedia Commons

**Image: Credit: Gigi Ibrahim from Cairo, Egypt | The Egyptian Liberal | Wikimedia Commons

Scores of protesters set out from various meeting points in the capital, marching towards Tahrir Square and Al Ittihadeya Presidential Palace, where there have been violent clashes between opposition activists and security forces in recent weeks.

Monday’s protests threaten to further destabilize the country, wracked by weeks of unrest sparked by the passing of a constitution rejected by liberal opposition political parties.

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13/02/2013

Radio Day: The Widest Audience Worldwide

Human Wrongs Watch

13 February is World Radio Day — a day to celebrate radio as a medium; to improve international cooperation between broadcasters; and to encourage major networks and community radio alike to promote access to information and freedom of expression over the airwaves, UNESCO underlines.

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UNESCO

As radio continues to evolve in the digital age, it remains the medium that reaches the widest audience worldwide, adds the UN Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

“This multi-purpose medium can help people, including youth, to engage in discussions on topics that affect them. It can save lives during natural or human-made disasters; and it provides journalists with a platform to report facts and tell their stories.”

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Through service to members, networking and project implementation, the World Association of Community Radio Broadcasters (AMARC)**, brings together a network of more than 4,000 community radios, Federations and community media stakeholders in more than 130 countries.

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13/02/2013

Canada: Violence, Sexual Assault By Police Officers against Indigenous Women – Report

Ottawa, 13 February 2013, Human Rights Watch* – The Royal Canadian Mounted Police in northern British Columbia has failed to protect indigenous women and girls from violence, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Women and girls Human Rights Watch interviewed also described abusive treatment by police officers, including excessive use of force, and physical and sexual assault.

EnlargeHighway 16, sometimes referred to as “the Highway of Tears” in recognition of the women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered in its vicinity, in northern British Columbia. July 2012. © Samer Muscati/Human Rights Watch

Highway 16, sometimes referred to as “the Highway of Tears” in recognition of the women and girls who have gone missing or been murdered in its vicinity, in northern British Columbia. July 2012. © Samer Muscati/Human Rights Watch

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The 89-page report, “Those Who Take Us Away: Abusive Policing and Failures in Protection of Indigenous Women and Girls in Northern British Columbia, Canada,” documents both ongoing police failures to protect indigenous women and girls in the north from violence and violent behavior by police officers against women and girls.

Police failures and abuses add to longstanding tensions between the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and indigenous communities in the region, Human Rights Watch said.

The Canadian government should establish a national commission of inquiry into the murders and disappearances of indigenous women and girls, including the impact of police mistreatment on their vulnerability to violence in communities along Highway 16, which has come to be called northern British Columbia’s “Highway of Tears.”

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13/02/2013

Children in Conflicts: Abducted, Recruited, Killed, Maimed, Raped

Human Wrongs Watch

United Nations, 13 February 2013 – From the besieged cities of Syria to the desert battlefields of Mali, children throughout the world continue to endure the indignities of forced conscription and suffer the resulting legacy of combat on their health and well-being, a top United Nations official warned today.

A billboard campaign in Sri Lanka highlighting the plight of girl child soldiers. Photo: IRIN/Rebecca Murray

A billboard campaign in Sri Lanka highlighting the plight of girl child soldiers. Photo: IRIN/Rebecca Murray

In an appeal marking the International Day against the Use of Child Soldiers, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, Leila Zerrougui, cautioned that thousands of children continue to be “abducted, recruited, killed, maimed, or raped in conflicts around the world,” including the ongoing wars in Syria and Mali.

“Children in conflict are separated from their families, are forced to kill, and experience violence and abuse,” Zerrougui stated in a joint news release issued with Catherine Ashton, the European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs.

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