• Congo = The Republic of Congo is on the brink of adopting a new law which would make it the first nation in Africa to ensure judicial protection for its indigenous peoples, as soon as President Denis Sassou Nguesso signs it. (IRIN)
• Iran = Executions have reached a total of almost 70 people in one month, most recently including a public hanging in Tehran on January 5th. Advocates are concerned that many of these deaths are the result of
• The Human Rights World Affairs Blog Network has published a Human Rights Year in Review for 2010, which you can check out here. It also lists some issues to pay attention to in 2011; what do you think of these “predictions”? Do you agree? Did the author miss anything from 2010 you think should have been included?
• Kakenya is a short film about a young Kenyan girl who is trying to become a teacher; you can find an interview with the filmmaker here. Have you seen it? Feel free to post a review here.
ALSO OF INTEREST:
• US law firm Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll is continuing their human rights advocacy work on behalf of foreign subcontractors working on US bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Most recently Agnieszka Fryszman, a partner at the firm, initiated a case under the World War II era Defense Base Act, scoring a 7 figure settlement for the family of a Nepalese subcontractor who was killed while working in
• Dutch lawmakers are questioning Royal Dutch Shell PLC this month about its oil sector activities in
• UN Women, a United Nations agency focused on “gender equality and the empowerment of women,” officially began operating on 1st January, 2011. (UNWomen)
As always, your comments, story suggestions and feedback are always welcome.
Here’s to a happy and human-rightsy 2011 for all!