El Salvador’s Catholic Church Closes Key Human Rights Office

Human Rights Organization Appeals to UN on Behalf of Imprisoned Pussy Riot Member, Fearing for Her Life

Pussy Riot supporters protesting in London (Photo: Dan Kitwood)

Tutela Legal said its closure was ordered by Jose Luis Escobar Alas, the archbishop of San Salvador. Employees said they were told that, with the war long over, the office was no longer necessary. Supporters vehemently rejected that reasoning, noting that the organization continued to do important legal work for the poor. I am worried about the bad signal this sends, Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes said in a news conference, adding he did not know the reasons behind the decision. Tutela Legal was founded in the years leading up to the war by San Salvador’s then-archbishop, Oscar Arnulfo Romero. It became the driving force behind investigations of the most important, emblematic atrocities of the period — including the 1980 killing of Romero, shot by gunmen linked to the military as he said Mass. Another crucial case was the 1989 military slayings of six Jesuit priests — one of them the rector of the University of Central America — as well as their housekeeper and her daughter.
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Human Rights chief calls for greater action to end migrant trafficking following boat tragedy

Tolokonnikova’s family and legal representatives access to her in accordance with relevant human rights laws and standards.” As of now, her family and lawyers have not had any contact with her for more than a week, and are afraid that she’s suffering reprisals as a result of her expose about prisoner abuse at the camp. Prison officials have denied Tolokonnikova’s allegations, but several prisoners have corroborated her claims. Artists around the world including Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, U2, and Madonna have spoken out in support of Pussy Riot and called for their release. NEW YORK ( TheStreet ) — The story of Stone Temple Pilots is fraught with highs and lows. It’s a dream of rock stardom come true that turned into a nightmare of discord before collapsing into a pile of … TheStreet.com LOS ANGELES (AP) A jury’s rejection of a long-running lawsuit by Michael Jackson’s mother against the promoter of his ill-fated comeback concerts could finally allow Jackson to disappear from a forum he has dominated for years the courtroom. Associated Press NEW YORK ( TheStreet ) — It deserves a documentary, but, for now, I’ll give it the multi-page article treatment at TheStreet .
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Open Letter to the UN Security Council from Human Rights Watch On Human Rights Abuses in the Democratic Republic of Congo

In 2010, Shekas troops were part of an alliance of armed groups responsible for the mass rape of nearly 400 men, women, and children in Walikale. We urge that Security Council members take the following actions: Ensure that any agreement with the M23 or other armed groups does not provide amnesty or allow for integration into the army of individuals responsible for serious human rights abuses. Adopt a Security Council resolution requiring that Rwanda end all support to the M23, and imposing sanctions on senior Rwandan officials responsible for such support. Call on MONUSCO and the Congolese government to respond to threats to civilians posed by the M23 and other armed groups. Particular attention should be given to Shekas NDC rebellion, and efforts should be made to arrest Sheka. Urge the Congolese government to appropriately prosecute security force officials found responsible for war crimes and other abuses, including those responsible for the mass rapes around Minova and the violence in Kitchanga. Support the Congolese government in the establishment of a vetting mechanism to remove and exclude those responsible for serious human rights abuses from the Congolese security forces.
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After return to Mexico, she fights crime, runs afoul of law

(January 2012) Photo: UNHCR/F. Noy The UN Human Rights High Commissioner is urging authorities in Eritrea and Somalia to renew efforts to end the smuggling and trafficking of persons in those countries. This comes in the wake of Thursday’s boat tragedy off the Italian island of Lampedusa in which more than 100 migrants died, most of them Eritreans. Rupert Colville, spokesperson at the UN Human Rights Office in Geneva, says they’re concerned about the increasing rates of smuggling and trafficking of migrants and refugees in the Mediterranean and elsewhere. “This indicates the desperation of people living in areas of Somalia, particularly in the Gulf of Aden but also crossing the Mediterranean at times, and in Eritrea. These are in areas stricken by insecurity and conflict as well as the lack of enjoyment of basic economic, social and cultural rights. It’s critical that the international community engages further in improving the human rights situation on the ground, so as to address the root causes and create sufficient improvement so that people won’t feel the need to put their lives at risk by undertaking such dangerous journeys.” (33″) The UN Human Rights office is also asking Italy and the international community, especially the European Union, to strengthen efforts to prevent a repeat of the tragedy.
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Journalists for Human Rights Recognizes Human Rights Reporting Around the World

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