CAN YOU SEE ME? Nirmala (ge 16)
Nirmala left school to support herself and her two younger sisters following the death of their parents from AIDS. On a good day, Nirmala earns up to 120 Nepalese Rupees (about US$1.35) by working in the paddies and surrounding hills in Biraltoli, her impoverished village. She uses the money to feed the family and ensure that her sisters stay in school.
Two months ago, a young mother of two in Pakistan was stoned to death by her relatives for possessing a cell phone on the order of a tribal court. Arifa Bibi’s case, while tragic, was not unique, and human rights campaigners fear this form of execution may be on rise, especially in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq.
Show your support for ending this practice by signing this Change.org petition to United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urging the United Nations Human Rights office to denounce executions by stoning and learn more via The Independent.
The current global—and Congressional—debate about whether to deploy force against Syria for its use of sarin gas on civilians will depend, in part, on the whether the reasons for a post-World War I agreement banning the offensive use of chemical and biological weapons continue to be honored.
The 1925 Geneva Protocol did not focus on World War I’s terrible new 20th-century technologies that made 19th-century military tactics obsolete and led to mass slaughter: advancements in barbed wire, machine guns, and artillery led to incomprehensible and horrible effects on combatants. It was the impact of gas use on both the Western and Eastern fronts that led to the prohibition on chemical and biological warfare, even though it had led to only about one percent of the deaths there. The protocol viewed gas warfare as different from the other methods of mass killing, and banned the use of “asphyxiating, poisonous or other gases” as well as “bacteriological methods.”
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An Indian court has convicted four men of the rape and murder of a young woman last December who died from injuries resulting from her brutal gang rape. The sentences are expected Wednesday, and include the possibility of hanging. “We can celebrate this particular case,” said Rebecca John, supreme court lawyer and prominent advocate for women in India. “As we celebrate this case, let us mourn for the other cases that are not highlighted.”
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"Private re-homing" is a term typically used by owners seeking new homes for their pets, but is also a term used to describe children tossed into a loose, underground Internet network where desperate parents seek new homes for kids they regret adopting. Re-homing is that the process is far cheaper than formal adoptions.
Reuters analyzed 5,029 posts from a five-year period on one Internet message board, a Yahoo group. On average, a child was advertised for re-homing there once a week.
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US President Barack Obama may have “stumbled into a possible resolution of the Syria showdown”, as an apparently unscripted comment by US Secretary of State John Kerry set in motion a new diplomatic initiative by Moscow to put Syria’s chemical weapons under international supervision. The…
Egypt NGOs denounce military trials of civilians | The News
Four Egyptian rights groups on Monday denounced the military trials of civilians accused of attacking soldiers, saying the army had convicted more than 60 people since president Mohammed Mursi’s ouster.
The NGOs urged interim president Adly Mansour, who was appointed by the army following Mursi’s removal, to “immediately amend the law in order to prohibit trials of civilians by military tribunals”.
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UN survey reveals nearly a quarter of men in Asia-Pacific admit to committing rape - Australia Network News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
A United Nations report has revealed nearly a quarter of men surveyed in the Asia-Pacific region say they’ve raped a woman at least once in their life.
Justice for victims of all the parties to the conflict, including the victims of state agents, is an essential part of any viable transitional justice regime. Those most responsible for the most serious crimes, from whichever side, need to be prosecuted and appropriate penalties imposed that can be reduced if stringent conditions are met.
Nepal should take note of the lessons learned in Latin America concerning transitional justice mechanisms. While no TRC or transitional justice regime has ever been shown to be flawless, justice can be served, perpetrators can be prosecuted and communities can move forward.