A very serious humanitarian crisis is unfolding in Sudan, right now. But, you could be forgiven if you didn’t know what was happening even by now because the news coverage has been shockingly lacking.
Sudan has implemented a country-wide shutdown of the internet to stop the spread of information. Sadly, it has worked and I found myself discovering this horrendous news via Instagram. It is therefore imperative to use the power of social media to spread this news to bridge the gap where national news has been hindered.
So what has happened? It started with peaceful pro-democracy protesters staging a sit in outside army headquarters in Khartoum where the ruling military party ‘The Transitional Military Council’ (TMC) currently sit. TMC took charge following the overthrowing of Omar al-Bashir when he was ousted and arrested after 30 years of rule. Bashir has not been seen since April, but the public prosecutors office has commented that his charges relate to “suspected illicit wealth and emergency orders”. Read More »
Today on the blog we are celebrating the advancement of human rights. In a ground breaking move Angola has decriminalised homosexuality. There are sixty eight countries recognised by the UN that still criminalise homosexual conduct, but Angola is no longer one of them.
On the 23rd January 2019, the Angolan parliament took a vote which saw a huge majority of 155 members in favour of overhauling the existing criminal penal code. This is the first alteration of its kind since they gained independence from Portugal in 1975.
“In casting aside this archaic and insidious relic of the colonial past, Angola has eschewed discrimination and embraced equality.” – Human Rights Watch
A short update today as I bring your attention to a newly released report co-produced by Help Refugees and Refugee Rights Europe. The report was released today on the two-year anniversary of the shut down of the ‘Calais Jungle’. The purpose is to highlight the increasingly dire situation for refugees in Northern France over the past few decades, and draw attention to the critical need for authorities and the British government to intervene and implement change.
The two organisations have produced a time line which covers activities of asylum seekers, government authorities and aid agencies from 1994 to the present day. The time line is easy to understand and highlights the critical information that you need to be able understand the message. The message being that the situation for the asylum seekers is worsening. They are enduring police brutality, harsh conditions, infringements of their rights and exclusion from the society they are trying to survive in. Read More »
The latest and shocking news from Washington has seen the nation and the world up in arms over Trumps latest policy. In a baffling move to undo the progress that the Obama administration made regarding transgender individuals, Trumps cohort has announced a new plan to define gender in a manner which could eradicate transgender recognition.
During the Obama administration a definition of gender was adopted that interpreted ‘sex’ to include ‘gender identiy’. It permitted recognition based on an individuals preference and psychological factors, meaning it was not restricted to gender at birth. There were problems reported as a consequence of this, such as conflict over the use of bathrooms, sleeping areas, or single sex arenas. However, these problems could seemingly have been resolved through education, more consideration or other dispute resolution means. To backtrack on the progress made and redefine the meaning of gender seems an unwarranted and disproportionate act in light of these problems. Read More »
More progressive news in the human rights sphere to report on today. Todays post will celebrate the actions of Japan as they make progress towards combatting LGBT discrimination.
On the 5th October 2018, Tokyo Metropolitan Government passed an act which bans the discrimination of others that is fuelled by sexual orientation or gender identity. The new law prohibits the use of public spaces to make hate speech in any capacity, thus perturbing haters who will now face charges if they breach the law. Additionally, the new act requires the public education of LGBT rights to be carried out through schools and the wider society. This is a welcomed step in the strive for equality, a universal right, in todays ever evolving society.
The law comes as a result of Tokyo hosting the 2020 olympics in the strive to foster peaceful games that are “inclusive and rights-respecting”. This is also largely due to the Read More »
A shorter post this week bringing you a positive news update from Malaysia! The death penalty is a controversial topic with extremely divided opinion worldwide. Yes we are talking about criminals, but personally, I am against it and I am delighted to hear that Malaysia are making a monumental move to abolish their death sentence. In this major advancement pushed by their new government, Malaysia are set to join the 142 other countries who have banished the death penalty.
“[T]he new government has shown that “it is a force for moral good, and an example for the region and the world.” – Lawyers for Liberty/CBS News
It was announced last week that the cabinet have accepted the bill to abolish the death penalty. Over the last ten years Malaysia has executed 35 individuals. Currently there are over 1,200 being held on death row in Malaysia, this includes Malaysians and foreign nationals. In the bid to abolish capital punishment the government is urged to not only ban future impositions of the death penalty, but extend a moratorium to those currently awaiting capital punishment in the country. Furthermore, a lawyer from Lawyers for Liberty (a Malaysian rights group) has added that once this abolition is complete,Read More »