Monday News Updates: Human Rights Day Edition

My first job of every day is to scour the news for articles on cases of torture, changes in national or international legislation, or opinion pieces. Monday’s are the longest – from Saturday to Monday, there are a huge number of articles to sort through.

This Monday was exceptional in its volume. International Human Rights Day, 10 December, was Saturday, and I am grateful to see many newspapers, Op-Ed writers, and organisations take the opportunity to focus on the issue of torture. As such, below I will simply provide the links and titles from Human Rights Day 2011.

Pakistan: Human Rights Day: ‘Include a course on human rights in the curriculum’ (The Express Tribune)

Pakistan: Human rights violations: Criminalisation of torture demanded (The Express Tribune)

Maldives: President hopes for investigation of torture against inmates (Miadhu News)

Human Rights Day: Seizing a historic opportunity to end torture in the Middle East and North Africa – Ten steps against torture (World Organisation Against Torture –

Hope and Change: The Arab Spring Dominated the Headlines, But 2011 Saw Other Landmark Human Rights Victories (The Huffington Post)

ASIA: The state of human rights in Asia on International Human Rights Day 2011 (Asian Human Rights Commission)

NEPAL : An Appeal from the Center for Victims of Torture to the government of Nepal on the occasion of the international Human Rights Day (Centre for Victims of Torture – Nepal)

The 16 Days Campaign: Hope, Strength and Power Prevail (Physicians for Human Rights)

Violence against women in post-conflict (Amnesty International – USA)


By Tessa



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