Tag Archives: human rights

Sex with trafficked women to be criminalised

The Independent
By Ben Russell

Jacqui Smith makes her address at the Labour Party Conference
Jacqui Smith makes her address at the Labour Party Conference

A clampdown on kerbcrawlers and men who pay for sex with trafficked women has been launched by Jacqui Smith, the Home Secretary.

She won a standing ovation at the Labour Party conference after announcing that ministers may create a new offence against people who pay prostitutes who have been forced into the sex trade. Continue reading Sex with trafficked women to be criminalised

Declaration of Principles for a Presidential Executive Order on Prisoner Treatment, Torture and Cruelty

National Religious Campaign Against Torture

Though we come from a variety of backgrounds and walks of life, we agree that the use of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment against prisoners is immoral, unwise, and un-American. Continue reading Declaration of Principles for a Presidential Executive Order on Prisoner Treatment, Torture and Cruelty

In Congo, rape is a weapon of war

The Standard – Nairobi

By Eric Mgendi And Solange Nyamulisa

With the largest peacekeeping force in the world, the crisis in the Democratic Republic (DR) of Congo is one of the most complex.

New estimates by International Rescue Committee show that more than five million people have died between 1998 and 2002. It all began 12 years ago after the ouster of Laurent Kabila. Long-standing and deep-seated, internal causes, often based on ethnicity and interference by external powers have consistently undermined the integrity and sovereignty of DR Congo. Continue reading In Congo, rape is a weapon of war

USCCB introduces study guide that examines torture as moral issue

Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON (CNS) — The dignity and respect of the human person is the cornerstone of a new study guide on torture as a moral issue published by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The guide, titled “Torture: Torture Is a Moral Issue, a Catholic Study Guide,” looks at church teaching as it relates to the use of torture by government authorities around the world and mixes in biblical passages that evoke Jesus’ call to “love your enemies.” The guide was written by David Gibson, retired editor of Catholic News Service‘s Origins documentary service, in cooperation with the Catholic Leadership Council within the National Religious Campaign Against Torture. It was developed for use by discussion groups and classes in Catholic settings as well as individuals, families and others interested in studying the issue. The guide was introduced June 23 in the midst of Torture Awareness Month as designated by religious, human rights and civil liberties organizations. The guide is available for downloading on the Web at: www.usccb.org/sdwp/TortureIsAMoralIssueCatholicStudyGuide.pdf.

Peace with sexual violence is still war!

Stephen Lewis (2008-06-05)

Pambazuka News

When my co-Director of AIDS-Free World, Paula Donovan, visited in November, and observed that the war being waged against women “may well be the most savage display of misogyny ever orchestrated in a conflict zone”, she was right. Terrible, unspeakable things have been done to the women of DR Congo, writes Stephen Lewis. It isn’t enough to stop the shooting when the raping continues apace. The only worthwhile armistice restores peace for the entire population, male and female. There can be no satisfaction in claiming a truce or a peace treaty which is soaked in the carnage of the women of the land. If all the peacekeepers were women, and the men of a country were under pervasive sexual assault, do you think the women would simply observe the carnage? Continue reading Peace with sexual violence is still war!

Where to, Zimbabwe?

Pambazuka News
As the world waits to see what will happen in Zimbabwe, Patrick Bond argues that lessons should be taught and retaught about the dangers of elite transition between a voracious, corrupt, violent and divisive set of rulers, and an incoming crew who might not withstand the blandishments of local power-sharing and global economic seduction. Continue reading Where to, Zimbabwe?