August 8th, 2012

UN official welcomes presidential decree to restructure security sector in Yemen

Posted on 08 Aug 2012 at 9:56am

A senior United Nations official has welcomed the decrees adopted by Yemeni President Abdrabuh Mansour Hadi Mansour on Monday to restructure the country’s security sector.

“The issuance of these decrees mark an important step in implementing Yemen’s November 2011 Transition Agreement,” said a statement issued by the Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on Yemen, Jamal Benomar, on Monday evening.

Yemen has been undergoing a democratic transition, under the leadership of Mr. Mansour, who came to power in an election in February. This followed the Transition Agreement signed by warring factions in November 2011 on a transitional settlement in the wake of widespread protests similar to those seen across the Middle East…

Americas: Governments prioritize profit over Indigenous peoples’ rights

Posted on 08 Aug 2012 at 7:39am

Governments across the Americas are putting profit before the physical and cultural survival of thousands of Indigenous peoples, said Amnesty International in a briefing paper published ahead of the International Day of Indigenous Peoples on 9 August.

The paper explores the failure of governments to comply with their obligation to consult with Indigenous Peoples about development projects such as motorways, pipelines, hydroelectric dams and open-cast mines on or near their traditional territories.

“States have the obligation to engage with Indigenous Peoples at the earliest stage of any decision-making process that affects them. Ignoring that obligation only creates a climate of bad faith, distrust and polarisation…

Nigeria: Clinton Should Urge Jonathan to Address Violence

Posted on 08 Aug 2012 at 7:36am

Pervasive Abuses, Corruption, and Impunity Should Top Agenda During Visit

(Washington, DC) – US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her trip to Nigeria should encourage President Goodluck Jonathan to address increasingly deadly violence in northern and central Nigeria, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Clinton on August 7, 2012. Much of the violence has been initiated by the militant Islamist group Boko Haram.

Clinton, who is scheduled to meet with Jonathan in Abuja on August 9, should also raise security force abuses, corruption, and lack of accountability, Human Rights Watch said.

“Nigeria is facing a surge of violence and lawlessness that has blighted the lives of thousands of Nigerians,”…

Greece: Halt Mass Migrant Round-Ups

Posted on 08 Aug 2012 at 7:32am

Discriminatory Police Sweeps Violate Rights

(London) – The Greek authorities’ ongoing sweeps targeting suspected migrants based on little more than their physical appearance violate international standards, Human Rights Watch said today. Since August 4, 2012, more than 6,000 foreigners presumed to be undocumented migrants have been taken into police stations for questioning, and more than 1,500 arrested for illegal entry and residence with a view to deportation to their countries of origin.

“Greece has the right to enforce its immigration laws, and after a fair process, to deport people with no legal basis to stay in the country”, said Benjamin Ward, deputy director of the Europe and Central Asia division at…

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