On all continents individuals and their families are forced to flee their homes on account of their sexual orientation or gender identity. While all refugees are vulnerable, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) refugees face particular challenges in accessing assistance and asylum procedures. They also experience instances of violence as a cause of flight or while in countries of first asylum. Human Rights First (HRF) highlighted many of these challenges earlier this month in a policy paper presented at a Roundtable discussion convened by the UN Refugee Agency – UNHCR – on Asylum Seekers and Refugees Seeking Protection on Account of their Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. HRF’s paper includes a comprehensive set of recommendations directed at UNHCR and States.
|By: jessebernstein Wednesday October 13, 2010 5:11 pm|
|By: kingcast Friday October 8, 2010 2:08 am|
That ruling suggests that opinioned bloggers are also journalists, Chapman said.
“I can think of no case where a blogger would be treated differently (than a print journalist under the law),” Chapman said.
|By: daphneeviatarhumanrights1st Friday October 1, 2010 12:28 pm|
|By: Scarecrow Wednesday September 29, 2010 12:28 pm|
Finally, the Obama Administration and human rights advocates agree that when government officials condone, order or engage in kidnappings, renditions, blackmail, beatings and torture, those officials should be held personally accountable and sanctioned under international law . . . As long as they’re Iranians.
|By: Larue-Clique Member Since LibbyGate Friday September 24, 2010 11:43 am|
Two recent actions leave this Larue feeling hopeless.
|By: indiemcemopants Friday September 24, 2010 9:06 am|
Ask your reps to sign this letter urging the Obama administration not to appeal DADT.
|By: TheCallUp Wednesday September 15, 2010 5:10 pm|
The European Union is considering taking legal action against France for violating EU’s discriminatory laws. President Nicolas Sarkozy’s right-winged government has been engaged in a massive deportation of Roma — also commonly referred to as ‘Gypsies’.
|By: ElisaMassiminoHRF Tuesday September 14, 2010 11:05 am|
This weekend’s New York Times article was a wake up call to Microsoft and the entire Information and communications technology industry about the dangers of complying with government actions aimed at limiting freedom of expression and stifling dissent.
|By: normanb Friday September 10, 2010 12:32 pm|
What’s Important to Remember Sept. 11, Rastafari New Years Day, are the Words of Ras Tafari Himself — by NormanB (“Deviations from the Norm”)
|By: tadstahnke Thursday September 9, 2010 2:48 pm|
Opposition is mounting to the “Burn a Koran Day” scheduled for September 11th in Florida. President Obama today condemned the event, urging Pastor Terry Jones to cancel. General David Petraeus said it could harm our troops, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton called it unrepresentative of Americans. Attorney General Eric Holder called it “idiotic and dangerous,” and the Vatican has called the planned demonstration “outrageous and grave.”