Human rights

Egyptian Blogger Jailed

Reuters AlertNet, 26 February 2007. 

Rights groups are criticising Egypt over the right to freedom of expression following the sentencing of  a  former law student to four years in jail by the country's court, for using  the Internet to insult Islam and the country's president, Hosni Mubarak.

The London-based rights group, Amnesty International, which monitored the case very closely, has described the sentencing of former law student, Abdel Karim Suleiman, as another slap in the face of freedom of expression in the country.

CSOs Demand Release of British Anti-Corruption Campaigner in Angola

CIVICUS, 27 February 2007.

Human rights groups and anti-corruption campaign groups are demanding the immediate and unconditional release of a highly respected British anti-corruption campaigner in Angola.

Dr Sarah Wykes, who works for an international organisation Global Witness, was arrested by the Angolan police in Cabinda while visiting the oil rich enclave to meet with local civil society representatives. Meanwhile many believe her arrest was ordered by the government of that country.

Govt's Role to Regulate & Adjudicate Corporate Activities under the UN's Core Human Rights Treaties

’State Responsibilities to Regulate and Adjudicate Corporate Activities under the United Nations' Core Human Rights Treaties’, is a report that discusses the states' obligations to regulate and adjudicate corporate activities under the United Nations' (UN) core human rights treaties.

The report also argues that UN human rights treaties require states to play a key role in effectively regulating and adjudicating corporate activities with regard to human rights.

Inequality and Crime

Business Day, 21 February 2007.

In response to government’s approach to crime, David Bruce, senior researcher for the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (CSVR), argues that the pervasive nature of crime and violence in South Africa is directly linked to inequality.

An Overview of Africa and the WTO Doha Round

Eldis Reporter, 19 February 2007.

In a paper published in the Development Policy Review, authors Michael Friis Jensen and Peter Gibbon consider why African countries have gained little from the outcomes of the 'Development Round' at Doha in 2001. The authors argue that if the Round is revived, Africa could benefit from the Round through a more aggressive stance on preferences.

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Amnesty International Campaign Against Internet Repression

One World, 15 February 2007.

Amnesty International has called upon the internet industry to fight governments’ attempts to repress internet users around the world.

Over 60,000 people have joined Amnesty International's irrepressible.info campaign, highlighting the repression of internet users around the world and the collusion of major Internet companies with governments such as China to restrict access to information over the Internet.

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