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Human rights trends from East and Horn of Africa

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HRH Moscow

So-called “traditional values” are not human rights

States advocating traditional values in reality aim at raising their own cultural norms and particularities above international law and standards. Giving legal force to the concept of traditional values opens the door to a dangerous framework, where States and non-State actors can invoke this concept to justify human rights violations. 14 Mar 2013 »

Image: Kazbek Gekkiyev, Russian TV journalist, murdered on 6 December 2012. 
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HRH London

TV newsreader shot in Russia the same day as a campaign against murders of journalists started

On 6 December Kazbek Gekkiyev, a journalist on the local TV station, was murdered in the North Caucasus republic of Kabardino-Balkaria on his way home. His death coincided with the launch of the Speak Justice Campaign. Its aim is to break the terrible cycle of murder and impunity currently experienced by journalists around the world. 09 Dec 2012 »

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Congo: International community fears refugee crisis

Joseph Kabila meets with M23 rebel group in Uganda, after regional summit called on them to end their offensive. 25 Nov 2012 »

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HRH London

To fight impunity, silence must be broken and accountability demanded

The International Day to End Impunity, launched on 23 November 2011, marks the anniversary of the 2009 Ampatuan massacre in the Philippines, when 32 journalists and media workers were murdered. To this day, not a single suspect has been convicted. More than 630 other journalists have been targeted and murdered worldwide in direct retaliation for their reporting since 1992. 25 Nov 2012 »

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UN Committee holds Togolese government accountable for rural women's food insecurity

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) has issued recommendations to the Togo state urging it to ensure that land contracts with foreign companies do not result in forced eviction, internal displacement, or the increased food insecurity of women and girls. 09 Nov 2012 »

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