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January 2010 (15)
Jan 31 2010 11:52AM
Tutu asks Libya: where is he?

Desmond Tutu, Nobel peace prize winner and former archbishop of Capetown, is to make an urgent plea to Libya on Monday. He will ask the Libyan government to clarify what has happened to a prominent dissident, Jaballa Matar. His family...

Jan 31 2010 11:10AM
Arrest for corrupt payments related to BAE sales

A BAE middleman has been arrested and held, charged with conspiring to make corrupt payments to promote the sale of fighter planes to Austria, Czech Republic and Hungary. The Attorney General, Lady Scotland, has not yet allowed the...

Jan 27 2010 10:22PM
Barack Obama's record on human rights

A report from Human Rights Watch says that Barack Obama has set a different tone from Bush but has failed to prevent abuses.

Jan 27 2010 10:14PM
Britain "complicit in mistreatment and possible torture"

A report from the UN says that Britain was complicit in mistreatment and possible torture. The report indicates that Britain was involved in the secret detention of British Muslims. It follows a report from Human Rights Watch, based in...

Jan 26 2010 8:19PM
Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS and other diseases

The Millennium Development Goals, to be achieved by 2015 which is now only 5 years away, include this one: Goal 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. Malaria can be controlled with technology as simple as bed nets to keep...

Jan 21 2010 12:01PM
Goal 5: Better health for mothers

The Millennium Development Goals, to be achieved by 2015, include: Goal 5: Improve maternal health Here is the Millennium Development Campaign's web page on Goal 5. As it says on that page, too often the day a baby is born is the day...

Jan 12 2010 9:12PM
Iraq war was illegal, finds inquiry

The Iraq war was illegal, the inquiry has found. No, not that inquiry in London so much in the news recently. This is a tribunal of seven judges in the Netherlands.

Jan 12 2010 8:08PM
Cabinda in the spotlight due to football

The attack and murder of Togolese footballers in Angola has drawn the attention of the media, yes even of the Sun. It is amazing how a link with football can make news. Lara Pawson writes in the Guardian that Cabinda should be kept in...

Jan 11 2010 9:42PM
Goal 4: Reduce child mortality

The eight Millennium Development Goals, intended to be met by 2015, include this one: Goal 4: Reduce child mortality One of the ways to prevent childen dying is to ensure that they receive injections to protect against common and...

Jan 8 2010 9:42PM
English PEN campaigning to protect journalists in the Americas

English PEN has today published an update on its campaign, Freedom to Write in the Americas. They are concerned for the safety of journalists in countries including Mexico and Cuba. Roy Greenslade in his blog reports briefly on the sad...

Jan 7 2010 9:13AM
War threatens human disaster in Sudan

It is five years since the agreement signed between the government of Sudan and the SPLM, the Sudan People's Liberation Movement in the south of the country. Oxfam and other aid charities say that there should be urgent international...

Jan 7 2010 8:56AM
Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women

The eight Millenium Development Goals to be reached by 2015 (or you may think, unlikely to be reached by 2015) include this one: Goal 3: Promote gender equality and empower women Education is one very important area where gender...

Jan 7 2010 8:39AM
Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education

Continuing my look at the Millennium Development Goals, here the second: Goal 2: Achieve universal primary education If you were required to be at school until you were 15 or 16 it does not seem much to ask that all children in the...

Jan 3 2010 11:32AM
Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger

I wrote about the Millennium Development Goals to be achieved by 2015 and said that I would return each goal in more detail. True to my word let us look at the first one: Goal 1: Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger Now that is an...

Jan 3 2010 10:32AM
Obama and workers' rights a year on

It is now nearly a year since Barack Obama became president. On his inauguration there was comment on the Amnesty Trade Union solidarity blog about the need for respect for the rights of workers in the USA. I wonder how things have...