The human rights group Attorneys for the Rights of the Child (ARC) (http://www.arclaw.org) has today criticized a proposal to continue the so-called voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) program in Africa, though only on boys mostly 15 years of age and older. The proposal was made in draft guidelines released in late November 2019 (https://www.state.gov/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/2019-11-25-COP20-Guidance-Full-Consolidated_Public-2-1.pdf) by the US President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR). ARC claims that as applied to youths 15 years of age and older, Section 220.127.116.11 of the guidelines, focusing on VMMC, unconscionably distort medical evidence and violate medical ethics and federal law, not to mention basic economics. BERKELEY, Calif. (PRWEB) December 13, 2019 The human rights group Attorneys for the Rights of the Child (ARC) (http://www.arclaw.org) has today criticized a proposal to continue the so-called voluntary medical male circumcision (VMMC) program in … [Read more...] about Human Rights Group Criticizes Proposal to Continue African Circumcision Program with Adolescents as Violating Children’s Rights
CAIRO - A court in Sudan convicted the country's former authoritarian ruler, Omar Hassan al-Bashir, of money laundering and corruption on Saturday, delivering a verdict that few Sudanese expected a year ago when a massive populist revolt erupted. But Bashir's sentence of two years in a minimum-security lockup is unlikely to appease many of the victims of his brutal, three-decade-long rule, who are seeking justice for what they describe as atrocities committed by his security forces. "While this trial is a positive step toward accountability for some of his alleged crimes, he remains wanted for heinous crimes committed against the Sudanese people," said Joan Nyanyuki, Amnesty International's Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes in August. The 75-year-old former dictator is also wanted by the International Criminal Court on charges of war crimes and genocide linked to government-backed attacks in Sudan's western Darfur region in the 2000s. But Bashir remained untouched … [Read more...] about Sudan sentences former ruler Bashir to two years for money laundering and corruption
The Associated Press reports that 17,000 Brazilian migrants entered the United States through the city of El Paso during Fiscal Year 2019. Approximately 18,000 crossed into the U.S. along the entire southwest border with Mexico — a 600 percent increase over the previous high during FY2016.“The quiet migration of around 17,000 Brazilians through a single U.S. city in the past year reveals a new frontier in the Trump administration’s effort to shut down the legal immigration pathway for people claiming fear of persecution,” the AP reported. “Brazilian families are not held indefinitely in detention but instead released to Annunciation House, a network of shelters, where they can stay for a few days while they arrange flights to other cities in the U.S.” The apprehension of about 17,000 Brazilian migrants accounts for just over nine percent of the 182,143 total migrants apprehended by Border Patrol agents during the fiscal year that ended on September … [Read more...] about REPORT: 17,000 Brazilian Migrants Cross Border in Single Texas City in FY2019
PENNSYLVANIA — New FBI data shows a slight decrease in hate crimes in 2018 compared with 2017. The law enforcement agency recently published its "Hate Crimes Statistics" report, finding that the reported number of hate crimes in the United States decreased slightly from 7,175 incidents in 2017 to 7,120 in 2018. Pennsylvania aligned with the nationwide trend and saw fewer hate crimes reported in 2018. In 2018, there were 67 hate crimes reported versus 78 in 2017. Whether fewer hate crimes were reported to police in 2018 than 2017 is difficult to ascertain because fewer law enforcement agencies participated in the program overall compared with the previous year. In 2018, 1,480 agencies in Pennsylvania participated in the program; however, only 15 submitted incident reports about hate crimes. The remaining agencies reported no hate crimes to the FBI. In Pennsylvania, the jurisdiction reporting the highest number of hate crimes was Philadelphia, where 41 were reported in 2018. Hate … [Read more...] about 67 Hate Crimes In PA: Here’s Where, FBI Says In New Report
Thomas Paine, the most radical of the nation’s Founders, wrote in 1795: “The right of voting for representatives is the primary right by which other rights are protected.” Eighty years later, feminist Susan B. Anthony quoted Paine’s exact words to defend herself—and make the case for women’s suffrage—when she was being prosecuted for having persuaded her local poll-keepers in upstate New York to allow her to cast a ballot. And on signing the Voting Rights Act in 1965, President Lyndon Johnson observed that “the vote is the most powerful instrument ever devised by man for breaking down injustice and destroying the terrible walls which imprison men because they are different from other men.” If only the words spoken by Paine, Anthony, and LBJ were not just moving, but also true. The right to vote has been fundamental to the struggle for freedom, equality, and democracy—and surely, the most defining experience of citizenship is … [Read more...] about Think Your Voting Rights Are Guaranteed? Think Again.