Brazil’s Guarani-Kaiowá people are the targets of violence at the hands of large landowners and their paid gunmen in the Brazilian state of Mato Grosso do Sul. Credit: Mario Osava/IPS There is a “deficit of justice” in Brazil, where the police themselves sometimes join the ranks of organised crime, in the form of militias, according to Amnesty International
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Yesterday Lois Lerner, the head of the Exempt Organizations division of the IRS, took the Fifth Amendment at the House Oversight Committee hearing allowing her to refuse to testify on grounds that she would possibly incriminate herself. However, Lerner also gave a statement proclaiming her innocence. That statement, according to House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, invalidated Lerner’s use of Fifth Amendment protections
Source: Amnesty Country: World World Increasingly Dangerous for Refugees and Migrants (London) Global inaction on human rights is making the world an increasingly dangerous place for refugees and migrants, Amnesty International said today as it launched its annual assessment of the world’s human rights. The organization said that the rights of millions of people who have escaped conflict and persecution, or migrated to seek work and a better life for themselves and their families, have been abused.
The citizen initiative “14 million- Life, family and liberty” ” [es], which opposes the free distribution of the day-after pill and other forms of family planning policy, has caused controversy among Ecuadorians. Those involved in this initiative say that parents’ right to choose education for their children according to their values and principles has been ignored
In Loliondo, northern Tanzania, thousands of Maasai tribespeople are digging their heels deep into their ancestral land. Again . This time it’s because the Tanzanian government claim they want to turn that ancestral land into a wildlife reserve – a move that could potentially wipe out every member of the tribe living in the area.