In this edition of the Meadow of Tzedaqyal, I would like to introduce a new concept; I want to report more on the good work for human rights and the fight for all people’s equal value that tirelessly continues by organizations such as Amnesty International. Read my article “Good initiatives combating violence and discrimination,” posted on August 24, 2012. World leaders and politicians need to know, that while they commit violations against human rights, the world is watching, it is not without protests from people like you and I, who cares about what happens to our fellow human beings. More to come soon.
I hope that I can offer help and support to people who are fighting for these rights and that you, my friend, will join that good work also. I have in my earlier articles mentioned individuals and groups in society who for different reasons suffer racism, discrimination and oppression. It feels as if my initiative is in line with my original thoughts. Here are some news of what is happening around the world.
A new survey of Taiwanese LGBT’s has found that many have experienced abuse by a partner and most are unaware of their rights in responding to spousal abuse. The survey was conducted by LGBT group Taiwan TongZhi Hotline Association and Taiwan’s Modern Women’s Forum and found that 35 percent of respondents had been physically or psychologically abused in a relationship, but only 11 percent of those said they would seek assistance from officials such as police or health professionals in dealing with that abuse. The reason for this, according to interviews, is the fear of retribution from authorities and fear to be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation.
Read more – Abuse among same-sex couples often unreported
Source: Taipei Times, Sep 22, 2012
“The Italian authorities will be urged to end systematic housing discrimination against Roma across the country on Saturday 22 September, when thousands of Amnesty International supporters across the world take part in a Global Day of Action.”
Read more – Global day of action to end housing discrimination against Roma in Italy.
Source: Amnesty International. September 21, 2012.
“A spate of human rights violations targeting opposition supporters and journalists in Belarus is nothing more than a clumsy attempt to suppress opposition voices ahead of elections on Sunday 23 September, Amnesty International said amid a growing call to boycott the poll.
The organization has documented a surge in arrests of people for attending peaceful rallies – such detentions violate their right to freedom of expression and assembly.
On 5 September Yahor Viniatski, activist of the “Tell the truth” (“Говори правду”) campaign, was arrested and later sentenced to seven days’ administrative detention by Pervomajskii District Court in Minsk. The same day his apartment was searched and campaign materials were confiscated.”
Read more – Opposition under attack amid growing boycott of elections.
Source: Amnesty International. September 20, 2012.
“Urgent changes are needed to Moldovan laws to combat high levels of discrimination faced by ethnic and religious minorities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual and intersex (LGBTI) people, the disabled and HIV-positive people, Amnesty International said in a report published today.
Towards equality: Discrimination in Moldova proposes amendments to the Law on Ensuring Equality due to come into force on 1 January 2013 that would prohibit discrimination based on a person’s sexual orientation, sexual identity and state of health. The organization also calls for hate crimes motivated sexual orientation and identity, as well as disabilities to be added to Moldova’s Criminal Code.”
Read more – Amend laws to tackle rampant discrimination.
Source: Amnesty International. September 10, 2012
“An urgent overhaul of Bulgarian laws is needed to ensure that hate crimes which all too frequently target gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are properly investigated and prosecuted, Amnesty International recommends in a briefing published today.
‘Dozens of LGBT people have been beaten, raped, and in one case murdered because of their real or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Most of these crimes have not been properly investigated and have gone unpunished,’ said Emily Gray, Amnesty International’s expert on sexual orientation and gender identity.”
Read more – Action, not just words, needed to tackle anti-gay hate crimes.
Source: Amnesty International. June 28, 2012.
“Police have raided a human rights workshop attended by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists in Kampala, prompting Amnesty International to reiterate its call on the government to end its targeted harassment of people involved in lawful activities.
The workshop, which was organised by the East and Horn of Africa Human Rights Defenders Project (EHAHRDP) to teach human rights monitoring skills to LGBT activists from Rwanda, Tanzania, Kenya as well as Uganda, was closed down following the police action on Monday.
‘This ludicrous and senseless harassment of human rights activists has no basis in law whatsoever and has to stop,’ said Michelle Kagari, Amnesty International’s deputy director for Africa.”
Read more – Police close down gay rights workshop.
Source: Amnesty International. June 19, 2012.
I just have to add a weird Swedish news update!
UMEÅ – SWEDEN
“Are you satisfied with your sex life? Are you disturbed by altered sexual lust? Can you stand bent forwards over a washbasin? Do you go to church or taking part in religious meetings? Do you have a feeling that something terrible is going to happen? Do you eat unhealthy food? Can you dress/undress yourself? Can you cry when you’re sad? How often you take a nap? Do you have poor economy? These are some of the questions that teachers in Umeå municipality is forced to respond to.
Umeå municipality is forcing their employees to undergo personality tests in which they may answer questions about sex, religion and economic problems.
The tests are used to make the assessment of working capacity. Several of those who had been forced to undergo tests later become featured severance or relocation.
The employees cannot choose to decline the tests, which are considered as working conscientious objection. The main safety representative in Umeå municipality have reacted against the tests.”
Read more – Intimate questions determines employees’ capacity to work. (Page will open in Google Translate)
Source: Västerbottens-Kuriren, September 24, 2012.
© 2012 Jonathan Axelsson
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