Archive for the ‘Human Rights’ Category
by Jamison Maeda
Native Americans have historically not had a voice in American government. But today they are standing up to politicians and oil industry lobbyists, and their voice is being heard.Last week the U.S. House of Representatives voted to approve the Keystone XL Pipeline in yet another demonstration of the influence of oil industry money in American politics, as both Republicans and Democrats voted in favor of the pipeline.
by Jamison Maeda
Souad Al-Shammary, Saudi Arabia’s first female attorney, has been
imprisoned for speaking out about women’s rights and her opposition to
the male guardian system. She was arrested on October 28th and remains
Statement from Marie O’Connor Chairperson Survivors of Symphysiotomy (SoS) in response to Government shameful attempts to railroad women into redress scheme in a move to try and head off the imminent legislation.
Survivors of symphysiotomy have called on the Government to ‘open the gates’ on its redress scheme, which was announced this morning without consultation. The scheme, they say, remains ‘utterly unjust’ and ‘puts a gun to the head of survivors’. Marie O’Connor, Chairperson of Survivors of Symphyiotomy, the national membership group for around 400 survivors, said: ‘the Government scheme, as announced to the media, appears to form part of a pincer movement designed to force survivors to choose prematurely between legal action and ‘redress’. ‘The current time limits being enforced under this discriminatory scheme are unprecedented, unreasonable and unworkable. The gates close in 20 working days, making it impossible for women to seek independent advice and to make a considered decision. All other redress schemes, with one exception, were left open. We want this draconian expiry date lifted. The gates should remain open, as they were for victims of contaminated blood, those abused in residential institutions, and survivors of the Magdalen laundries.’
The Right2Water website currently lists over 87 locations nationally, where water protests are to be held this Saturday and the numbers are growing fast with well over 100,000 expected to take part.
Irish Water symbolises excess, incompetence and overcharging. The Government will have to back down on the introduction of water charges. The sooner the penny drops with them, the better; the reality is that people are not handing back these forms. Many of the forms that have been sent back were sent back by people early on who have no intention of paying and who were themselves not aware of the scale of opposition and anger about the imposition of this unfair double tax.