Global crisis 'hits human rights'
Posted in the Start Forum
Migrant workers in China, indigenous groups in Latin America and those who struggled to meet basic needs in Africa had all been hit hard, it said.
Where people had tried to protest, their actions had in many cases been met with repression and violence.
The group warned that rising poverty could lead to instability and mass violence.
"The underlying global economic crisis is an explosive human rights crisis: a combination of social, economic and political problems has created a time-bomb of human rights abuses," said Amnesty's Secretary General, Irene Khan.
It was a fallacy to believe that economic recovery could be achieved while millions of new "prisoners of poverty" were being created, said Khan as she presented the organization's 2009 report on the state of human rights in 157 countries.
"Ignoring one crisis to focus on another us a recipe for aggravating both," she said. "Economic recovery will be neither sustainable nor equitable if governments fail to tackle abuses that drive and deepen poverty, or armed conflicts that generate new violations."
Financial crisis 'aggravating human rights abuse'
Posted 2 hours 50 minutes ago
Amnesty International has released it annual report with a warning that the world is sitting on a 'powder keg' of social unrest.
The organisation says the global financial crisis has aggravated abuses of basic human rights in many parts of the world.
The secretary general of Amnesty International, Irene Khan, says there are now signs of an increase in political unrest and violence.
criticizing Canada for its failure to protect native girls and women who are killed or go missing.
The survey also slams the Harper government for stalled native land claims, and for cutting funds to groups that advance women's rights.
The economic crisis has radically changed many of the ways in which the world functions, but one of the great recessions most disastrous side effects is an increase in global repression. Widespread economic problems are creating extensive social problems as people and governments cope with limited access to food, jobs, clean water, land, and housing. What’s more, growing unrest about the economy is leading to violence and political repression in many countries.
Amnesty: Russian rights violations increasing
5/28/2009, 4:50 a.m. PDT
The Associated Press
(AP)— MOSCOW - Amnesty International says human rights are routinely violated in Russia, with abductions of civilians continuing in Chechnya and police regularly violating basic constitutional rights.
Amnesty's report on Russia is part of a larger publication warning that the global financial crisis has led cash-strapped governments to crack down on people protesting against poverty and unemployment.
Amnesty researcher Friederike Behr told reporters Thursday that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev had promised to respect and protect the human rights.
But she said: "Today we see that (on) strengthening human rights in Russia has made very little progress indeed, and in certain areas the situation even has worsened."
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