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Reports in the media show that staff at the Manus Island, Papua New Guinea detention centre, run by the Australian Government, are pressuring Syrian asylum seekers to return to Syria where they will be in extreme danger. Read more on the Amnesty International website.

It's a crucial time for Colombia with presidential elections slated for this Sunday and ongoing peace talks between the government and FARC guerrillas continuing in Havana, Cuba. In a new Intercross video, the head of the ICRC's delegation in Bogotá, Jordi Raich, says Colombia is at a crossroads -- poised on the verge of economic growth, shrinking poverty, and the potential to put an end to half a century of war. Watch the video on the Intercross website.

US: A Nation Behind Bars

Far too many US laws violate basic principles of justice by requiring disproportionately severe punishment, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The 36-page report, "Nation Behind Bars: A Human Rights Solution," notes that laws requiring penalties that are far longer than necessary to meet the purposes of punishment have given the United States the world's highest reported rate of incarceration. These laws have spawned widespread and well-founded public doubts about the fairness of the US criminal justice system. Continue reading on the Human Rights Watch website.

Civil rights groups and meat and poultry workers testified before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) today, describing how U.S. government policies have failed to protect meat and poultry workers by allowing dangerously fast work speeds that cause crippling injuries. Click here to read more about the hearing on the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights website.

Chicago-based human rights advocates have sent a letter to the United Nations' Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights asking the international body to monitor Chicago's school closings. Check out WBEZ's coverage of the latest human rights advocacy work from the Midwest Coalition for Human Rights.

Can doctors help stop torture?

Dr. Steven Miles vividly remembers the notorious 2004 photograph of U.S. soldiers grinning beside a pile of naked prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghdad. Click here to continue reading about the U of M's Dr. Miles at the Star Tribune website.

Chad's ex-president Hissene Habré has been charged in Senegal with genocide, crimes against humanity and torture by a special court in Dakar, Senegal. Click here to continue reading on africareview.com.

Feds Seek Decade for NH Woman Over Rwanda Genocide

Beatrice Munyenyezi entered the United States in 1998 as a Rwandan refugee with three young daughters who told U.S. Customs officials she took no part in the 1994 Rwanda genocide and instead was a survivor whose relatives were among the 800,000 killed. Now federal prosecutors want to put her behind bars for 10 years after she was convicted in February of masking her role as "gatekeeper" at one of the notorious roadblocks where Tutsis were singled out for slaughter. Click here to continue reading at abcnews.com.

openGlobalRights

openGlobalRights: a multilingual project aiming to bring people of the south and north together in a discussion about the future of human rights. Click here to read about emerging powers and human rights, global funding patterns of human rights organizations, the impact of religion and faith-based organization on rights advocacy, and the relationship between international law and human rights.

Violence against women rises in El Salvador

Endemic levels of sexual abuse and gender based violence have made El Salvador one of the most dangerous countries in the world for girls and women, amid entrenched "machismo" attitudes and a criminal justice system that too often fails victims. Click here to continue reading Al Jazeera's coverage of violence against women.

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