UN Human Rights Official to Step Down in September
Mary Robinson announced that she will not seek another term as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and will instead vacate the office when her appointment ends in September. Robinson has received criticism from the United States for a myriad of issues, including her human rights concerns stemming from the U.S.-led war on terrorism. Robinson called attention to the number of civilian casualties from U.S. airstrikes in Afghanistan and the treatment of prisoners under U.S. care at Guantanamo Bay. While the UN Secretary-General appoints the UN High Commission for Human Rights, member countries are allowed to make recommendations on the appointment. According to a Bush Administration official quoted in the New York Times, the U.S. “made clear, quietly, our views that [Robinson] shouldn’t be renewed.”
Secretary-General Kofi Annan, however, had glowing words for Robinson, a former president of Ireland. “She put human rights on the map, and she put lots of energy, creativity, and courage into very difficult work,” said Annan. “She has brought drive and application and integrity to the office, and she can leave in the full knowledghe that she has made a major contribution.”
12/11/2013 Human Rights Day Celebrated Around The World - Yesterday marked International Human Rights Day, a day to celebrate human rights advances and to assess the challenges that lie ahead in protecting them.
"The fundamentals for protecting and promoting human rights are largely in place: these include a strong and growing body of international human rights law and standards, as well as institutions to interpret the laws, monitor compliance and apply them to new and emerging human rights issues," said United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in a statement. . . .
12/11/2013 UConn Under Federal Investigation For Mishandling Sexual Assault Cases - The US Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights informed the University of Connecticut on Monday that it will investigate the school for allegedly mishandling sexual assault cases and violating Title IX, the federal law that requires colleges to eliminate gender-based discrimination.
The investigation was sparked after seven women filed a formal complaint in October alleging that UConn had failed to protect them from sexual assault and exposed them to a sexually hostile environment.One woman says her attacker was expelled from campus but later readmitted without her knowledge. . . .
12/11/2013 Massachusetts Democrat Katherine Clark Wins Congressional Seat - Democrat Katherine Clark will become the fifth woman to represent Massachusetts in the US House Tuesday, after easily defeating three opponents in a special election.
"Six years ago, there wasn't a single woman representing Massachusetts in Congress," said Niki Tsongas, the only other woman representing Massachusetts in the House. . . .