Women's, Human Rights Groups Use Internet to Fight Abuses
Next week, international human rights activist Jean-Paul Marthoz of Human Rights Watch will address an "Outlook for Freedom" conference in Budapest about the many ways that non-governmental organizations, women's rights, and human rights organizations are using the Web to educate and inform citizens about human rights abuses.
"By jumping over borders, by opening cheap access to information, and by providing forums for debate in countries where the media are monopolized, the Internet offers the disenfranchised a chance to participate."
The Feminist Majority has created a "Stop Gender Apartheid in Afghanistan" Web site that educates, informs, and mobilizes people to protest the Taliban's repression of Afghan women. Afghanistan Women's Association International is also dedicated to educating the public about the Taliban's abuses.
Human Rights Watch has publicized widespread attacks against ethnic Chinese women in Indonesia on its Web site, www.hrw.org.
For information on how governments have attempted to censor their citizens' access to the internet, see http://www.oneworld.org/news/by_theme/index.html.
10/30/2014 Medication Abortion Access Threatened by Oklahoma Court Ruling - An Oklahoma state district court judge has refused to block a state law restricting medication abortion, clearing the way for the law to go into affect on November 1.
The Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice, together with a local abortion clinic in Tulsa, challenged HB 2684 in September, arguing that the law was an unconstitutional restriction on non-surgical abortion in the earliest weeks of pregnancy. . . .
10/30/2014 UPS Switches Pregnant Worker Policy Ahead of Supreme Court Case - The United Parcel Service (UPS) is changing its policy on light duty assignments for pregnant workers, even though the company will stand by its refusal to extend accommodations to a former employee in an upcoming Supreme Court case.
UPS announced on Monday in a memo to employees, and in a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, that the company will begin offering temporary, light-duty positions to pregnant workers on January 1, 2015. . . .
10/30/2014 North Dakota Medical Students Speak Out Against Measure 1 - Medical students at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences are asking North Dakotans to vote no on Measure 1, a personhood measure on the state ballot this fall.
The students issued published a letter in the Grand Forks Herald stating that they opposed Measure 1 in part because they are against "the government's taking control of the personal health care decisions of its citizens." Nearly 60 UND School of Medicine students signed the letter, citing concerns over the "very broad and ambiguous language" used in the proposed amendment, which has no regard for serious and life-threatening medical situations such as ectopic pregnancies.
Measure 1 would change the North Dakota state constitution to create an "inalienable right to life" for humans "at any stage of development" - including the moment of fertilization and conception. . . .