While thousands are taking to the streets in Iran today to mark the 31st anniversary of the revolution, the Iranian opposition movement is planning to hijack official celebrations despite threats of a widespread crackdown.
The Angolan authorities have been warned against a crackdown on human rights activists after several were detained in the Cabinda region in the wake of the 8 January 2010 attack on the Togolese national football team.
Amnesty International has condemned the “wholly avoidable” deaths of up to 15 people in Iran during the recent Ashoura religious commemorations. The Iranian government has also been criticised for its treatment of protesters.
Human rights organisations in Russia have joined forces to honour Memorial, an international civil rights society which operates in a number of post-Soviet states, as they received the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought in the European Parliament
The concept of non-discrimination lies at the heart of human rights, says Navi Pillay. For this reason, it has been designated the official theme of this Human Rights Day, which occurs every year on the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
Opposition is growing to the “Anti-Homosexuality Bill” recently proposed in Uganda. An increasing number of Christians are condemning the Bill but the Archbishop of Canterbury is facing criticism for not speaking out on the issue.