First gay marriages on steps of Whatcom County Courthouse Thursday, December 13, 2012 First gay marriages on steps of Whatcom County Courthouse I also like the reflection of background trees in the courthouse windows. Whatcom County Courthouse in Bellingham soon after marriage equality went into effect in Washington State. United Nations: Human Rights A school girl at the Sitara School in Kabul pushes her classmate, a double-leg land-mine amputee in a wheelchair. The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted on 13 December 2006. UN Photo/Hassan Zakizada UN Bodies The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Whereas recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world, Whereas disregard and contempt for human rights have resulted in barbarous acts which have outraged the conscience of mankind, and the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy freedom of speech and belief and freedom from fear and want has been proclaimed as the highest aspiration of the common people, Whereas it is essential, if man is not to be compelled to have recourse, as a last resort, to rebellion against tyranny and oppression, that human rights should be protected by the rule of law, Whereas it is essential to promote the development of friendly relations between nations, Whereas Member States have pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms, Article 1.
Why we just can't get enough water In many parts of the world, withdrawals of water from the world's rivers, lakes and aquifers now exceeds the rate at which nature can replenish flows. Photograph: Chinafotopress/Getty Images Some international conferences can be turgid events during which policy wonks compete to inflict a didactic death by PowerPoint on their audience.
Fifty-year-old Saudi divorces child bride Last updated 09:34 01/05/2009 A 50-year-old Saudi man has agreed to divorce his nine-year-old bride, after the marriage drew international criticism. The decision, reported by newspapers Alwatan and Al-Riyadh, came after months of court hearings, criticism from the United Nations and an international media frenzy about Saudi Arabia's human rights practices. "This is a good step and I think the man did it because he was in a lot of pressure from everyone," Wajeha Al-Huaider, founder of the Group for Women's Rights in Saudi Arabia, told Reuters. Al-Huaider, who campaigned for the child, said she hoped the pressure generated by the case would eventually lead to a law banning child marriages. The child's mother, who opposed the marriage which took place when the girl was eight-years-old, took the case to court last year.
Teaching strategies Global education covers complex and controversial issues. This is a selection of teaching and learning approaches that develop knowledge and skills to respond to global issues. Freedom fighter or terrorist? Passionate or one-eyed? Passive resistance or civil uprising? Illegal arrival or asylum seeker? Water, health and human rights printable version Prepared for World Water Day. Written by Margret Vidar and Mohamed Ali Mekouar, Legal Office, Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Reviewed by the staff and experts from the Globalization, Cross-Sectoral Policies and Human Rights team (GCP), and the Water, Sanitation, and Health unit (WSH), World Health Organization (WHO).WHO/WSH/WWD/TA.10© 2001–2003, 2002 WHO The Universal Declaration of Human Rights recognises the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all human beings.
The 'saddest bride I have ever seen': Child marriage still popular in Bangladesh Last updated 01:04, August 30 2015 Mohammad Hasamur Rahman, 32, poses for photographs with his new bride, 15-year-old Nasoin Akhter. On her wedding day, 15-year-old Akhter looked "melancholic," according to photographer Allison Joyce, who documented the teenage girl's wedding to her 32-year-old husband, Mohammad Hasamur Rahman, earlier this month in Manikganj, Bangladesh.
The world’s pitiful response to Syria’s refugee crisis World leaders are failing to offer protection to Syria’s most vulnerable refugees with catastrophic consequences, Amnesty International has warned in a new briefing ahead of a UN pledging conference in Geneva on 9 December. Left Out in the Cold: Syrian refugees abandoned by the international community highlights the pitiful numbers of resettlement places offered by the international community. Around 3.8 million refugees from are being hosted in five main countries within the region: Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt. Only 1.7 per cent of this number have been offered sanctuary by the rest of the world since the crisis began more than three years ago. The Gulf states– which include some of the world’s wealthiest countries – have not offered to take a single refugee from Syria so far. Russia and China have similarly failed to pledge a single resettlement place.