News headlines in April 2011, page 2

  1. KENYA: Frustration Over Limits of ICC Charges

    Friday, April 29, 2011

    A decision to exclude crimes committed in the western city of Kisumu and the Nairobi slum of Kibera from a case against alleged organisers of violence following Kenya’s 2007 election could undermine the International Criminal Court’s effort to combat impunity in the East African nation, civil society groups have warned.

  2. INDIA: Fukushima Won’t Stop World’s Largest Nuclear Facility

    Thursday, April 28, 2011

    While the Fukushima tragedy has not deterred India from going ahead with building the world’s largest nuclear power facility at Jaitapur on the western coast, the government has announced a tighter safety regime for its ambitious nuclear power programme.

  3. PAKISTAN: Vaccinators Get a Shot in the Arm

    Thursday, April 28, 2011

    The questions came like something from a medical student’s exam: What is routine immunisation? When should a vaccine be destroyed? What is the best temperature for storing a vaccine? At which angle should the needle be held while administering a pentavalent vaccine? And which five diseases does a pentavalent vaccine prevent?

  4. RIGHTS-BRAZIL: Amnesty International Calls for End to Police Violence

    Thursday, April 28, 2011

    The Brazilian government must 'put its house in order' and take a firm stand on respect for human rights if it wants a permanent seat on the United Nations Security Council, said Amnesty International (AI) secretary-general Salil Shetty.

  5. Amid Turmoil, a Nuke-Free Middle East May Be in Jeopardy

    Thursday, April 28, 2011

    A proposed international conference on a nuclear weapons-free Middle East, tentatively scheduled for 2012, may be in jeopardy amid the growing political turmoil sweeping across the Arab world - and Israel's fears of negative fallout on its own security.

  6. COLOMBIA: Displaced Campesinos Want a Say on Land Restitution Bill

    Thursday, April 28, 2011

    The Colombian government has been extolling a bill on Victims and Land Restitution which is being debated in Congress and is receiving extensive media coverage. But the demands of the victims themselves, forcibly displaced campesinos, are falling on deaf ears.

  7. U.S.: Activists Fight Deportation of Bi-national Gay Couples

    Thursday, April 28, 2011

    After Erwin de Leon successfully defended his dissertation, he felt relief at being closer to earning his doctorate in public and urban policy. But the achievement also meant that time was running out to find a way to stay in the United States.

  8. Pollutants Banned, But With Exceptions

    Thursday, April 28, 2011

    The fifth conference of the 173 parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, Apr. 25-29, could bring to 22 the total number of internationally agreed forbidden pollutants. Alternatives to DDT - one of the persistent organic pollutants (POPs) used in the fight against malaria - are gaining popularity, but its complete ban is not on the agenda.

  9. THAILAND: Debate on Monarchy Tests Academic Freedom

    Thursday, April 28, 2011

    History professor Somsak Jeamteerasakul has weathered a storm of insults since mid-December for doing the forbidden: he offered an alternative assessment of the most dominant institution in the country, its monarchy, in a forum at his university. Now military officials are dropping hints he could face more than just verbal attacks.

  10. Wikileaks Files Reveal Failures of U.S. Intelligence

    Thursday, April 28, 2011

    Was Adel Hamlily an agent for MI6, the British secret services, and simultaneously a 'facilitator, courier, kidnapper, and assassin for al-Qaida'? Was there a secret al Qaeda cell in Bremen that even the German government knew nothing about? And could it be possible that an 11-year-old Saudi villager was leading a terrorist cell in London?