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This Week in Human Rights: Week of November 27, 2012




The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders has reported that security forces in Zimbabwe are detaining, abducting, beating, and torturing human rights activists, especially women. Though disturbing, this is nothing new in a nation know for police brutality, civil rights suppression, LGBT criminalization, child soldiers, and the promotion of inter-state warfare.


A study released on November 23 called “A Red Herring,” published by Human Rights Watch, is criticizing the NYPD for more than half a million misdemeanors for marijuana posession. These statistics brings up questions of police budget and time efficiency when New York is faced with so many other complex issues. There is no doubt that New York has a multitude if fine, upstanding officers, and it may be time to have them instead deal with more pressing matters.


In news that is so damn stupid that it makes humanity look bad, some rambling crazy person named Rick Santorum is opposed to the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This treaty would forbid discrimination against people with AIDS, and actually tries to get signatory countries to, if anything, mimic the Americans with Disabilities Act. Santorum claims to dislike the treaty because “It does not provide any moral leadership,” which is funny, because neither does he.