Discrimination and the denial of the rights of marginalized populations has been a driving feature of the AIDS pandemic since the disease first surfaced nearly three decades ago. Many have taken valiant steps to combat this discrimination.
The promulgation in June of controversial Law 30, which weakens unions and potentially limits the right to strike in Panama, triggered mass protests leaving several dead and scores wounded. According to eyewitness accounts, the Panamanian government reportedly sent in 300 National Police to disband several thousand peaceful demonstrators among Bocas Fruit Company union members in Changuinola (Bocas del Toro province) on 8 July 2010.
With Liberty and Justice for All?: The US Must Ratify the Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities
Twenty years after the groundbreaking passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, there has been great progress. Wheelchair-friendly ramps improve access to public buildings, public schools serve many more children with disabilities and many workplaces now accommodate physically and mentally disabled employees.
The International AIDS Conference is taking place this week in Vienna, Austria. The theme of the Conference is "Rights Here, Right Now," and a major focus is on the exploding epidemic in nearby Eastern Europe fueled by injecting drug use.
Fourteen-year-old Kyan Khen* unwittingly triggered a landmine that took his left leg, and severely injured his right, while tending to his four buffalo in a rice field just across the Burmese border in Karen state in October 2009.