UN experts concerned over governmentimposed limits on freedom of expression

“Over the past several weeks, men and women in many countries, including Belarus, Egypt and Tunisia, have expressed grievances related to, among others, lack of employment opportunities and infringements on the right to an adequate standard of living,” the independent experts said in a joint statement.The experts voicing alarm are the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christoph Heyns; the Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, El Hadji Malick Sow; and the Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report back on a country situation or a specific human rights theme. The positions are honorary and the experts are not United Nations staff and are not paid for their work.“They [people] have also denounced the denial of their right to participate meaningfully in decision-making, underscoring the indivisibility of all human rights – civil, cultural, economic, political and social,” the experts said. They also voiced concern over the ill-treatment and arbitrary arrests of protesters, journalists, human rights defenders and lawyers, and deplored the disruption of communication networks and interference with the transmission of news.“As the recent turmoil has demonstrated, ignoring the root causes of such protests is unsustainable, and concerted, effective and prompt action must be taken domestically and internationally to provide an avenue for peaceful redress of human rights grievances, including the enjoyment of economic, social and cultural rights,” the experts said, expressing their readiness to help countries address those issues.“We deeply deplore the tragic loss of lives and injuries as a result, in some cases, of the excessive use of force against peaceful demonstrators. We urge governments to abide by international standards, including those on the use of force and fire arms,” the trio said.In addition, they called for “prompt and impartial investigations” into the reported deaths and injuries and the bringing to justice of those responsible for the violations. 3 February 2011A group of United Nations independent human rights experts today voiced alarm at limits imposed by governments on the right to freedom of expression and information, saying recent mass protests in several countries were the result of frustrations by people who felt ignored or neglected. read more

Firm denies it forced Connecticut man from job because he posed in

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Pat Eaton-Robb, The Associated Press Posted Nov 3, 2014 2:24 pm MDT HARTFORD, Conn. – A company that helps businesses handle personnel issues denies it forced one if its Connecticut employees out of his job after it was discovered he’d posed nude in Playgirl magazine.Durham resident Daniel Sawka filed a federal civil rights lawsuit last year against Roseland, New Jersey-based ADP Inc. alleging sexual harassment. The company responded Monday.Sawka worked as a sales manager. He says he was subjected to jokes and ridicule at work after at least one co-worker discovered he’d posed nude in the 1990s in a lumberjack-themed spread for Playgirl and found the photos online. He says the conditions became so intolerable he was forced to leave the job in 2011.He’s seeking damages for lost pay.The company says in its response it “exercised reasonable care to prevent and correct promptly any alleged harassing behaviour.” Firm denies it forced Connecticut man from job because he posed in Playgirl lumberjack spread read more