As the media continues to focus on the sensational news stories of the day, many have forgotten broader international struggles present today . The Mirador reports on five underreported hot spots throughout the world to raise community awareess on important global human rights issues.
1. GUANTANAMO BAY
Detainees at the Guantanamo Bay Detainment and Interrogation Facility have few ways to resist against the prison, and refusing food is the most reasonable option to make a statement against injustice. The prisoners are protesting the failure to decide their fate after 11 years of imprisonment. The hunger strike has now past four months. Around 130 detainees are refusing food, and are surviving only on water. Some are being force-fed, and doing so constitutes torture. Detainees are entitled to Constitutional protections, but such rights have not been upheld.
2. CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Members of the Seleka rebel coalition ousted President François Bozizé of the Central African Republic on March 24, 2013. When the Seleka took control of Bangui, the rebels went on a looting spree, killing civilians, raping women, and settling scores with members of the Central African Armed Forces (FACA). A temporary cease-fire was signed between the rebel coalition and the government, but Central African Republic did not have the security necessary to keep its population living in peace. According to Human Rights Watch, the rebels have committed grave violations against civilians, including pillage, summary executions, rape and torture.
The Chinese military not only invaded the independent land some time ago but has successfully executed their plan of complete racial segregation, and cultural genocide of Tibetan land and the Tibetan people. Tibetan refugees that remain are still living without a home, and lack many living necessities. This issue receives very little media attention because many nations (including US) rely on China for production of cheap goods.
Since June, Rohingya, Burma has been largely segregated from other populations in hopes of creating a “Muslim-free” area. Muslim populations have been forcefully removed by security forces and relocated to internally displaced persons (IDP) camps. Thos who were not removed have been cut off from their livelihoods and have difficult times accessing basic services. This racial segregation has been overlooked because of the steps Burma’s government has taken towards democratic reform.
The Vietnamese authorities are impeding and abusing people who are trying to hold “human rights picnics” in public. Police in major cities blocked buildings in order to prevent picnics. Protesters were sprayed with water and chased away. Despite government abuse, some people have succeeded in organizing informal gatherings and continue to discuss these events online. The government’s prevention of the right to assemble is concerning.