Europe & America

  • Bolivia Passes Child Labor Law 13 Jul 2014

    Bolivia Passes Child Labor Law

    The International Association International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) expresses grave concern about a recent legislation that allows young children of ten years of age to work legally in Bolivia. Bolivia’s Congress has passed this legislation as long as it does not directly interfere with children’s education. If self-employed, the minimum age is set at ten years. Otherwise, a child as old as 12 years is allowed to work fulltime. This legislation is a worrisome move, considering Bolivia is an official... read more


  • European Court of Human Rights Upholds Burqa Ban 05 Jul 2014

    European Court of Human Rights Upholds Burqa Ban

    The International Association International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) strongly condemns the the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR)’s rulingto uphold the ban on the Islamic face-veil in France. Under existing legal verdict, women could be fined upto 150 Euros for wearing the face-veil in public. The ECHR rejected arguments that outlawing the ‘burqa’ is a breach of freedom of religion The court said that the “ban was not expressly based on the religious connotation of the clothing in question but... read more


  • iaIGO Welcomes UK Summit to End Sexual Violence in War 11 Jun 2014

    iaIGO Welcomes UK Summit to End Sexual Violence in War

      International Association International Gulf Organization (iaIGO) strongly advocates for the protection of women against gender-based violence, while welcoming the UK government’s efforts to end rape as a tool of war. Global activists and officials, including the United Nations envoy Angelina Jolie and British Foreign Secretary William Hague, have participated in launching the first global summit to end sexual violence against women in armed conflict on Tuesday, 10th June. The event is the first large-scale event of its kind... read more


  • IGO welcomes UN expert’s mission on violence against women in UK 01 Apr 2014

    IGO welcomes UN expert’s mission on violence against women in UK

    IGO welcomes Rashida Manjoo’s two week mission to investigate violence against women in the United Kingdom. Rashida Manjoo, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women, will look at issues of domestic and sexual violence, sexual bullying and harassment, forced and early marriages, and female genital mutilation in the UK. “Violence against women continues to be one of the most pervasive human rights violations globally, affecting every country in the world,” Ms. Manjoo said. In a report prepared... read more


  • Turkey’s move to block Youtube threatens freedom of expression 29 Mar 2014

    Turkey’s move to block Youtube threatens freedom of expression

    IGO condemns the Turkish government’s decision to close down Youtube as it violates freedom of expression and the right to access information in Turkey. The government has already closed down Twitter since March 20th. These restrictions violate Turkey’s obligations under international law and domestic law. On Thursday, Turkey’s Telecommunications Communication Directorate ordered the closure of YouTube after two leaked conversations were posted on the site. The leaked conversation concerned the foreign minister, his undersecretary, the head of the National... read more


  • TWITTER BANNED IN TURKEY – A THREAT TO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION 21 Mar 2014

    TWITTER BANNED IN TURKEY – A THREAT TO FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

    IGO strongly condemns Turkey’s move to block Twitter as it undermines the right to freedom of expression, one of the basic human rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Turkey restricted access to Twitter hours after its prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, threatened to “root out” the social media network where wiretapped recordings have been leaked, damaging the government’s reputation ahead of local elections. Some users trying to use Twitter were taken to a statement from Turkey’s telecommunications... read more


  • UN HUMAN RIGHTS MONITORING TEAM HEAD TO UKRAINE 15 Mar 2014

    UN HUMAN RIGHTS MONITORING TEAM HEAD TO UKRAINE

    IGO commends the UN’s decision to deploy a monitoring team throughout crisis-torn Ukraine to help establish the facts surrounding alleged human rights violations, including in Crimea. United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, Ivan Šimonovic has said that during his short visit to Ukraine, he had identified chronic human rights violations; some dating from the Soviet era, and others, such as excessive use of force and arbitrary detentions, having taken place in the wake of the popular protests that... read more


  • IGO denounces attack on protestors in Turkey 13 Mar 2014

    IGO denounces attack on protestors in Turkey

    Turkish riot police fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse thousands of mourners who attended a funeral on Wednesday for a 15-year old boy. Berkin Elvan, who got caught up in street battles in Istanbul between police and protesters last June while going to buy bread for his family, died this week after being in coma for nine months. Berkin’s death unleashed a wave of grief and rage against the Turkish government that sparked protests in cities across... read more


  • Tortured activist Dmytro Bulatov is both victim and suspect. 02 Feb 2014

    Tortured activist Dmytro Bulatov is both victim and suspect.

    The Ukrainian authorities want to put injured activist Dmytro Bulatov, currently being treated in hospital in Kyiv, under house arrest, reported Euro News. He has been moved to intensive care after police reportedly tried to remove him. The 35-year-old has had surgery after claiming he had been abducted and held captive, beaten and tortured. The Interior Ministry has issued a wanted notice, saying it considers him both a victim of kidnapping and a suspect in organising mass disorder. “Despite... read more


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