The Libyan government has repeatedly denied allegations that Colonel Muammar Qaddafi has ordered soldiers to systematically rape women who support the rebel movement. Cherif Bassiouni is a human rights law pioneer who has worked for the United Nations on investigations looking into war crimes
The sudden wave of unrest in the Middle East may make it appear as though that part of the world has only recently undergone a political awakening. But some activists have been fighting for change for a long time. In some cases their work has forced them to flee and work from afar.
Malalai Joya is an Afghan politician, writer and human rights activist. She was the youngest person elected to Afghanistan's new parliament. But in 2007, she was suspended from the body for her persistent criticism of the warlords and drug barons and their cronies.
Boby Duval is a Haitian native with an interesting and varied career. During the 1970s he made a name for himself playing soccer and basketball. Later, he became an outspoken defender of human rights.Now, he’s best known for his youth sports organization Athletics of Haiti.
Last month, 30 members of Congress signed a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton raising concerns about continuing human rights abuses in Honduras. They called for suspension of military and police aid. Padre Ismael “Melo” Moreno operates a radio station in Honduras.