Top UN rights official voices concern over deteriorating situation in Zimbabwe

“The scale of documented cases of rights abuses against members of opposition groups, the independent media and human rights organizations is alarming,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson said in a statement issued in Geneva. “Most recently, bills have been passed to further restrict political activity and participation, while legislation curbing freedom of expression is being considered. There is a real human rights crisis in Zimbabwe and action must be taken now, especially as elections are scheduled for March.” The High Commissioner said recent human rights breaches were aggravated by a climate of impunity that had become evident in the country, particularly since attacks against the independent judiciary have intensified. “I have noted President Robert Mugabe’s pledge at the recent Southern Africa Development Community Summit that the March elections would be free and fair and be subject to international monitoring,” Mrs. Robinson said. “But real democracy requires full respect for human rights immediately. My Office stands ready to offer Zimbabwe its support in moving towards that objective.” read more

Brock in the News – June 2530

Brock researchers receive $2.4 million in funds from federal science granting agency NSERCAs Brock continues to grow as a research-intensive institution, NSERC granted the University $2.4 million in funding, benefitting several professors and graduate students’ research across campus. The St. Catharines Standard talked with local MPs who stopped by Brock for a tour of the facilities, and to see the research at is being done at Brock.Brock on frontline of Middle East changeBrock University partners with Daughters for Life, a charity led by four-time Nobel Peace prize nominee Dr. Izzeldin Abuelaish, to give women in the Middle East the opportunity to receive an education: St. Catharines StandardDid Brexit voters make decision based on head or “gut?”The aftermath of the European Union referendum and the Brexit outcome has many UK citizens regretting their vote to leave the EU. Psychology professor Gordon Hodson discusses voting decisions in Psychology Today, explaining where these major decisions come from.China refusing to recognize Canadian citizenship of travellers, reports sayBeijing is attempting to tighten control globally, says Political Science professor Charles Burton to The Tyee, as reports revealed that Canadian citizens of Chinese origins were being denied the visas using their Canadian passports.Rowers take their seats; Mastracci and Woelfl named to Canada’s Olympic teamEarlier this week, two Brock University alumni were named to Team Canada’s Olympic rowing team. St. Catharines native Eric Woelfl and Tim Schrijver of Thedford, Ontario will compete in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5 to 21: Fort Erie Times read more