Posts Tagged ‘wedding’

Human Rights Defenders in Goa take on illegal Russian business in tourism

February 23, 2014

An interesting illustration of what kind of issues human rights defenders could get involved in can be found in the Times of India of 23 February 2014:  The local NGO “Human Rights Defenders ” accuses the authorities of turning a blind eye on Russians who are operating several illegal travel agencies and wedding companies in Goa.  Despite numerous complaints, government authorities are not taking any action thereby causing loss of revenue to the state and affecting the livelihoods of locals. In a recent complaint to the tourism director, the Human Rights Defenders cited the names of several travel agencies allegedly run by Russians without registering with the tourism department and without complying with the laws. Briefing journalists, John Mascarenhas, President of the Human Rights Defenders South Goa district, accused tourism minister Dilip Parulekar of failing to keep his promise to stop all illegalities.

via Tourism dept supporting illegal Russian business: NGO – The Times of India.

Human Rights Defenders help to reduce the number of bride kidnappings in Kyrgyzstan but what is the real number?

April 17, 2013

According to the ‘ news agency‘ [only] 394 brides have been kidnapped in Kyrgyzstan in 2012. Ombudsman Tursunbek Akun said this at a meeting of the parliament Committee for Human Rights. He said that the number used to be much larger: “But the Ombudsman’s Institute, human rights defenders, journalists, and us – we all are working on it. We can see positive changes. Rate of brides kidnapping for forced marriage has decreased. A man who kidnapped a bride has been sentenced to 6 years with our assistance”.

However in the related article mentioned below from June 2012 number estimates are much higher: ” Since it often goes unreported, the actual number of bride kidnappings is unknown although Kyrgyzstan Ombudsman Tursunbek Akun estimates that more than 8,000 young women are kidnapped each year.”