Wednesday, November 10, 1999

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  • Corcoran Guards Are Acquitted in Prisoner Rape Trial

    Four Corcoran State Prison guards were acquitted this Monday of setting up the March 1993 rape of a prisoner, a verdict that was immediately praised by the prison guards union and condemned by prisoners rights advocates.

  • Children Abused in Maryland Jails

    This week, Human Rights Watch released a report charging that hundreds of children are being held in appalling conditions in the Baltimore City Detention Center and other adult jails around Maryland. Detention centers around the state, according to Human Rights Watch, lack adequate education, medical care and mental health programs. And in smaller facilities, children are incarcerated with adults while they await trial.

  • Fourth Anniversary of Saro Wiwa Execution

    Today, November 10th, marks the fourth anniversary of the execution of Ken Saro Wiwa and eight other Ogoni activists, who were hanged in 1995 by the Nigerian military. The men were protesting the environmental devastation caused by Royal Dutch Shell in the Ogoniland region of Nigeria, and the multinational oil giant’s involvement in the human rights abuses of Nigeria’s brutal military regime under Sani Abacha. Human rights advocates around the world criticized Shell Oil for failing to come to aid of the nine activists in an attempt to save their lives.

  • Citing Human Rights Abuses, Environmental Activists Protest Chad-Cameroon Pipeline

    Environmental and human rights groups fear that another Ogoniland will be created in two of the world’s poorest nations, which are also in Africa-Chad and Cameroon. The World Bank is about to underwrite the activities of multinational oil companies operating in the two countries.