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Inés Fernández Ortega and Valentina Rosendo Cantú
The Mexican government has announced that it has taken responsibility for the rape and abuse of Valentina Rosendo Cantú. To add to the great news, the government is expected to take responsibility for Inés soon too.
These formal Acts of Acknowledgement were originally demanded by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights in August 2010 and now the Mexican government has agreed.
Imprisoned Facebook activist Jabbar Savalan was released on Boxing Day 2011 after he received a presidential pardon.
Whilst a pardon doesn’t mean the charges have been removed or overturned, his release is still great news and we will continue to campaign for freedom of expression to be respected.
The Deep Sea settlement
The Prime Minister of Kenya has announced a halt to all evictions in Kenya until legal measures are put in place to make sure that residents are not left homeless by evictions. Although this is positive, it comes in reaction to a violent eviction at the Mukuru informal settlement in Nairobi at the end of January, in which three people are reported to have died.
This is one that hit the world media in the past few weeks. Mr Chen is now in the US with his wife and children after escaping from house arrest and making his way to the US embassy. 18 months ago