Weekday News Wrap: Wednesday, May 1, 2013
- US President Barack Obama is making a new push to close the detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, saying Gitmo is damaging US interests.
- Chile will be Latin America’s only representative in the 2014-2015 UN Security Council.
- The ECHR has ruled that Ukraine violated former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko’s rights by detaining her for politically motivated reasons.
- The genocide trial against Guatemalan dictator Rios Montt has resumed, just short of two weeks after a judge suspended all proceedings.
- The US is still investigating use of chemical weapons in Syria, with President Obama stating that depending on how the weapons were used, the US might have to rethink its strategy in Syria.
- Foreign Policy has a post about why those wanting intervention in Syria are wrong.
- The UN International Labor Organization released a report with one major finding that the key to ending child labor is to advocate social protections.
- May Day protests, meant to demand better workers’ rights, are occurring around the world, in places such as Indonesia, The Philippines, Turkey, Cambodia and several European cities.