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China court sentences anti-corruption activists to jail
April 18, 2014
A Chinese court on Friday convicted activists with ties to the New Citizens Movement on the grounds of gathering a mob to disturb the public. The New Citizens Movement is a grass-roots organization which seeks to draw attention to matters of public concern, including equal access to education and di....... [more]

UN rights group calls for North Korea to be prosecuted before ICC
April 18, 2014
The chief investigator from the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea on Thursday appealed to the UN Security Council to refer North Korea to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged crimes against humanity. The call to act came as a result o....... [more]

Human rights groups urge Nepal to reject amnesty legislation
April 17, 2014
Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) urged Nepalese legislators on Thursday to reject certain sections of the proposed Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) bill for violating international law. The advocacy groups are concerned that the bil....... [more]

Saudi Arabia detains prominent human rights lawyer
April 17, 2014
Notable human rights lawyer Waleed Abu al-Khair was was taken into custody in Saudi Arabia Tuesday after a hearing at the Specialized Criminal Court in Riyadh. Abu al-Khair, founder and chief of the human rights group Saudi Arabia Monitor of Human Rights, faces charges that include inciting public o....... [more]

Council of Europe: continent facing worst human rights crisis since Cold War
April 17, 2014
The Council of Europe's (COE) Secretary General Thorbjorn Jagland issued a report Wednesday addressing the dire human rights issues Europe is facing. Jagland stated in the report that more action needs to be taken due to the Ukrainian crisis creating a negative impact on European society. In the pr....... [more]

UN report finds rights violations in Ukraine
April 16, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued a report Tuesday finding rights violations leading up to and stemming from widespread protests that began last November. The report indicates that corruption remains one of the chief problems in Ukraine, generating much of the un....... [more]

UN rights expert urges Israel to prevent settlement of West Bank building
April 16, 2014
An independent UN human rights expert on Tuesday urged Israel to prevent settlers from taking over a building in the West Bank city of Hebron. The Al-Rajabi House is a four-story building capable of housing 40 families, and is strategically located between the illegal Israel settlement of Kiryat Arb....... [more]

India Supreme Court recognizes legal status for transgender people
April 15, 2014
The Supreme Court of India issued a ruling on Tuesday recognizing the country's large transgender population as a legal third gender. In so ruling, the court ordered that the government ensure that transgender people are not discriminated against and are eligible for government jobs and education in....... [more]

UN rights investigator urges Iran to halt execution of sexual assault victim
April 14, 2014
UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran Ahmed Shaheed on Monday urged Iran to immediately halt the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, a woman sentenced to death of murdering Mortez Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry ....... [more]

New treaty allows children to complain about rights violations directly to the UN
April 14, 2014
United Nations child rights experts on Monday praised the new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure, which grants children access to international human rights protections by allowing minors to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Right....... [more]

Libya's Justice Pandemonium
April 12, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Hanan Salah of Human Rights Watch says that if the Libyan government does not take immediate steps to rectify its dysfunctional justice system it risks a complete collapse... This past week, Libya's official television station broadcasted a series of videos featuring al-Saadi....... [more]




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