HUMAN RIGHTS
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HRW: Yemen combatants must stop targeting hospitals
April 18, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday condemned the targeting of the Ibn Khaldun Hospital in Yemen by combatants. Rebel soldiers and pro-government forces fortified near the hospital, and the resulting combat forced the hospital to evacuate all but those receiving emergency treatment in violation of....... [more]

HRW welcomes Malawi marriage act
April 17, 2015
Malawi enacted the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act of 2015 (Marriage Act) on Wednesday, a move that Human Rights Watch (HRW) welcomed as "an important step toward preventing child marriage." The act was passed by Parliament in February and approved by President Peter Mutharika this week....... [more]

HRW calls for release of Azerbaijan human rights activist
April 17, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported the conviction of leading human rights activist Rasul Jafarov by a court in Azerbaijan Thursday and called for his immediate release. HRW criticized the arrest and conviction as a government initiative to silence political critics. As the founder and chair of Human....... [more]

China sentences journalist for 'leaking state secrets'
April 17, 2015
A Chinese court on Friday sentenced 71-year-old freelance journalist Gao Yu to seven years in prison for 'leaking state secrets' to foreign contacts. Yu has been detained since April 2014, and maintains that she is innocent. The sentence has been met with criticism. An official for the European Unio....... [more]

UN: human rights must be protected when fighting terrorism
April 17, 2015
Two UN human rights experts said Thursday that human rights and freedoms should not be sacrificed in the fight against terrorism solely because abridging those rights is politically convenient. Ben Emmerson, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms....... [more]

UN rights chief: Burundi must choose democracy in series of upcoming elections
April 17, 2015
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Thursday that the upcoming elections in Burundi place the nation at a critical moment in history, with an opportunity to choose free and fair elections to "strengthen and mature Burundi's still fragile democracy, and enable an improvem....... [more]

House bill proposes tying human rights to removal of sanctions against Cuba
April 17, 2015
A bill was introduced in the US House of Representatives on Wednesday proposing to tie any further removal of sanctions against Cuba to the nation's human rights record. The measure, titled The Cuban Human Rights Act of 2015 and introduced by Representative Chris Smith of New Jersey, comes in the w....... [more]

Colombia government amends legislation to limit military court power
April 16, 2015
The Colombian government on Tuesday modified proposed legislation that would have allowed an expansion of the military courts' jurisdiction and power. President Juan Manuel Santos introduced Senate Bill 85 of 2013 to strengthen the military justice system after Colombia's "false positive" scandal, w....... [more]

Amnesty: Bahrain government reforms have failed to end rights violations
April 16, 2015
Reforms in Bahrain have failed to end serious human rights violations, Amnesty International (AI) reported Wednesday. The 79-page report claims that activists are still being jailed and detainees have been mistreated and tortured. The government implemented the reforms four years ago after anti-gove....... [more]

HRW urges EU to implement search and rescue in Mediterranean
April 15, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged the EU to put into place a search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean following reports of 400 lives lost at sea. HRW acting deputy Europe and Central Asia director Judith Sutherland stated that if reports from a recent confirmed shipwreck, from whic....... [more]

HRW: asylum-seekers suffering abuse at hands of Serbia police
April 15, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Wednesday that asylum-seekers and migrants fleeing war-torn countries are suffering abuse at the hands of Serbian authorities. Most of the asylum-seekers are Syrian or Afghan, travelling through Serbia to seek shelter in western European states. Based on interviews....... [more]




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