HUMAN RIGHTS
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HRW: Afghanistan donors must urge prosecution of human rights violations
March 3, 2015
Economic donors to Afghanistan should encourage the prosecution of officials guilty of human rights violations, Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated in a report issued Tuesday. The report details the long-standing violations that have left victims with no redress for years and stresses the importance of....... [more]

UN rights chief urges renewed dedication to inalienable human rights
March 3, 2015
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Monday that states must rededicate themselves to unalienable human rights. The commissioner made his statement at the opening of the 28th Session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland. Zeid stated "we must therefore renew....... [more]

UN rights expert urges Malaysia to improve efforts against human trafficking
March 2, 2015
UN human rights expert Maria Grazia Giammarinaro on Monday urged the Malaysian government to make improvements to its efforts to combat human trafficking. At the conclusion of her first visit to Malaysia, Giammarinaro said that there are currently several million undocumented migrant workers in Mala....... [more]

UN rights office reports death toll of 6,000 in Ukraine
March 2, 2015
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Monday that more than 6,000 people have died in eastern Ukraine since the conflict began almost a year ago. According to the high commissioner, many of the casualties comprise women, children and the elderly. Zeid stated in his rep....... [more]

Nepal Supreme Court rejects amnesty for war crimes
February 27, 2015
Nepal's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected amnesty for perpetrators of serious human rights abuses during the decade-long civil war that left more than 17,000 dead. The court struck down the amnesty provision from the law and said the consent of the victims is necessary for any reconciliation. The l....... [more]

UN rights chief warns of widespread abuse in Myanmar
February 26, 2015
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Wednesday that Myanmar must end the widespread abuse of minority rights in order to keep on its progression toward becoming a democratic state. He stated that recent abuses of minority rights, freedom of expression and peaceful protest....... [more]

UN: IS increasing number of civilian deaths in Iraq
February 24, 2015
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday jointly released a report detailing violations against Iraqi civilians under the spread of Islamic State (IS). The 40-page report documents the killings of civilians, abductions, rapes....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Spain to reject legal reform projects
February 23, 2015
Human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday urged Spanish authorities to reject two suggested legal reformations that they say may disrupt freedom and fundamental human rights. Spain's Senate is currently considering reform to both the Penal Co....... [more]

Maldives ex-president arrested on terrorism charges
February 23, 2015
Authorities in Maldives on Monday brought former president Mohamed Nasheed into court where he was ordered to remain in detention over the arrest of a top judge three years ago. Nasheed was arrested Sunday and charged under the country's anti-terrorism law. At Nasheed's hearing, a three-judge panel....... [more]

Iran executes juvenile offender
February 22, 2015
Iran reportedly executed Saman Naseem, a juvenile offender who was 17 years-old when sentenced to death, despite international pressure to halt the execution. According to Iran Human Rights (IHR), it is unclear if the execution occurred on Thursday or Friday, but Naseem's family was asked to collec....... [more]

UN SG voices concern over Ukraine ceasefire
February 21, 2015
A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement yesterday revealed that Ban had spoken with Ukraine Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin regarding the ceasefire in Ukraine. Ban expressed concern over the situation and informed Klimkin that the UN would continue to follow the Security Co....... [more]




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