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Turkish court orders Facebook to censor pages insulting Prophet Muhammed
January 26, 2015
A Turkish court on Sunday ordered a ban on Facebook pages that contain materials insulting the Prophet Muhammed. The Golbasi Duty Magistrate Court ruled that Facebook would be blocked in Turkey if the order is not implemented. The Anadolu Agency, Turkey's official press agency, reported that the co....... [more]

Cambodian commander admits to using force against opposition
January 25, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday accused a Cambodia leader of human rights abuse, reporting that the commander of the nation's gendarmerie admitted to using force against opposing individuals such as anti-government demonstrators and protesters. General Sao Sohka, leader of the gendarmerie and par....... [more]

HRW: DRC using excessive force against protestors
January 24, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday criticized the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of using "unlawful and excessive force" against protestors in the capital of Kinshasa this past week. The recent demonstrations have taken place across the country to oppose proposed changes in a....... [more]

Congo senate amends electoral law to allow 2016 election
January 23, 2015
The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) Senate on Friday amended the country's electoral law to permit the 2016 presidential election to go forth as scheduled, without the requirement of conducting a census. The change comes after four days of violent nationwide protests resulted in dozens of deaths....... [more]

Thailand lawmakers vote to impeach former PM
January 23, 2015
Thailand's military-appointed legislature on Friday voted to impeach former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, banning her from office for five years for corruption in a scheme to subsidize rice farmers within the country. In addition to the impeachment, Yingluck is also facing up to 10 years in p....... [more]

Rights group criticizes Mexico for failed investigation into the disappearance of 43 students
January 23, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) on Friday criticized the government of Mexico for their "failed" investigation of the army in the "enforced disappearance" of 43 students on September 26, claiming that it was incomplete and insufficient, after DNA collected from a mass grave of burned bodies proved inconc....... [more]

ICC lawyer, activist accuse Nigeria presidential candidate of inciting violence
January 23, 2015
At a news conference before the Associated Press on Thursday, activist Yunana Shibkau and Goran Sluiter, an attorney for the International Criminal Court (ICC), announced they have video evidence of 2015 Nigerian presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari instigating and inciting violence after he los....... [more]

UN: Death toll in Ukraine exceeds 5,000
January 23, 2015
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Friday released a statement saying that at least 5,086 people have been killed since the conflict in Ukraine began in April 2014, but expressed concerns that the real figure may be much higher. At least 262 people were killed in the past 9 d....... [more]

HRW: Ethiopia restricting media ahead of upcoming elections
January 22, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday criticized the Ethiopian government, accusing it of systematically restricting media in anticipation of the country's May 2015 elections. The 76-page report, entitled "Journalism Is Not a Crime: Violations of Media Freedom in Ethiopia," indicates that the country....... [more]

UN holds first-ever meeting in response to anti-Semitism
January 22, 2015
The UN General Assembly is holding a daylong informal meeting Thursday devoted to anti-Semitism in response to a global increase in violence against Jews. The meeting was requested by 37 countries in a letter to the General Assembly president in October. The meeting will include a keynote address by....... [more]

UN investigators urge creation of war crimes tribunal for CAR
January 22, 2015
Members of a UN investigatory commission reported on Wednesday that crimes against humanity have been widely committed by all parties to the conflict in the Central African Republic (CAR) and called for the establishment of an international court to objectively investigate and prosecute perpetrators....... [more]




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