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HRW: Morsi trial 'badly flawed'
April 26, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday said that the trial of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was "badly flawed" and compromised by due process violations. The former president was convicted on April 21 for inciting violence and ordering the killing and torturing of protesters in 2012 and sente....... [more]

Bahrain extends detention of activist Nabeel Rajab
April 26, 2015
Bahrain Public Prosecution on Sunday extended the period of detention of Bahraini human rights activist Nabeel Rajab by 15 days, citing a need for further investigation. According to Rajab's wife, the activist was arrested on April 2 for tweets he posted about torture practices in Jau prison. At the....... [more]

US State Department condemns Azerbaijan for human rights lawyer imprisonment
April 26, 2015
The US Department of State (DOS) released a statement Thursday condemning the imprisonment of human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev and calling for his release. Aliyev was sentenced to seven and a half years in prison and a three-year ban from holding public office for on charges of illegal entrepreneu....... [more]

UN: Civilian death toll in Yemen rises
April 25, 2015
The United Nations (UN) on Friday reported that the intense fighting in Yemen has claimed the lives of approximately 551 civilians, 115 of which were children. Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), noted that this death toll only cal....... [more]

HRW criticizes Saudi-led airstrike on Yemen
April 25, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a statement on Thursday denouncing as a violation of the laws of war an airstrike led by the Saudi Arabian coalition that led to the destruction of a humanitarian warehouse in Yemen earlier this month. The attack was said to be executed by the Saudi coalition, which....... [more]

UN rights chief calls on UK to curb 'hate speech' in tabloids
April 24, 2015
The systematic anti-foreigner language used in British tabloids for decades, and a recent article in The Sun calling migrants "cockroaches," moved the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to take action on Friday, calling on UK officials and the media to curb incitement to hatred. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hus....... [more]

Central African Republic government establishes special criminal court
April 23, 2015
The current government of the Central African Republic, the National Transition Council, voted Wednesday to create a Special Criminal Court. The new judicial entity is to be made up of 27 judges, including 14 from CAR and 13 from other countries. The creation of the special criminal tribunal has ga....... [more]

UN calls on EU to set up rescue operation for migrants at sea
April 23, 2015
Top UN human rights officials and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) issued a joint statement Thursday calling on the EU to create a new rescue operation program for migrants attempting to traverse the Mediterranean and to commit to greater receipt of refugees. The statement, signed....... [more]

EU high court upholds sanctions on Zimbabwe
April 22, 2015
The EU General Court on Wednesday upheld sanctions placed on individuals and companies in Zimbabwe. The action, brought in 2012 by Zimbabwe's Attorney-General Johannes Tomana and 120 other individuals, challenged sanctions first imposed in 2002 as a result of the EU's concerns regarding pre-election....... [more]

Egypt court sentences Morsi to 20 years
April 21, 2015
Former Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi was sentenced to 20 years in prison Tuesday after being convicted of inciting violence and ordering the killing and torturing of protesters in 2012. The court did not convict Morsi, or any of the 14 other defendants, of murder, which could have resulted in dea....... [more]

HRW: Somalia government evicted thousands of displaced people
April 21, 2015
Somali government officials evicted thousands of displaced people from Mogadishu in early March, Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated Monday. The Somali government order stated that people were to be evicted from a 600-650 meter section of Mogadishu within a week. Security forces reportedly beat resident....... [more]




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