HUMAN RIGHTS
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UN rights office welcomes150th ratification of disability convention
September 15, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday celebrated the 150th ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities as Guyana became the latest country ratify the document. Maria Soledad Cisternas Reyes, on behalf of the Committee on the Rights of Pers....... [more]

Afghanistan court sentences 5 to death for armed robbery, sexual assault
September 15, 2014
An Afghanistan court of appeals on Monday sentenced five men to death for their involvement in the armed robbery and gang-rape of a family outside Kabul. Two other defendants, out of the original group of seven defendants who allegedly stopped the victims' car while dressed as police officers, were....... [more]

North Korea court sentences American to six years of hard labor
September 14, 2014
The Supreme Court of North Korea on Sunday sentenced an American man to six years of hard labor for committing "hostile acts" against the country. The court convicted 24-year-old California resident Matthew Todd Miller of entering the country on April 10th illegally to commit espionage, a charge tha....... [more]

China lawyers boycott trial of activist
September 12, 2014
The legal defense team representing prominent Chinese human rights activist Guo Feixiong, decided to boycott the start of Guo's pending trial over procedural irregularities, which resulted in adjournment of the proceedings at the Guangzhou People's Court in Southern China. All four lawyers boycotte....... [more]

AI urges Thailand junta to end 'spiral of repression'
September 11, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday called upon Thailand's military to end the "spiral of repression" that has been present since the military imposed martial law in May. The report, entitled "Attitude adjustment—100 days under Martial Law," examines the human rights conditions of the countr....... [more]

HRW accuses Israel of war crimes in Gaza
September 11, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday accused the Israeli military of committing war crimes over the summer by attacking schools where hundreds of displaced Palestinians sought shelter. The three attacks, which took place on July 24, July 30 and August 3, killed 45 people, including 17 children. Fre....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Saudi Arabia to place moratorium on executions
September 10, 2014
Two experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) urged Saudi Arabia on Tuesday to implement an immediate moratorium on the death penalty following an increase in executions, with a significant number of the executions completed by beheading. The experts include the sp....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Tasmania not to adopt anti-protest bill
September 9, 2014
Three UN human rights experts urged the Australian state of Tasmania on Tuesday not to adopt legislation against protests that disrupt businesses. The experts expressed concern that the new law would silence legitimate and lawful protests. The government argues the proposed bill is necessary to prot....... [more]

UN rights experts urge peace as Ukraine death toll exceeds 3,000
September 9, 2014
A senior UN human rights official said on Monday that the death toll in Ukraine has risen above 3,000, and pleaded for peace to spare more bloodshed. Ivan Simonovic, the UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, stated that the confirmed deaths due to the fighting that began in April was now....... [more]

Evidence of war crimes on both sides of Ukraine conflict: Amnesty
September 8, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) said Sunday that both Ukrainian militia and separatist forces may be responsible for war crimes, with all sides of the conflict showing disregard for civilian lives. AI Secretary General Salil Shetty called on the involved parties to stop all violations of the laws of war....... [more]

HRW: African Union soldiers sexually exploiting Somali women
September 8, 2014
Soldiers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) have been sexually exploiting and assaulting Somali women, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. The abuses have allegedly occurred on two AMISOM military bases in the Somalian city of Mogadishu. According to the report, Ugandan and Bur....... [more]




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