HUMAN RIGHTS
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UN rights chief urges states to remember human rights in face of extremism
March 5, 2015
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Thursday urged UN member states to remain focused on human rights in their "struggle against violent extremism." Zeid noted that the world is at a "turning point," and that the "fight against terror is a struggle to uphold values of ....... [more]

Azerbaijan urged to release political prisoners ahead of European Games
March 4, 2015
With the European Games approaching in Baku, Azerbaijan, this June, human rights groups on Wednesday urged the host nation to release political prisoners held on "trumped up" charges. The European Games are seen as an attempt to soften the authoritarian image of Azerbaijan under President Ilham Aliy....... [more]

Myanmar urged to reject proposed legislation on religion and race
March 4, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) on Tuesday, urged to must reject or revise proposed laws they claim would "entrench already widespread discrimination and risk fueling further violence against religious minorities." These laws, aimed at protecting religion....... [more]

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]

Amnesty: Egypt military strike against Libya may amount to war crime
February 24, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) claimed Monday that the Egyptian military failed to take adequate precautionary measures to avoid civilian casualties in an attack on the Libyan city of Derna last week. The airstrikes occurred in the early morning hours of February 16, and AI argues that indiscriminate at....... [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]




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