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Ferguson shooting evidence released following grand jury decision
November 25, 2014
A grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, decided Monday not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in August. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch released documents and evidence that were presented to the grand jury, including jury trans....... [more]

UN officials concerned over activists rights in Burundi
November 25, 2014
An official for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR) on Tuesday stated that human rights activists in Burundi have been the subjects of threats and defamation for their current role within the state. According to Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defender....... [more]

UN rights experts urge stronger efforts to eliminate violence against women
November 25, 2014
Four UN human rights experts on Tuesday stressed a need for greater international and national efforts to eliminate violence against displaced women. Noting substantial levels of violence perpetrated against the world's roughly 17 million conflict-displaced women, the UN's release came during the wo....... [more]

UN rights experts call for end of punitive house demolition in Palestine and Israel
November 25, 2014
The Israeli government's use of house demolition as a punitive measure in response to alleged acts of violence by Palestinians must end immediately, two UN human rights experts urged Tuesday, adding that the practice, which targets Palestinian homes in both Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Terri....... [more]

Amnesty: Belgium mining company lied, destroyed homes in DRC
November 25, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) revealed new evidence Monday indicating a Belgian mining company, Groupe Forest International, lied about bulldozing homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The homes were destroyed during a 2009 police operation to clear the area of small-scale miners who were a....... [more]

Amnesty urges Ireland to reopen UK torture case
November 25, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday urged the Irish government to petition the European Court of Human Rights to reopen the 1978 UK v. Ireland case following claims that the UK sanctioned torture. These allegations follow the airing of the RTE documentary "The Torture Files", which asserts that th....... [more]

The Islamic State
November 24, 2014
11/14/2014: UN investigators blamed Islamic State commanders for war crimes in Syria. 11/04/2014: HRW: Islamic States militants tortured and abused Kurdish children in Syria 10/30/2014: HRW: Islamic State conducted mass executions of Shiite prisoners 10/17/2014: US-led airstrikes in Syria k....... [more]

Human rights group issues report on international childrens rights
November 23, 2014
Human rights group ChildFund Alliance (CFA) on Thursday issued a report addressing the current issues with international children's rights commemorating the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The report, entitled "Small Voices, Big Dreams Survey," recogniz....... [more]

UN rights chief condemns Gambia for anti-gay legislation
November 21, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra?ad Al Hussein on Thursday criticized Gambia for its passage and enforcement of legislation criminalizing homosexual acts. In October Gambia President Yahya Jammeh signed into law a bill which imposes a sentence of life imprisonment for some homosex....... [more]

Statehood Recognition and IS
November 21, 2014
The international community generally recognizes three elements for statehood: territory, population and recognition by other nation states. It is understood that these states must be sovereign, with the ability to enter into diplomatic and other relationships with its fellow states. Many Wester....... [more]

IS and Human Rights Violations
November 21, 2014
Human rights violations committed by IS continue to escalate throughout 2014, raising concern in the international community. Critics state, Armed operations and insurgency tactics are bound to produce casualties; it is when the perpetrators of these actions do not execute certain precautions to mi....... [more]




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