HUMAN RIGHTS
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UN rights expert: Gaza conflict having serious effect on children
September 30, 2014
An independent UN rights expert stated on Monday that there has not been a single child in the Gaza Strip area not affected by the ongoing conflict. Makarim Wibisono, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, has expressed concern over children sufferin....... [more]

Turkish government weakening rule of law: HRW
September 29, 2014
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is taking steps to weaken the rule of law, control Internet and media, and suppress critics and protesters, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. HRW tracked the government's response to recent developments and made recommendations that focus o....... [more]

Afghanistan outgoing president approves execution of 5 men
September 29, 2014
Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday approved the execution of five men as what is possibly his final act in office. The five men were convicted and sentenced to death two weeks ago for their involvement in the armed robbery and gang-rape of a family outside Kabul. The convictions were det....... [more]

New UN human rights chief condemns ISIL
September 27, 2014
The newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Prince Zeid bin Ra'ad on Thursday decried the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) for its recent killings and human rights violations of women in ISIL-controlled areas in Iraq. He specifically condemned ISIL's public execution earlier....... [more]

India PM facing human rights suit in US
September 26, 2014
The American Justice Center on Thursday filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of anonymous survivors against India Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York for human rights abuses stemming from the religious riots in Gujarat in 2002. Modi was chief....... [more]

UN SG urges nations to end discrimination against LGBT people
September 26, 2014
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon released a video statement for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Core Group Ministerial Event on Thursday calling for an end to transphobia and homophobia. The UN has led by example in this arena, introducing measures to ensure fairer treatment of ga....... [more]

UN officials call for international abolition of death penalty
September 26, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and a number of UN officials on Thursday urged global leaders to abolish the death penalty. In in a presentation and accompanying report entitled "Moving Away from the Death Penalty," UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson stated:All....... [more]

UN rights expert commends Cambodia progress
September 25, 2014
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Cambodia Surya Subedi on Wednesday commented on Cambodia's recent efforts in human rights protection, noting that while there have been improvements, there are still substantial problems in the judicial system. Subedi stated, "The situation i....... [more]

AI: Chad considering new anti-gay law
September 24, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) said Wednesday that a draft anti-homosexuality bill in Chad will represent a major step backwards for human rights in the country if passed into law. The proposed amendment to the penal code would criminalize same-sex conduct in Chad, carrying the threat of jail sentences....... [more]

IBA urges reform to climate change justice structures to protect human rights
September 22, 2014
The International Bar Association (IBA) Task Force on Climate Change Justice and Human Rights reported on Monday that the human rights of the most vulnerable people affected by climate change are threatened. The report, available for download on the IBA website, urges improved access to justice an....... [more]

Egypt court suspends activist's jail sentence
September 21, 2014
An Egyptian High court on Sunday suspended Egyptian activist and human rights lawyer Mahienour El-Masry's six-month jail sentence. El-Masry has been detained for violating Egypt's protest law since May and in June had her jail sentence reduced from two years to six months with a fine of LE50,000 (U....... [more]




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