HUMAN RIGHTS
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Amnesty urges Zimbabwe president to address African rights concerns
January 31, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) on Friday urged Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe to address human rights concerns in Zimbabwe and other parts of the African continent. AI wants Mugabe to utilize his position of Chairperson of the African Union (AU) to stabilize areas that have been characterized by rec....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Oman to release activist
January 30, 2015
UN rights experts on Friday urged the Omani government to release Said Ali Said Jadad, a human rights activist. Jadad, who promoted democratic reforms, was arrested last week with no warrant and charged with undermining the prestige of the state, inciting demonstrations, steering up sectarian strife....... [more]

Rights groups urge Pakistan to halt execution of civilian
January 29, 2015
Several human rights groups, including Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW), on Thursday urged the Pakistani government to halt the execution of the first civilian for a non-terror related offense since 2008. The rights groups claim the execution violates Pakistan's own official....... [more]

Sri Lanka to initiate new war crimes investigation
January 29, 2015
The newly elected government in Sri Lanka announced Wednesday that it is planning to investigate accusations of human rights abuses during the closing stages of the 26-year civil war, after former president Mahinda Rajapaksa refused to cooperate with UN investigators about claims of atrocities commi....... [more]

Europe rights court backs terror suspect's extradition to US
January 29, 2015
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Thursday that the UK government's extradition of terror suspect Haroon Aswat to the US in October was lawful. Aswat was arrested in the UK at the request of US authorities in 2005 on terrorism charges relating to a 1999 trip to Oregon. The trip, commis....... [more]

HRW: Syria, Iraq governments fueling Islamic extremism and must reform
January 29, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday released its annual World Report, in which it criticized the role of Middle Eastern governments in sustaining the Islamic State (IS). HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth credited much of the emergence of IS to the sectarian and the abusive rule of former Iraqi p....... [more]

UN rights chief urges end to violence in Egypt
January 29, 2015
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein spoke out Tuesday against the excessive force used by security personnel to control political protests in Egypt. The violent security response has led to the death of at least 20 people and includes a report of a peaceful female protestor i....... [more]

UN rights experts welcome Netherlands move to aid homeless migrants
January 28, 2015
A group of UN human rights experts on Wednesday welcomed a decision by the government of the Netherlands to offer aid to municipalities that provide emergency shelter to homeless migrants. The UN experts described the decision as a welcome change from the Netherlands' refusal to support those who ai....... [more]

Amnesty calls for UN sanctions, ICC prosecutions in Libya
January 28, 2015
An Amnesty International (AI) report released Wednesday called on the UN Security Council to impose sanctions and encourage accountability through International Criminal Court (ICC) indictments and prosecutions to end the cycle of human rights violations and war crimes being committed in Libya. The....... [more]

Impeached Sri Lanka chief justice reinstated
January 28, 2015
The Sri Lankan government on Wednesday said that its new president has reinstated former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake, calling the impeachment a procedural error. Both her removal and the installation of her successor, according to the office of President Maithripala Sirisena, are now "null....... [more]

Egypt court upholds convictions against 3 prominent activists
January 27, 2015
Egypt's Court of Cassation upheld convictions and three-year prison sentences of three activists on Monday for violating the country's protest laws. Ahmed Maher, Ahmed Douma and Mohammed Adel were arrested for breaking a law that bans political gatherings of more than 10 people without prior governm....... [more]




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