HUMAN RIGHTS
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UN rights experts: clear connection exists between torture and corruption
October 22, 2014
A UN human rights expert on Wednesday urged UN member states to make a greater effort to tackle domestic corruption, stating that a clear link exists between torture and corrupt practices. The chairperson of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT), Malcolm Evans, presented the SPT's....... [more]

Report: Mexico military attempted to cover up civilian murders
October 22, 2014
Mexico's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday released a report detailing the military cover-up that occurred after June 30, when 22 criminal suspects were executed by soldiers in an empty warehouse in the municipality of Tlatlaya. Official reports detail an alleged confrontation betwe....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Detroit to make access to water affordable to poorest citizens
October 22, 2014
A group of UN human rights experts on Monday implored the city of Detroit to make access to water and adequate housing more affordable, classifying these as basic human rights. The recommendations were made after a two-day visit to the city of Detroit, where UN experts noticed the negative effect of....... [more]

HRW condemns LGBT discrimination in Jamaica
October 22, 2014
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in Jamaica are facing violence and discrimination, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The report, entitled "Not Safe at Home," summarizes findings during a five-week period last year through interviews with LGBT citizens and Jamaican....... [more]

UN rights expert reports escalating violations against Iraq civilians
October 22, 2014
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic on Monday expressed grave concern over escalating human rights violations by the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. Simonovic provided a report accessing the human rights issues in Iraq after spending some time on a trip within the region. Upon....... [more]

Rights group finds evidence of cluster bombs in eastern Ukraine
October 21, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday reported on evidence of the use of cluster bombs by the Ukrainian government on the city of Donetsk, a heavily populated civilian area in eastern Ukraine. The bombs have allegedly killed six individuals and injured several dozen more. Cluster munitions cover a wide....... [more]

UK terrorism suspect extradited to US
October 21, 2014
Mentally ill British man Haroon Aswat was extradited to the US Tuesday to face terrorism charges after losing a nine-year legal battle. Aswat was accused of trying to set up a terrorist training camp in Bly, Oregon, 15 years ago, conspiring with radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri. Aswat had been fig....... [more]

UN rights chief urges Venezuela to release opposition leader
October 21, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday urged Venezuela to release politician and opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. Al Hussein expressed concern over the detention of Lopez and 69 others who were arrested in connection with public protests that took place across Venezu....... [more]

Ebola, Human Rights and Health Discrimination
October 20, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Stefan Kirchner, of the University of Lapland, discusses the possibility of global discrimination during the ongoing Ebola outbreak ...The current Ebola outbreak has lead to discrimination against those infected with Ebola as well as against health care workers caring for thos....... [more]

Amnesty: Atrocities in eastern Ukraine must be investigated
October 20, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday released a report documenting extra-judicial killings by both pro-Russian separatists and pro-Kyiv forces in eastern Ukraine, though the advocacy group cautions that the actual number of atrocities is not on the scale reported by Russian media. According to the r....... [more]

Australia parliament lifts ban on facial coverings
October 20, 2014
Australia's Parliament House on Monday lifted a ban on face veils including burqas and niqabs. The short-lived ban was announced earlier this month, prohibiting persons with facial coverings from being in open public galleries. The ban was condemned for segregating Muslim women and potentially breac....... [more]




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