HUMAN RIGHTS
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Kuwaiti authorities disband protests, arrest demonstrators
March 29, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Sunday that riot police in Kuwait disbanded protests this week, arresting 16 protesters who may be charged with attacking law enforcement officers and illegal gathering. The demonstrators were seeking democratic reforms including new parliamentary elections, release....... [more]

HRW concerned over civilian casualties following airstrikes in Yemen
March 28, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday expressed concern over civilian casualties resulting from Saudi Arabia-led airstrikes in Yemen's capital, Sanaa. The airstrikes that occurred on March 26th killed between eleven and 34 civilians, including at least two women and two children. HRW reported an inab....... [more]

Rights Violations by ISIL: The Problem is Enforcement
March 28, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist John B. Quigley, of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, discusses the possible implications of prosecuting ISIL under international law...The Human Rights Council of the UN addressed the question of rights violations by ISIL in Iraq in Resolution S/22-1 of Septemb....... [more]

Former El Salvador general to be deported from US for human rights abuses
March 27, 2015
A former El Salvadoran Defense Minister accused of human rights abuses during the country's 1980s civil war is in US immigration custody to await deportation, immigration officials said Friday. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova was arrested in Florida where he has been living since 1989. Earlier this mo....... [more]

UN to appoint Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy
March 27, 2015
The United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday adopted four new resolutions, one of which creates a special rapporteur on the right to privacy in the digital age. Decided without a vote, the council reaffirmed the standing right to be free from unlawful or arbitrary interferences to privacy, an....... [more]

HRW: Boko Haram has killed more than 1,000 civilians in 2015
March 27, 2015
More than 1,000 civilians have been killed so far in 2015 at the hands of the Islamist armed group Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday. According to HRW, "Boko Haram fighters have deliberately attacked villages and committed mass killings and abductions as their attacks have spread fr....... [more]

UN: Libya armed groups attacking human rights defenders
March 26, 2015
Armed groups in Libya are deliberately attacking human rights defenders, according to a UN report released Wednesday. Attacks have increased since fighting escalated in May 2014 and have been documented in a joint report by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Office of the High Commissi....... [more]

Amnesty: Palestinian militants committed war crimes during Gaza conflict
March 26, 2015
Palestinian militants committed war crimes during the 2014 conflict in Gaza by killing both Israeli and Palestinian civilians using indiscriminate rockets, Amnesty International (AI) reported Thursday. The report provides evidence that in July and August 2014, several rockets were fired from Gaza Ci....... [more]

UN SG calls for end to modern slavery
March 26, 2015
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Wednesday for an end to modern slavery during remarks at the unveiling of The Ark of Return, Memorial to the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. He stated that the memorial will commemorate the millions of victims of the transatlantic slave trade. He hon....... [more]

China officials refuse to release activists despite international pressure
March 25, 2015
The Chinese government on Wednesday refused to discharge five women's rights activists despite overwhelming calls for their release from the international community. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying defended the Chinese legal system and detention of the activists and asked that people refr....... [more]

Chad court sentences Habre-era police officers for torture
March 25, 2015
A criminal court in chad on Wednesday sentenced seven ex-police officers to life in prison for crimes committed during the rule of dictator Hissene Habré. The former members of Habre's Directorate of Documentation and Security Directorate (DDS) were accused of murder, torture, kidnapping, arbitrar....... [more]




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