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UN delays release of report investigating war crimes in Sri Lanka
February 16, 2015
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Monday delayed the release of a report investigating alleged war crimes committed during Sri Lanka's civil war. The government had requested that the release of the report be postponed on the grounds that President Maithripala Sirisena was about to launch his....... [more]

UN rights report illustrates 'bleak picture' of Libya in 2014
February 10, 2015
A spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) said Tuesday that a report, produced jointly with the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), "paints a bleak picture" of the human rights situation in Libya during 2014. The report, to be presented to the UN Human Ri....... [more]

Head of UN inquiry investigating Gaza conflict resigns
February 3, 2015
William Schabas, leader of a three-member UN committee investigating possible war crimes committed in Gaza last summer, resigned Monday after Israelis accused him of bias due to his previous work as a consultant for the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). Schabas claimed that the opinion he w....... [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 rights record criticized before UN body
November 6, 2014
Envoys from the US and UK strongly criticized the Egyptian government Wednesday during a session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Remarks by the two nations came during the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) a regular review process, which all UN member states undergo. The....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Malaysia to abolish Sedition Act
October 9, 2014
A group of independent experts from the UN Human Rights Council once again urged the Malaysian government on Wednesday to abolish the Sedition Act of 1948 after receiving reports of increasing criminalization of government critics. UN Human Rights Council experts claim that they have received report....... [more]

UN rights expert: indigenous people's voices must be heard
September 18, 2014
The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday raised awareness for the rights of indigenous peoples, comprised of approximately 370 million people in 90 countries around the world. The Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, urged members of the international commu....... [more]

New UN rights chief calls on international community to end conflict in Syria and Iraq
September 8, 2014
Newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called Monday on the international community to work to end the conflicts in Syria and Iraq. In his first speech before the UN Human Rights Council Al Hussein said that "dedicated efforts are urgently needed to protect relig....... [more]

UN: Concern growing for children in Iraq, Syria
September 1, 2014
The United Nations top advocate for children affected by war on Monday expressed concern about the expansion of the Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq and the increase in violations against children there. During her address to the UN Human Rights Council's (UNHRC) special session on Iraq, Special....... [more]

UN rights experts urge intervention to protect minorities in Iraq
August 13, 2014
A group of UN human rights experts on Tuesday urged Iraq and the international community to intervene against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist advance on the displaced Yazidi people and other minority groups trapped in rebel-controlled territory in Northwestern Iraq. The UN experts are part of the Sp....... [more]

HRW calls for international inquiry into mass killings by Egypt security forces
August 12, 2014
Egyptian security forces killed more than 1,150 demonstrators in July and August 2013, Human RIghts Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The year-long investigation documented instances where Egyptian police and military forces used deadly force on crowds of demonstrators opposed to the ousting of Presiden....... [more]




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