November 19, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The UN General Assembly on Tuesday urged the Security Council to call on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate allegations against North Korea for crimes against humanity. The vote came after the release of a report in February by the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North ...[read more]
November 8, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Malaysia's Court of Appeal in Putrajaya struck down an anti-crossdressing law on Friday. Each of Malaysia's thirteen states and three federal territories have laws prohibiting a man from "posing" as a woman, and three states prohibit a woman from posing as a man. Additionally the National Council ...[read more]
November 6, 2014
by Peter Snyder
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. ...[read more]
October 27, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The Council of Europe (COE) called on Azerbaijan Friday to halt the arrest and detention of human rights activists in the country. COE Commissioner for Human Rights, Nils Muiznieks, in a speech given after a two-day visit to Azerbaijan, criticized the government's actions, stating that "the ...[read more]
October 27, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The Council of Europe said Monday that Russia must investigate the deaths and abductions of activists in Crimea and ensure that the rights of minorities and media are respected. A 16-page report by Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks documented cases of three missing civil ...[read more]
October 9, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
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 ...[read more]
September 18, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
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 ...[read more]
September 8, 2014
by Peter Snyder
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 ...[read more]
September 1, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
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, ...[read more]
August 14, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A court in Azerbaijan on Thursday upheld the conviction and detention of top human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev. Aliyev was arrested in 2011 on charges including illegal commercial activity, tax evasion and abuse of power. Earlier this month he was sentenced to three months pre-trial detention. ...[read more]

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