February 27, 2015
by Valerie Howell
Two senior UN relief officials expressed concern Thursday about the brutal violence that continues to plague Syria as a result of the country's internal conflict. In a presentation to the UN Security Council, Assistant Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Deputy Emergency Relief ...[read more]
February 24, 2015
by Bradley McAllister
Amnesty International (AI) claimed Monday that the Egyptian military failed to take adequate precautionary measures to avoid civilian casualties in an attack on the Libyan city of Derna last week. The airstrikes occurred in the early morning hours of February 16, and AI argues that indiscriminate ...[read more]
February 24, 2015
by Addison Morris
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday jointly released a report detailing violations against Iraqi civilians under the spread of Islamic State (IS). The 40-page report documents the killings of civilians, abductions, rapes... ...[read more]
February 21, 2015
by Kimberly Bennett
A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement yesterday revealed that Ban had spoken with Ukraine Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin regarding the ceasefire in Ukraine. Ban expressed concern over the situation and informed Klimkin that the UN would continue to follow the Security ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
Four UN human rights experts briefed the Security Council on Friday regarding a new report on human rights violations in war-torn Syria. Heading the Commission of Inquiry was Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, who ...[read more]
February 19, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) released its annual report on the "Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict" on Wednesday, which indicated a 22 percent increase in civilian causalities in 2014. The marked increase represents the deadliest year in Afghanistan since record keeping ...[read more]
February 16, 2015
by Brittany Felder
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Sunday that militias allied with Iraqi forces are committing abuses that are "possibly war crimes". HRW reports that in some areas residents have been forced from their homes, kidnapped and extra-judicially executed. In the provinces of Muqdadiyya area of Diyala, ...[read more]
February 13, 2015
by Valerie Howell
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Friday urged Thailand's National Legislative Assembly to reject a proposed amendment to the Military Court Act that would allow the government to detain civilians up to 84 days without charging them of a crime. The proposed amendment comes after last year's military ...[read more]
February 12, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday urged both sides to the conflict in eastern Ukraine to "take immediate steps to protect civilians in the days before comes into force ... on Saturday night at midnight." According to the group, civilians are now at an even greater risk, as both sides will " ...[read more]
February 3, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Tuesday called for both sides of the Ukraine conflict to halt "the dangerous escalation in the fighting" in response to the human rights "situation in the east of the country." The death toll now exceeds 5,358, and Zeid said that many ...[read more]

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