October 30, 2014
by Peter Snyder
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday praised the launch of a global media campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) stating that "nding FGM is part of the UN's unwavering campaign for the health, human rights and empowerment of women and girls." The Secretary-General acknowledged ...[read more]
October 28, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced three lawyers to between five and eight years in prison for criticizing the justice system on the social networking website Twitter by accusing authorities of carrying out arbitrary detentions. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the lawyers were each ...[read more]
October 27, 2014
by Peter Snyder
China is contemplating eliminating the death penalty as punishment for nine crimes, according to a report released Monday by Chinese state media outlet Xinhua. The proposed legislation was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) for a first reading Monday. ...[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 25, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on Friday urged the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan to reject proposed legislation institutionalizing discrimination against individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). ...[read more]
October 20, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
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 ...[read more]
October 15, 2014
by William Helbling
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday condemned the targeted attacks on human rights groups and activists by armed groups in Libya. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has received reports of intimidation, abductions, murders and harassment. Due ...[read more]
October 13, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged the Bangladeshi government not to revise its law to lower the minimum age for marriage, calling for it to set the minimum age for marriage at 18 instead. HRW's statement came in response to media reports that the cabinet of Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh ...[read more]
October 13, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The US Embassy in Kyrgyzstan issued a press release Friday condemning proposed legislation that would ban "gay propaganda." According to Reuters the proposed bill would allow for fines and imprisonment up to one year for individuals found "'forming a positive attitude to untraditional sexual ...[read more]
October 10, 2014
by Allison Fedorka
Saudi Arabia is persecuting rights activists and silencing government critics, according to a report issued Friday by Amnesty International (AI). According to AI, members of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) have been persecuted since the Arab Spring in 2011. The Saudi ...[read more]

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