December 19, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) on Thursday condemned the removal of two Maldives Supreme Court justices including Chief Justice Ahmed Faiz Hussain. The dismissal of the justices stems from an amendment to the Judicature Act, 2010 passed on December 10 by the Maldives parliament, ...[read more]
December 17, 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk
US President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced policy changes to the US-Cuba relationship. Obama has directed Secretary of State John Kerry to reestablish diplomatic relations and to review Cuba?s designation as a State Sponsor of Terrorism. He also announced "steps to increase travel, comme... ...[read more]
December 16, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein condemned the "savage extremism" of Taliban insurgents who killed at least 130 people, most of them children, at a school in Pakistan on Tuesday. This attack, described by Zeid as "an utterly despicable and incomprehensibly vicious attack ...[read more]
December 13, 2014
by Colleen Mallick
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday confirmed four charges of crimes against humanity against Charles Ble Goude, and committed the ally of former Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo to trial at The Hague. Ble Goude is accused of working with former Ivory Coast President Gbagbo to ...[read more]
December 12, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
The Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) announced Wednesday that it plans to file a lawsuit challenging the law against abortions. Ireland's abortion law currently allows abortion only when a woman's physical or mental health is threatened, but NIHRC asserts that the current law is a ...[read more]
December 12, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday said the Ivory Coast must hand over Simone Gbagbo, the wife of former President Laurent Gbagbo, to stand trial in The Hague on charges of crimes against humanity. The ICC judges rejected the Ivory Coast's challenge to the admissibility ...[read more]
December 11, 2014
by Jacqueline Jones
The failure of Central African Republic (CAR) and UN authorities to investigate and hold individuals accountable for war crimes has led to an endless cycle of violence, Amnesty International (AI) reported Thursday. AI says these abuses have continued after a July report by AI not only listing ...[read more]
December 11, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called Thursday for the cancellation of a plan formulated by Thailand's military government that encourages prisoners to work on fishing boats, citing the widespread abuse in the Thai fishing industry. The plan announced by the Thai labor minister last week would begin ...[read more]
December 10, 2014
by Emelina Perez
Brazil's National Truth Commission released a report on Wednesday declaring that state agents engaged in human rights violations between 1964 and 1985 when the country was under military rule. The human rights violations include enforced disappearances, torture, sexual violence, executions and ...[read more]
December 10, 2014
by William Helbling
The UN Special Rapporteur on counter terrorism and human rights Ben Emmerson on Tuesday called for the prosecution of US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and other government officials for the interrogation and torture of detainees. The statement follows the release of a US Senate committee ...[read more]

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