October 30, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Rival militias in Libya are committing serious human rights abuses, including war crimes, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released Thursday. According to AI, since July 2013, "militias and armed groups have launched indiscriminate attacks in urban areas of the capital, Warshafana ...[read more]
October 29, 2014
by William Helbling
The UN Working Group on the use of mercenaries on Tuesday urged stronger global and regulation of private security companies. The group also called on governments to hold private military and security companies (PMSCs) accountable for all of their international human rights violations. The call ...[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 28, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A Bahrain court on Tuesday ordered the country's main Shiite opposition group, Al-Wefaq to suspend all activities. Bahrain's Ministry of Justice filed the lawsuit in July. The ruling means that Al-Wefaq cannot operate for three months in the Gulf island kingdom. The group cannot organize rallies ...[read more]
October 27, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday urged Malaysian authorities to end their politically motivated criminalization of government critics. The country's Sedition Act of 1948, a law that limits freedom of speech and expression, has been used increasingly by the Malaysian government to persecute ...[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 26, 2014
by William Helbling
Ukraine held a parliamentary election on Sunday which resulted in large support for pro-Western parties. President Petro Poroshenko's Bloc party, which has been known to be a pro-European political party, received the most support. President Poroshenko stated in regards to the outcome, "I hope ...[read more]
October 26, 2014
by William Helbling
US Attorney General Eric Holder on Saturday announced that the federal government will recognize same sex marriage in six additional states. The addition of Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, North Carolina, West Virginia and Wyoming will now bring the total number of states recognizing same-sex marriage to ...[read more]
October 26, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday criticized the lack of action taken by the Thai government to bring police and military personnel responsible for the deaths of protestors in Tak Bai in 2004 to justice. This failure, according to HRW Asian director Brad Adams, "is a glaring injustice that ...[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]

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