August 29, 2014
by Julie Deisher
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon released a statement Thursday condemning a currently unidentified extremist group for the detention of 43 peacekeepers from the UN Disengagement Observer Force (UNDOF) in southern Syria. A further 81 peacekeepers are stranded near Ar Ruwayhinah and Burayqah, with ...[read more]
August 28, 2014
by Addison Morris
Recent violence between Libyan political factions has been alarming and unprecedented in its gravity, according to a statement released Wednesday by the outgoing Secretary-General's Special Representative and head of the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL). Representative Tarek Mitri cited areas ...[read more]
August 27, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The UN Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic on Wednesday announced key findings from the latest report on the status of the warring parities in Syria, which has resulted in widespread crimes against humanity and potential violations of international law. ...[read more]
August 22, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights reported Friday that at least 191,000 people have been killed in the Syrian conflict —almost double the number from last year's report. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay stated that the number, based on information from the Sy... ...[read more]
August 21, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) released separate statements Wednesday condemning the execution of US journalist James Foley by the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, as a war crime. Foley was a ...[read more]
August 12, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Egyptian security forces killed more than 1,150 demonstrators in July and August 2013, Human RIghts Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The year-long investigation documented instances where Egyptian police and military forces used deadly force on crowds of demonstrators opposed to the ousting of ...[read more]
August 9, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The Supreme Administrative Court in Egypt on Saturday dissolved the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood. The decision came after the Parties Affairs Committee (PAC), responsible for granting licenses to newly-formed parties in Egypt, issued a report ...[read more]
August 7, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The Giza Criminal Court on Wednesday upheld death sentences against 12 members of the Muslim Brotherhood convicted of murdering former Deputy Director of Giza Security Nabil Farrag. After the men were found guilty in June by Judge Moataz Khafagy, the rulings needed to be approved by the Grand ...[read more]
August 2, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Tunisia reopened its main border crossing with Libya on Saturday after suspending it on Friday after thousands of Egyptian and other foreign nationals broke through part of a fence at the Ras Ajdir crossing. Fleeing the violence in Libya, thousands of people have been migrating into Tunisia. ...[read more]
July 30, 2014
by Ann Schober
Two major human rights advocacy groups on Tuesday voiced their opposition to the "unfair trial" that led to the conviction of 26 Algerian activists on charges of holding an "armed gathering" and violence against the police. Nine activists were sentenced to six months in prison. The remaining 17, ...[read more]

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