October 21, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Monday urged Venezuela to release politician and opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez. Al Hussein expressed concern over the detention of Lopez and 69 others who were arrested in connection with public protests that took place across ...[read more]
October 13, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A Chinese court on Monday sentenced 12 people to death and gave 15 others suspended death sentences for their involvement in attacks on a police station and government offices in south Xinjiang in July. Nine others were sentenced to life imprisonment, and another 20 people received shorter ...[read more]
October 9, 2014
by Addison Morris
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) warned Wednesday that, despite the fragile ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, abuses such as abductions, torture and ill-treatment still affect local civilians daily. Since the ceasefire, announced September 5, 331 fatalities have been ...[read more]
October 8, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Cambodia on Wednesday enacted a regulation that will extend the same rights and protections to nightlife workers that the country's laws currently grant to other workers. The regulation, entitled "Working Conditions, Occupational Safety and Health Rules of Entertainment Service, Enterprises ...[read more]
September 30, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
An independent UN rights expert stated on Monday that there has not been a single child in the Gaza Strip area not affected by the ongoing conflict. Makarim Wibisono, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories, has expressed concern over children ...[read more]
September 29, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The confirmation of charges hearing against Charles Ble Goude opened Monday before Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Ble Goude, a youth leader loyal to Ivory Coast's former president Laurent Gbagbo, is accused of crimes against humanity, including "murder, rape and ...[read more]
September 29, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) is taking steps to weaken the rule of law, control Internet and media, and suppress critics and protesters, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. HRW tracked the government's response to recent developments and made recommendations that focus ...[read more]
September 29, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
California Governor Jerry Brown on Saturday signed into law a bill, prohibiting the so-called "gay panic" defense that has been used to reduce homicide charges to manslaughter. The defense has been used by defendants who claimed that they were "panicked" into committing a crime due to a ...[read more]
September 26, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon released a video statement for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Core Group Ministerial Event on Thursday calling for an end to transphobia and homophobia. The UN has led by example in this arena, introducing measures to ensure fairer treatment of ...[read more]
September 18, 2014
by Kenneth Hall
JURIST guest columnist Leslie Haskell, of Human Rights Watch, discusses how some European countries have taken affirmative steps to prosecute those within their borders?as well as those who may eventually come within them?for major international crimes by enacting universal jurisdiction... ...[read more]

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