HUMAN RIGHTS
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Nepal Supreme Court rejects amnesty for war crimes
February 27, 2015
Nepal's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected amnesty for perpetrators of serious human rights abuses during the decade-long civil war that left more than 17,000 dead. The court struck down the amnesty provision from the law and said the consent of the victims is necessary for any reconciliation. The l....... [more]

UN rights chief warns of widespread abuse in Myanmar
February 26, 2015
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Wednesday that Myanmar must end the widespread abuse of minority rights in order to keep on its progression toward becoming a democratic state. He stated that recent abuses of minority rights, freedom of expression and peaceful protest....... [more]

UN: IS increasing number of civilian deaths in Iraq
February 24, 2015
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday jointly released a report detailing violations against Iraqi civilians under the spread of Islamic State (IS). The 40-page report documents the killings of civilians, abductions, rapes....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Spain to reject legal reform projects
February 23, 2015
Human rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Monday urged Spanish authorities to reject two suggested legal reformations that they say may disrupt freedom and fundamental human rights. Spain's Senate is currently considering reform to both the Penal Co....... [more]

Maldives ex-president arrested on terrorism charges
February 23, 2015
Authorities in Maldives on Monday brought former president Mohamed Nasheed into court where he was ordered to remain in detention over the arrest of a top judge three years ago. Nasheed was arrested Sunday and charged under the country's anti-terrorism law. At Nasheed's hearing, a three-judge panel....... [more]

Iran executes juvenile offender
February 22, 2015
Iran reportedly executed Saman Naseem, a juvenile offender who was 17 years-old when sentenced to death, despite international pressure to halt the execution. According to Iran Human Rights (IHR), it is unclear if the execution occurred on Thursday or Friday, but Naseem's family was asked to collec....... [more]

UN SG voices concern over Ukraine ceasefire
February 21, 2015
A spokesperson for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in a statement yesterday revealed that Ban had spoken with Ukraine Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin regarding the ceasefire in Ukraine. Ban expressed concern over the situation and informed Klimkin that the UN would continue to follow the Security Co....... [more]

CAR urged to create special criminal court
February 20, 2015
Advocacy groups, such as Human Rights Watch (HRW), are teaming up with various Central African groups to form a coalition urging the Central African Republic's (CAR) transitional parliament to adopt a Special Criminal Court in order to expedite justice for victims of atrocities within the country. T....... [more]

UN: serious crimes being committed in Syria in midst of unrest
February 20, 2015
Four UN human rights experts briefed the Security Council on Friday regarding a new report on human rights violations in war-torn Syria. Heading the Commission of Inquiry was Paulo SÚrgio Pinheiro, Chair of the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, who called....... [more]

UN rights chief urges Syria to release activists held without due process
February 19, 2015
UN Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad Al Hussein urged Syrian authorities on Thursday to release jailed activists that have been held without due process, in some cases for years, after reports of widespread torture and human rights abuses of detainees. Syrian authorities reportedly targeted ac....... [more]

Azerbaijan court extends detention of human rights activist without trial
February 18, 2015
The detention of Azeri human rights activist Leyla Yunus, held without trial since July, will be extended an additional five months, her lawyer said Wednesday. Yunus is the head of the Baku-based Institute for Peace and Democracy. She is detained on charges of treason, espionage and tax evasion. Hum....... [more]




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