HUMAN RIGHTS
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UN rights expert urges ICC referral for North Korea
October 29, 2014
UN Special Rapporteur on North Korea human rights Marzuki Darusman on Tuesday submitted a report urging that North Korea be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity. Darusman stated that "Korea, including victims, and to ensure accountability of those....... [more]

UN rights experts urge greater regulation of private security companies
October 29, 2014
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 come....... [more]

HRW to Iran: stop harassing human rights lawyer
October 28, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Iran Tuesday to stop detaining and harassing human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. HRW also urged Iranian officials to end interference in the internal affairs of Iran's bar association. HRW stressed that the government and the bar association need to ensure that no la....... [more]

UN rights expert 'shocked' over Iran woman's execution
October 28, 2014
A UN human rights expert said Monday that he was "shocked" by Iran's execution of a woman convicted of murdering a man whom she accused of raping her. Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed in Tehran's Evin prison on Saturday morning despite international opposition from many organizations and rights groups....... [more]

HRW: Boko Haram abductions and abuses continue
October 27, 2014
Militant group Boko Haram has forced kidnapped women and girls to marry their captors and begun using them for military tactical purposes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. HRW interviewed 30 individuals who were abducted by the group between April 2013 and April 2014 and 16 others who saw t....... [more]

Europe rights body condemns Azerbaijan crackdown on activists
October 27, 2014
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 targeti....... [more]

Russia urged to investigate deaths and abductions of Crimea activists
October 27, 2014
The Council of Europe said Monday that Russia must investigate the deaths and abductions of activists in Crimea and ensure that the rights of minorities and media are respected. A 16-page report by Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks documented cases of three missing civil society....... [more]

HRW: Thailand yet to address 2004 attacks
October 26, 2014
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 bring....... [more]

UN human rights office urges Kyrgyzstan to reject discriminatory LGBT bill
October 25, 2014
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). The....... [more]

Amnesty: Ferguson police committed human rights abuses
October 24, 2014
Police in Ferguson, Missouri committed human rights abuses against peaceful protesters between August 14 and 22, Amnesty International USA (AI) reported Friday. The human rights concerns were witnessed first-hand by AI while in Ferguson during the protests. "What Amnesty International witnessed in M....... [more]

UN rights expert concerned over drone use in domestic law enforcement
October 23, 2014
A UN rights expert said Wednesday that the increase in the use of armed drones in domestic law enforcement may violate human rights. In his report to the UN General Assembly, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns raised a number of serious concerns w....... [more]




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