HUMAN RIGHTS
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Human rights group issues report on international childrens rights
November 23, 2014
Human rights group ChildFund Alliance (CFA) on Thursday issued a report addressing the current issues with international children's rights commemorating the 25th anniversary of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The report, entitled "Small Voices, Big Dreams Survey," recogniz....... [more]

UN rights chief condemns Gambia for anti-gay legislation
November 21, 2014
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra?ad Al Hussein on Thursday criticized Gambia for its passage and enforcement of legislation criminalizing homosexual acts. In October Gambia President Yahya Jammeh signed into law a bill which imposes a sentence of life imprisonment for some homosex....... [more]

Statehood Recognition and IS
November 21, 2014
The international community generally recognizes three elements for statehood: territory, population and recognition by other nation states. It is understood that these states must be sovereign, with the ability to enter into diplomatic and other relationships with its fellow states. Many Wester....... [more]

IS and Human Rights Violations
November 21, 2014
Human rights violations committed by IS continue to escalate throughout 2014, raising concern in the international community. Critics state, Armed operations and insurgency tactics are bound to produce casualties; it is when the perpetrators of these actions do not execute certain precautions to mi....... [more]

The Islamic State
November 21, 2014
In this Feature, JURIST takes a look at various legal issues relating to the Islamic State (IS). IS, also referred to as ISIS or ISIL, is a Middle Eastern-based group that currently occupies territory in Syria and Iraq. Several nations, including the US, have launched air strikes against IS targets....... [more]

UN rights office: serious human rights violations continue in eastern Ukraine
November 20, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) released a report on Thursday highlighting the continued commission of human rights violations in eastern Ukraine despite the announcement of a ceasefire on September 5. The report, produced by the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in....... [more]

Amnesty: Syrian refugees facing border abuse, destitution in Turkey
November 20, 2014
Syrian refugees are facing human rights abuses and destitution as they flee into Turkey, Amnesty International (AI) said Thursday. The report, "Struggling to Survive: Refugees from Syria in Turkey," addresses hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who have faced live fire at the Turkish border an....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Bosnia not to release convicted war criminal
November 20, 2014
A group of independent UN human rights experts on Wednesday warned against the possible release of convicted war criminal Milorad Trbic following the reversal of his sentence by the Bosnian Constitutional Court. Trbic was convicted in 2009 of committing genocide in Srebrenica in 1995 during the Bos....... [more]

UN General Assembly: North Korea should be referred to ICC
November 19, 2014
The UN General Assembly on Tuesday urged the Security Council to call on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate allegations against North Korea for crimes against humanity. The vote came after the release of a report in February by the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in North Ko....... [more]

UN officials concerned over human rights violations in Yemen
November 19, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concern on Wednesday over alleged human rights violations occurring in Yemen in recent months. The UN Human Rights Office in Yemen documented violations committed by all sides including the killing and arbitrary detention of c....... [more]

HRW reports executions and disappearances in the Democratic Republic of Congo
November 18, 2014
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday released a report which accuses police officers in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) of executing 51 youths and causing the disappearance of 33 others. The police action was carried-out in furtherance of an anti-crime campaign between November 2013 and Februa....... [more]




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