HUMAN RIGHTS
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UN report finds rights violations in Ukraine
April 16, 2014
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) issued a report Tuesday finding rights violations leading up to and stemming from widespread protests that began last November. The report indicates that corruption remains one of the chief problems in Ukraine, generating much of the un....... [more]

UN rights expert urges Israel to prevent settlement of West Bank building
April 16, 2014
An independent UN human rights expert on Tuesday urged Israel to prevent settlers from taking over a building in the West Bank city of Hebron. The Al-Rajabi House is a four-story building capable of housing 40 families, and is strategically located between the illegal Israel settlement of Kiryat Arb....... [more]

India Supreme Court recognizes legal status for transgender people
April 15, 2014
The Supreme Court of India issued a ruling on Tuesday recognizing the country's large transgender population as a legal third gender. In so ruling, the court ordered that the government ensure that transgender people are not discriminated against and are eligible for government jobs and education in....... [more]

UN rights investigator urges Iran to halt execution of sexual assault victim
April 14, 2014
UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran Ahmed Shaheed on Monday urged Iran to immediately halt the execution of Reyhaneh Jabbari, a woman sentenced to death of murdering Mortez Abdolali Sarbandi, a former employee of the Iranian Intelligence Ministry ....... [more]

New treaty allows children to complain about rights violations directly to the UN
April 14, 2014
United Nations child rights experts on Monday praised the new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure, which grants children access to international human rights protections by allowing minors to complain directly to the UN Committee on the Right....... [more]

Libya's Justice Pandemonium
April 12, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Hanan Salah of Human Rights Watch says that if the Libyan government does not take immediate steps to rectify its dysfunctional justice system it risks a complete collapse... This past week, Libya's official television station broadcasted a series of videos featuring al-Saadi....... [more]

UN rights expert calls for 'Washington Redskins' name change
April 12, 2014
The UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples, James Anaya, called Friday upon the owners of the Washington Redskins football team to change the team's name. Anaya focused on the hurtful history of the term "redskin" as it relates to Native Americans in the US. In the press release....... [more]

Rights group urges UN to extend peacekeeping mandate for Western Sahara
April 11, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) urged the UN Security Council on Friday to extend the MINURSO mandate to include human rights monitoring for its peacekeeping force in Western Sahara. AI sent a report to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon illustrating the immediate need for human rights monitoring in Western....... [more]

UN experts: Iranian political prisoners being denied urgent medical treatment
April 11, 2014
Experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) voiced concern on Thursday about the lack of medical treatment to two political prisoners in Iran who are at risk of dying in detention. The experts have urged the Iranian government to provide medical care to the two priso....... [more]

UN Security Council votes to create peacekeeping force in CAR
April 11, 2014
The UN Security Council on Thursday unanimously voted to approve a peacekeeping force in the Central African Republic (CAR). UN troops, which will be known as MINUSCA, will be made up of up to 10,000 troops, 1,800 police and 20 corrections officers and will not take over until September. French troo....... [more]

Nepal parliament to vote on amnesty bill for crimes committed during civil war
April 10, 2014
A senior lawmaker in Nepal on Thursday stated that those found guilty of committing crimes committed during Nepal's civil war could be granted amnesty due to the introduction of a new bill in parliament on Wednesday that aims to set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and a Commission on the Di....... [more]




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