HUMAN RIGHTS
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UN rights chief calls on UK to curb 'hate speech' in tabloids
April 24, 2015
The systematic anti-foreigner language used in British tabloids for decades, and a recent article in The Sun calling migrants "cockroaches," moved the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to take action on Friday, calling on UK officials and the media to curb incitement to hatred. Zeid Ra'ad Al Hus....... [more]

Central African Republic government establishes special criminal court
April 23, 2015
The current government of the Central African Republic, the National Transition Council, voted Wednesday to create a Special Criminal Court. The new judicial entity is to be made up of 27 judges, including 14 from CAR and 13 from other countries. The creation of the special criminal tribunal has ga....... [more]

UN calls on EU to set up rescue operation for migrants at sea
April 23, 2015
Top UN human rights officials and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) issued a joint statement Thursday calling on the EU to create a new rescue operation program for migrants attempting to traverse the Mediterranean and to commit to greater receipt of refugees. The statement, signed....... [more]

EU high court upholds sanctions on Zimbabwe
April 22, 2015
The EU General Court on Wednesday upheld sanctions placed on individuals and companies in Zimbabwe. The action, brought in 2012 by Zimbabwe's Attorney-General Johannes Tomana and 120 other individuals, challenged sanctions first imposed in 2002 as a result of the EU's concerns regarding pre-election....... [more]

HRW: Somalia government evicted thousands of displaced people
April 21, 2015
Somali government officials evicted thousands of displaced people from Mogadishu in early March, Human Rights Watch (HRW) stated Monday. The Somali government order stated that people were to be evicted from a 600-650 meter section of Mogadishu within a week. Security forces reportedly beat resident....... [more]

US Supreme Court declines to hear case against Chiquita over Colombia violence
April 20, 2015
The US Supreme Court on Monday denied certiorari in a case in which relatives of guerrilla conflict victims in Colombia sought to sue Chiquita Brand International for human rights abuses. Family members of several thousand victims of paramilitary violence in Colombia filed suit in April 2010 against....... [more]

UN rights experts: EU must develop solutions to stop migrant deaths at sea
April 20, 2015
UN rights experts warned the EU on Monday that repression of irregular migration cannot be the only solution to the recurrent grave problem of masses of people drowning at sea. The experts said they were encouraged by the decision to hold an EU summit on the issue and urged states to use the summit....... [more]

HRW: Egypt mass trial relied on single witness testimony
April 19, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday criticized the mass trial of 51 Muslim Brotherhood supporters, claiming that the government presented no evidence of a crime being committed by the men other than the testimony of a single police officer. Specifically they noted that the only evidence presented sho....... [more]

UN: Afghanistan should strengthen justice system to protect women
April 19, 2015
Afghanistan must strengthen its criminal justice system to provide protection for women victims of domestic violence, according to a report released Sunday by the the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). The report said only....... [more]

UN rights office concerned by intensified fighting in Ukraine
April 18, 2015
Spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), Ravina Shamdasani, expressed concern Friday at the "dire human rights situation" in Ukraine after reports of intensified fighting in violation of the Minsk Agreement, a ceasefire deal proposed for peace negotiations....... [more]

HRW: Yemen combatants must stop targeting hospitals
April 18, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday condemned the targeting of the Ibn Khaldun Hospital in Yemen by combatants. Rebel soldiers and pro-government forces fortified near the hospital, and the resulting combat forced the hospital to evacuate all but those receiving emergency treatment in violation of....... [more]




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