HUMAN RIGHTS
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Amnesty: Qatar failing to deliver on promised migrant labor reforms
May 22, 2015
More than a year after Qatar's government promised reform for migrant workers, little to no improvement has been made, Amnesty International (AI) said Thursday. The government announced in November that the kafala sponsorship system, which currently limits the rights of foreign workers, is to be re....... [more]

UN rights expert calls for adoption of revised standard for treatment of prisoners
May 20, 2015
The top UN human rights expert on torture, Juan Mendez, called Monday for the adoption of the revised Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners in an open letter to the UN Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice. The revised Rules include several practical elements that pro....... [more]

Amnesty reports widespread torture by Morocco authorities
May 20, 2015
Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday reported widespread torture of detainees in Morocco and Western Sahara at the hands of authorities. AI documented 173 cases of torture between 2010 and 2014, including beatings, asphyxiation, drowning techniques and rape threats. The report also stated that medi....... [more]

UN rights chief urges Southeast Asian countries to protect migrants
May 17, 2015
The UN human rights chief on Friday urged Southeast Asian governments to take action to protect the lives of migrants in difficult maritime situations and not turn away incoming migrant boats. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said that he is "appalled" at reports of these....... [more]

Egypt executes 6 men convicted of murdering soldiers
May 17, 2015
Egyptian authorities on Sunday executed six men convicted by a military court of killing two Egyptian soldiers. The men were convicted of killing the soldiers after an hour-long gunfight outside a bomb factory in Cairo. The men were also convicted of belonging to Sinai-based militant group Ansar Bei....... [more]

Prominent China rights lawyer formally indicted
May 16, 2015
Chinese prosecutors on Friday said that prominent human rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang has officially been indicted on charges of fanning ethnic hatred and provoking trouble for comments that he posted online. He has already been detained for one year. A more severe charge of inciting divisions and a cha....... [more]

Poland to make payments to alleged CIA rendition victims
May 15, 2015
The Polish government on Friday processed payments to two terror suspects currently held by the US at Guantanamo Bay. The European Court of Human Rights had imposed a Saturday deadline on Poland to make the reparations. Last July Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were awarded USD $147,000 and....... [more]

UN reports humanitarian law violations by Uganda rebels in DRC
May 14, 2015
The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) committed "grave violations of international humanitarian law" in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) at the end of 2014, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) reported Wednesday. The report claims that the ADF, a Ugandan rebel grou....... [more]

UN chief calls on Burundi parties to remain calm after attempted coup
May 14, 2015
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Wednesday urgently called on all parties in Burundi to "exercise calm and restraint" amid reports of a coup taking place in the Burundian capital. The coup reportedly took place after President Pierre Nkurunziza left for a summit intended to resolve the crisis. Wi....... [more]

HRW: China police abusing detainees despite reforms
May 14, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report Wednesday detailing the continued abuse of criminal suspects by Chinese police. The interviewed detainees reported instances of torture, including being shackled to a "tiger chair" for days and being hung by the wrists. Despite detention reforms in China, i....... [more]

HRW: US prisons using excessive force on mentally disabled prisoners
May 13, 2015
Mentally disabled prisoners experience "unnecessary, excessive, and even malicious force" at the hands of prison staff across the US, said a report released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW). The report found excessive force used in many instances when prisoners exhibit behaviors that are charact....... [more]




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