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Amnesty: 'alarming rise' in death sentences in 2014
April 1, 2015
There was an "alarming rise" in death sentences around the world in 2014, Amnesty International (AI) reported Tuesday. AI said there has been a 28 percent rise in death sentences from 2013&#8212at least 2,466 compared to 1,925&#8212and that an increased number of countries used capital punis....... [more]

UN rights chief alarmed by rising civilian casualties in Yemen
April 1, 2015
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein expressed concern Tuesday over the rising civilian death toll in Yemen as Saudi-led airstrikes continue. Almasirah TV reported on the latest Saudi airstrike, which attempted to protect the port city of Aden from Shiite rebel forces Wednesda....... [more]

UN rights chief: Boko Haram killing captive women
April 1, 2015
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Raad al-Hussein reported Wednesday that retreating Boko Haram militants in Nigeria have been murdering woman and girls previously taken captive by the group. Before a special session of the UN Human Rights Council, the commissioner relayed reports "that Bok....... [more]

Israel law center petitions DOJ to prosecute Hamas
March 30, 2015
The Israel Law Center released a complaint on Friday asking the US Department of Justice to prosecute several Hamas leaders for their involvement in the attack on Israel's Ben Gurion International Airport (BGA) last summer. The rocket attacks between Israel and Palestine that occurred this past summ....... [more]

Thailand rights groups urge review of plan to replace martial law
March 30, 2015
Eight rights groups on Monday expressed concern over a plan by Thailand's Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ochato ease the Martial Law Act BE 2457 (1914) and replace it with Section 44 of the Constitution of the Kingdom of Thailand (Interim), BE 2557 (2014). The organizations, including the Thai Lawyers....... [more]

Kuwaiti authorities disband protests, arrest demonstrators
March 29, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Sunday that riot police in Kuwait disbanded protests this week, arresting 16 protesters who may be charged with attacking law enforcement officers and illegal gathering. The demonstrators were seeking democratic reforms including new parliamentary elections, release....... [more]

HRW concerned over civilian casualties following airstrikes in Yemen
March 28, 2015
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday expressed concern over civilian casualties resulting from Saudi Arabia-led airstrikes in Yemen's capital, Sanaa. The airstrikes that occurred on March 26th killed between eleven and 34 civilians, including at least two women and two children. HRW reported an inab....... [more]

Rights Violations by ISIL: The Problem is Enforcement
March 28, 2015
JURIST Guest Columnist John B. Quigley, of The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, discusses the possible implications of prosecuting ISIL under international law...The Human Rights Council of the UN addressed the question of rights violations by ISIL in Iraq in Resolution S/22-1 of Septemb....... [more]

Former El Salvador general to be deported from US for human rights abuses
March 27, 2015
A former El Salvadoran Defense Minister accused of human rights abuses during the country's 1980s civil war is in US immigration custody to await deportation, immigration officials said Friday. Carlos Eugenio Vides Casanova was arrested in Florida where he has been living since 1989. Earlier this mo....... [more]

UN to appoint Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy
March 27, 2015
The United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday adopted four new resolutions, one of which creates a special rapporteur on the right to privacy in the digital age. Decided without a vote, the council reaffirmed the standing right to be free from unlawful or arbitrary interferences to privacy, an....... [more]

HRW: Boko Haram has killed more than 1,000 civilians in 2015
March 27, 2015
More than 1,000 civilians have been killed so far in 2015 at the hands of the Islamist armed group Boko Haram, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday. According to HRW, "Boko Haram fighters have deliberately attacked villages and committed mass killings and abductions as their attacks have spread fr....... [more]




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