HUMAN RIGHTS
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UN human rights office urges Kyrgyzstan to reject discriminatory LGBT bill
October 25, 2014
Ravina Shamdasani, a spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), on Friday urged the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan to reject proposed legislation institutionalizing discrimination against individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT). The....... [more]

Amnesty: Ferguson police committed human rights abuses
October 24, 2014
Police in Ferguson, Missouri committed human rights abuses against peaceful protesters between August 14 and 22, Amnesty International USA (AI) reported Friday. The human rights concerns were witnessed first-hand by AI while in Ferguson during the protests. "What Amnesty International witnessed in M....... [more]

Advocacy group criticizes Netherlands for returning refugees to conflict areas
October 24, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday condemned Netherlands' attempts to return Somali refugees to areas controlled by Islamist terrorist group Harakat al-Shabaab al-Mujahideen (al-Shabaab). The report noted critically that Denmark, Norway, Sweden and the UK have also attempted forced returns to S....... [more]

UN rights expert concerned over drone use in domestic law enforcement
October 23, 2014
A UN rights expert said Wednesday that the increase in the use of armed drones in domestic law enforcement may violate human rights. In his report to the UN General Assembly, UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Christof Heyns raised a number of serious concerns w....... [more]

UN rights body urges fair elections in Hong Kong
October 23, 2014
The UN Human Rights Committee urged China on Thursday to ensure universal suffrage in Hong Kong, including both the right to vote and the right to stand for election without unreasonable restrictions. Currently, the Chinese government plans to allow only Beijing loyalists to stand in 2017 elections....... [more]

UAE migrant domestic workers facing abuse: HRW
October 23, 2014
Female migrant domestic workers in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are facing abuse and exploitation, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Thursday. The group pointed to UAE's visa sponsorship program, coupled with the lack of laws to protect domestic laborers, as the salient causes for the current sit....... [more]

UN rights experts: clear connection exists between torture and corruption
October 22, 2014
A UN human rights expert on Wednesday urged UN member states to make a greater effort to tackle domestic corruption, stating that a clear link exists between torture and corrupt practices. The chairperson of the UN Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture (SPT), Malcolm Evans, presented the SPT's....... [more]

Report: Mexico military attempted to cover up civilian murders
October 22, 2014
Mexico's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday released a report detailing the military cover-up that occurred after June 30, when 22 criminal suspects were executed by soldiers in an empty warehouse in the municipality of Tlatlaya. Official reports detail an alleged confrontation betwe....... [more]

UN rights experts urge Detroit to make access to water affordable to poorest citizens
October 22, 2014
A group of UN human rights experts on Monday implored the city of Detroit to make access to water and adequate housing more affordable, classifying these as basic human rights. The recommendations were made after a two-day visit to the city of Detroit, where UN experts noticed the negative effect of....... [more]

HRW condemns LGBT discrimination in Jamaica
October 22, 2014
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals in Jamaica are facing violence and discrimination, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Tuesday. The report, entitled "Not Safe at Home," summarizes findings during a five-week period last year through interviews with LGBT citizens and Jamaican....... [more]

UN rights expert reports escalating violations against Iraq civilians
October 22, 2014
UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic on Monday expressed grave concern over escalating human rights violations by the Islamic State (IS) in Iraq. Simonovic provided a report accessing the human rights issues in Iraq after spending some time on a trip within the region. Upon....... [more]




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