August 1, 2014
by William Helbling
Uganda's Constitutional Court in Kampala on Friday ruled to overturn their internationally scrutinized Anti-Homosexuality Act. It is reported that the court's panel of five judges decided to strike down the anti-gay law because they believed it didn't properly pass through Parliament. The Anti- ...[read more]
July 19, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Italian advocacy group Hands off Cain released a report on Friday revealing that the number of deaths by capital punishment increased despite a general global trend toward capital punishment abolition. The organization reports that there are currently 161 countries and territories that, to ...[read more]
June 24, 2014
by William Hibbitts
Religious violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) has the potential to create the conditions for genocide, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) said Tuesday, urging other nations to intervene to stop the conflict. The 89-page page report, entitled They Must All Leave or Die ...[read more]
June 13, 2014
by William Hibbitts
West African governments should decriminalize drug use and treat it as a public health issue, according to a report published Thursday by the West Africa Commission on Drugs. The report also recommends that governments try to confront corruption so that traffickers cannot exploit corrupt ...[read more]
May 26, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Monday that traffickers in Yemen are holding African migrants in detention camps and using torture as a method of extorting money from their families with the cooperation of local officials. The report, entitled "'Yemen's Torture Camps': Abuse of Migrants by ...[read more]
May 8, 2014
by Addison Morris
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday released a report detailing the crimes against humanity that have been fueled by South Sudan's conflict. The report, entitled "Nowhere Safe: Civilians Under Attack in South Sudan," documents the ethnically-motivated violence that has led to the targeted ...[read more]
April 11, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) released the results of the Global Study on Homicide 2013 (GSH) which detailed the global prevalence of intentional homicides, finding 437,000 homicides in 2012. The UNODC collected a wide breadth of statistical data including identities of perpetrators and ...[read more]
February 25, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Gay rights and HIV activist Paul Kasonkomona was acquitted Tuesday by the Lusaka Magistrate's Court of charges of encouraging homosexuality. Kasonkomona, a well-known activist for LGBT rights in highly-conservative Zambia, where homosexuality is illegal, was arrested in April 2013 after speaking ...[read more]
February 9, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The UN and the African Union (AU) have signed a joint agreement on the prevention of conflict-related sexual violence in Africa. The UN Special Representative on Sexual Violence in Conflict, Zainab Bangura, signed the document with Ambassador Smail Chergui of Algeria, Commissioner for Peace and ...[read more]
February 4, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Amnesty International (AI) on Monday criticized a recently enacted Saudi Arabian counterterrorism law that it claims will entrench existing patterns of human rights violations. "This disturbing new law confirms our worst fears," said Said Boumedouha, AI's Middle East and North Africa Program ...[read more]

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