May 11, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The UN Human Rights Council on Monday reviewed the US human rights record as part of its Universal Periodic Reviews, expressing concern over excessive use of force by law enforcement, racial discrimination, and minority rights, particularly for African Americans. Participating nations recommended ...[read more]
March 28, 2015
by Joseph Macklin
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 ...[read more]
March 27, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
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, ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Armed groups in Libya are deliberately attacking human rights defenders, according to a UN report released Wednesday. Attacks have increased since fighting escalated in May 2014 and have been documented in a joint report by the UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) and the Office of the High ...[read more]
March 18, 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria expressed concern Tuesday about atrocities and abuses in Syria by both the Assad regime and anti-government armed groups, advocating for UN Security Council referral to the International Criminal Court (ICC) or the establishment of a special tribunal to ...[read more]
March 17, 2015
by Addison Morris
A UN commission on Monday reported widespread human rights abuses in Eritrea. Following a four-month investigation of the country's human rights situation, the Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea found instances of torture and a high number of detentions. Many Eritrean citizens ...[read more]
March 12, 2015
by Dominic Yobbi
A UN human rights expert on Thursday called on Iran to revoke laws restricting freedom of press, free detained journalists, and stop blocking websites. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, said that President Hassan Rouhani has not kept the promise he made after his 2013 election to ...[read more]
March 10, 2015
by Valerie Howell
UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Juan Méndez called Tuesday for modifications and alternatives to the detention processes of children in order to ensure their human rights. In a report presented to the UN Human Rights Council on ...[read more]
March 10, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
The International Criminal Court (ICC) on Monday requested assistance from the UN Security Council (UNSC) in the forced extradition of Sudan President Omar al-Bashir, who is facing charges of genocide in connection with the Darfur conflict. In asking the UNSC to take "necessary measures" to force... ...[read more]
March 6, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The UN Human Rights Council and delegates from Pacific island nations met Friday to discuss the impact of climate change on human rights. Many of the panelists agreed that climate change would impede on the right to self-determination of the people of the islands and could undercut the ability of ...[read more]

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