May 25, 2015
by Brittany Felder
United Nations Special Coordinator Sigrid Kaag on Monday, urged leaders in Lebanon to end their political divisions in order to pick a new president, warning that the year-long debate over the matter had "undermined Lebanon's ability to address the growing security, economic and social challenges ...[read more]
May 14, 2015
by Ashley Hogan
The director-general of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, continued her campaign against the looting and destruction of archaeological sites in the Middle East at a conference in Cairo on Wednesday and condemned the destructive act as a "war crime." She declared the action a "tactic of war" and called for an ...[read more]
May 8, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday reported that Palestinian authorities in the West Bank have begun to crack down on freedom of expression, detaining students for their political affiliations or political criticism. In the past six months, according to HRW, at least four West Bank students have ...[read more]
May 5, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Amnesty International (AI) on Tuesday condemned both the Syrian Assad Regime and anti-government rebels for committing human rights abuses and war crimes in the Syrian city of Aleppo. AI's 74-page report, based on interviews with current and former residents of Aleppo, documents "unthinkable ...[read more]
April 6, 2015
by Peter Snyder
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced Monday that the Ukrainian government would no longer object to allowing a referendum that could grant greater autonomy to the eastern regions of the country controlled by Russian-backed rebels. This concession marks a major reversal in the Ukrainian ...[read more]
March 23, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
Flavia Pansieri, the UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) Monday that human rights violations “fuel and shape the conflict” in the occupied Palestinian territories. Pansieri presented six documents to the council on behalf of the UN High ...[read more]
February 9, 2015
by Addison Morris
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday released a report detailing the violent attacks on Libyan journalists by various armed groups over the past two years. The 54-page report, entitled "War on the Media: Journalists Under Attack in Libya," explains how the attacks, kidnappings or threats have caused ...[read more]
November 18, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process on Tuesday strongly condemned the attack on a synagogue in West Jerusalem. The Special Coordinator, Robert Serry, called on all sides to do everything possible to avoid further escalation. The attack Tuesday killed at least four people, ...[read more]
October 28, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Iran Tuesday to stop detaining and harassing human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. HRW also urged Iranian officials to end interference in the internal affairs of Iran's bar association. HRW stressed that the government and the bar association need to ensure that no ...[read more]
October 10, 2014
by Allison Fedorka
Saudi Arabia is persecuting rights activists and silencing government critics, according to a report issued Friday by Amnesty International (AI). According to AI, members of the Saudi Civil and Political Rights Association (ACPRA) have been persecuted since the Arab Spring in 2011. The Saudi ...[read more]

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