March 27, 2015
by Valerie Howell
The UN refugee agency released a report on Thursday that identified a significant increase in asylum applications to industrialized countries as a result of the displacement effectuated primarily by the wars in Syria and Iraq. In the report, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres ...[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 27, 2015
by Matt Belenky
The UN-backed Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) on Friday charged mid-ranking former Khmer Rouge cadre Ao An with crimes against humanity. The charges allege that An, 79, carried out crimes at an execution site and in two security centers during the Khmer Rouge's rule in the ...[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 26, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on Wednesday urged all sides of conflict in Yemen to obey the rules of war, expressing concern over reports of civilian casualties following air strikes in the capital Sana'a and other parts of the country. The ICRC reminded all parties involved ...[read more]
March 26, 2015
by Jacqueline Jones
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called Wednesday for an end to modern slavery during remarks at the unveiling of The Ark of Return, Memorial to the Victims of the Transatlantic Slave Trade. He stated that the memorial will commemorate the millions of victims of the transatlantic slave trade. He ...[read more]
March 25, 2015
by William Helbling
The Chinese government on Wednesday refused to discharge five women's rights activists despite overwhelming calls for their release from the international community. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying defended the Chinese legal system and detention of the activists and asked that people ...[read more]
March 24, 2015
by Addison Morris
The UN Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) released a peace proposal on Tuesday in effort to end the country's political instability and "deteriorating military situation." Among many ideas offered, UNSMIL proposed the creation of a unity government "composed of independent personalities not ...[read more]
March 24, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston on Tuesday warned that poverty in Chile "remains under the radar for many policy-makers ... despite the country's impressive array of anti-poverty programs." Alston noted that although Chile serves as a model for much of Latin ...[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]

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