March 6, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
A group of UN independent experts on Thursday asked Venezuela's government to provide a clear answer to allegations of arbitrary detention and excessive force against journalists, media workers and demonstrators during the country's recent protests. The group, which included Special Rapporteur on ...[read more]
March 29, 2013
by Lauren Laing
The United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention on Wednesday expressed concern about excessive detention and lack of legal assistance in Brazil, after a ten day visit to the country. The group found that Brazil regularly detains individuals for minor criminal offenses, and some detainees ...[read more]
February 5, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
A group of UN independent human rights experts on Tuesday urged Iran to end the recent crackdown on journalists and to release those who have been already been detained. The group includes the Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, the Chair-Rapporteur of the Working Group on ...[read more]
February 2, 2013
by Addison Morris
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (WGAD) said Thursday that Greece must improve detention conditions for migrants and effectively implement recent legislative developments to enhance screening procedures for asylum-seekers. The WGAD, appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, visited ...[read more]
February 6, 2012
by Sarah Posner
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention voiced concern last week over security interests overriding the right of individuals to be free from arbitrary detention in El Salvador. The UN Working Group also criticized the overcrowding in police and prison facilities in Central America. The ...[read more]
August 1, 2011
by Zach Zagger
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention has called for the immediate release of Chinese rights activist and Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo, according to UN documents from May released Monday by Freedom Now. Liu is currently serving an 11-year prison term after being convicted on charges of ...[read more]
June 19, 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention recommended Friday that Malaysia repeal or amend its internal security laws, which allow indefinite detainment without trial. At the end of an official visit, the group said amending the laws would allow Malaysia to conform to the Universal Declaration ...[read more]
March 10, 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk
An international group of human rights lawyers on Tuesday petitioned the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention to condemn to the detention of Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, missing for more than a year. The group is seeking a declaration that Gao's detention is a violation of inter... ...[read more]
August 14, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
Three UN human rights experts on Thursday called on Iran's Revolutionary Court to reject confessions obtained through torture of protesters of the country's disputed presidential election. A joint statement from Special Rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak, Vice-Chairperson of the Working Gr... ...[read more]
March 24, 2009
by Bhargav Katikaneni
The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said that the detention of Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi violates Myanmar's 1975 State Protection Law and pressed for her immediate release in an opinion made public Monday. A panel, composed of Judges from Chile, Pakistan, Russia, Senegal, and... ...[read more]

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