September 18, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture (SPT) suspended its delegation to Azerbaijan Thursday citing the government's prevention of access to a number of locations where individuals are being detained. Azerbaijan is a party to the Convention ...[read more]
September 17, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Wednesday called on Malaysian authorities to cease arrests and prosecutions under the country's 1948 Sedition Act, a law that limits free speech and freedom of expression. Rupert Colville, OHCHR spokesperson, expressed concern ...[read more]
September 16, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
German prosecutors on Monday charged a 93-year-old former Waffen SS volunteer with aiding in the murder of at least 300,000 people during his time as a volunteer at Auschwitz. The man is accused of helping collect money stolen from the disposed luggage of inmates and transferring it to the SS's ...[read more]
September 15, 2014
by Peter Snyder
Chinese writer Huang Zerong, known also by his pen name Tie Liu, was detained by Chinese authorities Sunday morning for allegedly publishing articles critical of Communist Party propaganda chief Liu Yunshan. According to the Hong Kong-based South China Morning Post, the 81-year-old writer was " ...[read more]
September 12, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan approved a law on Thursday that tightens the government control of the internet and expands the powers of the telecoms authority. Parliament passed the law on Monday. The new law comes after legislation was passed in February that made it easier for authorities to ...[read more]
September 12, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The legal defense team representing prominent Chinese human rights activist Guo Feixiong, decided to boycott the start of Guo's pending trial over procedural irregularities, which resulted in adjournment of the proceedings at the Guangzhou People's Court in Southern China. All four lawyers ...[read more]
September 11, 2014
by Addison Morris
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday called upon Thailand's military to end the "spiral of repression" that has been present since the military imposed martial law in May. The report, entitled "Attitude adjustment—100 days under Martial Law," examines the human rights conditions of the countr... ...[read more]
September 10, 2014
by Addison Morris
The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) on Tuesday hosted an event to bring attention to the issue of maritime drug smuggling taking place across international waters, urging prosecution of offenders. There has been a recent increase in the smuggling of heroin and other drugs by sea to Africa, ...[read more]
September 7, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Egypt's top prosecutor on Saturday ordered the arrest of seven men who appeared in a video of what is said to be the country's first same-sex marriage. The men have been accused of inciting debauchery and spreading a video that violates public morals. In a statement the prosecutor's office said ...[read more]
September 6, 2014
by Ann Schober
A Bahrain court ordered Saturday that prominent human rights activist, Maryam al-Khawaja, remain in jail for an additional ten days while authorities continue to investigate her case. Al-Khawaja was jailed a week ago when she arrived in Bahrain to visit her father who, in 2011, was sentenced to ...[read more]

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