April 17, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Malawi enacted the Marriage, Divorce and Family Relations Act of 2015 (Marriage Act) on Wednesday, a move that Human Rights Watch (HRW) welcomed as "an important step toward preventing child marriage." The act was passed by Parliament in February and approved by President Peter Mutharika this ...[read more]
April 15, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday urged the EU to put into place a search and rescue operation in the Mediterranean following reports of 400 lives lost at sea. HRW acting deputy Europe and Central Asia director Judith Sutherland stated that if reports from a recent confirmed shipwreck, from ...[read more]
April 13, 2015
by Sarah Boehme
Israeli settlement farmers in the occupied West Bank are using Palestinian child laborers in dangerous conditions in violation of international laws, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Monday. The report states that hundreds of Palestinian children, some as young as 11 years old, are working on the ...[read more]
April 13, 2015
by Brittany Felder
A UN rights expert said Monday that the civilian refugees from Palestine and Syria trapped inside the Yarmouk refugee camp have suffered "untold indignities". There are approximately 18,000 people within the Yarmouk refugee camp including 3,500 children. The UN Relief and Works Agency for ...[read more]
April 12, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The UN announced on Saturday that the Commissioner General of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) will make an urgent trip to Yarmouk, a Syrian refugee camp that has fallen under control of the Islamic State (IS). According to UNRWA spokesman Chris Gunness, the visit is prompted by the ...[read more]
April 8, 2015
by Taylor Gillan
UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons Chaloka Beyani on Wednesday urged the international community to prepare itself for the "massive displacement and humanitarian crisis" that could come as a result of civilians fleeing the fighting in Yemen, stating that they ...[read more]
April 4, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
The California Fourth District Court of Appeal on Friday upheld yoga classes in public schools, holding that such classes do not violate religious rights of students or their parents. Families of children enrolled in the Encinitas Union School District sued the school, alleging that yoga classes ...[read more]
March 28, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Saturday expressed concern over civilian casualties resulting from Saudi Arabia-led airstrikes in Yemen's capital, Sanaa. The airstrikes that occurred on March 26th killed between eleven and 34 civilians, including at least two women and two children. HRW reported an ...[read more]
March 19, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday that the Ukrainian government and Russia-backed rebel forces consistently used cluster munitions in eastern Ukraine earlier this year, killing at least 13 civilians, including two children. HRW said that using cluster munitions in such densely populated areas ...[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]

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