June 28, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The UN Human Rights Council on Friday adopted a resolution establishing a commission of inquiry to investigate alleged human rights abuses in Eritrea. The council also condemned the human rights violations, including enforced disappearances, torture and restrictions on freedom of speech and ...[read more]
June 19, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
A Turkish court on Wednesday sentenced two former generals to life imprisonment for leading Turkey's 1980 coup d'etat that led to three years of military rule. The two retired generals, 96-year-old Kenan Evren, who held the presidential office for seven years following the military takeover, and ...[read more]
February 7, 2014
by Matthew Pomy
A group of UN human rights experts led by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said Thursday that both sides of the Syrian conflict are committing crimes against humanity by denying civilians basic necessities of life and humanitarian aid. The experts claimed that these actions are part of a " ...[read more]
February 1, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) issued a joint statement Friday calling on the Nepal Parliament to reject amnesty legislation that has been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. The Ordinance on Truth, Reconciliation and Disappearances was ...[read more]
January 10, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
The European Court for Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Thursday that Russia must pay 1.9 million euros, or $2.6 million, to the families of 36 Chechen men who disappeared between 2000 and 2006. The court found that Russia was in violation of Articles 2, 3, 5 and 13 of the European Convention on ...[read more]
December 9, 2013
by Lauren Laing
UN human rights experts on Monday called on the Iraqi government to provide information on seven residents of Camp Ashraf who were allegedly abducted in September amidst an attack that left 52 people dead. The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances demanded that the Iraqi ...[read more]
November 7, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
Spanish officials on Wednesday told the UN that they will not reexamine the state's action during the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War and the Franco era. In 1977, Spain enacted a law that granted amnesty for political crimes committed during these periods. Spanish officials testified before the UN ...[read more]
November 5, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
Amnesty International (AI) called on Spanish authorities Tuesday to address the legacy of Franco era disappearances, calling the failure to do so a "betrayal of justice." AI submitted a report to the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances, claiming that the proposed reforms to Spain's criminal ...[read more]
October 1, 2013
by Peter Snyder
The Spanish government must do more to provide information on the whereabouts of individuals who disappeared during the Spanish Civil War and the Francisco Franco regime, experts from the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances demanded Monday. The working group compiled ...[read more]
September 29, 2013
by Benjamin Minegar
Mexican lawmakers must reform the nation's military justice system to combat human rights abuses committed by army and navy personnel, Amnesty International (AI) urged Friday. AI reports that the number of enforced disappearances in the nation has increased drastically since the federal government ...[read more]

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