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]
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]
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]
August 31, 2013
by Matthew Pomy
UN rights experts marked the International Day of Victims of Enforced Disappearances on Friday by calling for the international community to do more to support families of the victims of enforced disappearances as well as NGO's that are fighting for those victims' rights. The experts noted that ...[read more]
February 22, 2013
by Adiah Oreyomi
Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged the Malian government on Thursday to prosecute soldiers who participate in violence toward suspected Islamist rebels and supporters. Government soldiers have allegedly participated in torture, summary executions and enforced disappearances that began after the French- ...[read more]
February 22, 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove
Mexican security forces have enforced or participated in widespread "disappearances" in which individuals are taken against their will, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported Wednesday. The rights group has documented at least 250 "disappearances" since 2007. In most of these cases, security forces ...[read more]

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