March 5, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Thursday urged UN member states to remain focused on human rights in their "struggle against violent extremism." Zeid noted that the world is at a "turning point," and that the "fight against terror is a struggle to uphold values of ... ...[read more]
February 23, 2015
by Brittany Felder
The Pakistani military on Monday arrested Taj Muhamad, a man believed to be one of the militants who carried out the deadly Peshawar School Massacre last December. Taj Muhamad is believed to have been the commander of one of the units that attacked the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, ...[read more]
February 12, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
A Pakistani army spokesperson said Thursday that 12 local Taliban militants have been arrested for their alleged involvement in a deadly school attack last year. The militants were part of what is believed to be a 27-member cell, of which nine others have been killed. Pakistan credited the ...[read more]
February 5, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
Amnesty International (AI) on Thursday demanded that the Malaysian government drop sedition charges against Eric Paulsen. The human rights lawyer and co-founder of NGO Lawyers for Liberty was arrested for a tweet criticizing an Islamic state agency. Paulsen could face up to three years in prison ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday released its annual World Report, in which it criticized the role of Middle Eastern governments in sustaining the Islamic State (IS). HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth credited much of the emergence of IS to the sectarian and the abusive rule of former Iraqi ...[read more]
January 11, 2015
by Emelina Perez
United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, briefing the General Assembly on Thursday, presented his report which proposes a new development agenda and called 2015 a "time for global action." The Secretary General said this year could see major advances in development, peace and human rights. ...[read more]
January 6, 2015
by Alexandra Farone
Pakistan's parliament passed legislation on Tuesday that will enable military courts to prosecute terrorism-related cases, the latest in a series of anti-terrorism government efforts in the wake of the school massacre by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) last month in Peshawar. The Pakistan National ...[read more]
January 5, 2015
by Alison Sacriponte
The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday acquitted four death row convicts who were sentenced for their involvement in a 2002 Rawalpindi suicide attack that killed 19 people. After being sentenced by an Anti-Terrorism Court in 2004, the convicts filed an intro-court appeal. Counsel argued that there ...[read more]
December 17, 2014
by Taylor Brailey
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday approved the lifting of Pakistan's moratorium on the death penalty. Sharif's decision was rendered in response to a deadly attack by the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) on a school in Peshwar that killed 141 people, most of whom were children. The ...[read more]
December 16, 2014
by Laura DeGeer
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein condemned the "savage extremism" of Taliban insurgents who killed at least 130 people, most of them children, at a school in Pakistan on Tuesday. This attack, described by Zeid as "an utterly despicable and incomprehensibly vicious attack ...[read more]

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