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 7, 2014
by William Helbling
Alliance Defending Attorneys (ADF) filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging a city of Pittsburgh ordinance that creates numerous protest-free zones. The ordinance specifically states that one may not "knowingly congregate, patrol, picket or demonstrate in a zone extending 15 feet from any entrance to ...[read more]
September 5, 2014
by Julie Deisher
Independent UN rights experts on Friday called on the government of Bahrain to release human rights activist Maryam Al-Khawaja due to the absence of evidence against her. Al-Khawaja was arrested in August upon her return to Bahrain and was charged with insulting the king and assaulting police ...[read more]
September 2, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A group of UN human rights experts, including the UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression, urged stronger protection Monday for journalists covering conflicts. The group said recent attacks, kidnappings, and arbitrary incarcerations need to be condemned and opposed by the ...[read more]
August 1, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief Heiner Bielefeldt on Thursday reported serious violations of religious freedom persist in Vietnam. Bielefeldt announced three of his planned visits were interrupted and Vietnamese security agents monitored his visit closely. I received ...[read more]
July 11, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
The EU's highest court, the Court of Justice, on Thursday ruled that Germany cannot require spouses of Turkish nationals living in Germany to show basic knowledge of the German language as a requirement when applying for family reunification visas. The case was brought by Naime Dogan, a Turkish ...[read more]
July 1, 2014
by William Hibbitts
The European Court of Human Rights ruled Tuesday that France's face covering ban is permissible under European law. In SAS v. France the court ruled 15-2 that the ban, which became effective in 2011, complies with all articles of the Convention of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms and, as a ...[read more]
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 3, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Three independent UN human rights experts on Monday urged Pakistan to adopt urgent legislation to put an end to faith-based killings and protect the country's Ahmadiyya Muslim community, whose faith is currently outlawed. The call follows a resurgence of violent attacks in Pakistan targeting ...[read more]
May 3, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Human Rights Watch (HRW) called on Myanmar Saturday to pass more protective media laws and end arbitrary arrests of journalists. The statement listed several journalists who have been arrested since December on politically-motivated charges, including criminal trespass, use of obscene language, ...[read more]

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