June 25, 2014
by Ann Schober
China's highest Court on Tuesday overturned the death sentence of a woman convicted of killing her abusive husband in 2010. The Supreme People's Court (SPC) remanded the case of 43-year-old Li Yan to a high court in China's Sichuan province, finding that her first trial lacked sufficient evidence ...[read more]
April 23, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
Migrant workers in Qatar face human rights abuse including forced labor, excessively long working hours, verbal harassment, and physical and sexual violence, according to an Amnesty International (AI) report released Wednesday. The report, entitled "Qatar: 'My sleep is my break': Exploitation of ...[read more]
April 17, 2014
by Theresa Donovan
UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women Rashida Manjoo on Wednesday reported that despite many positive developments implemented by the UK government to combat and appropriately respond to violence against women, it still remains a prevalent issue that requires improved measures by the ...[read more]
February 7, 2014
by Amy Mathieu
Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported on Thursday that Iraqi security officials are detaining thousands of women illegally and subjecting them to torture, ill-treatment and threats of sexual abuse. HRW found that officials are coercing confessions and holding trial proceedings far below the ...[read more]
February 5, 2014
by Peter Snyder
The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) released a report Wednesday condemning the Holy See for its handling of allegations regarding sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests. The report calls on the Vatican to remove all priests who have, or are suspected of committed acts of ...[read more]
January 30, 2014
by Taylor Gillan
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday released a report detailing abuses against gay and bisexual men at the hands of police in Kyrgyzstan. The report, entitled, "They Told Us We Deserved This: Police Violence against Gay and Bisexual Men in Kyrgyzstan," found that gay and bisexual men have been ...[read more]
January 28, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled 11-6 on Tuesday that the state of Ireland is liable for the sexual abuse of a schoolgirl, aged nine, by a lay teacher in an Irish National School in 1973. Louise O'Keeffe brought the case to the European rights court after the Ireland high court ...[read more]
January 17, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett
The UN Committee on the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Thursday criticized the Vatican on the its handling of child sex abuse. During questioning in Geneva, committee member Sara Oviedo forced Vatican officials to acknowledge that the Holy See had been slow to react to allegations of ...[read more]
December 27, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Thursday unanimously reversed the conviction of a priest for his failure to protect children from a sexual predator and ordered he be released from prison. Monsignor William Lynn, the first senior US Roman Catholic Church official to be found guilty for covering ...[read more]
November 21, 2013
by Kimberly Bennett
The Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report on Wednesday entitled "Additional Actions Could Strengthen DHS Efforts to Address Sexual Abuse." The GAO report was initiated in part by government documents that found there were hundreds of allegations of sexual abuse and assault in ...[read more]

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