October 20, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
UN officials called on the government of Iraq Sunday to impose a moratorium on the death penalty in response to a significant rise in executions since the country restored capital punishment in 2005. The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights ( ...[read more]
October 19, 2014
by William Helbling
Prominent Thai scholar Sulak Sivaraksa was cited in a criminal complaint on Thursday for his comments about a Thai king who died 400 years ago. Two retired senior army officers filed the criminal complaint, which included a charge of lese-majeste, or intentionally insulting the monarchy. The ...[read more]
October 18, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed concern over the Maldives's Supreme Court's prosecution of five members of Maldives's Human Rights Commission, following the commission's written submission for OHCHR's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the country's human ...[read more]
October 16, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
Rights experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights announced the findings of a report on Wednesday alleging a number of summary executions and forced executions carried out against civilians by Congolese national forces during operation 'Likofi' between November 2013 and ...[read more]
October 15, 2014
by William Helbling
The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on Tuesday condemned the targeted attacks on human rights groups and activists by armed groups in Libya. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein has received reports of intimidation, abductions, murders and harassment. Due ...[read more]
October 12, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Sunday urged the UN and donating countries to press Israel to lift restrictions on the movement of people and goods in and out of the Gaza Strip. HRW claims that the restrictions are "disproportionate to security considerations" and "unnecessarily harm people's access ...[read more]
October 12, 2014
by William Helbling
The Pakistan Government on Sunday wrote a letter to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon pleading for assistance in border protection after at least 14 people were shot and killed near Kashmir. Pakistan has accused India of deliberately violating the established ceasefire by allowing cross border ...[read more]
October 11, 2014
by Emelina Perez
Members of the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances said Friday that Mexico's investigation of the forty-three missing Guerrero students and the deaths of six other students in the state is a test of the country's willingness and capacity to respond to allegations of human ...[read more]
October 10, 2014
by Yuxin Jiang
An independent UN human rights expert on Thursday urged South Korea to adopt an anti-discrimination law. UN Special Rapporteur on racism Mutuma Ruteere said an anti-discrimination law is particularly important because of increasing globalization, with many foreign workers coming to Korea for ...[read more]
October 10, 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards
The Netherlands Ministry of Defense has announced plans to appeal a July ruling finding Netherlands liable for the deaths of 300 of the men and boys killed in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. The court found that the UN-backed Dutch troops failed to adequately protect the Bosniaks at the UN compound ...[read more]

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