March 2, 2015
by William Helbling
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said Monday that more than 6,000 people have died in eastern Ukraine since the conflict began almost a year ago. According to the high commissioner, many of the casualties comprise women, children and the elderly. Zeid stated in his ...[read more]
February 24, 2015
by Addison Morris
The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on Monday jointly released a report detailing violations against Iraqi civilians under the spread of Islamic State (IS). The 40-page report documents the killings of civilians, abductions, rapes... ...[read more]
February 20, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The Sri Lankan Parliament on Thursday passed the Assistance to and Protection of Victims of Crime and Witnesses Bill aimed at protecting the rights of criminal victims and witnesses. Under the new bill, witnesses would receive fair treatment and privacy from judicial and investigatory authorities; ...[read more]
February 18, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Wednesday condemned the EU for refusing to take action to address Hungary's alleged problematic laws and practices regarding human rights since the European Commission enacted a "rule of law" measure in March 2014. This measure was created to address abuses of human ...[read more]
February 9, 2015
by William Helbling
Girls have been attacked in at least 70 countries for seeking education, according to a new UN report released Monday. The report states, "he educational rights of girls and women are often targeted due to the fact that they represent a challenge to existing gender and age-based systems of ...[read more]
February 6, 2015
by Taylor Brailey
UN officials on Friday called for an end to female genital mutilation (FGM), including the medicalization of the practice. Officials were reminded of the reality of the "deeply harmful" nature of the practice on February 6, the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation. ...[read more]
February 6, 2015
by Colleen Mallick
United Nations Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights Ivan Simonovic told reporters on Thursday that the warring parties in the South Sudan conflict are close to signing a peace deal. However, Simonovic confirmed that rights violations continue, despite a decrease in fighting. Earlier this ...[read more]
February 1, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Amnesty International (AI) said Sunday it has gathered evidence that the Egyptian government is covering up the deaths of more than two dozen people who died in protests on the anniversary of the 2011 uprisings. Twenty-seven people died in protests last week, including two women, a 10-year-old ...[read more]
January 29, 2015
by Laura DeGeer
A group of UN human right experts on Wednesday urged El Salvador to pardon all women jailed for illegal abortions as a result of pregnancy complications or rape. Carmen Guadalupe Vásquez Aldana was convicted of aggravated assault after suffering a miscarriage after being raped at age 18. She was ...[read more]
January 23, 2015
by Emelina Perez
The UK High Court of Justice on Thursday rejected a claim that procedural regulations, known as CLA(P) Regulation 33, unlawfully restrict domestic violence victims' access to legal aid. Under the regulations, domestic violence victims seeking to obtain legal aid must first provide specific types ...[read more]

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