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Afghanistan: 5,166 Killed or Maimed in 2016

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Afghanistan: 5,166 Killed or Maimed in 2016

In the first six months of this year, 5,166 civilians were either killed or maimed in Afghanistan, a half-year record since counting began in 2009, a United Nations report published Monday shows. Between January and June this year, the human rights team of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) documented 1,601 civilian deaths and [...]

How to Protect the Human Rights of LGBT People

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How to Protect the Human Rights of LGBT People

The top human rights body at the United Nations has voted to appoint an independent expert on protection from violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people. The Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution to create the new post. According to a UN spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the [...]

What Is the State of Human Rights in Myanmar?

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What Is the State of Human Rights in Myanmar?

A United Nations human rights expert urged Monday the international community rushing to forge or strengthen political or economic ties with Myanmar not to undermine the country’s rights priorities. “International actors must continue to prioritize human rights, particularly in business and investment relations,” said Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human [...]

Human Rights Situation in Ukraine Is Volatile: UN

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Human Rights Situation in Ukraine Is Volatile: UN

Unless urgent action is taken in Ukraine to separate sides and remove heavy weaponry, wide spread hostilities in the country could re-escalate, a senior United Nations human rights official has warned. Addressing the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ivan Šimonović, the assistant secretary-general for Human Rights, appealed to the leaders of the warring sides to [...]

Islamophobia and Homophobia in Orlando: UN Adviser

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Islamophobia and Homophobia in Orlando: UN Adviser

The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, condemned the criminal attack that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States, on 12 June, in which 49 people were killed and 53 injured. He offered his sympathy for the victims and expressed grave concern at the outpouring [...]

Death Sentence for Apostasy on Mauritanian Blogger

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Death Sentence for Apostasy on Mauritanian Blogger

The United Nations human rights office deplored Tuesday the confirmation of the death sentence for apostasy against a Mauritanian blogger, Mohammad Ould M’Kaitir, by the appellate court on 21 April. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), Mr. Ould M’Kaitir was convicted in the first instance by the criminal [...]

UN Welcomes Release of 83 Prisoners in Myanmar

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UN Welcomes Release of 83 Prisoners in Myanmar

The United Nations (UN) rights chief has welcomed the release of a second wave of 83 prisoners on Myanmar’s New Year last Sunday, by Presidential amnesty. This, according to a UN statement, follows the release of 199 political prisoners on April 8. Myanmar had dropped charges against them or they were pardoned. The prisoners included [...]

What Is the U.S. Stand on Human Rights for Workers?

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What Is the U.S. Stand on Human Rights for Workers?

As the candidates for the next president of the United States head to the Northeast for the New York State primary on April 19th, the topic of human rights has not been a focal point in the presidential conversation. President Obama’s signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) deal on February 4th this year made few [...]

UN Opposes Death Sentences in Bangladesh

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UN Opposes Death Sentences in Bangladesh

The United Nations human rights office expressed Friday concern about the latest death sentences handed down against two leaders of an opposition party by the Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal. The UN agency said the court’s practices have not met international standards of fair trial and due process. Since its inception in 2010, the tribunal has [...]

Death Penalty: Amnesty Reports Alarming Surge in Executions

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Death Penalty: Amnesty Reports Alarming Surge in Executions

Human rights organization Amnesty International reports that a dramatic global rise in the number of executions recorded in 2015 saw more people put to death than at any point in the last quarter-century. The surge was largely fuelled by Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, Amnesty found in its review of the global use of the [...]

Azerbaijan Releases Human Rights Lawyer Intigam Aliyev

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Azerbaijan Releases Human Rights Lawyer Intigam Aliyev

The Azerbaijani authorities today released prominent human rights lawyer Intigam Aliyev in what Amnesty International billed an overdue step towards righting the injustice against him and all remaining prisoners of conscience. Intigam Aliyev, head of the NGO Legal Education Society and a vocal government critic, was arrested in August 2014. In April 2015, according to [...]

JNU Students Approach Human Rights Commission

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JNU Students Approach Human Rights Commission

Student leaders have written a letter to the National Human Rights Commission, which many believe is a toothless department that cannot challenge government decisions. By Rakesh Raman As the ongoing melee between the Narendra Modi-led BJP government and the student groups in India has reached a point of no return, the Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ [...]

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