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Will China Release Uighur Professor Ilham Tohti?

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Will China Release Uighur Professor Ilham Tohti?

According to human rights organization Amnesty International, 400 academics from across the world have called on China’s President Xi Jinping to immediately release Uighur Professor Ilham Tohti, on the second anniversary of the day he was taken into custody by authorities. In an open letter dated January 15 to President Xi, scholars from academic institutions [...]

US Urged to Close Guantánamo Detention Centre

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US Urged to Close Guantánamo Detention Centre

Human rights experts from the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) have called on the United States Government to promptly close the Guantánamo Bay detention facility and end impunity for abuses in the so-called ‘global war on terror’ such as ‘enhanced interrogation techniques’ and extraordinary rendition. “The United States [...]

Saudi Arabia Put 157 People to Death in 2015

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Saudi Arabia Put 157 People to Death in 2015

Top United Nations (UN) officials have expressed dismay over Saturday’s executions by Saudi Arabia of 47 people, including the cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, and called on the country’s authorities to commute all death sentences. “Sheik al-Nimr and a number of the other prisoners executed had been convicted following trials that raised serious concerns over [...]

Shia Cleric Among 47 Executed by Saudi Arabia

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Shia Cleric Among 47 Executed by Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia’s authorities have demonstrated their utter disregard for human rights and life by executing 47 people in a single day, said Amnesty International. Those put to death Saturday included Shi’a Muslim cleric Sheikh Nimr Baqir al-Nimr, who, according to Amnesty, was convicted after a “political and grossly unfair trial” at the Specialized Criminal Court [...]

Sexual Abuse by Terror Groups: Security Council Urges Action

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Sexual Abuse by Terror Groups: Security Council Urges Action

The Security Council called on all United Nations Member States Wednesday to do everything in their power to combat human trafficking, especially for sexual purposes. It cited the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), and Boko Haram as prime perpetrators. “The Security Council notes the particular [...]

Journalists Covering Pu Zhiqiang Trial Attacked in China

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Journalists Covering Pu Zhiqiang Trial Attacked in China

The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) has condemned the violence against overseas media by the Chinese authorities in an effort to block reporting of the trial of rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang in Beijing today. According to Human Rights Watch (HRW), Pu is on trial before a Beijing court for alleged crimes of “inciting ethnic [...]

Orange the World to End Violence Against Women

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Orange the World to End Violence Against Women

From parades to soccer matches, school debates, and the lighting up of monuments, a United Nations call to “Orange the World” aims to end violence against women and girls, which according to the UN’s agency for gender equality (UN Women) affects one in three worldwide. “Violence against women and girls remains one of the most [...]

UN Calls for Protection of Writers in Bangladesh

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UN Calls for Protection of Writers in Bangladesh

In the wake of recent violence against publishers, writers, bloggers and civil society groups by extremists in Bangladesh, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned Wednesday the acts and urged the Government to take “urgent, concerted measures to ensure the protection of all those who are being threatened by extremists operating in the [...]

Are Russian Airstrikes Killing Civilians in Syria?

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Are Russian Airstrikes Killing Civilians in Syria?

Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has documented 39891 airstrikes carried out by the regime air force in a year ended Oct. 20, where the airstrikes targeted several villages, towns and cities in 13 provinces. According to SOHR, the regime helicopters dropped 21285 barrel bombs on different areas in the provinces of Rif Dimashq, Aleppo, [...]

Tunisian Quartet Gets Nobel Peace Prize for 2015

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Tunisian Quartet Gets Nobel Peace Prize for 2015

The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided that the Nobel Peace Prize for 2015 is to be awarded to the Tunisian National Dialogue Quartet for its decisive contribution to the building of a pluralistic democracy in Tunisia in the wake of the Jasmine Revolution of 2011. The Quartet was formed in the summer of 2013 when [...]

Appeal to Pakistan to End Death Penalty

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Appeal to Pakistan to End Death Penalty

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts has reiterated their call on Pakistan to reinstate a moratorium on the death penalty and investigate cases where uncertain age determination processes have resulted in children being sentenced to death. “It is particularly appalling that in a country where only one-third of children are registered at [...]

Protest: Release Human Rights Defenders in China

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Protest: Release Human Rights Defenders in China

The Newseum displays a series of banners on the front of its building at Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street that call on the Chinese government to respect basic human rights and release journalists and dissidents currently imprisoned by the government. The Newseum is a public charity funded by individuals, corporations and foundations, including the Freedom [...]

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