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Azerbaijan Urged to Release Activists and Journalists

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Azerbaijan Urged to Release Activists and Journalists

Azerbaijan’s international partners should insist on the release of wrongfully detained and imprisoned critics as the country prepares to host the first European Games, Human Rights Watch said today. The humanitarian organization also released a new video featuring prominent activists and journalists detained in the months leading up to the games. Azerbaijan will host the [...]

Victims Reveal Stories of Rapes by ISIS

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Victims Reveal Stories of Rapes by ISIS

The extremist group Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has carried out systematic rape and other sexual violence against Yezidi women and girls in northern Iraq, Human Rights Watch (HRW) reported today. HRW conducted research in the town of Dohuk in January and February 2015, including interviewing 20 women and girls who escaped from [...]

Future of Crime: Attack of the Killer Robots

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Future of Crime: Attack of the Killer Robots

Although they do not exist yet, the rapid movement of technology in that direction has attracted international attention and concern toward “killer robots.” Programmers, manufacturers, and military personnel could all escape liability for unlawful deaths and injuries caused by fully autonomous weapons, or “killer robots,” humanitarian organization Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report [...]

Civilians Killed in the Yemen Fighting

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Civilians Killed in the Yemen Fighting

United Nations (UN) officials expressed their deep concern on Tuesday about the fast deteriorating situation in Yemen, where dozens of civilians have been killed in fighting in recent days. “The situation in Yemen is extremely alarming, with dozens of civilians killed over the past four days,” said Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, the UN High Commissioner [...]

Illegal Arrests Alleged Over Statute of Unity

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Illegal Arrests Alleged Over Statute of Unity

Humanitarian organization National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM) has reported illegal arrests and harassment of women and children in Kevadia Village of Narmada District in Gujarat. In a statement issued Sunday, NAPM alleged that shocking incidents of intimidation, harassment and property damage took place Saturday, 28th March 2015, in the village at the behest of [...]

UN Report Indicates ISIS Committed Genocide in Iraq

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UN Report Indicates ISIS Committed Genocide in Iraq

A report released Thursday by the United Nations human rights office says that the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS) may have committed genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity in its attacks against ethnic and religious groups in Iraq. Compiled by investigators sent to the region last year by the [...]

Rape of Nun: Rights Commission Seeks Report

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Rape of Nun: Rights Commission Seeks Report

The National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) in India has issued notices on Wednesday to the Chief Secretary and Director General of Police, West Bengal in a gang rape case. According to NHRC, a 71 year old nun was raped by a gang of seven dacoits inside a Convent in Gangnapur village of Nadia district in [...]

Cluster Bombs Used in Libya: Reports

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Cluster Bombs Used in Libya: Reports

Even as the United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) is making efforts to put an end to the crisis in the North African nation, new reports surface about the use of lethal cluster bombs in Libya. Human Rights Watch (HRW) reports that remnants of RBK-250 PTAB 2.5M cluster bombs, which are banned, were found [...]

Boris Nemtsov’s Murder: Suspect ‘Tortured’ for Confession

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Boris Nemtsov’s Murder: Suspect ‘Tortured’ for Confession

By Rakesh Raman Zaur Dadayev, a prime suspect arrested in connection with the murder of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, has withdrawn his confession. He told two human rights activists – Eva Merkacheva and Andrei Babushkin – on Wednesday that Russian interrogators tortured him to get his confession. Nemtsov, a former Deputy Prime Minister of [...]

Dozens of Prisoners Escape from Islamic State Prison

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Dozens of Prisoners Escape from Islamic State Prison

By Rakesh Raman According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a human rights group that reports on the conflict in Syria, about 95 people escaped from an ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) prison in the city of al-Bab in the northeast of Aleppo, the largest city in Syria. The prisoners include at [...]

Political Consensus Urgent to Protect Human Rights: UN

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Political Consensus Urgent to Protect Human Rights: UN

The United Nations (UN) has the mandates and tools it needs to prevent human rights violations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told delegations gathered in Geneva Monday for the opening of the current session of the world body’s Human Rights Council. He warned that the biggest challenge to using these tools is lack of political consensus among [...]

ISIS Releases 19 Assyrian Hostages Under Court Order

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ISIS Releases 19 Assyrian Hostages Under Court Order

A Sharia Court of Islamic State (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, ISIS) had ordered for the release of 29 Assyrian Christians kidnapped by ISIS during the past few days. According to Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a human rights group that reports on the conflict in Syria, the Sharia Court in the countryside [...]

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