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Yemen: 200 Civilians Died in a Week

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Yemen: 200 Civilians Died in a Week

Nearly 200 civilians have died in Yemen in the past week, as the country has seen its deadliest period of fighting since violence broke out on 26 March this year, according to figures released Tuesday by the United Nations human rights office. In the six days from 4 May to 10 May, the Office of [...]

Nepal Earthquake to Increase Risk of Trafficking

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Nepal Earthquake to Increase Risk of Trafficking

In the wake of the catastrophic earthquake that struck Nepal on Saturday, April 25, International Justice Mission’s (IJM) staff in Kolkata warns of the potential for increased vulnerability to human trafficking due to a lack of security and resources like food, water, and shelter. “Many people are now homeless, and girls will be lured to [...]

Communal Violence Increasing in India: US Report

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Communal Violence Increasing in India: US Report

By Rakesh Raman The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) has released its 2015 Annual Report, which has documented religious freedom violations in 33 countries. The report has kept India in a list of 10 countries where increased U.S. government attention is required to check the growing incidents of communal violence and human rights [...]

Islamic State Executed 2154 People in Syria

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Islamic State Executed 2154 People in Syria

By Rakesh Raman The terrorist organization Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has executed 2,154 people since the declaration of its so-called “Caliphate.” Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR), a human rights group that reports on the conflict in Syria, said today it has documented ISIS executions in Syria during the 10-month period since [...]

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 [...]

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