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Maldives Urged to Release Imprisoned Former President

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Maldives Urged to Release Imprisoned Former President

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has expressed deep concern that Government of the Maldives after former President Mohammad Nasheed was once again sent to prison, calling the move a “serious set-back” for the country. “We had been encouraged by the Government’s earlier decision to move Mr. Nasheed to [...]

Will the New Anti-Slavery Law Work in Mauritania?

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Will the New Anti-Slavery Law Work in Mauritania?

While applauding the adoption of a new anti-slavery law in Mauritania that doubles, from 10 to 20 years, the maximum prison sentence for slavery crimes and creates special prosecution tribunals for slavery-like practices, a United Nations expert has cautioned that “this welcome development needs to be followed by its full implementation.” Special Rapporteur Urmila Bhoola, [...]

Will Iran Make a Nuclear Weapon?

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Will Iran Make a Nuclear Weapon?

Citizens for a Nuclear Free Iran (CNFI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapons capability, has launched a new national television advertisement to share growing opposition to the recently announced Iran agreement. The ad features Ahmad Batebi, an Iranian human rights activist, describing the torture he was subjected to by [...]

Sexual Abuse by UN Peacekeepers: Ban Vows Action

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Sexual Abuse by UN Peacekeepers: Ban Vows Action

Vowing “decisive action” on reports of sexual exploitation committed by United Nations (UN) peacekeepers deployed to the Central African Republic (CAR), Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced Wednesday that he has accepted the resignation of the head of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country, scheduled a special session of the Security Council on the matter, and [...]

Russia’s Crackdown on Salafi Muslims in Dagestan

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Russia’s Crackdown on Salafi Muslims in Dagestan

The government’s response to a decade-long insurgency in Dagestan, a southern Russian republic, has been marked by serious human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released Thursday. Insurgents also have attacked civilians. The 97-page report, “‘Invisible War’: Russia’s Abusive Response to the Dagestan Insurgency,” and an accompanying video document human rights violations [...]

UN Demands Death Penalty Moratorium in Pakistan

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UN Demands Death Penalty Moratorium in Pakistan

The top United Nations (UN) human rights official has urged the Government of Pakistan to reinstate its moratorium on the death penalty amid a sharp uptick in the number of executions in the country, the Organization’s human rights office reported. The Asian country cancelled its moratorium on the death penalty in the aftermath of the [...]

320,000 People Killed in Syrian Conflict

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320,000 People Killed in Syrian Conflict

Humanitarian organization Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) has documented death of 230,618 persons since March 18, 2011 – which witnessed the fall of the first martyr in Daraa – until June 8, 2015. The casualties, according to SOHR, are as follows: Civilians: 108,086 civilians, including 11,493 children and 7371 women Rebel and Islamic fighters: [...]

Thailand Urged to Drop Charges Against Student Activists

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Thailand Urged to Drop Charges Against Student Activists

Thai authorities should immediately drop criminal charges against 11 student activists who peacefully expressed opposition to military rule, Human Rights Watch said today. On May 22, 2015, Thai authorities arrested more than 40 activists in Bangkok and other provinces who were holding peaceful rallies to mark the first anniversary of the coup by the National [...]

Violence in Burundi Expected: UN Warns

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Violence in Burundi Expected: UN Warns

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon remains concerned about the potential for escalating violence in Burundi and has reiterated his call for calm and restraint amid the African country’s simmering political tensions. In a statement issued Thursday by his spokesperson, the United Nations chief urged the Burundian authorities “to abide by their international commitments with respect [...]

U.S. Congress Warns India About Surat Singh Khalsa

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U.S. Congress Warns India About Surat Singh Khalsa

By Rakesh Raman Six California congressional representatives issued a letter to United States Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday asking him to take up the cause of Surat Singh Khalsa, a U.S permanent resident on a hunger-strike in Punjab, India since January 16. “We are seriously concerned about the repressive actions that have been [...]

Will the New FIFA President End Abuses?

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Will the New FIFA President End Abuses?

The next president of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) – world football’s governing body – should ensure that future host countries of the World Cup are required to comply with fundamental human rights norms, says Human Rights Watch. The FIFA presidential election will be held in Zurich today, May 29, 2015. The FIFA presidential [...]

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 [...]

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