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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’ [...]

Are People with Albinism Humans or Ghosts?

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Are People with Albinism Humans or Ghosts?

People with albinism are being hunted for witchcraft rituals, their body parts hacked off with machetes, and even having their graves desecrated, a United Nations expert warned Tuesday in her first report to the UN Human Rights Council. “Dangerous myths feed these attacks on innocent people: many erroneously believe people with albinism are not human [...]

Amnesty Seeks Human Rights Access in Morocco

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Amnesty Seeks Human Rights Access in Morocco

Salil Shetty, the Secretary General of Amnesty International, is visiting Rabat on 17-18 March to meet Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane and other government officials. The meeting is supposed to obtain guarantees that Amnesty will be granted access to conduct fact-finding missions to Morocco and Western Sahara. Amnesty says it has been unable to conduct human [...]

Human Rights Defenders Attacked in Russia

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Human Rights Defenders Attacked in Russia

The violent assault on human rights defenders (HRDs) and journalists in the Russian Republic of Ingushetia is further evidence of the authorities’ abject failure to protect those who work to safeguard human rights, Amnesty International said Thursday. Human rights defenders from the Joint Mobile Group (JMG) in the Russian North Caucasus, along with journalists from [...]

China Urged to Reform Rights-Abusing Laws

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China Urged to Reform Rights-Abusing Laws

China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) should reject or revise laws that undermine domestic and international human rights protections, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to NPC Chairman Zhang Dejiang. The NPC, the highest organ of state power in China, begins its annual meeting in Beijing on Saturday. “Since Xi Jinping became president, the Chinese [...]

Turkey Government Steamrolls Press Freedom: Amnesty

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Turkey Government Steamrolls Press Freedom: Amnesty

The government takeover of Zaman newspaper is the latest deeply troubling episode in the Turkish authorities’ ongoing onslaught on dissenting media, Amnesty International said Friday. According to the state news agency Anadolu, at the request of the Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office, a court appointed trustees to take over the newspaper’s management. “By lashing out [...]

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