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Human Rights

Afghan civilian death toll jumps 31 per cent due to insurgent attacks – UN

A rise in insurgent attacks has led to a 31 per cent increase in the number of civilians killed in Afghanistan in the first six months of 2010 compared with the same period in 2009, the United Nations said in a new report released today.

DRC: Humans versus animals in a conflict zone

On a Friday in Goma central prison in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, 25 dirty, barefoot men accused of illegal fishing in Lake Edward are gathered before three judges, who come once a week to hear cases against those locked up in a building...

Save the Children Increases Efforts to Reach Families Stranded in Pakistan

Save the Children deployed its rapid response team to the worst-affected and hardest to reach communities in Pakistan's Swat Valley, where record-breaking monsoon rains have triggered deadly floods and mudslides. The team had to navigate the rushing...

UN envoy deplores takeover of Palestinian homes by Israeli settlers

The United Nations Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process has deplored today’s forcible takeover by armed Israeli settlers of a building in Jerusalem’s Old City that housed nine Palestinian families, and called on the Government to take...

General Assembly declares access to clean water and sanitation is a human right

Safe and clean drinking water and sanitation is a human right essential to the full enjoyment of life and all other human rights, the General Assembly declared today, voicing deep concern that almost 900 million people worldwide do not have access to...

INDIA: Ignorance and pretence underscored in the new law

Over the past two years, India has been attempting to address problems adversely affecting its law enforcement agencies. These efforts, all of them initiated by the government, unfortunately are not capable of tackling the central issue concerning law...

AFRICA: Political will can solve malnutrition

"Children don't vote," said Dr Robert Mwadime, of Uganda Action for Nutrition, at a session on the subject before the three-day African Union (AU) meeting opened in Kampala, Uganda. This means that political leaders in Africa often pay scant attention...

UN: Strengthen Civilian Protection in Darfur

Intensified fighting between the Sudanese government and rebel forces in 2010 has caused many hundreds of deaths and mass displacements in Darfur and should prompt the United Nations to ensure that international peacekeepers strengthen protection for...

PAKISTAN: An ISI torture victim may commit suicide if not rehabilitated and his family may join

Mr. Mohammad Iqbal Awan, who was kept in an army torture cell by Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) officials for five years, announced that he will commit suicide along with his wife and child on August 14, on Independence Day of Pakistan, if the...

Death penalty to be debated in China

China is about to debate a draft amendment to the criminal law.

Next month, the country's highest law-making body will decide whether to cut the number of crimes which attract the death penalty.