Human Rights

Senior UN official highlights counter-narcotics efforts on visit to Iran

Seized opium

OSCE media freedom representative calls on governments to recognize access to the Internet as a human right

Dunja Mijatović, the OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, called on governments to treat Internet access as a human right that should be enshrined in their constitutions, in testimony today at the U.S. Helsinki Commission.

LEBANON: "Acute social marginalization" of Dom community

Children from the Dom community are vulnerable to violence, chronic malnutrition, child marriage, dangerous working conditions and exploitation


These Somali refugees in northeastern Kenya are among those affected by the crisis

Real Estate Agent, Loan Officer Among Five Defendants to Plead Guilty to $11 Million Mortgage Fraud

Beth Phillips, United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri, announced that a former real estate agent and a former loan officer are among five co-defendants who have pleaded guilty in federal court to their roles in an $11 million mortgage fraud scheme that involved upscale homes in Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Liberty, Parkville, and elsewhere.

St. Clair County Man Pleads Guilty to Mailing Series of Hoax Anthrax Letters

BIRMINGHAM—A St. Clair County man pleaded guilty today in federal court to mailing a series of hoax anthrax letters in Alabama in March and April last year, announced U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance.

Security Council calls for parties that attack schools and hospitals to be held accountable

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon addresses Security Council meeting on Children and Armed Conflict

YEMEN: TV appearance sparks fresh wave of violence

President Saleh’s loyalists driving to a rally recently at Sabeen Square in the capital, Sanaa

MYANMAR: Military porters "worked to death"

A porter with soldiers in Karen State

Toms River, New Jersey Man Admits Posing as a Doctor, Treating Elderly Patients in Medicare Fraud Scheme

A Toms River, N.J., man today admitted to unlawfully treating patients, prescribing medicine, and ordering procedures while posing as a licensed physician with an Ocean County, N.J., medical practice, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced. Patrick Lynch, 54, pleaded guilty in connection with the scheme he orchestrated through Toms River-based Visiting Doctors of New Jersey, in which he conducted hundreds of visits with elderly, home-bound patients and billed them to Medicare.