Human Rights

Saudi Arabia: New Counterterrorism Law Enables Abuse

Criminalizes Criticisms of King and Crown Prince as Terrorism Offense

Saudi Arabia’s new counterterrorism law includes vague and overly broad definitions of acts of terrorism, in some cases punishable by death, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 23.

UN hails conviction of Mladic, the 'epitome of evil,' a momentous victory for justice

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Ratko Mladic, former commander of the Bosnian Serb Army, at his trial judgement at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.

Syria: In Talks, Focus on Protecting Civilians

Syrians Under Siege, Airstrikes as Leaders Gather in Sochi

Russia, Turkey, and Iran should make protecting civilians a priority when they meet in Sochi, Russia on November 22, 2017, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 22. Recent airstrikes by the Russian-Syrian joint military operation that hit a market and police station in an area of Northern Syria included in a recent safe zone agreement shows the risks facing civilians living in so called “safe zones.” The attacks killed at least 75 civilians, including five children.

Situation on Australian ‘offshore processing’ facility deteriorates by the day – UN refugee official

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Offshore processing centre for asylum seekers on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea.

Greece: As Winter Nears, Asylum Seekers Stuck in Tents on Islands

Groups Press Greek Officials, EU States for Mainland Transfers, Improved Conditions

The Greek government, with the support of EU member states, should act now to end Greece’s “containment policy,” 20 human rights and aid groups said on Nov 22. The policy forces asylum seekers arriving on the Greek islands to remain in overcrowded, unsafe facilities, an urgent concern with winter approaching.

Kenya: Rein in Police, Condemn New Abuses

Investigate All Reported Killings; Hold Killers to Account

Kenyan authorities should condemn recent violence, rein in any police abuses, and investigate scores of killings, most of them by police, during the prolonged electoral period, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 21.

UN chief 'horrified' at buying and selling of African migrants in Libya

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Secretary-General António Guterres speaks to reporters at the Security Council stakeout.

Incendiary Weapons: New Use Shows Need for Stronger Law

Address Loopholes to Prevent Civilian Harm

Countries should respond to reports of new use of incendiary weapons in Syria by working to strengthen the international law governing these exceptionally cruel weapons, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Nov 20.

Afghanistan: ICC Prosecutor Asks to Open Inquiry

Could Bring Victims Long Overdue Path to Justice

The International Criminal Court prosecutor’s request for an investigation in Afghanistan on November 20, 2017, could begin a long overdue path to justice for victims of grave international crimes, Human Rights Watch said on Nov 20, releasing a question and answer document about the situation. A three-member panel of ICC judges will now decide whether it can step in as a court of last resort to address the worst abuses committed in Afghanistan.

'Unity, solidarity and collaboration' can turn tide on terrorism, bolster human rights, says UN chief

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Secretary-General António Guterres delivers lecture at the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London.