Human Rights

State of emergency must be lifted for ‘credible elections’ in Turkey, says UN rights chief

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High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

Belarus’s practice of penalizing journalists without accreditation is detrimental to media freedom, says OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media

OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media, Harlem Désir, expressed his continued disappointment and concern regarding the ongoing practice of imposing penalties on journalists working without accreditation in Belarus, on May 8.

Afghanistan: Insurgent Attacks on Civilians Escalate

Increased insurgent attacks on civilians in Afghanistan have left victims’ families and survivors in dire need of financial, medical, and psychosocial support, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on May 08, 2018. The Afghan government should...

Cambodia: Quash Baseless Convictions Against Opposition

Cambodian authorities should quash the politically motivated “insurrection” convictions against 11 members, supporters, and activists of Cambodia’s now dissolved main opposition party, Human Rights Watch said on May 07, 2018. Cambodia’s Court of...

Saudi Arabia: Thousands Held Arbitrarily

Saudi Arabia is detaining thousands of people for more than six months, in some cases for over a decade, without referring them to courts for criminal proceedings. Saudi Arabia’s attorney general should promptly charge or release all criminal...

‘Standing up for our right to truth,’ UN celebrates press freedom

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Photographer Farzana Wahidy covering a women's empowerment event in Mazar-i-Sharif, in...

Russia: FIFA Should Urge Kremlin to Free Chechen Activist

FIFA should call on the Kremlin to secure the unconditional release of a Chechen human rights defender before the start of the 2018 World Cup championship, Human Rights Watch said on May 03, 2018. The tournament, which Russia is hosting, starts June...

ICC Prosecutor Can Spur National Justice

The prosecutor’s office at the International Criminal Court (ICC) has important leverage to encourage countries to investigate and prosecute grave international crimes, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on May 03, 2018.

Discussion at Europe house: Gender & Brexit

For this year’s annual International Women’s Day event, the European Parliament Liaison Office in the UK, together with GenderFivePlus (G5+) - the first European feminist Think Tank - organised a debate focusing on why women’s voices are important in...

Iran: Assault on Access to Information

The Iranian judiciary’s blocking of the messaging application Telegram is an unjustifiable restriction on freedom of expression and access to information, Human Rights Watch said on May 02, 2018. With more than 40 million users, Telegram had become...