24 June 2016

Secretary-General urges states to stand by victims of torture

24 June 2016
The United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment came into effect on 26 June 1987. "The law is crystal clear: torture can never be used at any time or under any circumstances, including during conflict or when national security is under threat.  On…
23 June 2016
Global Witness: rising murder count of environmental activists

Global Witness: rising murder count of environmental activists

23 June 2016

International  non-governmental  organization Global Witness is disturbed by frequent killings of environmental activists. The organization’s new report documents 185 known deaths worldwide last year — by far the highest annual death toll on record and a 59% increase from 2014. Severe limits on information mean the true numbers are undoubtedly higher.

22 June 2016

AI: counter-terrorism bill would give Polish security service unchecked power

22 June 2016
A counter-terrorism bill set for final adoption by the Upper House of the parliament (Senat) last week in Poland consolidates sweeping powers, including enhanced surveillance capacity, in the hands of the Internal Security Agency (ISA), with no independent oversight mechanism to prevent abuse and ensure proper accountability. The bill risks violating the rights to liberty, privacy, expression, association, peaceful…
21 June 2016
Benoîte Groult, French feminist and writer, dies at 96

Benoîte Groult, French feminist and writer, dies at 96

21 June 2016
Benoîte Groult, who became a leading French feminist and writer in the second half of her life, drawing wide attention with a sexually daring novel that explored an unlikely love affair between a Parisian intellectual and an uneducated Breton fisherman, died on Monday in Hyères, in southeastern France. She was 96. Ms. Groult published more than 20 novels as well as many essays…
20 June 2016

UN member states mark World Refugee Day

20 June 2016

On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee.

16 June 2016

Council of Europe: Erosion of rule of law threatens human rights protection in Poland

16 June 2016

On 15 June, Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, said that erosion of rule of law threatens human rights protection in Poland. He made this statement during a press conference in Warsaw in which he presented a report based on his visit to Poland carried out last February.

15 June 2016
UN rights chief urges US to consider robust gun control

UN rights chief urges US to consider robust gun control

15 June 2016

On 14 June, the United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein urged the leadership of the United States to consider robust gun control in the wake of the mass killing in Florida.

14 June 2016

UN Human Rights Council opened thirty-second session

14 June 2016

On 13 June, the Human Rights Council opened its thirty-second regular session, hearing an address by United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in which he updated the Council on the activities of his Office.

10 June 2016

Council of Europe: When politics stall, the European Convention on Human Rights moves us forward

10 June 2016

Vienna, 9 June 2016 — Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, in his address to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna, highlighted the value of the Human Rights Convention and called on the 57 OSCE participating States to "put these shared standards and common laws at the heart of our approach to stability in Europe and beyond."

09 June 2016
Australia: New detention laws labelled 'disgraceful' attack on human rights

Australia: New detention laws labelled 'disgraceful' attack on human rights

09 June 2016

Lawyers have hit out at new laws allowing prosecutors to keep Canberrans in jail for three business days even after a court has granted them bail. The new laws have been described as a "disgraceful" attack on human rights, and an unnecessary and "draconian" reform, The Canberra Times reported on 9 June.