12 May 2016
Council of Europe: Report on refugees’ situation in Greece and «the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia»

Council of Europe: Report on refugees’ situation in Greece and «the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia»

12 May 2016

A new report addressing the situation of refugees and migrants in Greece and «the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia» was published on 11 May by Special Representative on Migration and Refugees of the Council of Europe’s Secretary General Tomáš Boček.

11 May 2016

French trade unions to conduct strikes against labour reform

11 May 2016

French trade unions decided to conduct mass strikes and protest meetings against labour reform on 17 and 19 May. They called the draft law which eases conditions for laying off workers, reducing wages, and increasing the 35-hour week, «historic throw-back» and called on the French authorities to refuse the controversial reform.

10 May 2016
One of indigenous languages disappears every two weeks

One of indigenous languages disappears every two weeks

10 May 2016

On 9 May, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon via video message announced the launch of the Permanent Forum’s 15th session on Indigenous Issues in New York. Disappearing of indigenous language will be one of the topics discussed.

06 May 2016
United Nations humanitarian coordinators called on to stop widespread conflict and humanitarian crises in the Middle East and North Africa

United Nations humanitarian coordinators called on to stop widespread conflict and humanitarian crises in the Middle East and North Africa

06 May 2016

As world leaders prepare to gather for a first World Humanitarian Summit in Turkey later this month, the United Nations humanitarian coordinators for the Middle East and North Africa today called on the international community to assume its responsibility in finding solutions to end the widespread conflict and humanitarian crises in the region.

05 May 2016
UNICEF: 75 million children in desperate need of education support

UNICEF: 75 million children in desperate need of education support

05 May 2016

Some 75 million school-age children in crisis areas around the world are in desperate need of educational support, according to a new report by UNICEF which comes ahead of the World Humanitarian Summit in Istanbul on 23 and 24 May.

04 May 2016

Security Council demands protection for hospitals and health workers in conflict zones

04 May 2016

3 May 2016 – With increasing wartime assaults on and patterns of systematic destruction of health facilities in countries affected by conflict, the United Nations Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution today to strengthen protection for health care workers, the sick and wounded, hospitals and clinics, in war zones.

29 April 2016

China: Scrap Foreign NGO law aimed at choking civil society

29 April 2016

China’s National People’s Congress adopted on 28 April a fundamentally flawed law governing Foreign NGOs and their domestic partners. The new law will have severe consequences for freedom of expression, peaceful assembly and association, which are already sharply curtailed under existing laws and policies.

28 April 2016
Biomedicine: co-operation, education and training are essential to ensure better protection of human rights

Biomedicine: co-operation, education and training are essential to ensure better protection of human rights

28 April 2016

At an international conference organized by the Council of Europe and the Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation, ethical, legal and health professionals, together with representatives of relevant authorities, agreed on the need for more experience-sharing, co-operation and public dialogue to ensure better protection of human rights in the biomedical field. The conference was part of the celebrations of the 20th anniversary of Russia’s membership of the Council of Europe.

27 April 2016
Australia's refugee camp in Papua New Guinea to close

Australia's refugee camp in Papua New Guinea to close

27 April 2016

The fate of hundreds of asylum seekers being held in a detention center in Papua New Guinea was in limbo on Wednesday as the country’s prime minister announced the facility would close in response to a court ruling that Australia’s detention of the men on the island nation is illegal.

26 April 2016

UN: Equality and justice ‘not luxuries’ but crucial foundations of Iraq’s stability

26 April 2016

On 25 April, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore said that Iraq’s development plan must be based on equality, the rule of law and a vision that has earned the confidence of all the country’s diverse communities.