08 August 2016

Amnesty International: Thailand referendum marred by human rights violations

08 August 2016

Thailand’s referendum on a draft constitution that took place on 7 August against a backdrop of pervasive human rights violations that have created a chilling climate, Amnesty International said today.

05 August 2016

Iran: Hanging of teenager shows authorities’ brazen disregard for international law

05 August 2016

On 4 August Amnesty International has revealed that a teenager was executed in Iran after being convicted of “lavat-e be onf” (forced male to male intercourse), the first confirmed execution of a juvenile offender in the country this year.

04 August 2016

South Sudan: UN humanitarian chief calls for end to attacks against civilians, aid workers

04 August 2016

On 3 August, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien concluded his three-day mission to crisis-torn South Sudan, voicing serious concern at the humanitarian situation in the country and in particular the violence against civilians, as well as attacks against aid workers, which is hampering efforts to respond to the needs of the people affected by the fighting.

03 August 2016

Australia: Appalling abuse, neglect of refugees on Nauru

03 August 2016

Around 1 200 men, women, and children who sought refuge in Australia and were forcibly transferred to the remote Pacific island nation of Nauru suffer severe abuse, inhumane treatment, and neglect, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today.

02 August 2016

UN rights chief expresses concern about Iraq's fast-tracking of executions

02 August 2016

On 1 August, the United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein expressed serious concern that Iraq has created a committee to accelerate implementation of death sentences.

01 August 2016
India: Dalit couple hacked to death over minuscule debt

India: Dalit couple hacked to death over minuscule debt

01 August 2016

A man from India's Dalit community has been beheaded and his wife hacked to death after a row over a 15 rupees (22 cents; 16 pence) debt in Uttar Pradesh state.

29 July 2016
National minorities: Council of Europe body calls on Italy to better protect Roma, Sinti and Camminanti

National minorities: Council of Europe body calls on Italy to better protect Roma, Sinti and Camminanti

29 July 2016

On 28 July, the Council of Europe Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) has called on Italy to take urgent steps to elaborate and adopt a specific national legislative framework for the protection of Roma, Sinti and Camminanti communities.

28 July 2016

Indonesia: UN rights chief urges region's 'most prolific executioner' to end practice

28 July 2016

On 27 July, the United Nations human rights chief expressed alarm at reports that up to 14 people face imminent execution in Indonesia, most of them for drug-related offences, calling on the authorities of “the most prolific executioner” in Southeast Asia to immediately reinstate a moratorium on the death penalty.

27 July 2016
OSCE Office in Tajikistan organises first regional forum for promoting women’s political participation in Khujand

OSCE Office in Tajikistan organises first regional forum for promoting women’s political participation in Khujand

27 July 2016

On 24 July, the OSCE Office in Tajikistan organised the first regional forum for promoting women’s political participation in Khujand, with the aim of increasing community outreach, engaging women leaders in the region and supporting women’s empowerment in political and public life.

Hong Kong journalists jailed in China for 'illegal business'

27 July 2016

Two journalists who worked on political magazines in Hong Kong have been jailed in mainland China for running an illegal business.