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In the wake of recent violence against publishers, writers, bloggers and civil society groups by extremists in Bangladesh, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights today condemned the acts and urged the Government to take "urgent, concerted measures to ensure the protection of all those who are being threatened by extremists operating in the country."
Ireland is the 39th country to sign the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, also known as the Istanbul Convention.
The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the killing of Jose Bernardo, a radio reporter who was shot and killed on Saturday in the capital of the Philippines, according to news reports. Authorities must impartially investigate the murder and bring the perpetrators swiftly to justice, CPJ said today.
Reporters Without Borders condemns arrest of Issa Saharkhiz, a well-known independent journalist and former editor of several reformist newspapers.
The brutal attacks against two publishers of secular writers, including the slain blogger Avijit Roy, and their colleagues in Bangladesh is further chilling evidence of the horrific pattern of violence against people exercising their freedom of expression in the country.
The European Union said it has resettled just 86 refugees out of its pledge of 160,000, as the number of migrants forging through Europe from war-torn Syria shows no sign of letting up despite the approach of winter.
The apparently deliberate targeting and destruction of a hospital supported by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) in northern Yemen, which may amount to a war crime, demands an urgent, independent and thorough investigation, Amnesty International said today.
Underscoring the "fragile mental and physical condition" of ‘Abyan’ (the pseudonym for a Somalian refugee), who was allegedly raped in Nauru in July and was returned by Australia, the United Nations human rights office called upon both countries to urgently provide decent mental and physical care for her, including provisions to terminate her pregnancy, if she desires.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) expressed its concern over the "rapidly worsening" security and human rights situation in Burundi, where at least 198 people have been killed since April, including the execution of at least nine civilians.
The United Nations refugee agency today expressed concern over the reported abuse of refugee and migrant women and children on the move in Europe, including "instances of children engaging in survival sex to pay smugglers to continue their journey," appealing to all concerned to take measures to ensure their protection.