09 November 2015

Bangladesh: UN rights chief calls for protection of writers, publishers threatened by extremists

09 November 2015

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."

06 November 2015
Ireland signs Istanbul Convention

Ireland signs Istanbul Convention

06 November 2015

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.

05 November 2015

Radio reporter murdered in the Philippines

05 November 2015

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.

03 November 2015

Leading Iranian journalist arrested again

03 November 2015

Reporters Without Borders condemns arrest of Issa Saharkhiz, a  well-known  independent journalist and former editor of several reformist newspapers. 

02 November 2015

Bangladesh: horrific pattern of violence against freedom of expression

02 November 2015

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.

30 October 2015
No sign of winter respite amid slow start to refugee relocations

No sign of winter respite amid slow start to refugee relocations

30 October 2015

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.

29 October 2015

Yemen: Bombing of MSF hospital may amount to a war crime

29 October 2015

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.

28 October 2015
UN human rights office concerned about sexual assault allegations by asylum-seekers in Nauru

UN human rights office concerned about sexual assault allegations by asylum-seekers in Nauru

28 October 2015

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.

27 October 2015

Burundi: UN warns of ‘rapidly worsening’ human rights and security situation

27 October 2015

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.

26 October 2015

UN refugee agency appeals for protection against sexual abuse of women and children

26 October 2015

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.