22 April 2016

Mauritanian appeals court upholds death sentence for blogger

22 April 2016

On 21 April, the appeal court in Nouadhibou upheld the death sentence for Mauritanian blogger and freelance journalist Mohamed Mkhaïtir.

21 April 2016

UN refugee agency says up to 500 lives lost after boat sinks in Mediterranean

21 April 2016

On 20 April, the United Nations refugee agency said that as many as 500 people may have lost their lives this past week when an overcrowded boat carrying refugees and migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea at an unknown location between Libya and Italy.

20 April 2016
Large numbers of immigrant children sent to adults lacking status

Large numbers of immigrant children sent to adults lacking status

20 April 2016

The vast majority of immigrant children who arrive alone at the U.S. borderare placed by the government with adults who are in the country illegally, federal data reviewed by The Associated Press show.

19 April 2016
Afghanistan: children increasingly struggle to access health care and education, UN reports

Afghanistan: children increasingly struggle to access health care and education, UN reports

19 April 2016

Conflict-related violence in Afghanistan has harmed health and education personnel, reduced the availability of health care and limited children’s access to essential health and education services, the United Nations said in a new report released 18 April.

18 April 2016

Ireland a long way from human rights for all, conference hears

18 April 2016

Policies of "destitution by design" are eroding rights of asylum seekers in Ireland and austerity has been imposed with "little respect" for the rights of the poor and marginalised, a leading human rights advocate has said.

15 April 2016

Iran: UN rights chief calls for end to executions for drug offences

15 April 2016

On 14 April, United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein appealed to Iran to halt executions for drug offences until the new Parliament debates a proposed law that would remove the mandatory death penalty for drug crimes.

14 April 2016
Council of Europe adopts guidelines to protect media freedom and journalists

Council of Europe adopts guidelines to protect media freedom and journalists

14 April 2016

On 13 April, the Council of Europe adopted a set of guidelines aimed to ensure the protection of journalism and in its 47 member states. In a Recommendation, the Committee of Ministers — the organisation’s decision-making body- encouraged states to review their national legislation and practice concerning media freedom to make sure they are in conformity with the European Convention of Human Rights.

12 April 2016
Myanmar: Students’ release must pave way for end to repression

Myanmar: Students’ release must pave way for end to repression

12 April 2016

The release of dozens of student protesters in Myanmar is a step forward for human rights that should pave the way for amending or repealing all laws that fuel arbitrary arrests, Amnesty International said.

11 April 2016

HRW: Ensure Independence of the Bar in Malaysia

11 April 2016

The Malaysian government should reject a proposal made during parliamentary debates that the attorney general head the independent Bar Council, Human Rights Watch said today. Such an action would give the government effective control over an institution that has long been an outspoken defender of human rights and the rule of law, and would threaten the independence of the country’s legal profession.

08 April 2016
Ireland: First human rights charter for people with dementia drawn up

Ireland: First human rights charter for people with dementia drawn up

08 April 2016

The charter was drawn up by the Alzheimer Society of Ireland and the Irish Dementia Working Group, a national advocacy group facilitated by the society.