21 December 2015

2015 likely to break records for forced displacement - study

21 December 2015

With almost a million people having crossed the Mediterranean as refugees and migrants so far this year, and conflicts in Syria and elsewhere continuing to generate staggering levels of human suffering, 2015 is likely to exceed all previous records for global forced displacement, the UN Refugee Agency warned in a new report.

18 December 2015
Finland: New draft law continues to violate rights of Sami people

Finland: New draft law continues to violate rights of Sami people

18 December 2015

On 17 December, the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples Victoria Tauli-Corpuz expressed deep concern regarding the reduced protections to the Sami indigenous people in the current draft law on the Finnish Forest and Parks Service (Metsähallitus).

17 December 2015

Cambodia: Draft law on trade unions should be revised

17 December 2015

On 17 December, Human Rights Watch called on Cambodian authorities to revise the draft law on trade unions, submitted to the National Assembly of Cambodia. The draft provides no protections to Cambodia’s domestic workers, who face abuse at work.

16 December 2015

Influx of migrants and acts of terrorism: EU to toughen border controls

16 December 2015

On 15 December, European Commission Vice President Frans Timmerman said that member states of the European Union have to improve their external border management. According to him, external border controls are essential for the security of the EU states.

15 December 2015

Thailand: activist deprived of necessary medical treatment

15 December 2015

On 15 December, Human Rights Watch called on Thailand authorities to provide necessary medical treatment to Thanet Anatavong who was arrested in his sickbed and has been held in military custody since 13 December.

14 December 2015

Famous Chinese human rights activist and lawyer faces up to twenty years in prison

14 December 2015

Human rights activist and lawyer Pu Zhiqiang was put on trial in Beijing. He has been under arrest for more than year and a half.

09 December 2015

Protection of children from sexual violence

09 December 2015

On 7 December, the first report on how European states are protecting children against sexual abuse in the circle of trust was published. New report on sexual abuse of children recommends covering all perpetrators by law and improving data collection.

07 December 2015

Yemen: Staff of the International Committee of the Red Cross still held captive

07 December 2015

On 1 December, in Sanaa, gunmen abducted two staff members of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) which provides assistance to citizens affected by the local armed conflict.

03 December 2015

Human Rights Watch: Journalist unlawfully arrested in Egypt

03 December 2015

On 1 December, Human Rights Watch reported that journalist Ismail  al-Iskandrani  who had reported on Islamist movements and developments in the Sinai Peninsula was unlawfully arrested in Egypt.

01 December 2015

Hungary’s response to refugee challenge falls short on human rights

01 December 2015

In 2015, Hungary has been confronted with an unprecedented task in the field of migration. 400,000 people arrived at its borders in search of international protection.