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"I have received the good news that 148 persons have been released today in Azerbaijan, including Anar Mammadli, winner of the Vaclav Havel Prize, along with political activists, journalists and human rights defenders," said Pedro Agramunt, President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE).
On 16 March, a notable Soviet dissident, political prisoner and a leader of the Soviet human rights movement, Alexander Esenin-Volpin , died in his 92nd year.
In Honduras, human rights activists protest against murder of a famous activist, Nelson Garcia. The demonstrators took to the streets in Tegucigalpa with claims to conduct an investigation, says BBC.
On 15 March, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged evryone to improve the health and well-being of women, children and adolescents and urged everyone to join the Every Woman Every Child movement for "greater health, equality and prosperity" around the world.
Sixty million of the world’s 67 million domestic workers — 80 per cent of whom are women — lack access to any kind of social security coverage, according to a new report prepared by the United Nations International Labour Organization (ILO).
Almost 16 million girls between the ages six and 11 will never get the chance to learn to read or write in primary school compared to about eight million boys if current trends continue, according to a new report from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics (UIS).
Speaking at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland has called for collective action on migration guided by common European standards.
Women and girls need to be at the core of disaster risk reduction, given that they often bear the brunt of climate change and hazards such as storms and floods, United Nations experts tasked with monitoring implementation of a landmark UN convention on ending discrimination against women heard yesterday.
The Tajik government is arresting, imprisoning, and torturing members of the country’s peaceful political opposition, Human Rights Watch and the Norwegian Helsinki Committee said. The government is also targeting perceived critics abroad, seeking their detention and extradition back to Tajikistan, and has forcibly disappeared critics abroad only to have them reappear in Tajik custody.
On 25 February, during the presentation of the report concerning the situation in Libya UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein called on the Libyan authorities to put an end to the impunity in the country and to reform the justice sector. Human rights violations such as unlawful killings and indiscriminate attacks on highly populated residential areas have been widespread in Libya.