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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.
The States of Europe must assume shared responsibility for accommodating refugees on their territory in line with the applicable right to asylum and human dignity. That was the message from the members of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe in a declaration adopted on 21 October 2015 in Strasbourg, France.
RSF condemns Croatian police violence against foreign journalists, said Alexandra Geneste, the head of the Reporters Without Borders EU/Balkans desk in Brussels.
Saudi Arabia: Prisoner of conscience latest to be convicted in 'counter-terror purge' of human rights NGO
The Saudi Arabian authorities continued their cynical use of a repressive and overly vague counter-terrorism law to purge the Kingdom’s small and embattled civil society by convicting the human rights defender Abdulkareem al-Khoder and imprisoning him for 10 years, Amnesty International said.
Expressing his «deep sadness» at the recent execution by Iran of two juvenile offenders, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon noted with concern the alarming increase in executions in the country over the last decade.