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.

23 October 2015
Congress adopts declaration on reception of refugees in Europe

Congress adopts declaration on reception of refugees in Europe

23 October 2015

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.

22 October 2015

RSF condemns Croatian police violence against foreign journalists

22 October 2015

RSF condemns Croatian police violence against foreign journalists, said Alexandra Geneste, the head of the Reporters Without Borders EU/Balkans desk in Brussels.

21 October 2015

Saudi Arabia: Prisoner of conscience latest to be convicted in 'counter-terror purge' of human rights NGO

21 October 2015

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.

20 October 2015
UN chief concerned by rising number of executions in Iran

UN chief concerned by rising number of executions in Iran

20 October 2015

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.