09 January 2017

UK: Murder suspect’s appeal against extradition to US goes to European court

09 January 2017

Ruling in Phillip Harkins case could prevent all similar removals in future to US states with whole life sentences without parole

A Scottish man wanted in Florida for first degree murder is taking his appeal against extradition to the European court of human rights in a long-running case that could prevent all similar removals to the US in future.

28 December 2016
Somalia: UN, global partners ‘gravely concerned’ over changes to electoral process

Somalia: UN, global partners ‘gravely concerned’ over changes to electoral process

28 December 2016

On 27 December 2016, the United Nations and other members of the international community have voiced grave concern over recent decisions by Somalia’s National Leadership Forum (NLF) that contravenes the African country’s constitutional electoral processes.

27 December 2016
Despite frigid weather, Mongolians protest worsening smog

Despite frigid weather, Mongolians protest worsening smog

27 December 2016

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia — Hundreds of Mongolians braved frigid weather Monday to stage a protest in the country’s capital demanding that the government do more to address worsening air pollution that they fear is sickening their children and shortening their lives.

26 December 2016
‘Worst Annual Death Toll Ever’: Mediterranean Claims 5,000 Migrants

‘Worst Annual Death Toll Ever’: Mediterranean Claims 5,000 Migrants

26 December 2016

GENEVA — The number of people who have died trying to reach Europe by crossing the Mediterranean in 2016 is one-third higher than in any other year, the United Nations said on Friday.

23 December 2016
Successful Ebola vaccine will be fast-tracked for use

Successful Ebola vaccine will be fast-tracked for use

23 December 2016

A highly effective vaccine that guards against the deadly Ebola virus could be available by 2018, says the World Health Organization.

22 December 2016
UN says more children and men falling prey to traffickers amid migration crisis

UN says more children and men falling prey to traffickers amid migration crisis

22 December 2016

The number of children and men who fall prey to traffickers is rising, a UN study has found, with the global movement of refugees and migrants a major contributory factor.

21 December 2016
Sporadic gunfire in Congo capital after 26 killed in anti-Kabila protests

Sporadic gunfire in Congo capital after 26 killed in anti-Kabila protests

21 December 2016

Sporadic gunfire echoed across Democratic Republic of Congo’s capital on Wednesday, the day after security forces killed at least 26 protesters demanding President Joseph Kabila step down after his mandate as elected leader expired.

20 December 2016
Post Office strikes: Thousands begin Christmas walk-out in bitter dispute over job losses

Post Office strikes: Thousands begin Christmas walk-out in bitter dispute over job losses

20 December 2016

Thousands of Post Office workers have begun a five day strike today as the UK battles through a wave of Christmas industrial action.

19 December 2016
UNHCR: Programmes for direct cash-aid to the displaced reaches record $430m in 2016

UNHCR: Programmes for direct cash-aid to the displaced reaches record $430m in 2016

19 December 2016

2016 has been a record year for UNHCR’s cash-based aid programme for refugees and other displaced people, with an expected $430 million in cash going directly to people in need by year’s end — signalling an important shift in how the world’s refugee situations are increasingly being managed.

16 December 2016

Role and powers of national human rights institutions and other national mechanisms discussed in Strasburg

16 December 2016

On 15 December, the Council of Europe and the European Network of National Human Rights Institutions (ENNHRI) organised a high level seminar as a follow-up activity to the SG’s report on the State of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Europe 2015.