06 April 2017
Human Rights Watch: Release Singaporean Blogger Amos Yee

Human Rights Watch: Release Singaporean Blogger Amos Yee

06 April 2017

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials should immediately release persecuted Singaporean activist and blogger Amos Yee, who was granted asylum by a US immigration judge on March 24, 2017, PEN America and Human Rights Watch said today. Yee, who has been detained since December, remains in ICE custody on the grounds that the Department of Homeland Security may file an appeal against the grant of asylum.

05 April 2017
Iceland to enshrine equal pay for women and men in law

Iceland to enshrine equal pay for women and men in law

05 April 2017

Iceland’s parliament has presented a bill that would require public and private businesses to prove they offer equal pay to employees, in what would be the first such requirement in the world.

04 April 2017
Sri Lanka: Victims of disappearance cannot wait any longer for justice

Sri Lanka: Victims of disappearance cannot wait any longer for justice

04 April 2017

Sri Lanka will not break with its violent past until it reckons with the cruel history of enforced disappearance and delivers justice to as many as 100,000 families who have spent years waiting for it, Amnesty International said today in a new report, revealing the enduring scars of a conflict that has been forgotten by the world.

03 April 2017
Extremism in prisons to be tackled by specialist task force

Extremism in prisons to be tackled by specialist task force

03 April 2017

A specialist team of counter-terrorism experts aimed at tackling extremism in prisons is being launched on Monday.

31 March 2017
Disability groups’ protests across Ireland

Disability groups’ protests across Ireland

31 March 2017

Yesterday marked the 10-year anniversary of when UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities was first adopted and Ireland remains the only European Union country that has failed to ratify it.

30 March 2017
Human cost of India’s meat "ban"

Human cost of India’s meat "ban"

30 March 2017

The government’s crackdown on meat shops in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh has left many traders and butchers without much work and money. The BBC’s Vikas Pandey meets them in Allahabad city.

29 March 2017
27 million people lack safe water in countries facing or at risk of famine

27 million people lack safe water in countries facing or at risk of famine

29 March 2017

Water shortages, inadequate sanitation, poor hygiene practices and disease outbreaks are posing an additional threat to severely malnourished children in northeast Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen, UNICEF said today.

28 March 2017
Imminent UK cuts to mothers’ tax credits are an assault on women’s human rights

Imminent UK cuts to mothers’ tax credits are an assault on women’s human rights

28 March 2017

When the new UK tax year begins on April 6, stand by for a severe attack on women’s welfare. Parents will no longer be able to claim tax credits for more than two children — unless they can prove that subsequent children were a consequence of rape or a coercive relationship. And while the whole change will hurt women the most, that exception was pushed through by statutory instrument without even a vote in parliament.

27 March 2017
Dutch human rights commission calls for pre-trial detention rethink

Dutch human rights commission calls for pre-trial detention rethink

27 March 2017

Judges are not critical enough when deciding whether or not to remand someone in custody during a police investigation, the Dutch human rights commission said on Monday.

24 March 2017
The USA Government is capturing millions of Americans’ communications a year

The USA Government is capturing millions of Americans’ communications a year

24 March 2017

There’s currently a lot in the news about «incidental» surveillance of American citizens, and even more confusion on what «incidental» means. During a hearing earlier this week on Russian interference in the recent presidential election, several members of the House Intelligence Committee questioned FBI Director James Comey and NSA Director Admiral Mike Rogerson whether existing national security surveillance authorities adequately protect Americans.