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A dramatic global rise in the number of executions recorded in 2015 saw more people put to death than at any point in the last quarter-century. The surge was largely fuelled by Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, Amnesty International found in its review of the global use of the death penalty.
The effects of business practices on human rights have become a central issue for human rights protection. For a long time already, concerns have been raised about malpractices related to labour rights, health and safety at work and the use of child labour by some business enterprises.
On 3 April, a protest took place in the Maldives, where the demonstrators called on the Maldivian authorities to stop crackdown on freedom of speech. At least 10 of the protesters were arrested.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al-Hussein called on authorities of all countries to stop putting pressure on human rights lawyers and activists.
According to a United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report Children on the Brink that was published on 29 March 2016, the violent conflict in Yemen is having a negative effect on millions of children in an already precarious humanitarian situation.
Amnesty International called on the Japanese authorities to immediately introduce a moratorium on executions, as a first step towards abolition of the death penalty. The statement was made in connection with execution of two accused persons on 25 March 2016.
On 27 March, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon continued his trip to the Middle East today with a visit to Jordan alongside World Bank President Jim Yong Kim, where they met with refugees from the Zaatari camp, as well as with senior government officials from Palestine, Turkey and Jordan.
In 2010 the United Nations proclaimed the 24th of March as the International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims. The date is connected with the assassination of Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero, of El Salvador, who opposed poverty, social inequality, killings and tortures.
"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).