06 April 2016

Death penalty 2015: Alarming surge in recorded executions sees highest toll in more than 25 years

06 April 2016

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.

05 April 2016
Council of Europe: Business starts recognising their human rights responsibilities

Council of Europe: Business starts recognising their human rights responsibilities

05 April 2016

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.

04 April 2016

Maldives: Press freedom protest dispersed by police

04 April 2016

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.

01 April 2016
Anti-torture Committee calls on Belgium to tackle prison overcrowding

Anti-torture Committee calls on Belgium to tackle prison overcrowding

01 April 2016

In a report published today, the Council of Europe's anti-torture committee (CPT) calls on Belgium to solve its chronic problem of prison overcrowding and to take measures to ensure that strikes of prison staff do not have a negative impact on inmates.

31 March 2016

UN: Clampdown of civil liberties hardly to enhance national security

31 March 2016

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.

30 March 2016
UNICEF: Six children are killed in conflict-torn Yemen every day

UNICEF: Six children are killed in conflict-torn Yemen every day

30 March 2016

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.

29 March 2016
Two people executed in Japan

Two people executed in Japan

29 March 2016

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.

28 March 2016

UN chief expressed appreciation to Jordan authorities for hosting Syrian refugees

28 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.

24 March 2016
UN marks international day for right to truth and for dignity of victims

UN marks international day for right to truth and for dignity of victims

24 March 2016

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.

18 March 2016
148 prisoners released in Azerbaijan: PACE President applauds decision

148 prisoners released in Azerbaijan: PACE President applauds decision

18 March 2016

"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).