08 June 2016

HRW: Algerian labor rights defender convicted for facebook video

08 June 2016
An Algerian court sentenced a labor rights defender to six months in prison on May 25, 2016, for posting a video on Facebook criticizing a prison term for a colleague. Belkacem Khencha, national coordinator of the Algerian League for the Defense of Workers’ Rights, criticized the first instance court in the city of Laghouat for sentencing his colleague to 18 months for protesting the…
07 June 2016
How asylum seekers could help ease Finland's tech skills shortage

How asylum seekers could help ease Finland's tech skills shortage

07 June 2016

Problem one: Finland’s otherwise flourishing startup scene has a chronic shortage of developers. Problem two: the 32, 000-plus  asylum seekers who arrived in the Nordic country last year — many young, highly educated and computer literate — face waiting for years before they land a job.

06 June 2016
UN: International accord aimed at stamping out illegal fishing

UN: International accord aimed at stamping out illegal fishing

06 June 2016

On 5 June, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) announced that a groundbreaking international accord aimed at stamping out illegal fishing went into effect and is now legally binding for the 29 countries and a regional organization that have adhered to it.

03 June 2016
"Mental torture": Gitmo inmate testifies against guards at US prison camp

"Mental torture": Gitmo inmate testifies against guards at US prison camp

03 June 2016

A Somali detainee at Guantánamo Bay has accused guards at the  high-security  Camp 7 of using "mental torture" against inmates. He testified as a witness in a case against inhumane treatment at the US facility in Cuba, backing up claims by another inmate.

02 June 2016
Council of  Europe: Nationalism “surge” has negative impact on minorities in Croatia

Council of Europe: Nationalism “surge” has negative impact on minorities in Croatia

02 June 2016

On 1 June, a new opinion by the Council of Europe’s Advisory Committee on the Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities (FCNM) praised a favourable legislative framework for national minorities in Croatia.

01 June 2016

International Day for Protection of Children celebrated on 1 June

01 June 2016

On 1 June, the International Day for Protection of Children, one of the oldest international holidays, is celebrated all over the world.

31 May 2016

Egypt journalists’ union chief and two board members to stand trial

31 May 2016

The head of Egyptian Syndicate of Journalists and two of the union’s board members are to stand trial for harboring colleagues wanted by authorities and "spreading false news", a statement by the Cairo prosecution office said on 30 May.

30 May 2016

Amnesty International: Dozens of detainees at risk of death in South Sudan

30 May 2016

Dozens of detainees held in dire conditions in poorly ventilated metal shipping containers, fed only once or twice a week and given insufficient drinking water are at risk of death, warned Amnesty International on 27 May.

27 May 2016

France: Roads, oil depots and refineries remain under trade unions blockade

27 May 2016

France is preparing to host two million visitors at the showpiece Euro 2016 football tournament in two weeks, and the back-drop is not ideal: strikes and feared fuel shortages, potential transport paralysis, a state of emergency and a mood of heightened tension and violence between street protesters and police.

26 May 2016

Boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsized in Mediterranean Sea

26 May 2016

On 25 May, an overcrowded boat carrying hundreds of migrants capsized in the Mediterranean Sea, killing at least five. 562 people had been pulled to safety off the coast of Libya.