22 May 2015

The UK government’s proposals regarding the Human Rights Act and the European Court of Human Rights

22 May 2015

Human Rights Watch is deeply concerned about the UK government’s plans to scrap the Human Rights Act and limit the role of the European Court of Human Rights in the UK, or failing that even to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights.

21 May 2015
Islamic State seizes Syria’s ancient Palmyra

Islamic State seizes Syria’s ancient Palmyra

21 May 2015

Islamic State (IS) militants in Syria have entered the Unesco World Heritage site of Palmyra after seizing the town next to the ancient ruins, reports say.

20 May 2015

UN rights expert urges Armenia to ‘shed light’ on violence against children

20 May 2015

19 May 2015 — The UN independent human rights expert on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, Maud de Boer-Buquicchio, today urged the Armenian government to devote more attention to the issue of violence against children as well as irregularities in adoption processes, which can amount to sale of children.

18 May 2015
About 100 Asian migrants killed in fight for food on boat

About 100 Asian migrants killed in fight for food on boat

18 May 2015

Migrants rescued from a sinking boat off Indonesia have told the BBC that about 100 people died after a fight broke out over the last remaining food.

15 May 2015
Uzbekistan: Decade-long wait for justice for victims of central Asia’s forgotten massacre

Uzbekistan: Decade-long wait for justice for victims of central Asia’s forgotten massacre

15 May 2015

The killing of hundreds of protesters by Uzbekistani security forces in the early hours of 13 May 2005 must be independently investigated and the ongoing persecution of those connected to the unrest must end, Amnesty International said on the 10th anniversary of the Andizhan killings.

14 May 2015

United States: Force against prisoners with mental illness

14 May 2015

Jail and prison staff throughout the United States have used unnecessary, excessive, and even malicious force against prisoners with mental disabilities, Human Rights Watch charged in a report released today.

13 May 2015
Third atheist blogger killed in Bangladesh

Third atheist blogger killed in Bangladesh

13 May 2015

On 12 May, an atheist blogger for Mukto-Mona has been hacked to death in Bangladesh. Ananta Bijoy Das was attacked by masked men with machetes, police say. It is the country’s third such deadly attack since the start of the year.

12 May 2015
Libya: Horrific abuse driving migrants to risk lives in Mediterranean crossings

Libya: Horrific abuse driving migrants to risk lives in Mediterranean crossings

12 May 2015

Refugees and migrants across Libya face rape, torture and abductions for ransom by traffickers and smugglers, as well as systematic exploitation by their employers, religious persecution and other abuses by armed groups and criminal gangs, according to a new Amnesty International briefing published today.

07 May 2015
A record 38 million internally displaced worldwide

A record 38 million internally displaced worldwide

07 May 2015

On 6 May, the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre (IDMC), part of the Norwegian Refugee Council (NRC), launched its Global Overview 2015: People internally displaced by conflict and violence at the United Nations in Geneva.

30 April 2015

North Korea's Kim ordered execution of 15 officials this year: South's spy agency

30 April 2015

(Reuters) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the execution of 15 senior officials this year as punishment for challenging his authority, South Korea’s spy agency told a  closed-door  parliament meeting on 29 April 2015.