12 August 2015

Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland condemns attack on Azerbaijani journalist Rasim Aliyev

12 August 2015

On 10 August, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe issued the following statement: 
"I am shocked by the murder of Rasim Aliyev, Chairman of the Institute for Reporters Safety and Freedom. It is a very worrying sign that the safety of journalists in the country is deteriorating further. I call on the Azerbaijani authorities to fully and promptly investigate this murder and to bring the perpetrators to justice.

11 August 2015

Fear, hunger and dirt: Lithuanian migrants on life as chicken catchers

11 August 2015
Laurynas Kelpsa was just 19 when he saw an advertisement for jobs in England on the internet in 2011. Opportunities in his home town in Lithuania were limited and the advert promised good wages of £250-£350 a week with accommodation, so he called the mobile phone number given and spoke to a bus company owner called Saulius. A couple of days later he was on his way…
10 August 2015

Human Rights Watch urges Azerbaijani authorities to release human rights defenders

10 August 2015
Azerbaijani authorities should immediately release and stop the prosecution of Leyla and Arif Yunus, elderly human rights defenders who are both in grave health, Human Rights Watch urged on 7 August. "The decision to lock up and prosecute Leyla and Arif Yunus was already a travesty of justice, but to pursue the trial given their poor health is despicable,"…
07 August 2015
‘No more Hiroshimas. No more Nagasakis,’ Ban declares on anniversary of atomic bombing

‘No more Hiroshimas. No more Nagasakis,’ Ban declares on anniversary of atomic bombing

07 August 2015

6 August 2015 — United Nations  Secretary-General  Ban  Ki-moon  renewed his resolve to advance the goal of achieving a world "free of the nuclear shadow," in a message to mark the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of the Japanese city of Hiroshima.

06 August 2015

Burundi: UN condemns assassination attempt on leading human rights defender

06 August 2015

4 August 2015 —  Secretary-General  Ban  Ki-moon  and the United Nations human rights office have strongly condemned the assassination attempt on Pierre Claver Mbonimpa, a leading Burundian human rights defender who was shot and wounded by unknown assailants in the capital on Monday.

05 August 2015

Shafqat Hussain execution a “deeply sad day” for Pakistan

05 August 2015

Pakistan must immediately impose a moratorium on the death penalty after the execution of a man who was below 18 years old at the time of the crime, according to his lawyers, and who was tortured into a "confession" by police, Amnesty International said.

04 August 2015
Hungary ratifies Council of Europe convention to protect children against sexual abuse

Hungary ratifies Council of Europe convention to protect children against sexual abuse

04 August 2015

Hungary became the 37th state of the Council of Europe to ratify the Council of Europe’s Convention on Protection of Children against Sexual Exploitation and Sexual Abuse. It will enter into force in Hungary on the 1st of December 2015.

Journalists in Mexico rally over press intimidation after photographer murder

04 August 2015

Media workers, activists and supporters held a rally in Mexico City protesting over the murder of press photographer Ruben Espinosa.

03 August 2015

Wikileaks: US 'spied on Japan government and companies'

03 August 2015

The US has been spying on Japanese cabinet officials, banks and companies, including the Mitsubishi conglomerate, whistleblowing website Wikileaks says.

Britain announces new measures to clampdown on migrants

03 August 2015

More than 1,700 attempts to cross the Eurotunnel to Britain were stopped overnight on Sunday, according to French police.