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.

23 April 2015
Nils Muižnieks: 2014 was a bad year for human rights in Europe

Nils Muižnieks: 2014 was a bad year for human rights in Europe

23 April 2015

On 23 April, Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muižnieks has presented his annual activity report 2014 in Strasbourg.

17 April 2015

Top UN officials condemn murders of politician, journalist in Ukraine

17 April 2015

17 April 2015 — United Nations Secretary-General  Ban  Ki-moon  has voiced serious concern over recent reports regarding the killing of prominent political and media figures in Ukraine. 

DOHA: At Crime Congress, UN spotlights ‘epidemic’ of prison overcrowding

17 April 2015

16 April 2015 — With over 10 million people in prisons worldwide, prison overcrowding has reached epidemic proportions in many countries, a senior official from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) said today at the 13th UN Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice.

15 April 2015
Protests in U.S. cities against police violence prompt arrests

Protests in U.S. cities against police violence prompt arrests

15 April 2015

(Reuters) — Protesters in several U.S. cities blocked highways and swarmed police precincts, leading to at least two dozen arrests in demonstrations touched off by fresh cases of police violence against unarmed black men.

After migrant catastrophe in Mediterranean, UN urges ‘robust’ rescue operations

15 April 2015

15 April 2015 — The latest maritime catastrophe to claim the lives of refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea is yet another indication of the need for a «robust»  rescue-at-sea  mechanism aimed at preventing future tragedies, the head of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) declared today.

13 April 2015

Human rights, rule of law vital for sustainable development, Ban tells UN Crime Congress

13 April 2015

On 12 April, opening the 13th United Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice in Doha, Qatar,  Secretary-General  Ban  Ki-moon  along with several other top UN officials today spotlighted the critical connection between rule of law and sustainable development.

Turkey anger at Pope Francis Armenian 'genocide' claim

13 April 2015

Turkey has reacted with anger to the comment made by the Pope Francis at a service in Rome at a Mass in the Armenian Catholic rite at Peter’s Basilica, attended by the Armenian president and church leaders earlier on Sunday, and recalled its envoy to the Vatican. The row has continued to sour relations between Armenia and Turkey.