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International non-governmental organization Global Witness is disturbed by frequent killings of environmental activists. The organization’s new report documents 185 known deaths worldwide last year — by far the highest annual death toll on record and a 59% increase from 2014. Severe limits on information mean the true numbers are undoubtedly higher.
On World Refugee Day, held every year on June 20th, we commemorate the strength, courage and perseverance of millions of refugees. This year, World Refugee Day also marks a key moment for the public to show support for families forced to flee.
On 15 June, Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights, said that erosion of rule of law threatens human rights protection in Poland. He made this statement during a press conference in Warsaw in which he presented a report based on his visit to Poland carried out last February.
On 14 June, the United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein urged the leadership of the United States to consider robust gun control in the wake of the mass killing in Florida.
On 13 June, the Human Rights Council opened its
Vienna, 9 June 2016 — Council of Europe Secretary General Thorbjørn Jagland, in his address to the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna, highlighted the value of the Human Rights Convention and called on the 57 OSCE participating States to "put these shared standards and common laws at the heart of our approach to stability in Europe and beyond."
Lawyers have hit out at new laws allowing prosecutors to keep Canberrans in jail for three business days even after a court has granted them bail. The new laws have been described as a "disgraceful" attack on human rights, and an unnecessary and "draconian" reform, The Canberra Times reported on 9 June.