27 April 2016
Australia's refugee camp in Papua New Guinea to close

Australia's refugee camp in Papua New Guinea to close

27 April 2016

The fate of hundreds of asylum seekers being held in a detention center in Papua New Guinea was in limbo on Wednesday as the country’s prime minister announced the facility would close in response to a court ruling that Australia’s detention of the men on the island nation is illegal.

26 April 2016

UN: Equality and justice ‘not luxuries’ but crucial foundations of Iraq’s stability

26 April 2016

On 25 April, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore said that Iraq’s development plan must be based on equality, the rule of law and a vision that has earned the confidence of all the country’s diverse communities.

25 April 2016
Saudi Arabia: Counter-terror court sentences human rights activist in relentless onslaught against civil society

Saudi Arabia: Counter-terror court sentences human rights activist in relentless onslaught against civil society

25 April 2016

The sentencing of human rights activist Issa al-Hamid to nine years in prison and a travel ban of equal duration is the latest evidence of the Saudi Arabian authorities’ resolve to continue their ruthless onslaught against civil society in the Kingdom, said Amnesty International.

22 April 2016

Mauritanian appeals court upholds death sentence for blogger

22 April 2016

On 21 April, the appeal court in Nouadhibou upheld the death sentence for Mauritanian blogger and freelance journalist Mohamed Mkhaïtir.

21 April 2016

UN refugee agency says up to 500 lives lost after boat sinks in Mediterranean

21 April 2016

On 20 April, the United Nations refugee agency said that as many as 500 people may have lost their lives this past week when an overcrowded boat carrying refugees and migrants sank in the Mediterranean Sea at an unknown location between Libya and Italy.

20 April 2016
Large numbers of immigrant children sent to adults lacking status

Large numbers of immigrant children sent to adults lacking status

20 April 2016

The vast majority of immigrant children who arrive alone at the U.S. borderare placed by the government with adults who are in the country illegally, federal data reviewed by The Associated Press show.

19 April 2016
Afghanistan: children increasingly struggle to access health care and education, UN reports

Afghanistan: children increasingly struggle to access health care and education, UN reports

19 April 2016

Conflict-related violence in Afghanistan has harmed health and education personnel, reduced the availability of health care and limited children’s access to essential health and education services, the United Nations said in a new report released 18 April.

18 April 2016

Ireland a long way from human rights for all, conference hears

18 April 2016

Policies of "destitution by design" are eroding rights of asylum seekers in Ireland and austerity has been imposed with "little respect" for the rights of the poor and marginalised, a leading human rights advocate has said.

15 April 2016

Iran: UN rights chief calls for end to executions for drug offences

15 April 2016

On 14 April, United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein appealed to Iran to halt executions for drug offences until the new Parliament debates a proposed law that would remove the mandatory death penalty for drug crimes.

14 April 2016
Council of Europe adopts guidelines to protect media freedom and journalists

Council of Europe adopts guidelines to protect media freedom and journalists

14 April 2016

On 13 April, the Council of Europe adopted a set of guidelines aimed to ensure the protection of journalism and in its 47 member states. In a Recommendation, the Committee of Ministers — the organisation’s decision-making body- encouraged states to review their national legislation and practice concerning media freedom to make sure they are in conformity with the European Convention of Human Rights.