Human Rights

Friday, November 4, 2016 - 08:28
Belgium has enacted a raft of problematic counterterrorism laws and its police have carried out heavy-handed operations in the past year, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
Friday, November 4, 2016 - 07:07
This year is well on its way to be the deadliest for Afghan civilians since the United Nations mission there began documenting those numbers seven years ago. An incident Thursday is a particularly tragic example of how more and more of those deaths are occurring.
Friday, November 4, 2016 - 06:56
In a letter to secretary of state John Kerry and defense secretary Ash Carter, Congressman Ted Lieu, said the administration’s insistence it is not taking part in target selection for coalition sorties – many of which have hit hospitals and schools – does not excuse the US from legal responsibility.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 08:18
South Sudan said on Wednesday it had detained at least 17 people, most of them soldiers, suspected of committing rape and other crimes in July during an attack on Hotel Terrain in Juba.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 07:56
Freedom House has issued a statement urging Ukraine's parliament to reject a draft law that would require anti-corruption organizations in Ukraine and their staff members to make detailed financial disclosures to authorities.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 07:45
Turkey's Interior Ministry has dismissed 1,218 military personnel from the gendarmerie as part of the investigation into the movement allegedly behind the failed coup in July. Authorities have arrested close to 37,000 people and dismissed or suspended more than 100,000 personnel from government jobs in a purge to eradicate the network.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 07:43
Several hundred academics, students and union members staged a protest under the watchful gaze of Turkish riot police on Thursday against a purge of thousands of educational staff since an attempted military coup in July.
Thursday, November 3, 2016 - 07:41
As the Iraqi army has pressed its offensive to drive Islamic State militants from Mosul, a mostly Sunni Muslim city, it has been joined by a potentially troublesome ally: Shiite fighters, some of whom have been accused in the past of abuses against their Sunni compatriots.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 08:00
Following yesterday’s release of a Human Rights Watch report detailing how Nigerian authorities raped and sexually exploited women and girls displaced by Boko Haram, Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari released a statement through his spokesman that he has ordered an immediate investigation into the findings.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 07:12
According to Karen Spring of the Honduras Solidarity Network, the recent surge in violence and repression against environmental and human rights activists results from increased funding that Honduran security forces have received from the U.S. through programs like the Central America Regional Security Initiative (CARSI). According to Security Assistance Monitor, since the inception of the CARSI program in 2008, the U.S. has provided more than $109 million to military and police aid programs in Honduras, with another $17 million expected in 2017.