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PACE Seeks to Counter Human Rights Violations in Counter-Terrorism

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted an additional protocol to the Council of Europe's convention a "response to the increasing phenomenon of so-called foreign terrorist fighters."

US Officials Sued for Stranding Americans in Yemen - Islamic Council

Three human rights groups sued US Secretary of State John Kerry and Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter for abandoning US citizens in Yemen amid the ongoing conflict, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said in a press release on Thursday.

UN Keeps Pressure on Iran for its Rights Failures

Human Rights Monitoring Will Continue March 27, 2015—The United Nations Human Rights Council voted today to renew the mandate of Dr. Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, signaling the international community’s continued concern over the state of human rights in Iran. The resolution to renew the mandate […]

A New U.N. Champion for Privacy

The U.N. Human Rights Council voted today to appoint a watchdog to monitor the state of privacy rights worldwide. That watchdog, called a special rapporteur, was appointed by a consensus vote of all members of the council. That’s very good news, and it’s been a long time coming. Show More Summary

UN Agency Will Decide If Western SANCTIONS Violate Human Rights, Giving Obama An Excuse To Lift Sanctions

Hey, you know what would be a fantastic idea? Lifting sanctions against countries like Russia, Iran, and North Korea! The U.N. Human Rights Council this week will appoint an official

Russia Calls on UN to Confront Racism, Nazism in Democratic States

As the Russian delegation on the 28th UN Human Rights Council regular session stated, racial discrimination and xenophobia were still present at many democratic countries.

Enemy of the State: The Western Persecution of Whistleblowers

What? Western Persecution. Where? United Nationals Human Rights Council Meeting, Geneva. Why? 'The increasing attacks on Western whistleblowers, journalists and publishers pose a threat to democracy and human rights.'

Israel absent from UN rights agency's session on Gaza

Israeli envoy fails to attend UN Human Rights Council special session on Palestinian territories and 2014 Gaza conflict.

UNHCR: Israel committed war crimes against Gaza civilians

A report by a special UN investigator said that Israel “deliberately” targeted civilian homes during last summer’s attack on Gaza. The report will be presented Monday to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHCR) in Geneva by special rapporteur Makarim Wibisono of Indonesia. The report will form part of the basis for a UNHRC debate […]

Lebanon FM trying to prevent condemnation of Hezbollah’s Syria role by UN Human Rights

The Lebanese newspaper As Safir reported on Monday that  Qatar and Saudi Arabia are  leading a diplomatic effort  for the adoption of a statement by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva that denounces  Hezbollah’s involvement  in the  Syrian war. As Safir which is closely linked to Hezbollah and the Syrian regime claims that that the two  Arab Gulf […]

Russia, China Ignore 'Provocative' UN Meeting on Human Rights in Crimea

Ramping up its campaign of paranoia, Lithuania organized an informal meeting with the United Nations Security Council to discuss alleged human rights abuses in Crimea. Not in attendance were Russia and several other key nations, recognizing the gathering as being more interested in provocation than facts.

UN Human Rights Council May Take Up Saeed Abedini's Case Over Iran's Illegal Imprisonment of Christian Pastor

Associate Counsel Matthew Clark of the American Center for Law and Justice has said that he hopes the U.N. Human Rights Council will take up the case of Pastor Saeed Abedini, who is serving an eight-year sentence for his Christian faith in Iran.

ICC Should Investigate Crimes Committed in Iraq - UN

The UN Security Council should refer the crimes committed by the Islamic State (ISIL) group and other militias in Iraq to the International Criminal Court (ICC), the UN Human Rights Office said in a report published on Thursday.

Is Bahrain the New Apartheid State?

Over the last week at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, I've heard Bahrain described several times as an apartheid state. It's not a new comparison. A few days after the mass protests for democracy broke out in February 2011, New...Show More Summary

Under scrutiny, Iran Shows Increased, but Limited Cooperation with UN Mechanism

Four years into his mandate as the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Dr. Ahmed Shaheed told UN member states at a meeting of the Human Rights Council today in Geneva that although he has yet to be let into the country for a site visit, Iran is demonstrating other signs of cooperation with the mandate.

Do unilateral sanctions violate human rights?, by Thomas Kaiser

The Advisory Committee of the UN Human Rights Council met in Geneva during the week of 23 to 27 February. This committee – called the Advisory Board – is composed of 18 independent experts who are elected based on a key that reflects the continental distribution of the 47 member states of the Human Rights Council. Show More Summary

Open Letter Asks UN Human Rights Council to Probe Abuses in Vietnam

An open letter signed by 27 groups and 163 individuals is asking the United Nations Human Rights Council to probe the human rights abuses committed by the Vietnamese government. The signatories are also demanding the removal of Vietnam's membership in the UN human rights body. We urge member states to...

Rights watchdog says Nemtsov murder suspects were likely tortured

New details have come to light about the investigation into the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, including a report from a member of the Kremlin's human rights council indicating that Russian authorities likely tortured suspects in the case. Show More Summary

UN Cultural Rights Rapporteur Delivers Report Condemning Prevailing Copyright Laws

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The UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Farida Shaheed, has just delivered a less-than-complimentary report on copyright to the UN's Human Rights Council. Shaheed's report actually examines where copyright meshes with...Show More Summary

Blog: CPJ joins call to renew mandate of human rights rapporteur in Iran

The Committee to Protect Journalists, along with 35 human rights groups, today joined a call for member states of the U.N. Human Rights Council to renew the mandate of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran at the council's 28th session....

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