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Turkey Informs Council of Europe About Intent to Suspend Rights Convention

The Council of Europe (CoE) chief Thorbjorn Jagland said Thursday he had been notified by Turkey of its plans to temporarily suspend the European Convention on Human Rights.

Council of Europe Alarmed by Torture, Hate Crimes in Turkey After Coup

Council of Europe's Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks expressed concern on Wednesday about torture reports, hate crimes and hate speech in Turkey, following the failed coup attempt in the country.

Leaders warn that Turkey will not join the EU if it uses the death penalty

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union reminded Turkey on Monday that it is bound by its commitments under the European Convention on Human Rights and as a member of the Council of Europe not to reintroduce the death penalty. "No country...Show More Summary

UK May Vote to Reelect Saudi ‘Child Killers’ to UN Human Rights Council

London may help Riyadh return to the UN Human Rights Council despite a troubling United Nations report linking the Saudi regime to hospital and schoolhouse bombings in Yemen.

Global Tamil Forum Calls for More Progress in Sri Lanka

Global Tamil Forum (GTF), a London-based Tamil diaspora organization, issued a statement today. GTF's remarks pertain to Sri Lanka's compliance with an October 2015 U.N. Human Rights Council (HRC) resolution on Sri Lanka and recent developments at the HRC. The 32nd session of the HRC ended just days ago and Sri Lanka was on the formal agenda. Show More Summary

IRL: July 5, 2016 | Internet Declared Basic Human Right, KD Signs With Golden State & Other News

Out in the real world news is happening and here are the highlights. The internet is now a basic human right The UN’s Human Rights Council recently passed a non-binding resolution in June that declared internet access a basic human right, condemning governments that take steps to restrict their citizens’ web access. Although this highlights how […]

Call Your ISP: UN Declares Internet Service Interruptions Are Human Rights Violations - OK, it's a bit more complicated than that.

3 weeks agoHumor / odd : Geekosystem

The UN Human Rights Council has declared that the Internet is protected free expression under article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Specifically, their non-binding resolution took issue with some countries' "measures...Show More Summary

Despite Hostility From Islamic Countries, U.N. Votes To Create LGBT-Rights Watchdog

3 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : NewNowNext

The United Nations Human Rights Council voted this week to institute its first LGBT-rights watchdog.

Saudi Arabia outraged by Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch’s criticism

Saudi Arabia on Thursday said it was “alarmed and outraged” by a call from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch for the kingdom to be suspended from the U.N. Human Rights Council until a Saudi-led military coalition stops killing civilians in Yemen. The two human rights advocacy groups said the Saudis have had “an appalling […]

U.S. Tries to Evade Responsibility for Saudi War It Has Been Backing for 15 Months

With Saudi Arabia under scrutiny for atrocities in Yemen, state department plays down American role. The renewed push from leading humanitarian organizations to suspend Saudi Arabia from the United Nations Human Rights Council has shined...Show More Summary

Saudi Arabia Has No Place on the U.N. Human Rights Council

3 weeks agoNews : Newsweek: US

Ten years since it was first created, the UN Human Rights Council is facing a stark moment of truth. The credibility of the world’s top human rights body, which was set up to ensure that it is able to effectively address human rights...Show More Summary

Saudi Arabia Issue Puts Credibility of UN Human Rights Council in Question

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International have called on the United Nations General Assembly to suspend Saudi Arabia from the Humans Rights Council until Riyadh stops its deadly bombing raids in Yemen, which have caused the deaths of more than 3,000 civilians.

Rights Groups Urge U.N. to Boot Saudi Arabia From Human Rights Council

3 weeks agoNews : Truthdig

By Nika Knight / Common Dreams “What’s particularly shocking is the deafening silence of the international community, which has time and again ceded to pressure from Saudi Arabia,” said Philippe Bolopion, deputy director for global advocacy at Human Rights Watch.

HRC Hails UN for Creating Envoy Position Dedicated to Worldwide LGBTQ Safety and Equality

HRC hailed today’s groundbreaking vote by the United Nations Human Rights Council creating the first-ever UN position dedicated to combating violence and discrimination against LGBTQ people worldwide. The effort to establish the independent...Show More Summary

Saudi Arabia 'alarmed and outraged' by rights groups' criticism

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia on Thursday said it was "alarmed and outraged" by a call from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch for the kingdom to be suspended from the U.N. Human Rights Council until a Saudi-led military coalition stops killing civilians in Yemen.

U.N. Creates Its First LGBT Watchdog in Narrow Vote 

3 weeks agoLGBT / Gay : Towleroad

The U.N. Human Rights Council on Thursday narrowly voted in favor of creating an LGBT watchdog that will report on violence and discrimination committed against people around the world on the basis of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity.… Read The post U.N. Creates Its First LGBT Watchdog in Narrow Vote  appeared first on Towleroad.

Groups Urge UN to Oust Saudi ‘Child Killers’ From Human Rights Council

Citing systematic abuses in Yemen, two leading human rights groups have demanded that Riyadh be removed from its United Nation’s post that focuses on the rights and well-being of civilians.

Rights Groups Call for Saudi Arabia Suspension From U.N. Human Rights Council

Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International on Wednesday called for the removal of Saudi Arabia from the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), due to “gross and systematic violations of human rights” at home and in its ongoing conduct in the war in Yemen. Speaking from the U.N. Show More Summary

3 Ways Saudi Arabia Is Abusing Human Rights – and How They’re Getting Away With It

Amnesty International is calling for Saudi Arabia to be suspended from the UN Human Rights Council – here’s why. 1. Crackdown on activists Saudi Arabia has continued a sweeping crackdown on human rights activists. All of the country’s prominent and … Please continue reading.

Orthodox Church Stands For Protection Of Human Rights

The Orthodox Church opposes human righs violations by the state, the Pan-Orthodox Council participants said in a message Sunday.

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