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Famine hits parts of South Sudan

Juba February 20, 2017 - War and a collapsing economy have left some 100,000 people facing starvation in parts of South Sudan where famine...

Russia: Broken Promises for Investigations of Civilian Casualties in Syria

BEIRUT, Feb. 19, 2017 - The Russian government appears to be breaking its promises to investigate civilian casualties from airstrikes in Syria, Human Rights...

Human rights groups ask UN to investigate U.S. border policies on cell phones, social...

NEW YORK, NY, Feb. 16, 2017 -  More than two dozen human rights and civil liberties groups wrote to United Nations experts requesting a...

Chemicals Recognized as Human Endocrine Disruptors by EU

Brussels, February 17, 2017 – In a historic development, four synthetic chemicals - DEHP, DIBP, DBP and BBP - have been identified as endocrine...

New UN report reveals obstacles to combat impunity for conflict-related sexual violence in Ukraine

Feb. 16, 2017 - Lack of laws, capacity and professional experience to effectively investigate and prosecute conflict-related sexual violence in Ukraine is not only...

Shattered war economy encourages child marriage in Yemen

TAIZ, Feb. 16, 2017 - It’s impossible to get hard numbers, but child marriage appears to be on the rise in Yemen: a consequence...

Israel: New interactive documentary by B’Tselem offers virtual tour behind the invisible walls of...

February 16, 2017 - B’Tselem released a new interactive documentary entitled “The Invisible Walls of Occupation”. Viewers are invited on a virtual tour of...

UN: The world dumps the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic into the...

Feb. 15, 2017 - The world dumps the equivalent of one garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute, the United Nations heard...

Ukraine: Activists ‘Disappeared’ in Separatist Territory

KYIV, Ukraine, Feb. 9, 2017 - А Russian lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) activist and another person have been missing since January 31,...

Luxembourg And WFP Sign New Partnership Agreement

ROME – Luxembourg and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have signed a four-year agreement, confirming the long-standing partnership between the Grand Duchy...

Groundbreaking win for indigenous people in Colombia

February 9, 2017 - The Colombian Constitutional Court has found in favour of an indigenous peoples’ centuries-old fight for their territory, granting the petition...

Refugee Crisis Reaches New Peak amid Ongoing Conflicts, Islamophobic Policies

Feb. 9, 2017 - In 2016, more than 65 million people were estimated to be refugees or internally displaced persons  – the highest number...

Yemen: UN, partners seek $2.1 billion to stave off famine in 2017

Feb. 8, 2017 - The United Nations and humanitarian partners today launched an international appeal for $2.1 billion to provide life-saving assistance to 12...

European Parliament: Russian probing in eastern Ukraine must stop, say security and defense MEPs

Feb. 6, 2017 - The worsening security situation in eastern Ukraine, where heavy fighting with pro-Russian rebels recently broke out in the government-controlled town...

Gender equality: time to close the gap — European Parliament

Feb. 6, 2017 - It would take another 70 years for women to earn the same as men with the current pace of progress,...

UN report details ‘devastating cruelty’ against Rohingya population in Myanmar’s Rakhine province

Feb. 3, 2017 - In a report issued today, the United Nations human rights arm said that the widespread human rights violations against the...

Iraq: Men Fleeing Mosul Held in Secret

Erbil, February 2, 2017 – Groups within the Iraqi military are screening and detaining men fleeing Mosul in unidentified detention centers where they are...

Amnesty International: Canada must strip USA of “safe third country” designation for refugee claimants

Jan. 30, 2017 - In an Open Letter to Ahmed Hussen, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Amnesty International’s Canadian and US Sections,...

In parts of Asia and Middle East, female genital mutilation a hidden ritual

LONDON, Jan. 30, 2017 - FGM survivors in India and Singapore recently broke the silence around the practice in their communities, while research shows...

Torture is torture, and waterboarding is not an exception – UN expert urges the...

GENEVA, Jan. 30, 2017 - The United Nations Special Rapporteur on torture, Nils Melzer, has appealed to US President Donald Trump not to reconsider...