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German responses to terror range from cautious to conspiratorial

July 31, 2016 - Until this month, Germany had been spared from terrorist attacks with momentous losses of life. Since July 18, four attacks have...

Iraq: Fast-tracking executions will only accelerate injustice – Zeid

GENEVA/BAGHDAD August 1, 2016 - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on Monday expressed serious concern at the creation of...

Afghanistan: Forces Linked to Vice President Terrorize Villagers

New York, July 31, 2016 ­– The Afghan government should prosecute militia members responsible for killings and other abuses against civilians in Afghanistan’s northern...

Iraq: Ban Abusive Militias From Mosul Operation

Beirut, July 31, 2016 – Iraqi military commanders should prevent militias with records of serious abuses from taking part in planned military operations for...

If evicting people were an Olympic event, Brazil would win gold

August 2, 2016 - Rumour has it that Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen will be robbed during the opening ceremony for Rio 2016. It will, of...

In Iraq, UNICEF Ambassador Ewan McGregor urges help for children ‘ripped from their homes’

Aug. 2, 2016 - Just back from crisis-riven northern Iraq, were he visited refugee camps for Iraqi and Syrian families and children, actor Ewan...

Time to get tough on human trafficking and sex slavery

NEW YORK, NY, Sept. 12, 2016 - After Amira’s husband was killed in the Syrian war, she found herself adrift in Lebanon. Barred from...

UN expert urges Turkey to release detainees amid “grave concern” about free speech

GENEVA/ANKARA, Nov. 18, 2016 - The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to freedom of opinion and expression, David Kaye, today expressed deep...

Lack of water access in Damascus is creating risks for children, UN warns

Jan. 6, 2017 - Following two weeks with no access to running water for millions of people in and around Damascus due to ongoing...

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...

FAO: Greening wood energy is key to mitigate climate change and improve rural livelihoods

ROME, March 21, 2017 - Greening the wood energy sector holds a vast potential for reducing global greenhouse gas emissions and improving rural livelihoods,...

Scale of civilians fleeing Iraq’s Mosul ‘staggering’ – senior UN relief official

April 17, 2017 - Noting that nearly half a million people have fled Mosul since the start of military operations to retake the city...

Women’s rights activists treated as enemies of the state in renewed crackdown in Iran

Aug. 11, 2016 - Iranian authorities have intensified their repression of women’s rights activists in the country in the first half of this year,...

Climate warnings masked by propaganda of fossil fuel industry, failure of politicians to act

LONDON, Sept. 30, 2016 - A rise in world temperatures of 1.5°C degrees can no longer be avoided, according to the world’s leading climate...

Israel’s settlement ‘legalization bill’ would harm prospects for Arab-Israeli peace, UN envoy warns

Dec. 6, 2016 - The United Nations envoy on the Middle East peace process today warned against Israel's move to adopt the so-called 'legalization...

EU: Orwellian counter-terrorism laws stripping rights under guise of defending them

Jan. 17, 2017 - Sweeping new laws are driving Europe into a deep and dangerous state of permanent securitization, Amnesty International said on the...

Iraqi forces reaching western Mosul marks the most dangerous phase for civilians

February 24, 2017 - In reaction to Iraqi forces reaching western Mosul, Jason Kajer, International Rescue Committee’s Iraq acting country director, said: “We are now...

Salvadoran Legislature Votes for Water Over Gold, Becoming First Country to Ban Metal Mining...

SAN SALVADOR/OTTAWA, March 30, 2017 - In a startling development driven by a groundswell of opposition to the social and environmental risks that mining...

Indigenous Leaders Deliver Letter to China to Abandon Oil Drilling in Their Territory as...

NEW YORK, NY, May 1, 2017 - Indigenous leaders Manari and Gloria Ushigua from the Sápara nation of the Ecuadorian Amazon delivered a letter...

Troubled waters: The Mediterranean is becoming even more deadly for migrants

MISRATA, CATANIA, Aug. 29, 2016 - Kristy is IRIN Migration Editor. Tom is a freelance journalist based in Libya and a regular IRIN contributor "I was...