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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...

Eritrea: 15 years later still no information on jailed senior politicians and independent journalists

GENEVA September 16, 2016 - The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Eritrea, Sheila B. Keetharuth, today called on the...

Burma: End Prosecutions for Critical Speech

Rangoon, November 28, 2016 – Burmese authorities continue to arrest and charge individuals, including members of the ruling party, for criticizing the military and...

Thousands of Afghan children dying of hunger amid ‘unprecedented’ displacement – UN

January 10, 2017 - Despite attempts to increase food aid in Afghanistan, children bear the brunt of the country’s nutritional crisis, the United Nations...

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...

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...

World community must solve Yemen water crisis to halt spiralling cholera outbreak – UN...

GENEVA (16 June 2017) – Yemen and the international community must act urgently to provide safe drinking water to halt a spiralling cholera outbreak,...

B’Tselem to Netanyahu: Demolishing Palestinian communities – a war crime for which you would...

Sept. 5, 2017 - Yesterday, 4 September 2017, B’Tselem sent a grave letter to Israel’s prime minister, the defense minister, the chief of staff and the...

Donors pledge over $344 million in response to Rohingya Refugee Crisis

October 23, 2017 - The international donor community today announced pledges for more than US$344 million to urgently ramp up the delivery of critical...

Call for States to spearhead a new way of thinking, speaking and acting on...

GENEVA, December 18, 2017 – Migrants’ contribution to society needs to be fully recognized, and States should encourage discussions about them to be positive,...

Sea-level legacy: 20cm more rise by 2300 for each 5-year delay in peaking emissions

Feb. 20, 2018 - Peaking global CO2 emissions as soon as possible is crucial for limiting the risks of sea-level rise, even if global...

Palestinian journalist fatally shot by Israeli forces, RSF calls for investigation

April 9, 2018 - Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns yesterday’s disproportionate use of force by Israeli troops, in which Palestinian journalist Yaser Murtaja was...

Dolphins deliberately killed for use as bait in global fisheries

June 7, 2018 - Important new research released ahead of World Oceans Day exposes the widespread practice of killing aquatic mammals such as dolphins,...

Raqqa civilian killings admission ‘tip of the iceberg’ for US-led Coalition military operation in...

Aug. 6, 2018 - After Amnesty International research prompted the US-led military Coalition to admit to killing dozens of civilians in its Raqqa offensive,...