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World Humanitarian Day Tragedy: IFRC calls for humanitarian solution to Mediterranean drownings as two young children confirmed drowned

Geneva, 19 August 2016: Two Syrian children, eight months and five years old, were today confirmed to be amongst five people who drowned at sea yesterday after their boat capsized trying to cross the Mediterranean. The Red Cross search and rescue boat, the Responder, is assisting in the operation to transfer those who had died […]

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Israel/Palestine: Palestinian Rights Defenders Threatened

JERUSALEM, Aug. 15, 2016 – New anonymous death threats have been made against staff members of a Palestinian human rights organization advocating an investigation by the International Criminal Court into alleged war crimes in Palestine, Human Rights Watch said today. The Gaza-based Al-Mezan issued a statement on August 11, 2016, that a staff member working […]

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Israel renders 53 Palestinians homeless in August heat; 2016 home demolition rate highest since 2006

Aug. 12, 2016 – The spate of demolitions in the West Bank continues in full swing: in the past week and half, since the beginning of August 2016, Israel’s Civil Administration demolished 20 homes and 13 other structures in Palestinian communities throughout the West Bank, leaving 53 people – including 25 minors – homeless. In […]

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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, carrying out a series of harsh interrogations and increasingly likening any collective initiative relating to women’s rights to criminal activity, Amnesty International said today. The organization’s research reveals that since January […]

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As 1 million dogs are killed and eaten for Bok Nal ‘soup’ in South Korea, Jane Goodall supports groups mobilising to end cruel dog meat trade

Aug. 9, 2016 – With South Korea’s Bok Nal days underway, the country’s animal protection campaigners mobilised at South Korea’s first ever global anti-dog meat conference. The days mark the hottest point of the summer between 17 July and 16 August when as many as 1 million dogs are killed to make ‘boshintang’ soup, which […]

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On anniversary of Hiroshima bombing, Ban urges all States to ‘galvanize global will for disarmament’

Aug. 6, 2016 – With global tensions rising and progress on nuclear disarmament hard to find, “the world needs the Hibakusha spirit more than ever,” United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today, citing the determination and perseverance of those survivors of the 1945 Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bomb attacks as an example for championing peace […]

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Eight leading science and engineering societies express concern for welfare of Turkish scientific community, following failed coup

Aug. 3, 2016 – As the Turkish government restores order after the failed coup, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and seven other leading science and engineering societies today expressed concern for the human rights of the Turkish scientific community, which has reportedly been subject to restrictions including travel bans and the […]

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New Initiative from Privacy International Tracks the Global Surveillance Industry

Aug. 3, 2016 – A new initiative launched today by Privacy International aims to track the growth and scale of the global surveillance industry, a shadowy sector consisting of companies selling a wide range of electronic surveillance technology to government agencies across the world. Made available today is the world’s largest publicly available educational resource […]

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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 a committee tasked with making recommendations to accelerate implementation of death sentences in Iraq. The committee, announced by Prime Minister Haider Al-Abadi, has been mandated to identify procedural or legislative delays […]

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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 the city of Mosul, Human Rights Watch said today. The government’s obligation to take all possible measures to protect civilians and ensure respect for the laws of war makes it essential […]

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