Absence of treatment is the norm rather than the exception across the continent, but there are several reasons why countries should pay attention.
A Myanmar government spokesman, Zaw Htay, said that “action according to the law” would be taken against seven soldiers, three members of the police force and six villagers as part of an army investigation.
The recent spate of executions appear to be an attempt by the Sisi government to portray power to silence all opponents before the March presidential election.
The Syrian government said on Wednesday that claims by France and the United States that it was still using chemical weapons were “lies”.
Out of 393 ongoing cases involving human rights abuses committed during the 1976-1983 military dictatorship, 247 are still in the initial stage of investigation of the judicial process.
Over 655,500 Muslim Rohingya fled to Bangladesh after the Myanmar military cracked down in the northern part of Rakhine in response to militant attacks on security forces on August 25.
NGOs are central constituents of a functional democracy. They play a key role in empowering the marginalised communities who would otherwise go unaided because of their fringe status in society.
First-hand accounts of torture in the ‘Structures of Violence’ report are extremely disturbing. Ending human rights violations in Kashmir requires not only the repeal of draconian Acts but also respect for the law.
A report on human rights in Jammu and Kashmir found that the “uprising of 2016”, contrary to government claims, carried forward into 2017.
A Reuters graphic makes use of data from the UN Operational Satellite Applications Programme to show hundreds of villages in Rakhine state burned down.
The Commission has issued a notice to the UP chief secretary, asking him to furnish information about the incident within two weeks.
Myanmar had asked the UN to replace special rapporteur Yanghee Lee with someone who knows Myanmar well and is both fair and impartial.
Activists believe the proposal to amend several articles of the Indonesian Criminal Code is aimed at persecuting the LGBT community.
Myanmar denies committing atrocities against the Rohingya community and has previously rejected UN criticism for its “politicisation and partiality.”
A recently-released report by an advocacy group claims that over 8,000 extra-judicial executions and enforced disappearances took place in the state between 1980 and 1995.
“Beneath the slick surface of gleaming high-rises, however, it is a repressive place, where the government severely restricts what can be said, published, performed, read, or watched,” the 133-page report said.
Years of stigmatisation and harassment have pushed members of the Pardhi and other Adivasi communities in Bhopal to come together and protest police impunity.
The UN defines genocide as acts meant to destroy a national, ethnic, racial or religious group in whole or in part.
The somewhat cynical rationale seems to be that humanitarian workers will leave if enough pressure is applied, and migrants will stop coming to Calais.
According to the UN, about a third of the world’s 47 least developed countries, described as the poorest of the world’s poor, are threatened by global warming and sea-level rise.
Palestinian citizens of Israel enjoy some equality in the Jewish State, but many insist that occupation still exists inside Israel. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the unrecognised Bedouin villages of the Negev desert.
Today’s victims may not be in iron fetters, but most are poverty-stricken and forced to migrate for work, believing it presents an opportunity to change their lives and support their families.
For the Srebrenica investigations, between 1996 and 2001, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia conducted exhumations at 23 sites, while a further 20 mass graves were probed to confirm that they contained human remains.
In the numerous camps that have popped up and public buildings commandeered to absorb the displaced, Oromo and Somali tell equally convincing stories of ethnic violence, primarily carried out, they claim, by each region’s special police.
It is not as though people don’t know that septic tanks and manholes are deathtraps, yet manual scavenging continues.
The UN claims the substitute site for the Manus Island refugees is unfinished and inadequate.
A confidential State Department “dissent” memo said Tillerson breached the Child Soldiers Prevention Act when he decided to exclude Iraq, Myanmar and Afghanistan from a US list of offenders in the use of child soldiers.
UN troops on the ground have kept many countries in conflict from falling into total disarray. Yet, Africa seeks strategies to secure peace and stability on its own terms.
There are officially at least 1,400 unresolved cases of enforced disappearances in Pakistan, as noted by the International Court of Justice in 2016.
The move is part of efforts to provide protection for refugees and other vulnerable migrants who travel to Libya, often intending to attempt the dangerous sea crossing to Italy.
Some 75,000 people were killed and 8,000 went missing in the civil war that lasted 12 years.
The rights group urged all European countries to implement a moratorium on returns to Afghanistan until they can take place in safety and dignity.
Despite a generally abysmal human rights record, North Korea has shown improvement in one specific area: disability rights.
The award, which honours human rights defenders, went to the two activists for their “decades of campaigning for human rights” in Jammu and Kashmir.
Balochistan is the cauldron of the worst human rights violations in Pakistan, which does not have a good track record of upholding human rights in general.
India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka are included in the list that indicts 29 states as using a host of violent, retaliatory measures to silence human rights activists.
“The UN Security Council and concerned countries should impose targeted sanctions and an arms embargo on the Burmese military to end its ethnic cleansing campaign,” Human Rights Watch said.
“Why are you smitten with teenagers? Are you? I’m having my doubts. Are you gay or a pedophile?” he asked.
“What is our country, where are we from, where will we go; that is what I have to ask your people.”
Duterte unleashed the anti-drugs war after taking office in June last year following an election campaign in which he vowed to use deadly force to wipe out crime and drugs.