Memorandum on Human Rights Priorities for the European Union-Africa Summit

🕔08:53, 31.Mar 2014

The European Union (EU)-Africa summit provides an important opportunity to highlight crucial human rights developments in both Africa and Europe. Progress is being made on many human rights issues in an array of countries, but daunting challenges remain. The summit

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UK: Migrant Domestic Workers Face Serious Abuse

🕔08:13, 31.Mar 2014

(London) – Migrant domestic workers accompanying their employers to the United Kingdom are being subjected to serious abuses including forced labor, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The UK government is doing far too little to protect vulnerable workers,

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Pakistan: Draft Computer Crimes Law endangers freedom of expression

🕔02:37, 31.Mar 2014

ARTICLE 19 and Digital Rights Foundation Pakistan are concerned about the draft Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act of Pakistan 2014 (Draft Law) currently being prepared for presentation before the Pakistani Parliament. Although the Draft Law contains a number of welcome procedural safeguards, several

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Tunisia: Progress needed on access to information law

🕔02:34, 31.Mar 2014

A law that guarantees the right to information for all citizens must be adopted ahead of presidential and legislative elections later this year. ARTICLE 19 urges the interim government and Tunisian National Constituent Assembly (ANC) to take action to ensure

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Human Rights Council: states must reject proposed amendments to resolution on peaceful protest

🕔02:31, 31.Mar 2014

ARTICLE 19 together with 15 other leading international human rights organisations has called on Member States of the Human Rights Council to reject amendments, proposed by South Africa and a group of “like minded States”, to weaken a resolution on promoting

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Pakistan:Blasts in KP leave nineteen injured

🕔02:24, 31.Mar 2014

PESHAWAR: Nineteen people were injured on Sunday after two blasts in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Sixteen people were injured in a blast near Bara Qadeem area of Sarband near the border of Khyber Agency.Two of the injured are said to be in

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Empty victory

🕔02:20, 31.Mar 2014

International Women’s Day: a celebration of respect, appreciation, and love towards women. Dating over a century back, this day esteems women for their social, political, and economic achievements. Names the likes of Emmeline Pankhurst (fighter for Women’s Suffrage), Evita Peron (founder of the Female

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Pakistan:Slavery on capital’s doorstep

🕔02:15, 31.Mar 2014

ISLAMABAD: Sajid Hussain, 24, has not visited his home in the Bahawalpur district after he started working in a brick kiln in the Losar village near Rawat about three years back. Hussain misses his family but it is impossible for

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Syria forces in heavy counterattack on rebels in Latakia

🕔02:08, 31.Mar 2014

AL BASSIT: Syrian government forces intensified their shelling Wednesday of positions seized by rebels in the coastal province of Latakia, focusing on the Kasab border crossing into Turkey, an army officer said. The province is the historic heartland of President

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Suicide bombers attack foreigners in Kabul

🕔02:04, 31.Mar 2014

KABUL: A group of Afghan Taliban insurgents forced their way into a guesthouse used by foreigners in an upscale residential part of the capital Kabul on Friday, police said. A gunbattle erupted and military convoys were dispatched to secure the

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Bomb kills Afghan coalition service member

🕔01:59, 31.Mar 2014

KANDAHAR: The international military coalition in Afghanistan says a roadside bomb has killed one service member in a southeastern province. Coalition spokesman Capt. Patrick Simmons confirmed the death.The bomb was set off by remote control Sunday as a convoy reached

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Gunmen kill seven soldiers in Iraq

🕔01:56, 31.Mar 2014

BAGHDAD: Iraqi authorities say gunmen killed seven soldiers during an attack at a security checkpoint near a northern city. Police officials say attackers sprayed with bullets a group of troops manning a checkpoint early Sunday near the city of Mosul,

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Militants attack Afghan election headquarters in Kabul

Militants attack Afghan election headquarters in Kabul

🕔16:20, 30.Mar 2014

Afghan policemen run to jump on their car as Taliban militants attacked the main Afghan election commission’s headquarters on the outskirts of Kabul. KABUL: Insurgents wearing burqas unleashed rockets and gunfire on the Afghan election commission’s headquarters in Kabul on

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Pakistan:In most cases, acid attackers go scot-free

🕔06:39, 29.Mar 2014

ISLAMABAD: Victims of acid attacks have had fewer reasons to smile especially when they are denied justice. The Ministry for Law, Justice and Human Rights told the National Assembly on Friday that most of the offenders in the 290 cases

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Pakistan:Women activists, religious parties differ on domestic violence

🕔06:35, 29.Mar 2014

PESHAWAR: Women rights activists and female members of the provincial assembly from a religio-political party seemed to be at odds over the definition of domestic violence during a consultation in the capital city on Friday on lacunae in a bill

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Central African Republic: Siege on Capital’s Muslims

🕔06:21, 29.Mar 2014

(Bangui) – Thousands of residents in the last remaining Muslim neighborhoods in the Central African Republic’s capital have been under repeated attack. They are neither safe enough to remain peaceably in Bangui, the capital, nor to travel to other areas. Since

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Saudi Arabia: Obama, on Visit, Should Raise Rights

🕔06:15, 29.Mar 2014

(Beirut) – President Barack Obama should raise human rights issues during his visit to Saudi Arabiaon March 28-30, 2014. His visit comes as Saudi authorities are clamping down on civil society activists and peaceful dissidents, and have arrested and deported at

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Rwanda: Justice Progress after Genocide

🕔06:10, 29.Mar 2014

(Nairobi) – Significant progress has been made in national and international courts to bring to justice those responsible for the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, Human Rights Watch said today in a briefing paper marking the 20th anniversary of the genocide. The

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Emirati netizen Osama Najjar arrested

🕔06:07, 29.Mar 2014

Reporters Without Borders calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Osama Najjar, a netizen and activist held since 17 March, and voices concern about his state of health, as he was arrested the day after undergoing an operation and does not

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Turkey follows Twitter shutdown by blocking access to YouTube

🕔05:53, 29.Mar 2014

The Turkish government’s decision to close down YouTube by administrative order is a disastrous move for freedom of expression and the right to access information in Turkey, Human Rights Watch said today (March 27, 2014). The government similarly closed down Twitter on

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Chinese tourists are inadvertently reporting on the Tibetan struggle

Chinese tourists are inadvertently reporting on the Tibetan struggle

🕔05:42, 29.Mar 2014

While Tibetans face fierce internet restrictions, Chinese tourists appear to be breaching “the great Firewall of China” by sharing holiday snaps with friends back home. 28 March 2014 Index on Censorship  Policemen from the Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team

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Reforms to U.S. government data collection could curb surveillance abuses

🕔05:38, 29.Mar 2014

President Barack Obama’s proposal to end the government’s bulk collection of phone records in the United States could be a significant step forward, but important questions remain unanswered, Human Rights Watch said today. President Obama announced the proposal on March

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The dangers of Bloomberg's China blindness

🕔05:35, 29.Mar 2014

Last week, the chairman of Bloomberg LP indicated that the company is backing away from its admirable investigative reporting on China’s elite, apparently with the aim of protecting its core financial-data business from political reprisals. This is alarming for many

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A response to UK rules restricting prisoners' access to books

🕔05:33, 29.Mar 2014

There are people out there who claim they can make things go viral. They are lying. They are the digital version of economists, confidently asserting they can predict the behaviour of millions of barely-rational people, when nothing of the sort

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Lebanese government moves to control expression in the online realm

🕔05:22, 29.Mar 2014

Although Lebanon has long been considered to have one of the most open and diverse media environments in a region dominated by dictatorships, it is no stranger to restrictions on free expression. What makes the Lebanese case so unique is that,

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UN Rights Council members urged to reject proposed amendments to resolution on peaceful protest

🕔05:10, 29.Mar 2014

ARTICLE 19 together with 15 other leading international human rights organisations has called on Member States of the Human Rights Council to reject amendments, proposed by South Africa and a group of “like minded States”, to weaken a resolution on

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Saudi Arabia: Obama, on Visit, Should Raise Rights

🕔19:00, 28.Mar 2014

(Beirut) – President Barack Obama should raise human rights issues during his visit to Saudi Arabia on March 28-30, 2014. His visit comes as Saudi authorities are clamping down on civil society activists and peaceful dissidents, and have arrested and deported at

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Whether Princesses or Paupers, Long Road to Saudi Women’s Rights

🕔18:50, 28.Mar 2014

Despite small reforms, Saudi women are still not treated as full legal adults   MARCH 28, 2014 Author(s): Rothna Begum and Adam Coogle Published in: Independent   When the story broke earlier this month of four Saudi princesses allegedly confined to their Jeddah home

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North Korea: Rights Body Calls for Prosecuting Leadership

🕔13:07, 28.Mar 2014

(Geneva) – The UN Human Rights Council sent a clear message on March 28, 2014 that North Korean leaders should be brought to justice through Security Council action. The Human Rights Council, in a resolution, endorsed the report of its

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Central African Republic: Siege on Capital’s Muslims

🕔12:13, 28.Mar 2014

(Bangui) – Thousands of residents in the last remaining Muslim neighborhoods in the Central African Republic’s capital have been under repeated attack. They are neither safe enough to remain peaceably in Bangui, the capital, nor to travel to other areas. Since

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