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  • 18 Jul 2017

    Civilians lives – including those of women and children – continue to be lost at record high levels amid a worsening toll of suicide attacks, the United Nations mission in Afghanistan said yesterday, calling on anti-government forces to stop indiscriminate attacks against civilians as well as on the Government to stop using mortars and rockets in populated areas.

  • 18 Jul 2017

    A government minister has condemned the use of the death penalty by Saudi Arabia in response to questions in Parliament about the imminent execution of 14 men for protest-related offences, including a number who were children at the time of their alleged offences. The group includes a disabled man and a promising student who was just 17 when he was arrested on his way to study in the United States.

  • 17 Jul 2017

    The first ever action plan specifically designed to enable religious leaders to prevent incitement to violence – the Plan of Action for Religious Leaders and Actors to Prevent Incitement to Violence that Could Lead to Atrocity Crimes – was launched on 14 July  2017 by Secretary-General António Guterres at a meeting at UN Headquarters in New York.

  • 17 Jul 2017

    The mini living standards boom between 2013 and 2015 came to an abrupt halt in the year running up to the recent general election, with income growth halving to just 0.7 per cent, according to a major new report published on 15 July 2017 by the Resolution Foundation.

  • 15 Jul 2017

    There are urgent concerns that 14 Saudi Arabian men accused of protest-related offences are facing imminent execution. The group, including disabled Munir al-Adam and juvenile Mujtaba’a al-Sweikat, have been moved to the Saudi capital Riyadh in the last few hours according to reports received by the human rights organisation Reprieve.

  • 14 Jul 2017

    Twenty-nine indigenous organisations from across South America have come together in Brazil to condemn governments for failing to protect the lives and lands of uncontacted tribes – a situation they say is tantamount to genocide.

  • 14 Jul 2017

    Amnesty International UK and Liberty yesterday (13 July 2017) jointly called on the Government to ensure the Brexit process does not roll back the rights and freedoms of people in the UK – and to include this formal commitment in the text of the Repeal Bill.

  • 13 Jul 2017

    Member countries  of the International Criminal Court should increase their support for this essential court of last resort as its 20th anniversary nears, Human Rights Watch said today.

  • 13 Jul 2017

    Private renters are not pressing landlords to carry out repairs to their home over fears they will be evicted, reveals Citizens Advice.

  • 12 Jul 2017

    A far-reaching review into modern employment practices was yesterday described by the Law Society of England and Wales as “a clarion call for meaningful reform of our employment laws”.

  • 12 Jul 2017

    Unless the international community contributes $200 million to address the cholera outbreak in Yemen, the United Nations humanitarian arm will be forced to “reprogramme” more resources tagged for malnutrition in the country already facing famine, a senior official said yesterday (11 July 2017).

  • 12 Jul 2017

    Leading academics and democracy campaigners are to hold a ‘Citizens’ Assembly’ on Brexit this September, in a bid to raise the quality of public debate around the options for leaving the EU.

  • 11 Jul 2017

    The Saudi authorities have executed four men who were convicted in a secret ‘terrorism’ court – including at least one  man who was convicted on charges relating to protests. It marks the first execution coming from the terrorism court since a mass execution in January 2016, in which several protesters convicted at the court were killed.

  • 11 Jul 2017

    Talk about political maladroitness and a reluctance to read the signs. Indeed, the #GCCCrisis should never have been tackled in this dramatic way in the first place.

  • 11 Jul 2017

    In the wake of official announcement of Mosul’s liberation from the so-called ‘Islamic State’ group, World Council of Churches General Secretary, the  Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has called for a commitment to restoring the social and religious diversity of the city and region.