People and Power

  • September 8, 2016

    In an official press release, the organisers of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games have accused Brazilian tribal peoples of infanticide, sexual abuse, rape, slavery, torture and other “harmful traditional practices”, prompting outrage among human rights campaigners.

  • September 2, 2016

    Voicing deep concerns about the unfolding electoral crisis in Gabon, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon yesterday called for restraint and the upholding of international standards of human rights there. He  expressed UN support for a transparent verification of its recent presidential election results.

  • September 1, 2016

    The Electoral Reform Society says the "glaring democratic deficiencies" of the EU referendum debate must never be allowed to happen again.

  • August 29, 2016

    The UN Secretary-General is deeply concerned over the tense situation that has developed in the narrow buffer strip in south-western Western Sahara border as a result of changes in the status quo and the introduction of armed units from Morocco and the Polisario Front in close proximity to each other.

  • August 29, 2016

    The  Ministry of Justice has refused to declassify files about its work with Bangladeshi prison guards, as an elderly British journalist enters his fourth month of detention without charge.

  • August 26, 2016

    The Electoral Reform Society  is to aunch a major report into the conduct of the EU referendum next Thursday (1September 2016).

  • August 25, 2016

    Christian Aid and its partners have warmly welcomed the announcement of the final agreement between the Colombian government and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) guerrilla group. They also urge the government to ensure implementation of the agreement and dismantle paramilitary groups as a matter or priority, to guarantee lasting peace.

  • August 24, 2016

    The legacy of the Rio 2016 Olympics has been one of police killings and the suppression of peaceful protest, said Amnesty International as the Games concluded over the weekend.

  • August 23, 2016

    The UK government's refusal to answer questions about political interference in a decision not to bring charges over British complicity in renditions has been challenged by the international human rights group Reprieve.

  • August 19, 2016

    Forest fires are raging in an indigenous territory on the edge of the Brazilian Amazon, threatening to wipe out uncontacted members of the Awá tribe.