Category - human rights

  • November 23, 2016

    An executive decree issued yesterday by the Turkish authorities has ordered the permanent closure of 375 non-governmental organisations under state of emergency powers.

  • November 22, 2016

    The extent to which violence is embedded in society means that uprooting it is everyone’s job, senior UN officials said yesterday (21 , lamenting that violence against women and girls continue to be a low priority on the international development agenda and urging more action and more funding to end the pandemic of such violence now, once and for all.

  • November 10, 2016

    Statelessness robs individuals of their identity and their most fundamental human rights, acknowledged a webinar on Global Action Plan to End Statelessness on 4 November 2016. The webinar was organised by World Council of Churches to assess the work achieved since the launch of the #IBelong Campaign to end statelessness by the UNHCR in 2014.

  • October 27, 2016

    Pakistan’s interior ministry yesterday handed down a so-called ‘black warrant’ confirming that it plans to hang Imdad Ali, who suffers from paranoid schizophrenia, next Wednesday.

  • October 7, 2016

    The closure of eight independent news and current affairs-focused TV channels effectively ends critical television news reporting in Turkey, says Human Rights Watch. The channels are among 23 television and radio stations reported by the media to face closure on the basis of a Turkish government decree.

  • October 5, 2016

    The World Council of Churches co-organised a discussion in Geneva on 28 September entitled Rebuilding from below: The role of local civil society in South Sudan.

  • September 26, 2016

    At 6.45pm on Thursday 6 October former Guantanamo Bay prisoner, Moazzam Begg, and Chris Cole, Director of Drone Wars UK, join conversation with Pat Gaffney, co-ordinator of Pax Christi U

  • September 16, 2016

    At a joint consultation on the Holy Land, the World Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA released a statement calling for an end to the denial of rights and generations of suffering in the Holy Land.

  • 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 1, 2016

    The release of four Congolese pro-democracy activists, including Amnesty International Prisoners of Conscience Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala, is cause for celebration but they remain at risk of re-arrest unless the charges are dropped, Amnesty International has warned.