Category - human rights

  • 5 Feb 2014

    UK housing minister Kris Hopkins has tried to dismiss a critical report by UN special rapporteur Raquel Rolnik as a "misleading Marxist diatribe". But it is clear that the government is failing to meet important human rights obligations, at a heavy human cost.

  • 5 Feb 2014

    Sri Lankan government minister GL Peiris has tried to justify a wave of attacks on churches and mosques, claiming that these were simply community reactions to unauthorised facilities. The state’s refusal to protect religious minorities further undermines human rights in Sri Lanka overall.

  • 29 Jan 2014

    Archbishop Nicholas Okoh has praised Nigeria’s president for signing an anti-gay bill into law and criticised its opponents, according to a Channels Television news report. The new law, misleadingly called the Same Sex Marriage (Prohibition) Act, goes far further in undermining human rights, contrary to Nigeria’s constitution and Christian values.

  • 24 Jan 2014

    The Egyptian authorities are using every resource at their disposal to quash dissent and trample on human rights, says Amnesty.

  • 23 Jan 2014

    Burma's government must act to end to attacks and abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State, says Fortify Rights.

  • 23 Jan 2014

    A special adviser on media and publicity to Nigeria’s president is trying to justify a brutally oppressive new law by claiming that it reflects national and religious values. Meanwhile signatures are being gathered for a petition asking the archbishops of Canterbury and York to speak out against this law. Overseas faith leaders may need to choose their words carefully if they are to be most effective.

  • 18 Jan 2014

    Some Nigerian Christian leaders have tried to defend a new law that violates human rights and is contrary to Jesus’ call to love one’s neighbour as oneself. All too often, churches are captive to the prejudices and power-games that dominate their society and era.

  • 30 Dec 2013

    The UN has called on Iraqi to ensure maximum security for 3,200 Iranian exiles in a camp near Baghdad airport.

  • 28 Dec 2013

    The office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says Uganda's new anti-gay law is colonial and discriminatory.

  • 17 Dec 2013

    China’s abolition of the 'Re-education Through Labour' (RTL) system risks being no more than a cosmetic change, says Amnesty.