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  • 22 Jul 2017

    The High Court decided yesterday that the trial involving the rendition and torture of a leading Gaddafi opponent and his pregnant wife should be conducted in secret.

  • 21 Jul 2017

    The Maldives authorities must immediately halt its first execution planned in more than 60 years and preserve its positive death penalty record, Amnesty International said yesterday.

  • 21 Jul 2017

    As schools break-up for six weeks of summer holidays, parents are faced with the impossible task of juggling work, childcare and all its associated costs. Fresh research by the New Economics Foundation reveals the scale of the challenge parents face this summer.

  • 20 Jul 2017

    Last week, young Jewish, Muslim and Christian students learned about communication and peacebuilding during a workshop at the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva, all with the hope of serving as peacemakers in their own contexts. The session was led by Marianne Ejdersten, director of Communication at the World Council of Churches.

  • 20 Jul 2017

    The poorest households have experienced higher inflation than the richest households since the start of the year, the Resolution Foundation says, in response to the latest inflation figures, which saw CPIH fall to 2.6 per cent in June.

  • 19 Jul 2017

    A court decision to remand six human rights defenders to pretrial detention on alleged terrorism charges without evidence of any criminal wrongdoing is a shameful day for Turkey’s judiciary, says Human Rights Watch.

  • 19 Jul 2017

    The Government’s 2017 drug strategy could risk contributing to the death penalty for drug offences overseas, human rights organisation Reprieve has said.

  • 18 Jul 2017

    Prison reform will not succeed unless the violence and prevalence of drugs in jail are addressed and prisoners are unlocked for more of the working day, said Peter Clarke, Chief Inspector of Prisons. Today he published his second annual report, for 2016-17.

  • 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.