World News

  • February 24, 2016

    The UNHCR has expressed concern at recent restrictive practices adopted in a number of European countries that are placing additional undue hardships on refugees and asylum-seekers across Europe..

  • February 23, 2016

    Indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon have suffered from three oil spills in two months.

  • February 22, 2016

    Despite claims by the Pakistan Government that it is targeting terrorists with the death penalty, new research has shown that just one in ten of those executed since 2014 could either be linked to a proscribed terrorist organisation or were executed for offences which fit the definition of ‘terrorism’.

  • February 20, 2016

    Yesterday (19 February) the last imprisoned member of the ‘Angola 3’, Albert Woodfox, was released after more than four decades in solitary confinement, on his 69th birthday in a move Amnesty International called "long overdue and undeniably just".

  • February 19, 2016

    Survival International, the global movement for tribal peoples' rights, reveals that a rancher targeting the land of an uncontacted tribe in the Amazon is a former state deputy labelled “the most corrupt politician in Brazil.”

  • February 18, 2016

    As United Nations relief wing convoys reached five besieged towns in Syria with aid yesterday (17 February), the Office of the United Nations Special Envoy for the country announced that a task force will meet for a second time  to discuss humanitarian access issues.

  • February 17, 2016

    As World Health Organisation officials briefed United Nations Member States in New York yesterday (16 February) on the Zika virus outbreak, the agency launched a global strategy to guide the international response to the spread of the virus and the neonatal malformations and neurological conditions associated with it.

  • February 16, 2016

    Attacks on at least two medical facilities in Syria yesterday (15 February) are just the latest of scores of apparently deliberate attacks on hospitals, clinics and medical personnel being committed in flagrant violation of international humanitarian law, says Amnesty International .

  • February 15, 2016

    The General Secretary of the World Council of Churches, the Rev Dr Olav Fykse Tveit, has issued a statement on behalf of the Council hailing the historic meeting of Pope Francis, pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church, and Patriarch Kirill, primate of the Russian Orthodox Church.

  • February 15, 2016

    The United Nations has reported that Afghan hostilities in 2015 left more than 3,500 civilians dead, including an unprecedented number of children – one in four casualties over the past year was a child – and nearly 7,500 others wounded, making this the highest number of civilian casualties recorded.