Christian Aid has warned that unless the European Union takes greater action in response to the scale of the refugee crisis, more people will risk their lives in order to leave Greece, where some 40,000 people are currently stranded.
The United Nations’ expert on torture has condemned the use of the death penalty in countries including Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Iran, saying executions are “tantamount to torture”, and barred by international law.
Tomorrow (2 March) marks the centenary of the passing of the Military Service Act which brought compulsory military service into British law and with it, for the first time, the right to conscientious objection.
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.
A protester who was under 18 at the time of the alleged offences for which he was convicted was among the 47 people executed in a single day in Saudi Arabia earlier this year, research by international human rights organisation Reprieve has found.
Hundreds of extra-judicial killings, enforced disappearances, gang-rapes, sexual slavery, forced abortion, massive recruitment of child soldiers and indiscriminate attacks against civilians with entire villages burned down have been perpetrated by all in sides in South Sudan, says the UN.