Guatemala stokes conflict around mining by failing to consult communities

19 September 2014

The Guatemalan government is fuelling the fires of conflict by failing to consult local communities before awarding mining licences to companies.

Thailand: Release activist imprisoned for allegedly insulting the monarchy

19 September 2014

A Thai court’s decision to uphold a 10-year prison sentence given to an editor and social activist for allegedly insulting the royal family continues the relentless erosion of free speech in the country.

Egypt: Critically ill hunger-striker denied crucial medical care

19 September 2014

The Egyptian authorities are putting at risk the life of a jailed activist, whose health has sharply deteriorated after more than 230 days on hunger strike, by denying him sustained medical care and placing him in solitary confinement.

Ireland’s new abortion guidelines endanger the lives and rights of women and girls

19 September 2014

Ireland’s latest guidelines on abortion are mere window-dressing that will confuse health professionals and endanger women’s lives and rights.

Ireland’s new abortion guidelines endanger the lives and rights of women and girls

19 September 2014

Ireland’s latest guidelines on abortion are mere window-dressing that will confuse health professionals and endanger women’s lives and rights.

Nigeria’s torture chambers exposed in new report

18 September 2014

Nigeria’s police and military routinely torture women, men, and children – some as young as 12 – using a wide range of methods including beatings, shootings and rape

Qatar: New cybercrimes law endangers freedom of expression

18 September 2014

A controversial new cybercrimes law that criminalizes the spreading of “false news” on the internet poses a serious threat to freedom of expression in Qatar.

Thailand: Military trial of peaceful protesters an “affront to justice”

18 September 2014

The conviction of four peaceful protesters by a Thai military court today is an affront to justice and another sign of repression under military rule. 

Iran ‘Happy’ dancers sentenced to jail and flogging in flagrant assault on freedom of expression

18 September 2014

The Iranian authorities’ sentencing of seven people for making a homemade video of the Pharrell Williams’ song, “Happy”, reveals the authorities’ contempt for freedom of expression.

CAR: Full deployment of UN peacekeepers urgently needed to protect civilian lives

15 September 2014

The new United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic must be urgently brought up to full capacity to enable it to ensure the protection of a civilian population vulnerable to serious human rights violations.

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