2014

Current Human Rights in the News: 2014

JANUARY 2014

UN humanitarian community urge protection , access to aid for Syrian children. Against the backdrop of peace talks on Syria which opened today in Switzerland, senior United Nations humanitarian officials have joined international aid organizations calling for the protection of Syrian children, 11,000 of whom have been killed and 4 million forced to flee their homes over the past three years.

FEBRUARY 2014

Gender equality must be enshrined in all post-2015 development goals – UN Rights Chief. The United Nations committee mandated to ensure compliance with the global treaty to end all forms of discrimination against women opened a new session today with a call for gender equality to be fully integrated into the post-2015 agenda.

Human rights groups urge Olympic corporate sponsors to speak out against Russia’s policies. Corporate sponsors of the Sochi Winter Olympics should act now to urge Russia to halt the rising tide of discrimination, harassment and threats against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people, 40 of the world’s leading human rights and LGBT groups said today, in a joint open letter.

Ugandan Anti-Gay Law signed; Bill threatens life in prison for “Aggravated Homosexuality”. The U.N.’s top human rights official bashed the signing of a strict new anti-gay law in Uganda on Monday, saying the law was not only discriminatory, but is likely to complicate efforts to combat AIDS in the country.

MARCH 2014

State Department Report for Human Rights Practices 2013

Central African Republic: UN probe set to investigate reports of rights violations. Underscoring the Central African Republic’s (CAR) history of coups, violence and impunity, the head of a United Nations inquiry warned today that the spread of hate speech and the collapse of law and order in the strife-riven country are likely precursors to grave human rights violations, including genocide.

Equality for women means progress for all, UN officials declare, marking International Day. To mark International Women’s Day, the United Nations family is spotlighting a simple truth: achieving equality for women and girls is essential not merely because it is a matter of fairness and fundamental human rights, but because progress in so many other areas depends on it.

DECEMBER 2014

The Senate Committee’s Report on the CIA’s use of Torture