Europe & America

  • Winter Olympics 2014: Migrant Labour Abuse in Russia 07 Feb 2013

    Winter Olympics 2014: Migrant Labour Abuse in Russia

    A Human Rights Watch report released on February 6, says intensive construction at the 2014 Winter Olympics venue in Sochi, Russia has come at the cost of human rights abuses of migrant workers. The reports say some employers at key Olympic sites cheated workers out of wages, confiscated workers’ documents, made them work long hours and denied them adequate rest. Sochi’s mayor has played down the allegations saying he has had only two complaints from those working on the... read more


  • Kyrgyzstan: Extradition to Uzbekistan despite serious risk of torture 05 Feb 2013

    Kyrgyzstan: Extradition to Uzbekistan despite serious risk of torture

    Khabibullo Sulaimanov, former Imam to Uzbekistan, is being extradited to Uzbekistan on religious extremism-related charges. Sulaimanov will be at serious risk of torture on Uzebikstan. On February 5, 2013, the court is scheduled to hear an appeal of the prosecutor general’s decision to extradite Khabibullo Sulaimanov. The authorities appear to have stalled Sulaimanov’s efforts to register as an asylum seeker in Kyrgyzstan. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees sought access to Sulaimanov at a temporary detention center in Bishkek,... read more


  • Red Cross;  Millions of Europeans are living lives of “quiet desperation” 04 Feb 2013

    Red Cross; Millions of Europeans are living lives of “quiet desperation”

    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the IFRC, warned on Wednesday that millions of people in Europe are living lives of “quiet desperation.” read more


  • UAE reaffirms human rights commitment at UN 31 Jan 2013

    UAE reaffirms human rights commitment at UN

    Geneva: The UAE government on Monday submitted a report on the progress that the country has made in promoting and protecting human rights, at the United Nations in Geneva. In an effort to improve the protection of human rights across the world, the UN Human Rights Council holds a public review of each of the 193 member states of the UN once every four years to examine areas where they have done well and areas for further improvement. This... read more


  • Peaceful protestors imprisoned in Azerbaijan 31 Jan 2013

    Peaceful protestors imprisoned in Azerbaijan

    Scores of activists were detained and five were sentenced to prison following a peaceful protest in Azerbaijan on Saturday. The arrest of around 80 peaceful protesters, 30 of whom were then charged, came just days after the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) failed to pass a resolution on political prisoners calling on Azerbaijan to cease arresting and prosecuting peaceful protesters. Saturday’s protest began as a peaceful gathering of more than 200 people in three separate locations... read more


  • Government failing to protect rights of children 26 Jan 2013

    Government failing to protect rights of children

    A total of 43 children died as a result of “deliberately inflicted injury, abuse or neglect” in 2011-12 read more


  • Romanian children are experiencing human rights abuse 17 Jan 2013

    Romanian children are experiencing human rights abuse

    The poverty rates among Roma are four times higher than for non-Romani. Research on the situation of Romani children in South East Europe indicates that they experience human rights abuses on a large scale. In every country, they are the ones that are the most vulnerable to poverty, deprivation, and lack of access to healthcare and education. Every new generation is at risk of being left out, thus perpetuating the cycle of poverty and social exclusion. Though the extent... read more


  • 18,659 Polish women suffer from domestic violence 17 Jan 2013

    18,659 Polish women suffer from domestic violence

    38% of Poles know at least one family where physical violence occurs, and 7% claimed to know of at least one family where sexual violence takes place According to a survey carried out in November by research Centre SMG KRC on behalf of the Ministry of  Labour and Social Policy in Poland, One in five considers domestic violence to be the norm in Polish society. 38% of Poles know at least one family where physical violence occurs, and 7%... read more


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