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Afghan Civilians Bear Brunt of Death, Injury as US War Continues

By Jon Queally | Agencies | 20 Feb 2013

In a war that the US refuses to end in Afghanistan, the civilian population of that country continues to suffer the most with the UN reporting 2,754 civilian deaths and 4,805 civilian injuries in the country last year.

Investigation Confirms Rampant Torture in Afghan Prisons

By Jacob Chamberlain | Agencies | 12 Feb 2013

The use of torture within prisons controlled by Afghan security forces trained by the US military is still rampant in the country, according to the results of a two-week "fact-finding mission" by an internal Afghan government commission.

The findings, released Monday, confirm a U.N. report released last month that exposed widespread abuses among Afghan forces.

Israel Admits Forced Birth Control For Ethiopian Immigrants

By Beth Brogan | Agencies | 30 Jan 2013

The Israeli government has admitted to routinely forcing women of Ethiopian origin to be injected with long-acting birth control.

U.N. committee condemns Syria, Iran for rampant rights abuses

By Reuters | 28 Nov 2012

Many Libyans executed in Qaddafi capture — HRW

Source : Reuters | 17 Oct 2012

New evidence implicates Libyan militias in an apparent execution of dozens of detainees in rebel custody following the capture and death of Muammar Qaddafi last year, Human Rights Watch said.

In a report released on Wednesday detailing Qaddafi’s final hours on Oct. 20, 2011, the rights group said it had gathered evidence that Misrata-based militias captured and disarmed members of the dictator’s convoy and subjected them to brutal beatings.

UN says Israel must stop abusing Palestinian rights

By Nina Larson | AFP | 25 Sep 2012

Israel must do more to halt a string of serious violations of Palestinian human rights documented by a 2009 fact-finding mission, according to a UN report published yesterday.

There is a “need to more earnestly pursue accountability for the serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian law that were documented by the fact-finding mission,” Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

UN demands appropriate action as Syria abuses soar

Source : Agencies | 18 Sep 2012

United Nations investigators said yesterday they had expanded a secret list of Syrians and military units suspected of committing war crimes during the 18-month-old conflict, calling for “appropriate action” against perpetrators of atrocities in the war-torn country.

The human rights investigators, led by Paulo Pinheiro, said they had gathered “a formidable and extraordinary body of evidence” and urged the UN Security Council to refer the situation in Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

UK Accuses Israel of Violating Rights of Palestinian Children

Source : Agencies | 28 Jun 2012

The British government's Foreign Office has accused Israel of illegal mistreatment of Palestinian children after a report by a delegation of senior British lawyers revealed unconscionable practices, such as hooding, solitary confinement and the use of leg irons.

UN: Israeli Restrictions on NGOs Undermining Human Rights

Source : UNHR | Geneva | 30 Apr 2012

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday expressed deep concern about current or recent moves in a number of countries to curtail the freedom of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and other civil society actors to operate independently and effectively.

Rights group criticises Afghan 'moral crimes'

Source : Al Jazeera | 30 Mar 2012

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