Human Rights

United States | Expert Report From the Moscow Mechanism for Human Rights Abuses in Chechnya

United States – Today the United States welcomes the expert, fact-finding report on human rights violations and abuses in the Russian Federation’s Republic of Chechnya and impunity for them, which we believe to be a particularly serious threat to Russia’s fulfillment of its Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) human dimension commitments. This … Continue reading United States | Expert Report From the Moscow Mechanism for Human Rights Abuses in Chechnya

MARRAKECH, Morocco | At a glance: The new UN migration pact

MARRAKECH, Morocco — A United Nations accord, the “Global Compact on Migration,” adopted Monday by 164 U.N. members, but not the United States, aims to improve the treatment of migrants worldwide. Here, at a glance, are key points and details: WHAT IS IT? A non-binding, voluntary agreement that aims to ensure “safe, orderly and regular … Continue reading MARRAKECH, Morocco | At a glance: The new UN migration pact

United States | Release Human Rights Activist Farhad Meisami

United States – We are deeply concerned about the rapidly deteriorating health of Dr. Farhad Meisami, a human rights activist, whom the Iranian regime arbitrarily arrested for peacefully protesting in support of Iranian women’s rights. Dr. Meisami began a hunger strike four months ago to protest his arrest and detention in the notorious Evin prison, … Continue reading United States | Release Human Rights Activist Farhad Meisami

BEIRUT | UN: Aid mission driver wounded by gunfire in eastern Syria

BEIRUT— Gunmen opened fire at the convoy of a joint humanitarian assessment mission in eastern Syria, the United Nations said Saturday, wounding a local driver in one of the country’s most remote areas where fighting against Islamic State militants has displaced thousands. The attack on Thursday complicated an already dire situation, where a lack of … Continue reading BEIRUT | UN: Aid mission driver wounded by gunfire in eastern Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria | Syrian officials: More than 100 wounded in chemical attack

DAMASCUS, Syria — A Syrian official and the state news agency say more than 100 people have been treated at hospitals after a suspected poison gas attack by rebels in the northern city of Aleppo, updating an earlier toll. Forensic Medicine General Director Zaher Hajo told The Associated Press Sunday that those wounded the night before were … Continue reading DAMASCUS, Syria | Syrian officials: More than 100 wounded in chemical attack

ANKARA, Turkey | EU officials in Turkey to discuss faltering membership bid

ANKARA, Turkey— The European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn are meeting Turkish officials for talks focusing on Turkey’s long-stalled membership bid. Hahn said on Twitter that the two would address priority issues, including rule of law and human rights, during Thursday’s meetings in Ankara, Turkey’s capital. Their visit … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | EU officials in Turkey to discuss faltering membership bid

STRASBOURG, France | The Latest: Russia’s arrests of Navalny ruled as political

STRASBOURG, France— The Latest on a European court ruling on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says his win at the European Court of Human Rights is important for other political activists in Russia who are targeted by the state. The court in Strasbourg on Thursday … Continue reading STRASBOURG, France | The Latest: Russia’s arrests of Navalny ruled as political

United States | Deterioration of Civil Liberties and Human Rights in Tanzania

United States – The United States government is deeply concerned over escalating attacks and legislative actions by the Government of Tanzania that violate civil liberties and human rights, creating an atmosphere of violence, intimidation, and discrimination. We are troubled by the continued arrests and harassment of marginalized persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, … Continue reading United States | Deterioration of Civil Liberties and Human Rights in Tanzania