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Human Rights
On September 4th, 77.000 people were demonstrating, in different cities of France, against the expulsion of Roma people from the French territory. A new policy was introduced in July giving the right to shut down 300 illegal camps around the country, and speeding up the deportation of Roma people. (Full Story)
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani’s son and lawyer, Sajjad Ghaderzadeh and Houtan Kian respectively, were arrested along with two German journalists in Tabriz on 10 October 2010 at 1900 hours local time. The security forces raided the lawyer’s office where an interview was taking place and arrested all four. (Full Story)
Tehran (Iran) — In an appeal addressed to the President and Members of the UN Human Rights Council, the dissident Iranian cleric Ayatollah Hossein Kazemeyni Boroujerdi has called on the United Nations and its relevant organs “to investigate the abuses taking place in Iran and the Middle East as a consequence of intervention of religion into politics thus paving the way for the passage of a resolution supporting the separation of state from religion.” (Full Story)
My name is Sajad Ghaderzadeh. I am the son of Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani. I know that my mother’s name is by now familiar to you. I also know that you are aware that she has been sentenced to death by stoning by the Islamic Republic of Iran.
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The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Dr. Shamsul Bari, issued a strong warning on the security, human rights and humanitarian situation in the country, including Somaliland and Puntland. Dr. Bari described as "extremely serious" the situation in South and Central Somalia, where civilians continue to bear the brunt of the fighting between forces of the Transitional Federal Government forces (TFG) and Islamist armed groups.
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After the Chinese authorities unprecedentedly confirmed - then denied - that prominent Christian human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng has disappeared after years of imprisonment, torture and house arrest, Edward McMillan-Scott, a senior MEP and one of Gao's key supporters, called Thursday on the Beijing regime to produce Gao and to allow him to join his family in the United States.
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Governments responsible for serious human rights violations have over the past year intensified attacks against human rights defenders and organizations that document abuse, Human Rights Watch said in its World Report 2010.
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Yemen has witnessed the first female journalist to be sentenced to prison for insulting the president. Two years ago, "Anisa Mohammed Ali Osman" published two opinion articles : " Bullying children.. by presidential orders" and “Power: A monster on the armless .. a blind mouse on enemies ". (Full Story)
A video apparently showing extra-judicial killings by Sri Lankan troops is genuine, a UN envoy has said. An independent United Nations human rights expert said today there are strong indications that the video of alleged extrajudicial executions by Sri Lankan soldiers that aired last August on British television is authentic, and called for an inquiry into possible war crimes committed during the conflict with Tamil rebels.
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The human rights situation in China is becoming increasingly worse according to new research released by Maplecroft, a UK firm that analyses global risks for business. (Full Story)
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