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Las Vegas gunman's estate could offer rare redress for victims.

By Tina Bellon NEW YORK - Victims of mass shootings in the United States often win little or no damages from perpetrators but the Las Vegas massacre may be different because the shooter is thought to have been a wealthy man, lawyers said. While there are often few assets to collect from the young men who typically carry out ...

- Yahoo! News - US

UNAMID hands over three more team sites in Darfur.

October 17, 2017 - The hybrid peacekeeping mission in Darfur has handed over three team sites in South and West Darfur states to the Sudanese government. In a brief statement seen by Sudan Tribune on Tuesday, the Mission said it handed over its “Forobaranga team site, in West Darfur, to the Government of Sudan”. ...

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CIA watchdog nominee says he never read torture report.

President Donald Trump's nominee to be the CIA's independent watchdog told Congress on Tuesday that he's never read the Senate's so-called torture report, an exhaustive, classified report of the agency's treatment of terror suspects after 9/11.

- FOX News - US

CIA says mistakenly 'shredded' U.S. Senate torture report then did not | Reuters.

The post CIA says mistakenly 'shredded' U.S. Senate torture report then did not | Reuters appeared first on Firstpost.

- Firstpost - IN

KSHRC takes stock of prisoners' conditions at B'luru Central Jail.

Members of the Karnataka State Human Rights Commission visited the Central Prisons at Parappana Agrahara on Tuesday to take stock of cases related to human rights violations.Though senior officials from the prison and the KSHRC termed the visit a regular one, sources in the prison said that the purpose of the visit was to ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

Vegas hotel security guard's disappearance draws attention.

The hotel security guard wounded by the Las Vegas shooter inside a hotel before the concert massacre canceled scheduled TV interviews last week because of a medical appointment, a missed appearance that raised questions about the whereabouts of a witness

- ABC News - US

CIA says mistakenly 'shredded' Senate torture report then did not.

By Patricia Zengerle WASHINGTON - The Central Intelligence Agency thought for months that it had mistakenly shredded a massive U.S. Senate report on its use of waterboarding and other "enhanced interrogation techniques" before suddenly discovering that its copy had not been lost after all, an agency official said on ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Indonesia massacres: Declassified US files shed new light.

Newly declassified documents show US embassies knew about mass killings in Indonesia in the 1960s.

- BBC - UK

European court: Russian opposition leader Alexi Navalny's conviction 'arbitrary'.

Russia's leading critic of President Vladimir Putin was convicted for money laundering and fraud in 2014. The European Court of Human Rights has heavily criticized that decision in a new ruling.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

'Calculated' food shortages starving Rohingya out of Myanmar, rights group says.

A human rights organisation says the Myanmar army is deliberately starving Rohingya Muslims to force them to flee to Bangladesh, with more than half a million having already escaped across the border.

- ABC News - AU

Victims should take centre-stage in corporate human rights.

NEW YORK – Victims seeking redress for corporate human rights abuses are suffering intimidation, harassment, detention and in some cases even murder, a group of UN experts has warned, setting out new proposals to give victims a key ...

- Scoop NZ - NZ

'Man tortured 8yo boy to death because he thought he was gay'

A man accused of conspiring with his girlfriend to savagely torture and murder her 8-year-old son wanted the boy dead because he thought he was gay, a prosecutor has said.Jon Hatami, a prosecutor for Los Angeles County District...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

ECHR awards Navalny brothers over 80,000 euros in compensation in Yves Rocher case

The European Court of Human Rights has found that the proceedings against opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg Navalny in a criminal case in which they were charged with and convicted of embezzling Yves Rocher's assets were unlawful and awarded them a total of over 80,000 euros in compensation. “The ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

When violence closes schools, Afghan girls are the most vulnerable

While more children haven been attending school in Afghanistan over the past several years, threats from Islamic militants undermines that progress. Human rights organizations say that when schools face challenges or closures, young girls are the first to feel the effects.

- Christian Science Monitor - US

Las Vegas security guard shot by Stephen Paddock has vanished

The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino security guard shot by Stephen Paddock and hailed a hero for possibly saving lives in the Las Vegas massacre has gone missing. Jesus Campos vanished shortly before he was scheduled to appear on numerous television networks last week to share his story about encount...

- The Raw Story - US

Investor 'Dr. Doom' who appears on Fox Business pens shockingly racist screed , and stands by it

The author of an influential investing newsletter admits he may be racist for defending slavery and white supremacy. Marc Faber, a Swiss investor and who appears on financial TV as “Dr. Doom,” attacked “liberal hypocrites” and expressed plainly racist views in his most recent...

- The Raw Story - US

Los Angeles man tortured girlfriend's 8-year-old to death because he thought boy was gay: prosecutor

In opening statements in the trial of an Los Angeles man accused of killing his girlfriend's 8-year-old son, prosecutors state the boy was tortured to death because the boyfriend thought he was gay. According to KTLA, Isauro Aguirre is facing a charge of murder with a special circumstance of t...

- The Raw Story - US

Efforts to boost Afghan girls' access to education failing, says HRW

Source: Human Rights Watch Country: Afghanistan Insecurity, government inaction, and donor disengagement are reversing vital gains made in educating girls, according to a report released on Tuesday by Human Rights Watch. Afghanistan: Girls Struggle for an Education Insecurity, Government Inaction, and Donor Disengagement ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Gay Russian speaks out on police torture in Chechnya

A gay man living in Chechnya on Monday went public to describe his detention and torture by police during a crackdown on homosexuals in the region ruled by strongman Ramzan Kadryov.Maxim Lapunov, who...

- Expatica - NL

Human Rights Court Says Navalny Unfairly Convicted In 'Yves Rocher Case'

The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russian opposition politician Aleksei Navalny and his brother Oleg were unfairly convicted of financial crimes at trial in the so-called Yves Rocher case in 2014.

- Radio Free Europe - US

DR Congo wins seat on UN rights council despite US opposition

The Democratic Republic of Congo was elected to the UN Human Rights Council on Monday despite opposition from the United States and a leading rights group.

- TheCitizen - TZ

Amnesty International officials among 11 facing Turkey 'terror' trial

Eleven human rights activists, including two local heads of Amnesty International, who were charged with links to terror groups will go on trial in Turkey on October 25.

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Ukraine becomes part of UN Human Rights Council for 2018-2020

Ukraine has been elected a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council for 2018-2020, according to the country’s Permanent Mission to the UN.


Rights body slams Qatari raids on citizens

Emirates Association for Human Rights denounced freezing of assets of Shaikh Abdullah and Shaikh Sultan

- GulfNews - AE

Structural reform of UN Human Rights treaty bodies urged

New Delhi, Oct 17 A two-day Asian regional consultation of international experts on reform of UN Human Rights treaty bodies has urged significant changes to the UN mechanisms to improve and monitor implementation by member countries.

- Yahoo! News - US

Sangeet Som`s ignorance of history is really monumental: Javed Akhtar on Taj Mahal controversy

Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan described Rashtrapati Bhavan as a sign of slavery.

- Zee News - IN

Islamic State Defeated in Syria’s Raqqa

The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces said Tuesday they seized the last remaining areas of Raqqa, Syria from Islamic State militants. A spokesman for the SDF, which is made up of Kurdish and Arab militias, told reporters the fighting in Raqqa was over.  The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights also ...

- Voice of America - US

Mexico: Mental Health Bill Undermines Disability Rights

– Mexico's Congressional Mental Health and Drug Commission is considering a national mental health bill that would seriously jeopardize the rights of people with disabilities, Human Rights Watch said today. In a letter sent on October 16, 2017, to the Commission on Health and Drugs in the Chamber of Deputies, Human Rights ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Radical Right Populist Success in Elections Endangers Human Rights in Europe

Expand A woman walks past election campaign poster of far right Freedom Party head and top candidate Heinz-Christian Strache and People's Party top candidate and Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz in Vienna, Austria October 4, 2017. Poster reads "islamization needs to be stopped" and "this time Kurz". © 2017 Reuters Earlier ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Global Medical Body Condemns Forced Anal Exams

Expand Forced anal exams are used in at least eight countries to seek proof' of homosexual conduct. The World Medical Association has called on doctors to take the lead in ending them.   ©2017 Bwana Mdogo for National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission – Doctors, medical professionals, and national medical ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Getting Tough with Aliyev

The Trump Administration should use the Magnitsky Act to punish human rights abuses and corruption in Azerbaijan. The post Getting Tough with Aliyev appeared first on The American Interest.

- The American Interest - US

Suhakam calls for human rights-centric Budget 2018

Commission identifies critical areas in need of funds, including immigration detention centres.

- Malaysiakini - MY

Muslim Teen's Slaying Now a Death Penalty Case

The man accused of killing a Muslim teenager in a case that drew national attention in June will face the death penalty. Prosecutors in Fairfax, Va., laid out their case Monday in the slaying of 17-year-old Nabra Hassanen, and it includes a disturbing new revelation. For the first time, authorities...

- Newser - US

North Korea defector: Hundreds of 'reformers' killed after Jang Song Thaek purge

North Korea's Kim Jong Un ordered the massacre of hundreds of officers and their families, a former senior North Korean economic official said.

- UPI - US | KZN family massacre accused appears in court

A 24-year-old KwaZulu-Natal man has appeared in the Pinetown Magistrate's Court on charges relating to the massacre of a family of five in Marianhill.

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Primary school asks children to dress up as 'dirty' slaves for Black History Month

St Winefride's Catholic Primary School apologises after letter sent to parents encouraging children to dress up for a special assembly on slavery in Black History Month.

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Pakistani engineer working on Jalalabad-Torkham highway project kidnapped

Video shows kidnappers subjecting Malik Faiz to severe torture; family told to pay $1 million ransom within four days The post Pakistani engineer working on Jalalabad-Torkham highway project kidnapped appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Nepal, Afghanistan, Pakistan elected to UN Human Rights Council

United Nations, Oct 17 Three of India's neighbours, Nepal, Afghanistan and Pakistan, have been elected to the UN Human Rights Council for a three year period from 2018. Nepal, which was elected for the first time since the UN's policy-making body was formed in 2006, secured 166 votes, the highest in the Asia-Pacific group. ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Taj Mahal controversy: Azam Khan terms Rashtrapati Bhavan, Lal Qila as 'symbol of slavery', demands demolition

Samajwadi Party's veteran leader Azam Khan, on Tuesday, jumped in the ongoing controversy over the Taj Mahal and described Rashtrapati Bhavan as a symbol of slavery. The Samajwadi party leader said that buildings and monuments constructed in India by past rulers should be destroyed.

- Yahoo! News - US

Suspect arrested in Punjab not involved in Karachi knife attacks: DIG EAST

KARACHI: The mystery of a spate of knife attacks on women in Karachi remains unresolved, as one lead after another fails to yield any substantial results.In his briefing to a Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights on Tuesday, DIG East Sultan Khawaja said the knife attack suspect recently arrested in Punjab, identified as ...

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Peru will be Part of the UN Human Rights Council

Peru was appointed a member of the UN Human Rights Council for 2018-2020.  Peru is expected to keep growing economically during this coming year, but it seems like the economy is not the only area where Peru is expected to grow. Peru has won the election to be on the human rights council for 2018-2020, The post Peru will ...

- Peruthisweek - PE

Man faces capital rape, murder charges in death of Muslim teen Nabra Hassanen

Darwin Martinez-Torres faces capital rape and murder charges which allows Virginia prosecutors to pursue death penalty case in Nabra Hassanen's death.         


Turkey's brain drain: Turning their backs on limited freedom, declining economy

According to a report by Turkey's main opposition party, thousands of Turks chose to leave their country following last year's coup attempt on July 16. Most say they are worried about the future of their country, including human rights, the economy, and the Islamisation of society. Students, academics, and entrepreneurs are ...

- France24 - FR

Croatian 1990s General Pleads Not Guilty to War Crimes

Croatian wartime general Branimir Glavas, now an MP, and five others accused of war crimes against Serb civilians in the city of Osijek in 1991-92 pleaded not guilty at Zagreb county court.

- Balkan Insight - UK

UN Prosecutor to Report Croatia to Security Council

The prosecutor at the UN war crimes court for the former Yugoslavia, Serge Brammertz, said he will report Croatia to the UN Security Council for non-cooperation with Bosnia and Herzegovina.

- Balkan Insight - UK

Mogadishu massacre: A gravedigger's worst nightmare

Mohamed Hassan describes the painful process of burying missing limbs blown off by Saturday's truck explosion.

- Al Jazeera - QA

Madrid and Catalonia clash over jailed pro-independence leaders as protests called

Authorities in Madrid and Barcelona locked horns over whether two jailed Catalan pro-independence leaders were political prisoners, as their detention looked set to reignite secessionist ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Russian opposition leader's fraud conviction arbitrary, Europe's top rights court says

STRASBOURG, France - Europe's top human rights court ruled on Tuesday that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny's conviction for fraud in 2014 had been "arbitrary and manifestly unreasonable" and ordered Russia to pay him compensation.

- Reuters - US

Why just Taj, demolish Rashtrapati Bhavan, parl house: Azam

Monuments such as the Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Parliament House and the Red Fort should be demolished as they too are "symbols of slavery" just as the Taj Mahal, Samajwadi Party general secretary Azam Khan has said.The SP MLAs remarks last night came in response to BJP MLA Sangeet Soms comments questioning the Taj Mahals ...

- Deccan Herald - IN

America's opioid genocide

There is a genocide going on in this country. And it is a judgment on this nation that we all but ignore it. We treat other lethal threats much more seriously. Many Americans are rightly concerned with the problem of seemingly unpredictable mass shootings carried out by terrorists or random murderous lunatics. It is easy to ...

- The Week - US