NGOs

At its meeting in Vienna on 6 September, 2013, the members of the International Coordinating Committee of the World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations" adopted the following resolution:

More than 150 countries have either abolished the death penalty or do not practice it.

Regional organizations must find ways to expand their cooperation and dialogue to address increasingly interconnected global challenges, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told a high-level debate in the Security Council today.

The United Nations refugee agency has expressed concern about the arbitrary detention of an increasing number of Syrian refugees by Egyptian military and security personnel in the North African country.

Dubai Human Rights Watch (HRW) has called on the UAE not to deport migrant workers for staging a rare strike to demand better pay and work conditions.

Human Rights Watch has called on Saudi Arabia to hold a fair trial for a prominent Shia cleric Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, who is an outspoken critic of the Al Saud regime.

Syrian families continue to flee across borders. This photograph was taken at the Jordan border.

Since the Human Rights Council adopted a resolution at its March 2012 session calling for action, the Sri Lankan government has taken no significant steps to provide justice for victims of abuse and accountability for those responsible for war crimes and violations of human rights in the country.  Instead, over the last year, the Sri Lankan government has continued its assault on civil society, human rights defenders and media.

The British medical journal Lancet reported that the US-led unprovoked 2003 bombing, invasion and military take-over of Iraq-which NATO officially joined in 2004 in a 'training' capacity-had resulted in over 665,000 civilian deaths by 2006, and 200,000 in the UN-authorized, 1991 Desert Storm massacre led primarily by the US with several NATO allies. No cries for accountability, no Resolutions, no fact-finding missions and no Pillai statements. That is to be expected. We would all honor fair play. That however is lacking in Sri Lanka's case.

A United Nations expert group is warning that too many gaps remain in implementing new safeguards among businesses based in the United States, both in terms of their domestic and international operations, to ensure the protection of human rights of workers and communities affected by those operations.

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