Two unexploded grenades have been discovered in Bossangoa Cathedral in the Central African Republic, reports Fides. Last week, World Watch Monitor reported that the interfaith conflict in the country is escalating, while Human Rights Watch has released a report on what it calls the world’s “forgotten human rights crisis”.
The UN Commission of Inquiry set up to investigate human rights violations in North Korea has presented its interim report. “What we have seen and heard so far – the specificity, detail and shocking character of the personal testimony – appears without doubt to demand follow-up action by the world . . . Read More
A new report from The Committee for Human Rights in North Korea states that an “extremely high” number of prisoners are detained on political grounds, while countless others are unaccounted for or have died in detention. “Through this vast system of unlawful imprisonment, the North Korean regime isolates, banishes, punishes . . . Read More
Human rights groups are blasting Nigeria for hosting Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir at an African Union health summit, and have demanded his arrest on genocide charges from the International Criminal Court. However, a spokesman for Nigeria President Goodluck Jonathan says “Nigeria is not in a position to determine who attends . . . Read More
The head of the Libyan Parliament’s Human Rights Committee has resigned and fled to London, saying he’s received death threats. Hassan Al-Amin, prominent for his long opposition to the Gaddafi regime, recently spoke out against armed gangs and militias in his Misrata area. His self-imposed exile comes as hostilities against . . . Read More
Pakistan’s rigid system of prohibiting Muslims from changing their religion status on their national ID cards nearly cost a Punjab politician his post – even though he has always been a Christian. Rana Asif Mahmood’s political opponents in April sought to disqualify him from the Punjab Provincial Assembly seat reserved . . . Read More
The main defense lawyer for Iranian pastor Yousef Nadarkhani, who is appealing a death sentence, may be facing imminent imprisonment for defending the rights of Iranians, according to Amnesty International. Mohammad Ali Dadkhah, a prominent human rights activist, had been sentenced in July to a nine-year prison sentence and a . . . Read More
Confirmation this week of China’s assertion in December that human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng is alive and serving out a prison sentence is key as efforts continue for his release, a human rights lawyer said. Gao, a Christian whose advocacy for religious minorities led to his conviction in 2006 for “subversion,” . . . Read More