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Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh sentenced to 38 years and 148 lashes

On 11 March, Iranian defence lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh, known for representing women who have protested having to wear the headscarf, was sentenced, whilst in prison without going to court, to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. She was charged with several national security-related offences, all of which she denies. Nasrin, laureate of the Sakharov … Read more →

UK Foreign Secretary Calls for Support for Children of Militant Groups

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt has released a statement on the UK’s consideration of how to bring back the children of Britons, who left the UK to join militant groups. He said he was working with Penny Mordaunt, the International Development Secretary, on how children could be safely returned. “We have been looking at how … Read more →

Turkey Expels Three German Journalists

Turkey has expelled three German journalists, igniting fresh concern over deteriorating press freedom in a country with a history of silencing opposition voices. Two of the journalists left the country on Sunday 10 March, while the third is already in Germany. The reporters were given 10 days to leave the country and, according to the … Read more →

IOHR says #ItsNotAMatch on International Women’s Day

International Women’s Day (IWD) takes place on 8 March and is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender equality campaigns around the world. IWD has been observed since the early 1900s when women started to demand equality. In … Read more →

Over 1,500 people gather to call for an end to death penalty

On 26 February, the 7th World Congress Against the Death Penalty began at the European Parliament in Brussels. Organised by ECPM, it is the world’s leading abolitionist event and the International Observatory of Human Rights is attending the four-day conference together with 1,500 politicians, 150 other NGOs as well as lawyers and researchers from over … Read more →

Venezuela: Maduro’s human rights abuses reach a peak

Venezuela is in turmoil as another weekend of violence has seen four people die and hundreds injured. The violent protests took place at the Venezuelan border with Colombia, when opposition activists gathered at the Simón Bolívar bridge that connects the two countries, to urge authorities to allow humanitarian aid to enter Venezuela. Last month a … Read more →

Over 100 British children born to ISIS members remain trapped in Syria

Thousands of children from around the world remain trapped in Syria facing an uncertain and dangerous future as the debate over what to do with these children rages. Among them are an estimated 100 children born to British IS members and many remain stuck in refugee camps, where they are being held away from the … Read more →

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