Choking down freedom of digital expression in Thailand

Choking down freedom of digital expression in Thailand

WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNC) United Nations Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: The United Nations rights office today expressed serious concern over the prosecution and harsh sentencing of individuals in Thailand under the country’s so called lèse majesté law and its “chilling effects” on freedom of expression. In Geneva, Ms. Ravina Shamdasani, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner […]

UN expert Rita Izsak wants unlawful Sri Lanka deportations to end

UN expert Rita Izsak wants unlawful Sri Lanka deportations to end

WNN Breaking (WNN/UNNC) United Nations Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: United Nations human rights experts have expressed their grave concern over the detentions and forced deportations of Pakistani asylum seekers in Sri Lanka back to their homeland where violent attacks against religious minorities have spiked in recent years. “States must guarantee that every single asylum claim […]

Thailand cracks down on foreign use of surrogate mothers

Thailand cracks down on foreign use of surrogate mothers

Steve Herman for VOA – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Bangkok, THAILAND, SOUTH-EASTERN ASIA: Thailand is cracking down on a thriving but legally dubious industry where infertile foreign couples pay Thai women to bear children. Any foreigners leaving Thailand with children born to surrogate mothers here must now produce a court order verifying legal custody. That was […]

Kurdish woman journalist killed covering story on ISIS

Kurdish woman journalist killed covering story on ISIS

WNN Breaking (WNN) Denver, Colorado, U.S., AMERICAS: She was living in Ankara, Turkey and working as a news correspondent in the northern Iraqi region of conflict when she lost her life. Perhaps she would say she was doing what she love to do. But the death of Kurdish woman journalist Deniz Fırat is tragic regardless of […]

16-year-old Gaza surgeon's daughter tweets into celebrity

16-year-old Gaza surgeon's daughter tweets into celebrity

Nidal al-Mughrabi for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Breaking (WNN/TRF) GAZA, WESTERN ASIA: As bombs explode in Gaza, Palestinian teenager Farah Baker grabs her smartphone or laptop before ducking for cover to tap out tweets that capture the drama of the tumult and fear around her. The 16-year-old’s prolific posts on Twitter have made her […]

It's a current issue: human rights violations against Japan's ex-Comfort women

It's a current issue: human rights violations against Japan's ex-Comfort women

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN-OHCHR) United Nations, Geneva, SWITZERLAND, WESTERN EUROPE: UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Wednesday expressed profound regret that Japan has failed to pursue a comprehensive, impartial and lasting resolution of the issue of wartime sexual slavery, warning that the human rights of the victims, known as “comfort women”, continue to […]

Foreign health workers & U.S. experts weigh in on Ebola

Foreign health workers & U.S. experts weigh in on Ebola

WNN Breaking (WNN) New York, U.S., AMERICAS: As the latest in an accelerated aggressive Ebolavirus outbreak all but shuts down public operations in Liberia, two medical response team doctors, one from the UK and the other from Brazil, work with the United Nations World Health Organization (WHO) in the neighboring region of Liberia to help […]

Uganda constitutional court overturns anti-gay legislation

Uganda constitutional court overturns anti-gay legislation

Gabe Joselow for VOA – WNN Breaking (WNN/VOA) Nairobi, KENYA, EASTERN AFRICA: Uganda’s Constitutional Court has overturned a controversial anti-homosexuality law that made same sex acts punishable by up to life in prison. While the law was annulled because of procedural errors in its passing, rights groups still hailed the decision as a boost for […]