U.N. Tribunal weighs in on atrocity against Bosnian women & the Radovan Karadžić Conviction

Jessica Buchleitner with International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia Editor: Lys Anzia WNN Interviews Global Footage of the March 24, 2016 judgement against former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadžić via International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. ICTY/United Nations (WNN) The Hague, Netherlands – For the last 20 years, former Bosnian Serb army leader Radovan […]

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 […]

Peru's indigenous hero Ruth Buendia wins Goldman Environmental Prize

Peru's indigenous hero Ruth Buendia wins Goldman Environmental Prize

Mitra Taj for Thomson Reuters Foundation – WNN Breaking (WNN/TRF) Lima, PERU, SOUTH AMERICA: An indigenous activist whose lawsuits helped derail plans to dam Peruvian rivers to supply electricity to Brazil has won a top environmental award in the United States, prize organizers said on Monday. Ruth Buendia, a 37-year-old leader of the Ashaninka people in […]

“Atrocity is not something that can be ignored,” Stopping gender-based violence in war

“Atrocity is not something that can be ignored,” Stopping gender-based violence in war

WNN Features (WNN) Denver, Colorado, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: As WNN – Women News Network works with the Nobel Women’s Initiative to introduce an amazing group of global women rights defenders, following the  16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence Campaign, WNN asked each of the heroines the same vital question: As we get close to […]

Are some U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan war crimes? Amnesty International says yes

Are some U.S. drone strikes in Pakistan war crimes? Amnesty International says yes

WNN Justice (WNN) New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: Recently assessing that civilian deaths through drone strikes in Pakistan may amount to war crimes, Amnesty International has released a groundbreaking new report on how U.S. drones are also killing those who are innocent. To bring the facts forward, Amnesty International carefully studied 45 drone strikes that […]

UN investigators close to official determination of chemical attack in Syria

UN investigators close to official determination of chemical attack in Syria

WNN Breaking (WNN/UN) United Nations, New York, UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: With the United Nations chemical weapons team working “around the clock” to expedite analyses of samples taken in Syria, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called on Security Council members to unite and develop an appropriate response should allegations regarding the use of such weapons prove true. […]

School children face heightened dangers as Syrian conflict escalates

School children face heightened dangers as Syrian conflict escalates

Lys Anzia – WNN Features (WNN) Geneva, Switzerland, UNITED NATIONS: Chronicling an increasing amount of evidence in actions of crime against humanity and using a weapon of mass destruction during the ongoing and escalating crisis in Syria, a United Nations Human Rights Council commission in Geneva has publicly released a definitive statement this week. The […]

Caught between the Right & the Left: Protecting the religious rights of global women

Caught between the Right & the Left: Protecting the religious rights of global women

Meredith Tax – WNN Religion & Belief (WNN/OD) New York, N.Y. UNITED STATES, AMERICAS: I have spent the last twenty years working on issues of women and religious censorship.  As a feminist activist in International PEN and then in Women’s WORLD, I couldn’t help noticing that increasing numbers of women writers were being targeted by […]

Advocates hope more stringent laws will help prevent bride kidnapping

Advocates hope more stringent laws will help prevent bride kidnapping

WNN Breaking (WNN) Bishkek, KYRGYZSTAN, CENTRAL ASIA: A new legislative bill has just been brought into law in the Parliament of Kyrgyzstan and signed into practice by Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev. The new more stringent legislation now hopes to strengthen the legal protections for women under the conditions of bride kidnapping in the region. The crime, […]

International Criminal Court not ‘targeting’ only Africans says Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

International Criminal Court not ‘targeting’ only Africans says Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda

Peter Clottey – WNN Justice (WNN/ICC/VOA) The Hague, Geneva, SWITZERLAND: The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) says she rejects any suggestion that the tribunal has unfairly targeted African countries. Fatou Bensouda, who became chief prosecutor last June after eight years as deputy chief prosecutor, said in an interview it will take a […]