Day: March 14, 2013

Syria crisis: rebel war crimes increasing says Amnesty • Rebels resorting to kidnap, torture and summary killings

• Amnesty International has documented an increase in war crimes and other human rights abuses committed by rebel groups including hostage taking, torture and summary killings. Its Middle East and North Africa deputy director Ann Harrison said: “While the vast majority of war crimes and other gross violations continue to […]

UN rights council adopts Swiss report – Switzerland has rejected calls from numerous states to reverse the ban on the construction of new minarets.

by Simon Bradley, in Geneva, swissinfo.ch Mar 14, 2013 – Switzerland has vowed to improve its human rights record and has accepted 100 suggestions by other states at the UN Human Rights Council. Activists commend the Swiss authorities’ inclusive approach but say they lack “political courage”. The final report of […]