Video: Women, ‘the weight of culture’ and female genital mutilation

Human rights activists say that the risk of girls being taken to be mutilated in parts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East, increases during the long summer break.

Turkey announces decision to suspend “temporarily” European Convention on Human Rights commitments

Article 15 of the convention allows for derogation in times of public emergency threatening the life of a nation. It has been used in the past by other member states, most recently by France and by Ukraine.

Greece: Court rules against “haircut” on bonds human rights challenge

Judges ruled today that the “haircut” on bonds held by individuals geared to restructuring the Greek public debt during the crisis did not violate their property rights.

Turkey: Nils Muižnieks condemns “contemptible” failed coup

“I rejoice in the fact that the Turkish people unambiguously foiled this attempt, and that all democratic political currents and leaders stood united against it,” the Commissioner for Human Rights declared today.

United Kingdom: Grand Chamber to examine murder suspect’s USA extradition complaint

Phillip Harkins complains about his extradition to the United States, alleging that a first degree murder conviction in the United States carries a mandatory sentence of life in prison without parole.