Ilmi Umerov

More Injustice in Crimea

Pierre Europe, Human Rights 0 Comments

The United States is deeply troubled by the September 27 conviction and two-year prison sentence for Crimean Tatar leader Ilmi Umerov in Russian-occupied Crimea. Mr. Umerov was convicted for his opposition to Russia’s attempted annexation of Crimea and given a harsher sentence than the Russian occupation prosecutor requested. “This compounds past injustices in the case,” said State Department spokesperson Heather …

Relatives of the six aid workers who were ambushed and killed grieve as they wait to collect and bury the bodies of their loved ones, outside the morgue in Juba, South Sudan.

The Most Dangerous Country for Aid Workers

Pierre Africa, Human Rights 0 Comments

The people of South Sudan are experiencing the world’s worst food security crisis, one caused not by drought or flood, but by man-made conflict: a power struggle between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President Riek Machar that spiraled into a civil war in late 2013. Famine was declared in part of South Sudan in early 2017, but with quick …

Mohammad Ali Taheri, An activist in Iran,

Spiritual Leader Sentenced to Death in Iran

Pierre Human Rights, Middle East 0 Comments

The Iranian government’s brutal intolerance of religious freedom continues. On August 27, a revolutionary court in Tehran sentenced Mohammad Ali Taheri, the founder of an Iranian spiritual movement, to death. He was charged with founding a religious cult and “spreading corruption on earth.” Mr. Taheri, who researched and taught alternative medicine at the university level, started an organization, known as …