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Turkey begins deportation of IS militants

Turkey has begun its promised deportation of I.S members that are being held in camps. There are a reported 813 militants being held at 12 deportation centres across Turkey; the majority of whom will be sent back to European Union states. Another 287 people including women and children were captured by Turkey after its invasion of the Kurdish-held areas of Syria in October.
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UNA-UK celebrates UN Day 2019

United Nations Association UK celebrated UN Day 2019 by presenting Andrew Gilmour, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, with the Sir Brian Urquhart Award for Distinguished Service to the United Nations. Next year will mark the UN’s 75th anniversary.

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Sunny Jacobs on life after Death Row

Sonia ‘Sunny’ Jacobs persevered on death row for 28 years for a crime she did not commit. She was exonerated in 1992 but this reprieve came too late for her husband who was executed in 1990 by a faulty electric chair. He took 13 minutes to die. Sunny explains that her experience is that …

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No boundary for protection of journalists

From a multi-lateral to a local level, protection for journalists must be available for all. IOHR director Valerie Peay, Alistair King-Smith, Co-ordinator for Global Campaign on Media Freedom – UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Ruth Nesoba, Deployment Editor – BBC World Service …

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Andrew Gilmour, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights celebrates UN Day with UN-A in London

Andrew Gilmour, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights shared his views on multilateralism as he was presented the Sir Brian Urquhart Award for Distinguished Service to the UN at the UN Association celebration of UN Day reception.

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Campaigns

Our campaigns expose tyranny and human rights violations worldwide

#BeARefugeeSponsor

#BeARefugeeSponsor calls for the expansion and diversification of the UK Community Sponsorship resettlement scheme of Syrian refugees as the numbers of those displaced increases.

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#NotBornARadical

#NotBornARadical aims at preventing radicalism and countering extremism. IOHR focus on challenges of rehabilitation and reintegration programmes and how empowering the youth is key.

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#DefendJournalists

According to Reporters Without Borders, 2018 was the most dangerous year on record to be a journalist. A total of 80 were murdered, 348 were imprisoned and a further 60 were taken hostage.

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#ChildrenNotProfit

#ChildrenNotProfit calls on the government to waive citizenship fees for children and aims to increase public awareness of the extortionate Home Office citizenship fees and the severe implications of these on children’s lives.

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#BrexitvsYourRights

#BrexitvsYourRights. Under the current UK Withdrawal Bill to exit the European Union Bill your rights are potentially at risk. IOHR tracks the impact on your human rights and raises awareness after this historical measure.

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#FreeRouhaniHostages

During President Hassan Rouhani’s tenure, Iran has failed to live up to his promise to improve human rights. Iran has jailed up to 30 dual-nationals since 2015 including 19 Europeans, 7 Americans and have used them as bargaining chips for political gains

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Global Human Rights News

Nigeria intensifies crackdown on journalists and free speech

Human rights activists and civil society groups say that the muzzling of the press under President Muhammadu Buhari has raised the spectre of a return to the dark days of military rule in Nigeria and at least three journalists are currently detained in Nigeria. Since 1992, eleven journalists have been killed in Nigeria and a recent Amnesty report stated that between January and September 2019, at least 19 journalists and media practitioners suffered attacks. … Read more →

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The true cost of citizenship: IOHR bring Children Not Profit to party conferences

Between Saturday 21 September and Wednesday 25 September the seaside city of Brighton played host to this year’s Labour Party Conference. Following a successful fringe event at the Liberal Democrat Conference in Bournemouth last week, the International Observatory of Human Rights (IOHR) once again ventured to the south coast to raise issues relating to citizenship in front of a crowd of … Read more →

A Tribute to Hevrin Khalaf: “the loudest voice that fought for women’s rights in Syria”

On the afternoon of the 12th of October, Hevrin Khalaf was pulled from her vehicle, beaten and shot in an execution style murder on the side of a road, south of the Syrian town of Tel Abyad, also known as Gire Spi. She was also raped, and her body was mutilated. Her murderers were male troops belonging to the Free Syrian Army, a Syrian rebel group that is actively supported by Turkey, a member of NATO. We know all of this, because her murder, also now considered a war crime by … Read more →

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