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NEWS ON HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES WORLDWIDE

Dramatic increase in forced displacement of children due to the climate crisis

In a new report released today, UNICEF reveals that the number of Caribbean children displaced by storms has risen approximately six-fold in the past five years. Catastrophic tropical cyclones and hurricanes uprooted an estimated 761,000 children in the region between 2014 and 2018, which also was the hottest five-year period on record. The preceding five-year … Read more →

Madrid Climate Summit ‘COP25’ opens

UN delegates gathered in Madrid on 2 December for the opening of ‘COP25’ Climate Change Conference. The conference will be held from 2 -13 December in Madrid and comes as a next step in the process of advancing UN initiatives on climate change. The summit is expected to be attended by delegates from 197 countries … Read more →

Justice for murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia as Malta’s PM resigns following mass protests

On Sunday 1 December, Malta’s prime minister Joseph Muscat announced that he will resign next month following protests over a 2017 car bombing that killed Daphne Caruana Galizia, a prominent anti-corruption journalist. Mr Muscat was under pressure to quit over his former top aide’s alleged links to the killing of the journalist. The resignation is … Read more →

Turkey: Human rights defenders risk 15 years of imprisonment

More than two years after they were first detained, Turkey’s State Prosecutor has made a request for the conviction of Amnesty Turkey’s honorary chair, Taner Kılıç, former director İdil Eser and four other human rights defenders on terrorism-related charges. If convicted, they risk up to 15 years imprisonment. The next, and presumably final trial hearing, … Read more →

Leaked documents expose how China ‘brainwashes’ Uyghur minorities in prison camps

Documents leaked on Sunday outline the structure, daily life and ideological framework behind a vast chain of Chinese internment camps that detain at least one million people, the majority of whom are Uyghur’s and others from the country’s Muslim minorities. The classified government papers, which were obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), … Read more →

UK Foreign Office repatriates three British orphans of I.S parents

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced that a small number of British children that were orphaned during the Syria war are being repatriated. The BBC reports that the three children were handed over to a delegation from the Foreign Office, had left Syria and were “doing very well”. There are more than 60 British children … Read more →

“Absolutely no mercy”: Leaked documents reveal the details of China’s crackdown on Uyghur Muslims

On Saturday 16 November, the New York Times revealed a collection of leaked Chinese government documents that expose details of its clampdown on Uyghurs and other Muslims in the country’s northwestern Xinjiang region. The 400 pages of documents disclosed how President Xi Jinping conceived of the “re-education” campaign against the Uyghurs, which has been internationally … Read more →

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 … Read more →

Conservative pledge to amend the Human Rights Act could end in Britain leaving the European Convention on Human Rights

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make an election pledge to amend the Human Rights Act in an effort to stop military veterans being prosecuted over killings that took place during The Troubles. The pledge comes as six former soldiers who served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles are facing prosecution. However, legal experts suggest that … Read more →

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