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U.N. Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, launches seven-point “Call to Action” on human rights at the opening of the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council

The head of the United Nations used his opening speech of the 43rd session of the Human Rights Council to launch a seven-point “Call to Action” on human rights. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made the appeal to countries, businesses and all people to help renew and revive human rights across the globe in what marks … Read more →

Number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan exceeds 10,000 for the sixth year in a row

More than 10,000 civilians in Afghanistan were killed and injured last year, according to a new United Nations report that details record-high levels of civilian harm in the ongoing conflict. The report, entitled Afghanistan Annual Report on Protection of Civilians in Armed Conflict: 2019, documents 3,403 civilians killed and 6,989 injured – with the majority … Read more →

The Home Office launches new points based immigration system for the UK

On Wednesday 19 February, 2020, UK Home Secretary Priti Patel launched a new “points based” immigration system which will take effect from 1 January 2021. The new scheme delivers on the Conservative party’s electoral promise to end free movement and lower the levels of immigration into the UK – both key ‘vote leave’ campaign promises … Read more →

Recent spike in arrivals has collapsed Greece’s refugee reception system leaving thousands in inhumane conditions

Greece’s reception system for migrants has collapsed in light of a spike of arrivals over the past few months. Turkey’s recent police operations, that involved removing refugees and asylum seekers from its western coastal cities and sending them back to the regions where they were registered, has pushed Greece’s current accomodation to capacity. Between September … Read more →

Research suggests “fake news” will worsen the coronavirus epidemic

Research suggests “fake news” will worsen the coronavirus epidemic. New research published on Friday 14 February shows that “fake news” – including misinformation and inaccurate advice – can lead to worsening outbreaks of disease, such as the current coronavirus epidemic (COVID-19). Scientists at the University of East Anglia (UEA) have analysed how the spread of … Read more →

Home Office faces last minute legal challenges against a plan to forcibly return up to 50 Jamaican-born from the UK

The UK government is pushing ahead with its decision to forcibly return dozens of Jamaicans living in the UK on a flight scheduled for Tuesday 11 February. The government has defended its decision despite last-minute legal challenges by people due to be on board, and concerns that Windrush citizens could be among those removed. The … Read more →

Switzerland votes to approve legislation to protect LGBTQ+ rights in referendum

On Sunday 9 February, voters in Switzerland backed a proposal to make discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and sexual identity illegal. Unlike many of its western European neighbours, Switzerland has no law in force that specifically protects LGBTQ+ people from discrimination or hate speech. Mathias Reynard, a Social Democrat who drafted the legislation, … Read more →

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