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Brussels: Protests over UN migration pact turn violent

Around 5,500 members of far-right groups in Belgium turned out onto the streets of Brussels to protest against the recent UN migration pact on 16 December. Protests started in front of the headquarters of the European Union in Brussels and were said to be organised by Belgian right-wing groups. Demonstrators held banners with slogans such … Read more →

Canadian Former Attorney General and Lawmakers call for sanctions on 19 Iranian officials

The Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human rights in Canada issued a report on 10 December 2018 calling for sanctions on 19 Iranian top officials for their complicity in repression of Iranian civil society. The report highlights what it names ‘profiles of oppression; profiles of 19 Iranian regime officials that have targeted Iranian-Canadians. The center is … Read more →

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights celebrates 70 Years

The 10th December 2018 marks 70 years since the ratification of the Human Rights Declaration. The internationally binding document put human rights firmly at the front of the public conscience and moreover enshrined human rights in law. At the launch of the website dedicated to the declaration, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid … Read more →

More than 150 countries to adopt UN migration accord

Today marks the opening of the intergovernmental conference in Marrakech, Morocco, centered around the United Nations Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration. The document is a wide-ranging framework for co-operation and sets out 23 objectives aimed at making global migration safer and more dignified for millions on the move. Canada and Germany are … Read more →

Positive Yemen peace talks underway in Sweden

Yemen Peace Talks have begun in Stockholm, Sweden on 6 December, at a time when the humanitarian crisis reaches a peak as a result of the four-year-long conflict. An estimated 10,000 people are said to have died in the conflict, however a University of Sussex research project says that this figure is a vast underestimation, … Read more →

Conservationists call on Iran to release Canadian Permanent resident Niloufar Bayani

A group of almost 300 conservationists from 66 countries are appealing to Iran to free the group of environmentalists charged with spying earlier this year including Niloufar Bayani a Canadian permanent resident. The eight environmentalists have been charged with national security crimes including spying, which if they are convicted is a crime punishable by death … Read more →

Syrian refugee stranded in Malaysian airport welcomed by Canadian sponsorship

After being stranded in Malaysia for almost 9 months, 37-year-old Syrian man, Hassan Al Kontar, has finally been granted asylum in Canada. Mr Al Kontar was stuck in Kuala Lumpur Airport from 7 March 2018 and on 1 October 2018 was subsequently detained in Malaysian immigration centres for a further 2 months, whilst awaiting a … Read more →

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