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NEWS ON HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES WORLDWIDE

Hundreds of Syrian ‘White Helmet’ Rescuers Evacuated

“They saved over 115,00 lives in Syria.” Jeremy Hunt, UK Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Israel has evacuated a number of White Helmet rescuers from Syria to safety in Jordan through the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. Around 422 Syrians were transported, including 98  White Helmet volunteers and their family members. Why are they being evacuated? … Read more →

Refugee children in Greece

Denied basic right to education Refugee children stranded in camps in Greece are being denied the right to an education. Despite Greek laws that insist on the right of migrant and asylum-seeking children to an education, severe policies and unfulfilled promises made by the government mean many are missing out on education, with some children … Read more →

Nicaragua Crisis: International Community Calls for Peaceful End

The protests began on 16 April when students in Managua started a protest after a failure of government to adequately respond to forest fires in the Indio Maiz Nature Reserve, which contains some of Nicaragua’s most protected rainforest. The incident was described by a Nicaraguan ecologist as being ‘the most dramatic ecological disaster ever experienced … Read more →

Deadly Protests In Southern Iraq

Basic resources cut in Basra State of emergency declared as violent protests erupt Iraq’s second-largest city, Basra, faces a humanitarian crisis as protests erupted on the streets last week. Protests have now been ongoing for several days and have left a number of people injured and an estimated three fatalities. Hundreds of Iraqis took to … Read more →

Human rights abuses in Turkish-controlled Syria

A new UN report details human rights violations in the Turkish-controlled areas of Syria. The June OHCHR report was published amidst the renewal of clashes between Turkish-backed rebel factions in Afrin, which have killed an unknown number of people. Clashes recently broke out between rebels of the al-Jabha al-Shamiyya and the al-Mu’tasim groups, showing a … Read more →

Eritrea and Ethiopia: peace at last

A model for future conflict resolution? For the first time in decades, Ethiopia and neighbouring state Eritrea are at peace. Eritrea’s Information Minister Yemane Meskel tweeted, “the state of war that existed between the two countries has come to an end…a new era of peace and friendship has been ushered. Both countries will work to … Read more →

First spousal visa issued to same-sex couple in Hong Kong

Same-sex couple issued Hong Kong spousal visa: a turning point for LGBTI rights in Asia A British woman, known as ‘QT’, has gained the right to live and work legally with her wife in Hong Kong, marking a major turning point for LGBTI people in Asia. In order for a couple to live and work … Read more →

270,000 People Displaced in Southern Syria

UN: “Worst Year in Syria’s Humanitarian Crisis” Syrian regime attempts to take the south west Over 270,000 people have been displaced in the last fortnight in Syria following new heavy fighting in the south west of Syria. UNHCR’s spokesman in Jordan, Mohammad Hawari, told Reuters: “Our latest update shows the figure of displaced across southern … Read more →

India: The World’s Most Dangerous Country for Women

A recent Thomson Reuters survey concluded that India was the most unsafe country for women in the world, ranking number 1 above Afghanistan, Syria, Somalia and Saudi Arabia at 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively. A surprise entry on the list was the USA arriving 10th on the poll, rated as the 3rd most dangerous … Read more →

US Withdraws from United Nations Human Rights Council

US shock the International Community in Withdrawal from the UNHRC In a move that has shocked the international community, the US announced its decision to withdraw from the United Nations Human Rights Council. The address, delivered by Nikki Haley, US Ambassador to the UN, criticised the international human rights organisation for being “hypocritical” and making … Read more →

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