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Rights groups call for UN investigation into Khashoggi’s death

A consortium of major human rights and press freedom organisations has called for a UN investigation into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Khashoggi disappeared on 2 October after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. At the time of his disappearance, Khashoggi was a 60 year-old journalist at the Washingon Post, who went to the … Read more →

Syrian refugees blocked from returning to ex-rebel held areas

Syrian residents attempting to return home to towns such as Qaboun and Darayya, neighbourhoods in Damascus, are being blocked from returning home by the Syrian government. Residents told Human Rights Watch that the government has also been, ‘demolishing their properties with no warning, and without providing alternative housing or compensation.’ Both areas have been set … Read more →

Over 240,000 people protest in Berlin against the extreme right-wing

More than 240,000 people marched against the rapid rise of far-right political parties and extremist groups in Berlin on 13 October. The protestors travelled from all over Germany to demand increased solidarity with migrants and marginalised groups. The group called for solidarity in the face of growing far-right populism and racism that has been spreading … Read more →

UK’s Counter-terrorism bill threatens freedom of expression

The UK’s Counter-Terrorism and Border Security bill will have its second reading in the House of Lords on 9 October 2018. Serious concern has been raised over the bill’s infringement on fundamental freedom of expression. Index on Censorship, RSF and other human rights organisations are campaigning to highlight the threat that the bill poses to … Read more →

Nobel Prize goes to defenders of violence against women

Nadia Murad and Denis Mukwege win joint prize for combatting war crimes Two brave human rights defenders are joint winners of the 2018 Nobel Peace prize for their work against sexual violence as a weapon of war. Nadia Murad is a Yazidi woman who was captured in 2014 by ISIS and gang raped in the … Read more →

UNGA: World Food Insecurity at ten-year high

‘Without food security there is no security’ The 73rd session of the UN General Assembly brought together the expertise of UN officials, governments and civil society to recommend solutions to the ever-growing issue of conflict-based food security. The Executive Director of the World Food Programme, David Beasley said, “If you don’t have food security, you’re … Read more →

US admits killing 1,114 civilians in Syria strikes against Isis

The US has admitted to killing 1,114 civilians in air and artillery strikes in their coalition operation that targets Isis in Syria. The operation became known under the codename ‘Inherent Resolve’ and was formally established in October 2014 in response to the rising threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The new move represents … Read more →

Qatar migrant workers still being exploited – Amnesty investigation finds

Amnesty International has published a damning new report on the abuse of migrant workers in Qatar. The issue that has already been subject to intense scrutiny by the international human rights community for years and has now once again been brought to the fore. The report shows that despite Qatar’s promises to embark on a … Read more →

UN General Assembly’s 73rd session opens in New York

The UN General Assembly’s 73rd session in New York opened on 18 September, marking the world’s most important meeting, that incudes high profile sessions on topics including urgent human rights issues such as, the ongoing Syria crisis, the Rohingya genocide, North Korea and Iran. The opening event kicks off two weeks of events and discussions … Read more →

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