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Escalating violence in northwest Syria has left nearly 300,000 Syrians displaced since mid-December with women and children most affected

According to current estimates, nearly 300,000 people have been displaced from southern Idlib since 12 December, with children and women being the most affected. Speaking to reporters in New York, UN Deputy Spokesperson Farhan Haq said “over half of the displaced, at least 175,000, are children”. The United Nations Security Council were briefed on the … Read more →

COP25 Madrid ends with disappointing compromise agreement

Negotiations at Madrid’s UN COP25 Climate Change summit ended on 15 December amidst a sentiment of disappointment. The talks commenced on 2 December and ended with a compromise deal, that saw an agreement reached on increasing the global response to cutting carbon. All participating countries have been requested to prepare a new pledge for next … Read more →

Protest Crackdown in Iran: Amnesty Estimates Total of 304 Dead

An Amnesty report published on 16 December revealed the extent of crackdowns in Iran in the wake of protests that took place from 15-18 November. The organisation carried out interviews with dozens of people inside Iran who gave details of detainees being held incommunicado, subjected to enforced disappearance, torture and other ill-treatment, before, during and … Read more →

Aung San Suu Kyi defends Myanmar in Rohingya genocide case at the World Court in The Hague

Today, on International Genocide Day, 30 human rights, academic and professional organisations from ten countries jointly launched an international “Boycott Myanmar Campaign” in order to bring to bear economic, cultural, diplomatic and political pressure on Myanmar’s coalition government of Aung San Suu Kyi and the military. The launch of the campaign coincides with the arrival … Read more →

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 →

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