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Trump administration to detain migrant families and children for longer with new rule

On 21 August, the Trump administration announced a proposal to eliminate a federal court agreement that set a 20-day limit for holding children and replace it with a regulation that would allow the government to indefinitely detain migrant children with their parents. Democratic presidential contender Beto O’Rourke tweeted on 21 August: “Thousands of kids separated … Read more →

Clampdown on human rights if the UK crashes out of EU without a deal

On 31 October 2019 – despite the efforts of policy makers from all sides of the political spectrum – the UK is set to crash out of the European Union without a deal, leaving three million EU citizens currently living in the UK and one million Britons on the continent in limbo. The plan, or … Read more →

IOHR calls on China and Hong Kong authorities to exercise restraint

On Sunday 18 August, over 1.7 million people – a quarter of the population – gathered at a pro-democracy protest in Hong Kong, amid increasingly severe warnings by Beijing. Activists and police have clashed over the past 11 weeks, but this weekend’s protest remained peaceful. Many protesters wore black, the colour now associated with the … Read more →

Istanbul’s crackdown on Syrian refugees

On 22 July, the governor of Istanbul announced that all unregistered Syrians must leave the city by 20 August. At least 2,630 refugees have been removed since, many of whom say they have been sent back into the warzone in contravention of international law. The Turkish government says that the new ruling in Istanbul is … Read more →

Iran’s latest crackdown on women and freedom of expression

It is no longer just about the hijab but a wider issue of freedom of freedom of expression. Since the 1979 revolution in Iran, women have been forced to wear the hijab in public. Back then, more than 100,000 women and men took to the streets to protest against the law and opposition to it … Read more →

Venezuelan children recruited as child soldiers in Colombia

According to the UN, over 4 million Venezuelans have now fled their nation in an unprecedented exodus putting stress on nations around Latin America. Many have ended up in the impoverished Catatumbo region in Colombia’s northeast where armed groups commit serious human rights violations. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian … Read more →

Thousands of Syrians trapped and cut off from humanitarian aid in the “Triangle of Death”

Rukban, an informal settlement for Syria’s displaced people in a US-protected zone in southern Syria, has been left without humanitarian aid for the past five months after the Syrian government blocked humanitarian access to the encampment through its territories. A total of 7,735 tents scattered along a stretch of desert on the Syrian-Jordanian border are … Read more →

Seven years on, refugees are still stuck on Manus Island in Australia

Entering its seventh year, Australia’s offshore detention centre on Manus Island holds fewer than 140 refugee men after thousands were sent to Papua New Guinea (PNG) and Nauru in a bid to deter people from seeking asylum in Australia by boat. While the centre is closing down, the loose ends left behind are devastating. In … Read more →

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