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Worst Human Rights Abuses in Nicaragua since the Civil War in the 1980s

According to a new report published by Human Rights Watch on 19 June, pro-government forces in Nicaragua committed human rights abuses including torture in suppressing recent protests against President Daniel Ortega. The report calls for instating sanctions of the top officials involved in the crimes. In April 2018, after demonstrations against Ortega broke out, more … Read more →

IOHR Launches Campaign Calling on the UK Government to Waive Children’s Citizenship Fees

On Monday 17 June, the International Observatory of Human Rights launched its campaign titled #ChildrenNotProfit in the House of Commons. The campaign urges the UK government to waive citizenship fees for children. IOHR organised a panel discussion in parliament to gain support for the campaign from politicians and advocate for change. Panellists included Lloyd Russell-Moyle … Read more →

Mexico Detains 800 Migrants as National Guard is Deployed

As members of the National Guard began patrolling the southern border, Mexican officials detained nearly 800 undocumented migrants on Saturday in one of the biggest swoops against illegal immigration in recent months. The apprehension came as Mexico steps up efforts to reduce a surge of migrants toward the US border under pressure from US President … Read more →

Massive Protests in China Against New Extradition Law Turn Violent

On 10 June 2019, hundreds of thousands of people in Hong Kong rallied against a bill which critics fear allows China to target political opponents in the region and more than 12 people have already been arrested. The controversial extradition bill would allow suspected criminals to be sent to mainland China for trial. Organisers estimate … Read more →

Heavy Bombing of Idlib Kills 134 Children

According to UNICEF, the UN children agency, 134 children have been killed in the past few weeks of heavy bombing conducted by the Syrian-Russian military alliance. The children, and three million other civilians in the Idlib region, are trapped in one of the last places held by rebel groups after Syria’s eight-year civil war and … Read more →

Opposition to Trump’s UK Visit Grows

US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump are making a state visit to the UK from 3 to 5 June. While Mr Trump will only be the third US president to make a state visit to the UK, he is arguably the most controversial figure and many have opposed the visit. His policies … Read more →

Iraq Repatriates 188 Turkish Children of Suspected Islamic State Members

Iraqi authorities handed over 188 Turkish children of suspected Islamic State members to Turkey on 29 May at Baghdad airport, where they boarded a plane and prepared to fly home, officials from Iraq’s judiciary and UNICEF said. “The central investigations court which is responsible for the terrorism file and foreign suspects has handed the Turkish … Read more →

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