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NEWS ON HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES WORLDWIDE

UN Calls for Refugee Protection for 3.7 million Venezuelans

The UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, has called for those fleeing Venezuela to receive international refugee protection. An immense 3.7 million people have now left Venezuela, mostly on foot, to escape from the worsening political crisis, leaving over 3,000 children stateless. The crisis has now developed into a humanitarian emergency, leaving millions of people in … Read more →

Risk grows of catastrophic humanitarian fallout in Syria’s Idlib

UN officials have called on the Security Council to unite in support for an immediate de-escalation of fighting in Syria’s north-western Idlib governorate, where at least 180,000 people have been displaced in three weeks and up to 160 people killed. On 20 May, Save the Children reported that at least 38 children had been killed … Read more →

Canada Challenges Iranian ‘culture of impunity’ at Ottawa Conference

The Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights in Canada held a press conference in Ottawa on 9 May to highlight the ongoing and extensive human rights violations in Iran. The Centre organises ‘Iran Accountability Week’ every year in partnership with Parliamentarians from all political parties. Representatives from Canada’s House of Commons and the Senate discussed … Read more →

China’s crackdown on religious freedoms intensifies during Ramadan

As 1.5 billion Muslims in the world start observing Ramadan, authorities in China have launched a further crackdown on religious practices of the Uyghur people. According to an Amnesty International report of 3 May, open displays of religion or any religious symbols such as wearing a headscarf, prayer, fasting or avoiding alcohol or pork are … Read more →

Jeremy Hunt Announces £15m for Ethiopian Elections

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt announced £15.5m of UK aid money would be given to help Ethiopia run transparent, free and fair elections at the opening ceremony of the 26th celebration of World Press Freedom Day. During his speech, he also announced a new Chevening Africa Media Freedom Fellowship programme, providing opportunities to 60 African … Read more →

The UN urges China to improve its human rights record

The UN has been in serious talks with China at the Belt and Road Forum, an international conference that saw 37 world leaders converge on the Chinese capital of Bejing. Despite China’s efforts at collaboration, leaders from the UK, France, Germany, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Canada chose to not attend the talks. … Read more →

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