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Leaked documents expose how China ‘brainwashes’ Uyghur minorities in prison camps

Documents leaked on Sunday outline the structure, daily life and ideological framework behind a vast chain of Chinese internment camps that detain at least one million people, the majority of whom are Uyghur’s and others from the country’s Muslim minorities. The classified government papers, which were obtained by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), … Read more →

UK Foreign Office repatriates three British orphans of I.S parents

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced that a small number of British children that were orphaned during the Syria war are being repatriated. The BBC reports that the three children were handed over to a delegation from the Foreign Office, had left Syria and were “doing very well”. There are more than 60 British children … Read more →

“Absolutely no mercy”: Leaked documents reveal the details of China’s crackdown on Uyghur Muslims

On Saturday 16 November, the New York Times revealed a collection of leaked Chinese government documents that expose details of its clampdown on Uyghurs and other Muslims in the country’s northwestern Xinjiang region. The 400 pages of documents disclosed how President Xi Jinping conceived of the “re-education” campaign against the Uyghurs, which has been internationally … Read more →

Nigeria intensifies crackdown on journalists and free speech

Human rights activists and civil society groups say that the muzzling of the press under President Muhammadu Buhari has raised the spectre of a return to the dark days of military rule in Nigeria and at least three journalists are currently detained in Nigeria. Since 1992, eleven journalists have been killed in Nigeria and a … Read more →

Conservative pledge to amend the Human Rights Act could end in Britain leaving the European Convention on Human Rights

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will make an election pledge to amend the Human Rights Act in an effort to stop military veterans being prosecuted over killings that took place during The Troubles. The pledge comes as six former soldiers who served in Northern Ireland during the Troubles are facing prosecution. However, legal experts suggest that … Read more →

Turkey begins deportation of IS militants

Turkey has begun its promised deportation of I.S members that are being held in camps. There are a reported 813 militants being held at 12 deportation centres across Turkey; the majority of whom will be sent back to European Union states. Another 287 people including women and children were captured by Turkey after its invasion … Read more →

Iraqi security forces are using tear gas cartridges to kill protesters

Security forces have fired tear gas cartridges directly at protesters in Baghdad on numerous occasions since protests resumed on 25 October, killing at least 16. According to Amnesty International, two previously unseen types of tear gas grenades has been used to kill rather than disperse protesters by the Iraqi authorities. “All the evidence points to … Read more →

Human Rights Watch calls on governments to put pressure on Kazakhstan at the Human Rights Council

Governments should use an upcoming review of Kazakhstan’s rights record at the United Nations to hold the country’s new president to his pledges to respect human rights, Human Rights Watch said today 4 November. On 7 November, Kazakhstan will undergo its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Kassym-Jomart … Read more →

Turkey to send 1,200 captured ISIS members back to their countries

Turkey will send captured Islamic State members back to their countries, even if their citizenships have been revoked, Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu has said. On Saturday 2 November, he criticised European states for not repatriating imprisoned IS members in Turkey. The remarks come after a visit to Turkey by António Gutteres, the UN secretary-general, … Read more →

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