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Russia’s crackdown against LGBT rights

On 22 July, Yelena Grigoryeva, a prominent Russian LGBT rights campaigner, was found murdered with multiple stab wounds and signs of strangulation in St Petersburg. Along with campaigning for LGBT rights, Grigoryeva also demonstrated against Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula, the ill treatment of prisoners and a number of other human rights causes. “An … Read more →

New European Union Migrant Deal Signed in Paris

Fourteen member countries of the European Union have agreed to a new “solidarity mechanism” proposed by Germany and France to allocate migrants across the bloc. French President Emmanuel Macron announced the new agreement on 22 July. Foreign affairs and Interior ministers of the EU gathered in Paris to discuss immigration and security issues following an … Read more →

15 Stateless Bidoon Activists Arrested in Kuwait

Kuwait’s State Security agency have arrested at least 15 activists from the stateless Bidoon community, including prominent human rights defender Abdulhakim al-Fadhli. The arrests took place between 11 and 14 July following demonstrations in response to the death of Ayed Hamad Moudath. Moudath, 20, committed suicide on 7 July after the government denied him civil … Read more →

Venezuelan Photojournalist Jesús Medina Ezaine Arbitrarily Detained

On 29 August 2018, Venezuela’s intelligence services detained freelance photographer Jesús Medina Ezaine at a subway station in Caracas after covering a demonstration and he’s been imprisoned since. Medina worked for the website Dólar Today, which is based in the US and publishes articles critical of Venezuela’s socialist government and focuses on monitoring the Venezuelan … Read more →

French academic Fariba Adelkhah jailed in Iran: consular access denied

A French-Iranian academic has been detained in Iran and the French government has demanded immediate consular access. The French foreign ministry called on the Iranian authorities to “shed full light” on Fariba Adelkhah’s situation and allow diplomats to visit her. Adelkhah is best known for her book “Being Modern in Iran”, about changes in the … Read more →

UN Resolution Puts Pressure on Duterte’s Drug War in the Philippines

On 11 July, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution on the Philippines that requests the UN human rights office to present a comprehensive report on human rights in the Philippines to the council next June. The resolution also expresses concern about the range of rights violations in the country and calls on … Read more →

UK Hosts First Global Conference on Media Freedom

On 10 and 11 July, the first Global Conference on Media Freedom took place in London. The event, organised by the UK government and the government of Canada, is the first of its kind and over 60 ministers attended as well as over 1,000 reporters and members of civil society. The conference is part of … Read more →

The UK responds to the Human Rights Council’s report on racial discrimination

The UK responded to the report by the UN Human Rights Council’s Special Rapporteur on racism by commending the acknowledgement of the UK’s strong legal framework for combatting racism. But the UK government were however quick to criticise the UN’s findings that suggest that UK policies entrench racial inequality in the UK. A 2018 report … Read more →

Amal Clooney to Lead Maria Ressa’s International Legal Team

Prominent rights lawyer Amal Clooney has said she will join the legal team defending Philippines journalist Maria Ressa, whose news site has repeatedly clashed with President Rodrigo Duterte. Ressa, who was named a Time Magazine Person of the Year in 2018 for her journalism, faces several criminal charges along with her website Rappler, in what … Read more →

China is Deliberately Separating Uyghur Families in Xinjiang

According to new research from the BBC, China is deliberately separating Muslim children from their families, faith and language in its far western region of Xinjiang. Records show that in one township alone more than 400 children have lost not just one but both parents to some form of internment, either in the camps or … Read more →

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