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NEWS ON HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES WORLDWIDE

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 →

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 →

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