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Hong Kong: 12 activists trying to flee to Taiwan by boat detained by China

Last month, Chinese authorities detained a dozen activists from Hong Kong who were trying to flee to Taiwan by boat. They have now been confirmed to be in Chinese custody with their families pleading for their return to Hong Kong at a press conference. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has condemned China for denying the 12 activists access … Read more →

New UN report on war crimes in Yemen declares a “pandemic of impunity”

A new report from a group of experts commissioned by the UN highlights new war crimes in Yemen. The experts documented at least 259 child soldiers who were recruited by various sides in the conflict and criticised Britain, Canada, France, Iran and the United States for continuing to support the warring sides, “thereby helping to perpetuate the conflict” through arms deals. … Read more →

US ‘War on Terror’ has displaced at least 37 million people since 2001

At least 37 million people have been displaced as a direct result of the wars fought by the United States since the beginning of the ‘War on Terror’ nearly two decades ago, according to a new report from Brown University’s Costs of War project. That figure exceeds those displaced by conflict since 1900, the authors say, with the exception of the Second World … Read more →

Iran executes young wrestler Navid Afkari

Over the weekend, Iran has demonstrated yet again its complete disregard for law, justice and international standards of due process.

On Saturday 12 September, Navid Afkari, a 27-year-old champion wrestler, was executed by hanging over the alleged murder of a security guard during a wave of anti-government protests in 2018 despite global outcry and without any … Read more →

The UK and EU fail to reach an agreement on child asylum seekers

The UK’s proposed post-Brexit agreement to continue the transfer of unaccompanied child asylum seekers to families living in either the UK or EU has been rejected in Brussels. There are now widespread fears that failure to reach an agreement on legal routes to family reunification will lead to more child refugees risking their lives making … Read more →

IOHR Exclusive: Only one of ten jailed Yemeni journalists freed

In a follow up from IOHR’s exclusive investigation in April, the defence team for the 10 detained Yemeni journalists have been informed of the release of only one, Salah Al-Qaadi, in a move that further demonstrates the injustice of the Houthi court that issued the verdict.

Four of the journalists, Abdel-Khaleq Amran, Akram al-Walidi, Hareth Hamid and Tawfiq al-Mansouri, were convicted … Read more →

Qatar takes positive steps in reforming controversial labour laws

New labour rules in Qatar “effectively dismantles” the county’s much maligned “kafala” employment system, a U.N. labour body said Sunday 30 August 2020. The changes mean that migrant workers – who have often found themselves trapped in exploitative contracts by their employer – can now change jobs … Read more →

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