The Bangladesh government imposed a nationwide curfew and deployed the army on Friday following escalating protests against government job quotas, BBC Bangla reported, citing Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s press secretary. The decision aims to restore order amid widespread violence that has claimed the lives of at least 105 people. The protests, sparked by decentralized student [...]

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Amnesty International and four other human rights organizations on Thursday criticized China’s new judicial guidelines targeting individuals advocating for Taiwan’s independence, calling the guidelines “a blow for human rights protections.” Amnesty International, the Anti-Death Penalty Asia Network, The Rights Practice, the World Coalition Against the Death Penalty and the Capital Punishment Justice Project jointly condemned [...]

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The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Friday urged Algerian authorities to release two detained journalists, stating that the country must stop cracking down on press freedom. The two journalists, Omar Ferhat and Sofiane Ghirous, worked for the news website Algeria Scoop and were arrested last month. The journalists were charged with inciting hate speech [...]

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It has been one year since Malaysia repealed the mandatory death penalty, however, Amnesty International has highlighted ongoing violations of international human rights standards. The abolition of the mandatory death penalty, under the Abolition of Mandatory Death Penalty Act 2023, has led to a significant reduction in death sentences and a decrease of over one-third [...]

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Malawi’s Constitutional Court on Friday dismissed the case of two applicants seeking to legalize same-sex relationships, marking a significant setback for LGBTQ+ rights in the country. The three-member judge panel, consisting of Justices Joseph Chigona, Chimbigzani Kacheche and Vikochi Chima, delivered their ruling after six hours of deliberation. The judges ruled that the applicants failed [...]

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The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) on Thursday urged Ugandan authorities to release journalists Dickson Mubiru and Alirabaki Sengooba and to drop the charges against them. This appeal follows the journalists’ arrest for publishing information without a broadcast license. The CPJ views the convictions as an attempt to silence critical reporting. Mubiru, managing editor of [...]

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Pakistani authorities initiated a rigorous investigation to identify and arrest members of a mob that killed a tourist accused of blasphemy in the Swat district of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, according to local media on Friday. Regional Police Chief Mohammad Ali Gandapur confirmed that a case has been registered against the organizers of the mob [...]

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The Election Commission of India (ECI) received on Thursday eleven applications to verify the memory of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) and Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) units. Eight applications contested the recent 2024 Lok Sabha elections. These include three applications from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), three applications from the Indian National Congress (INC) [...]

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Journalists challenged the Punjab Defamation Law, 2024 the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Saturday, branding it “unconstitutional, unlawful, and against the principles of the law,” according to reports in Pakistani media. This move comes just weeks after the Punjab Assembly passed the bill amid fierce opposition and protests from journalists and civil society groups. The [...]

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Houthi rebels have detained 11 UN personnel working in Yemen according to UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric on Friday. Dujarric confirmed the Yemeni authorities’ report that at least nine personnel had been detained, expressing grave concern over the situation. He stated, “We are very concerned about these developments, and we’re actively seeking clarification from the Houthi [...]

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