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The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Volker Türk, urged Comoros authorities on Wednesday to ensure the rights to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly as Comoros witnessed protests against Sunday’s presidential election. After the incumbent president Azali Assoumani won a fourth term, Comoros’s main opposition party, Juwa, called on people to protest and for [...]

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The Australian E-safety Commission reported on Thursday that X Corp, formally Twitter, has laid off over 30 percent of its trust and safety staff.  The organisation tasked with overseeing the internet safety of people in Australia reported that under new owner Elon Musk’s efforts to cut costs at the company, a significant amount of staff [...]

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The Hengaw Organization for Human Rights announced Thursday that Barzin Hamzeh-Zadeh, a 16-year-old boy whom the Iranian government tortured, had died from his injuries. At age 15, Hamzeh-Zadeh was arrested in 2022 during the Jin, Jiyan, and Azadi movements and was held for a week by Iranian security forces. He was regularly beaten during his [...]

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Turkish authorities detained 32 people on Friday that they claimed had links to the Islamic State (IS). Authorities allege that the individuals were planning to carry out attacks on synagogues and churches as well as the Iranian embassy. The Turkish National Intelligence Agency (MIT) claims that it identified several high-ranking members of IS within the [...]

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The Australian Government passed new legislation on Wednesday relating to the detainment of migrants on public safety grounds. The new law, which passed the Australian House of Representatives by a 68-59 vote, allows the government to indefinitely restrain migrants who cannot be deported or extradited should there be reasonable suspicion that they still pose a threat [...]

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Thousands of protesters in New Zealand took to the streets Tuesday after the new government released its plans for policy regarding Maori rights and The Treaty of Waitangi in New Zealand. The protests occurred after Te Pati Maori (The Maori Party) called upon its members and sympathetic New Zealanders to protest the morning of the [...]

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A Chinese refugee affected by recent Australian emergency laws subjecting certain refugees to monitoring challenged the laws in Australia’s high court on Wednesday, according to ABC News (Australia). The refugee’s lawyers claim that the new laws, which relate to the monitoring of refugees who cannot be deported, are “arbitrary” and “punitive.” Under the new laws, [...]

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Australian Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil stated in a Thursday interview that the federal government will introduce new legislation to monitor migrants who have recently been released from indefinite detention.  This comes after the High Court of Australia ruled on November 8 that it was unlawful to hold migrants who could not be extradited indefinitely [...]

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The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights in the context of climate change Ian Fry called for the disbandment of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC), which he called a “counter-insurgency force” within the Philippines. In a press conference that was held after his ten-day trip [...]

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The Australian High Court found on Tuesday that the government’s ongoing practice of detaining migrants indefinitely in detention facilities in cases where extradition is not possible is unlawful. The case overrules 2004 precedent that allowed the government to indefinitely detain migrants deemed to be “stateless.” Tuesday’s case looked at the issues facing a Rohingya man [...]

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