Tom Andrews, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Thursday called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to put increased pressure on the Myanmar junta, following his eight-day visit to Malaysia. In February last year, a military coup took place in Myanmar, in which the junta deposed the civilian government and arrested [...]

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UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Nada Al-Nashif expressed concern Tuesday over the increase in human rights violations occurring in Islamic Republic of Iran at the 50th session of the UN’s Human Rights Council. In accordance with resolution 76/178 of the UN General Assembly, the Secretary-General of the United Nations was required to prepare [...]

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The United Kingdom (UK) government announced on Wednesday a new Bill of Rights is to be introduced to strengthen freedom of speech, restrict some human rights lawsuits, and to facilitate the deportation of criminals. The Bill will introduce a “permission stage” in court to prevent “trivial human rights claims,” from overwhelming the judiciary and it [...]

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The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health Sunday, called for a holistic approach to violence with a special focus on preventing violence against women, non-binary people, and children. Tlaleng Mofokeng’s report highlights the intersection between violence and its impact on the right to health. The report highlights the dramatic changes to the health situation [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) Monday reported that prominent Rwandan YouTube commentator Aimable Karasira has accused prison authorities of beating him and other jailed critics. Karasira spoke out about losing a family member to Hutu extremists and to the RPF during and after the 1994 Rwandan genocide. In May 2021, he was arrested and charged with [...]

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The UK Court of Appeal Monday upheld a High Court decision which will permit the first migrant deportation flight to Rwanda under a controversial new policy. A memorandum of understanding (MoU) between the UK and Rwanda for the provision of an asylum partnership arrangement was agreed upon on April 14th 2021. As part of the [...]

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The National Assembly of People’s Power, Cuba’s Parliament, Sunday approved a new penal code as part of judicial reforms initiated after the approval of a new constitution in April, 2019. President Miguel Diaz-Canel and former President Raul Castro, who governed from 2008 to 2018, attended the session. The new penal code reinforces sanctions for acts [...]

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UK officials Monday announced further sanctions against Russia and Belarus worth £1.7 billion. The sanctions are aimed at encouraging Russia to cease its invasion of Ukraine. The UK already have a number of sanctions in place. The UK package of sanctions involves increasing tariffs on £1.7 billion worth of imported goods. The tariffs will increase [...]

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Eurostat Wednesday published a report revealing the number of unaccompanied minors seeking asylum in the EU has increased by 72% between 2020 and 2021. The report by Eurostat, an organ of the European Commission, identifies an unaccompanied minor as a person under 18 who arrives on the territory of an EU Member State without an accompanying [...]

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The New Zealand High Court Wednesday ruled that the COVID-19 rules used to control the borders during the pandemic were unlawful. A previous ruling similarly found COVID-19 restrictions to be unlawful. New Zealanders’ right to enter the country was delayed and made more difficult due to restrictions in place from April 2020 through February 2022.  [...]

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