A judge on the Supreme Federal Court of Brazil on Tuesday denied a request by the regional government of Roraima to close the nation’s border with Venezuela. Roraima is Brazil’s northernmost state. Roraima authorities claimed the persistent influx of Venezuelan immigrants has overburdened the state’s public services. Since Venezuela’s economic deterioration and nationwide food shortages, [...]
US President Donald Trump issued an executive order Monday titled reimposing certain sanctions against Iran. In a press statement , the White House criticized the previous Iran nuclear deal, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action of July 14, 2015 (JCPOA). The JCPOA agreement , signed by Iran, Germany, the five permanent members of the UN [...]
UN human rights experts on Friday urged Brazil to reconsider its economic austerity measures. Specifically, the experts are focused on the negative impacts such measures might have on the countries most socially vulnerable, such as lower income, youth, women, and ethnic minorities. “Women and children living in poverty are among those hit hardest, as are [...]
The Vatican announced Thursday that Pope Francis has declared that the death penalty is “inadmissible,” calling it “an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.” The Pontiff’s announcement accompanied a revision made to number 2267 by the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the Catechism of the Catholic Church. There is an [...]
A group of independent UN human rights experts called upon Bahrain to end human rights violations and investigate events surrounding the State of National Safety declared in 2011. The experts warned against military courts exercising jurisdiction over civilians and discrimination based on gender, gender identity and ethnicity. The report called for abolishment of the death penalty and [...]
Israel’s Knesset approved a bill Wednesday that champions the Jewish nation-state and Jewish national identity. T he bill passed by a 62-55 margin. The bill designates the state of Israel as the national home of the Jewish people, Jerusalem as its capital and Hebrew as its official language. It reaffirms the Star of David and the [...]
Human rights advocacy group Fortify Rights called called Thursday for the arrest of top officials in Myanmar, alleging that authorities made “extensive and systematic preparations” for attacks against Rohingya civilians. In its report, Fortify Rights stated it found “reasonable grounds for arrest warrants.” The activist organization singled out 22 military and police officials connected with [...]
UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of migrants, Felipe González Morales, said Monday that countries that return migrants to their countries of origin are disregarding human rights considerations. In his report , the Special Rapporteur called for safer passage for returning immigrants, ensuring such returns are voluntary for immigrants, better reintegration programs for immigrants who have returned [...]
UN human rights experts expressed concern Friday regarding the effects of structural racism in the UK. The UN experts pointed to reports indicating individuals of African and Caribbean descent are more likely to die while in law enforcement...
Following a month of violent clashes between the Palestinian protesters and the Israeli military, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Friday urged the Israeli government to address its military's use of excessive deadly force...