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In a statement released on Monday, UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders Mary Lawlor urged Indonesia to provide West Papuan human rights defender Victor Yeimo with proper medical care to keep him from dying in prison after reports that his health had deteriorated. As part of his work, Yeimo had provided information [...]

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The European Union Monday joined an outcry of international criticism over the execution of nine men by the Iran-aligned Houthi movement in Yemen. In a statement,  the EU said it “strongly opposes the death penalty at all times and in all circumstances. It is a cruel and inhumane punishment, which fails to act as a [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet called Wednesday for a moratorium on artificial intelligence (AI) systems that threaten human rights until enough safeguards are in place. Bachelet said in a press release: “Given the rapid and continuous growth of AI, filling the immense accountability gap in how data is collected, stored, shared and [...]

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An increasing number of children are being killed and recruited by armed groups in Sahel’s tri-border area in Niger, Amnesty International said in a report on Sunday. The report, titled “I Have Nothing Left Except Myself,” states that children are being killed and targeted for recruitment by armed groups near Niger’s borders with Mali and [...]

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Human Rights Watch (HRW) released a report on Tuesday accusing Egypt’s Interior Ministry police and National Security Agency officers of having killed dozens of alleged terrorists across the country in unlawful extrajudicial executions they contend are “shootouts.” The report, titled “‘Security Forces Dealt with Them:’ Suspicious Killings and Extrajudicial Executions by Egyptian Security Forces,” found [...]

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The Minsk Regional Court on Monday sentenced Maria Kolesnikova, one of the leaders of mass street protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko last year and a top member of the opposition Coordination Council, to 11 years in prison. Kolesnikova was accused and found guilty of a conspiracy committed with the aim of seizing state power [...]

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South Korea’s parliament approved a bill on Tuesday that imposes curbs on Google and Apple’s payment policies. The bill bans these major app store operators from forcing software developers to use their payment systems, effectively stopping them from charging commissions on in-app purchases. This comes after the legislation and judiciary committee of South Korea’s National [...]

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The United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution Monday requiring the Taliban to honor their commitment to let Afghans and foreign nationals freely leave Afghanistan and to facilitate safe passage for those seeking to do so. The resolution called for the Taliban to allow humanitarian access to the country and to uphold human rights, including [...]

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The European Court of Human Rights asked the Polish and Latvian governments on Wednesday to intervene to help migrants camped on the Belarus border. Neither Latvia nor Poland is allowing the migrants, who are mostly from Iraq and Afghanistan, into their countries, and the Baltic states have accused Belarus of using the migrants as a [...]

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The South Africa Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services confirmed on Monday that the country will extradite former Mozambique finance minister Manuel Chang to his home country rather than to the US. The decision comes after the beginning of a criminal trial over the $2 billion debt scandal that crashed its economy. In December 2018, [...]

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