The Research Commission on the French Archives relating to Rwanda and the Tutsi genocide (Duclert Commission) on Friday submitted its report to French President Emmanuel Macron finding that the country bears responsibility due to its inaction, but was not complicit with the regime that perpetrated the genocide. Between April and July 1994, at least 800,000 [...]

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The Ethiopian Human Rights Commission (EHRC) and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights agreed Thursday to conduct a joint investigation into human rights violations and abuses allegedly committed by all parties involved in the ongoing conflict in Tigray, the northernmost region of Ethiopia. The conflict in Tigray started on November 4 [...]

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Turkey withdrew from the Council of Europe Convention on preventing and combating violence against women and domestic violence, popularly known as the Istanbul Convention, by a presidential decree announced in the official gazette early Saturday. The Istanbul Convention seeks to “protect women against all forms of violence, and prevent, prosecute and eliminate violence against women and domestic violence.” It [...]

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The High Court of Kenya dismissed a challenge Wednesday to the constitutionality of the country’s Prohibition of Female Genital Mutilation Act. The petitioner sought to allow female genital mutilation (FGM) for consenting adults. Dr. Tatu Kamau, a medical practitioner, brought the petition in 2017. Kamau’s petition asserted that practitioners and women in communities practicing FGM [...]

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The European Parliament on Thursday declared the EU an “LGBTIQ freedom zone.” The resolution was adopted by a vote of 492 to 141, with 46 members abstaining from the vote. The move is in direct response to Poland and Hungary’s growing repression of LGBTIQ rights. Same-sex relationships do not enjoy legal recognition in Poland. In March 2019, [...]

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Germany’s cabinet on Wednesday launched the bill for the Act on Corporate Due Diligence in Supply Chains (or Supply Chain Act) aimed at strengthening the protection of human rights, health and the environment in German companies’ global supply chains. The bill mandates German companies with at least 3,000 employees to comply with supply chain standards throughout the [...]

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The Higher Regional Court in Koblenz, Germany, on Wednesday convicted former Syrian General Intelligence Directorate (GID) officer Eyad A. of aiding and abetting torture and deprivation of liberty as crimes against humanity committed against 30 persons. Eyad received a sentence of four years and six months in prison. The 30 persons, who were all civilians, had [...]

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In a report published Friday, the Commission on Human Rights in South Sudan found that over two years after the signing of a peace agreement ending a civil war that started in 2013, the country is still experiencing extreme levels of violence. South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in 2011 after experiencing decades of civil war. Another [...]

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The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) found in a landmark decision released Wednesday that the Jamaican government is responsible for violating the human rights of two of its nationals within the LGBT community. The Human Dignity Trust (HDT), a charity composed of international lawyers championing LGBT rights, brought the case in 2011 on behalf [...]

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In a unanimous decision rendered Thursday by the three-member International Crimes Tribunal of Bangladesh, one person was acquitted, three persons were sentenced to imprisonment till death and five were sentenced to 20 years in prison for committing crimes against humanity during the 1971 Liberation War. The court found each of the eight persons guilty of [...]

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