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In a report released Thursday, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet urged Venezuela to take immediate steps to address “grave violations of economic, social, civil, political and cultural rights” in the country. The report warns that if the situation does not improve, an unprecedented outflow of Venezuelan migrants and refugees will continue [...]

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The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Thursday requested authorization to conduct a formal investigation into alleged crimes against ethnic Rohingya in Myanmar and Bangladesh. The request marks the end of the OTP’s preliminary examination, which was opened in September 2018 following the court’s review of communications from alleged [...]

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Hungary’s parliament passed a law on Tuesday that will significantly increase state control over the research, funds, and membership of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. More than two-thirds of the legislative body’s members voted in favor of the measure that will see fifteen scientific research institutes put under the direct control of the bill’s newly [...]

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The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Belarus, Anaïs Marin, released a report Tuesday claiming that Belarus continues to commit human rights and fundamental freedom violations. Human Rights Council Resolution A/HRC/20/13, passed during the Council’s 20th session in 2012, mandated the Special Rapporteur to monitor the situation in Belarus and assist [...]

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The House Committee on Natural Resources sent the World Wide Fund’s US branch a demand letter on Monday requesting internal documents for an ongoing investigation that seeks to determine if the US government funded anti-poaching organizations that committed human rights violations. A BuzzFeed investigation revealed that the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), the world’s [...]

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UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Monday called for Venezuelan authorities to investigate the in-custody death of retired navy captain Rafael Acosta Arévalo, who was detained by unidentified armed men on June 21 and brought before a military tribunal June 28. Arévalo’s lawyers and relatives were not made aware of his arrest [...]

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