Israel gets flak over human rights record in Geneva

Geneva, Switzerland – UN member states have criticised Israel for failing to abide by human rights laws and UN resolutions during a heated Human Rights Council (HRC) session; some labelled it an “apartheid state”. The scolding in the Swiss city on Tuesday came as Israel was undergoing its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a UN-led process meant to assess the human rights record […]

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Malaysia: Malays rally amid worries over government 'weakness'

Thousands ‘celebrate’ move not to sign anti-discrimination treaty as others fear new government losing reform appetite. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Tens of thousands of ethnic Malays have taken to the streets of Malaysia’s capital to “celebrate” a government decision not to ratify a key UN anti-discrimination treaty, amid growing concerns the seven-month administration of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is losing […]

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Malaysia: Malays rally amid worries over government 'weakness'

Thousands ‘celebrate’ move not to sign anti-discrimination treaty as others fear new government losing reform appetite. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – Tens of thousands of ethnic Malays have taken to the streets of Malaysia’s capital to “celebrate” a government decision not to ratify a key UN anti-discrimination treaty, amid growing concerns the seven-month administration of Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad is losing […]

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At 70, universal human rights declaration facing uncertain future

GENEVA (AFP) – As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70, there are signs that the goals outlined in the text are facing unprecedented threats, from rising nationalism to a worldwide assault on multilateral institutions. This week, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, warned that the global system “that gave teeth to the vision of […]

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Black Friday protests at Amazon against worker conditions

Protesting Amazon workers say that they are treated like robots and a labour union in the UK called the working environment inside Amazon’s distribution centres ‘inhuman’. Amazon workers in the UK and elsewhere in Europe used “Black Friday”, the busiest shopping day of the year, to protest against the mega-company Amazon. A UK union has described the working conditions inside […]

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UN: Number of migrants, refugees from Venezuela reaches 3 million

The exodus, driven by violence, hyperinflation and shortages of food amounts to around one in 12 of the population. The United Nations says there are now three million refugees and migrants from Venezuela who have left the country due to its crumbling economy, violence, hyperinflation and shortage of food and medicines. The figure amounts to around one in 12 of the […]

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Mum jailed for posting Facebook video describing sexual harassment facing trial

An Egyptian mum who called out shocking sexual harassment in a Facebook video has been told she faces trial, after more than three months being detained in prison. Amal Fathy was arrested in May after posting the clip, in which she accused the government of failing to protect women. That day she said she had been groped by a taxi […]

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Video shows apparent execution of women and children ‘linked to Boko Haram’

Distressing footage has emerged appearing to show soldiers in Cameroon executing two women and two young children after accusing them of being Boko Haram militants. The graphic video shows two women, one with an infant strapped to her back, being led by a group of uniformed men across a patch of dusty scrubland. After hitting one woman across the face, […]

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