Migrant teen latest to die in largest detention centre of US

US border facility temporarily suspends migrant intake after sixth child dies in custody. A deadly flu outbreak in the United States’ largest detention facility in Texas has forced officials to move hundreds of detainees. The decision came after a 16-year-old Guatemalan migrant, Carlos Hernandez Vasquez, died after getting sick in captivity. He came without his family and is the sixth […]

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HRW: China using mobile app for surveillance of Uighurs

App collects personal information and prompts officials to file reports about people and their behaviour, HRW says. Chinese police are using a mobile app to store data on 13 million ethnic minority Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang province, a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report has revealed. The app, known as the Integrated Joint Operations Platform, is being used […]

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Thousands rally in Pakistan's Karachi for Pashtun rights

At the rally held by a rights group, thousands of protesters called for an end to abuses by the country’s military. Islamabad, Pakistan – Thousands of protesters have called for an end to alleged rights abuses by Pakistan’s military at the latest rally by a grassroots rights group, defying restrictions and a string of detentions of the movement’s organisers. The Pashtun […]

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Burundi accused of widespread rights abuses before referendum

Hundreds of people have been killed and arrested since protests began, and a coup was attempted against President Nkurunziza in 2015. The UN Security Council is meeting to review the security situation in Burundi amid reports of widespread human rights abuses. The country has just voted in a referendum on constitutional amendments boosting the powers of President Pierre Nkurunziza. Since […]

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Child marriage on the rise among Syrian refugee girls in Jordan

In 2014, 15 percent of all Syrian marriages in Jordan included a child bride, but now the number has risen to 36 percent. Child marriage among Syrian refugee children, primarily girls, is on the rise, according to data from Jordan‘s court system.  The percentage of child brides in Syrian marriages in Jordan rose from 15 percent in 2014 to 36 percent […]

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Vietnam 'jails prominent human rights lawyer' Nguyen Van Dai

Wife of Nguyen Van Dai ‘strongly protests’ against 15-year prison term handed out at tightly guarded trial in Hanoi. Nguyen Van Dai, the Vietnamese human rights lawyer and activist, has been jailed for 15 years, according to his wife, along with five other activists who have been given prison terms of 7-12 years. Dai, 48, was charged on Thursday in a court in Hanoi […]

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Women with disabilities: India's 'invisible victims'

Women and girls with disabilities in India are at a higher risk of sexual violence, according to a Human Rights Watch report. New Delhi, India – Women and girls with disabilities in India are at a higher risk of sexual violence, according to a Human Rights Watch report released on Tuesday. The New York-based rights body said that the challenges […]

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How far will Hungary's Orban go for anti-refugee policies?

Hungary is cementing its place as the standard-bearer for right-wing nationalism in Europe and Viktor Orban’s latest triumph could lead to more anti-immigrant legislation. Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban may have won a consecutive third term, but independent monitors are questioning the fairness of the elections. The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe says other candidates were not able […]

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UN: US-backed SDF recruits children

The SDF is trained and equipped by the US-led coalition. UN investigators have accused the Syrian Democratic Force (SDF), together with other warring parties, of human rights violations and attacks on civilians in Syria. The report, issued on Tuesday by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria records violations that occurred between July 2017 and January 2018, is based on […]

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