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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Exclusive: Evidence of ongoing torture of Sri Lankan Tamils

Al Jazeera has uncovered allegations and evidence of security forces continuing to use torture against Tamils in Sri Lanka. It’s more than three years since President Maithripala Sirisena came to power in Sri Lanka. He took over from a government which was accused of human rights abuses during the war against Tamil separatists. Sirisena had promised a less authoritarian style […]

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China confirms arrest of bookseller Gui Minhai

Swedish citizen ‘subjected to criminal coercive measures’ for allegedly breaking law, China’s foreign ministry says. An ailing Hong Kong-based bookseller was arrested by Chinese authorities last month for allegedly breaking the law, China’s foreign ministry said.  China confirmed Gui Minhai’s detention for the first time on Tuesday, after his daughter said Chinese police had arrested him in January while he […]

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Nigerian migrants return from Libya back to square one

Even after experiencing horrible treatment and conditions, almost half of West African migrants returning home from Libya say that they will try to reach Europe again. Nigerian officials are calling for more international cooperation in the fight against human trafficking, as the country continues to evacuate its citizens from Libya. Earlier this month, the Nigerian government began the immediate removal of […]

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Evros river: 'Forced pushback' of refugees at the edge of EU

Refugees trying to enter Greece through its northern land border with Turkey have told Al Jazeera they have been threatened and forced to go back, illegal under international humanitarian law. Refugees trying to enter Greece through its northern land border with Turkey have told Al Jazeera they have been threatened and forced to go back, in breach of international humanitarian […]

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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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