Human Rights

Turkey probes judges who acquitted activists including Kavala

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Turkey’s Council of Judges and Prosecutors has launched an investigation into three judges who acquitted rights activist Osman Kavala and eight other activists of terrorism charges, local media reported. The panel of three judges on...

Europe’s rising homeless problem

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Social exclusion across the European Union is following a declining trend but inequalities persist that expose less advantaged residents to various economic and social risks. Homelessness, a phenomenon that leaves no country unaffected, is...

Europe’s pledge to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation worldwide

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Europe's commitment to the fight against the brutal practice of female genital mutilation that thousands of young girls find themselves the victims of remains unquestioned, however, ending female circumcision is a huge challenge for...

EU to suspend some of Cambodia trade benefits over human rights

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The European Union will partially suspend the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade privileges Cambodia is enjoying because of systematic violations of human rights, the European Commission said on Wednesday. Cambodia will lose about 20% of the...

Egypt arrests human rights advocate who ctiticised government

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An Egyptian researcher and activist has been arrested at Cairo's international airport upon his arrival from Italy. 27-year-old Patrick George Zaki had been in Bologna since August for his postgraduate studies. According to the Egyptian...

EU Commissioner for Equality Dalli pledges to advance LGBTI rights in the EU

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Speaking in the European Parliament on Tuesday, Helena Dalli, Commissioner for Equality said that the EU Commission will place advancement of LGBTI rights on top of its agenda, and slammed Poland's creation of LGBTI...

Jourová says door for dialogue with Poland is open

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The Vice-President of the European Commission for Values and Transparency Vĕra Jourová said on Tuesday that the EU seeks a long-term solution to escalated tensions between the EU and the Polish government over judicial reforms. "The door...

China continues to destroy Muslim cemeteries

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The Chinese government appears to have systematically destroyed several cemeteries belonging to its Muslim minority, the Turkic-speaking Uyghurs, for years. Cooperating with the Uyghur community and analysing hundreds of satellite images, an investigation by American...

Zelensky says antisemitism in Ukraine is the lowest in Europe

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The history of the Jews in Ukraine is one that stretches back over a thousand years to the days before the Slavs of Kievan Rus were converted to Orthodox Christianity by Byzantine missionaries in...

Moscow’s top university to ban political speech for students and staff

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One of Russia’s elite universities, Moscow’s Institute of Higher Economics, is considering banning its students and staff from performing political speech. “The new version of internal regulations clarifies the obligation not to make political statements...

Myanmar panel finds war crimes but no genocide in Rohingya crackdown

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A commission investigating Myanmar’s 2017 crackdown on its Rohingya Muslim minority, has concluded that there were probably war crimes but there was no genocide. The panel was appointed by Myanmar's government. In the next few...

US sanctions Iranian general for ‘gross violations of human rights’

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The US’ State Department said it has designated Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Brigadier General Hassan Shahvarpour, Khuzestan Province's Vali Asr Commander, for his involvement in "gross violations of human rights against protestors during the...

China supports Myanmar despite Rohingya genocide accusations

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China's president Xi Jinping expressed his support for Myanmar’s leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who is accused of overseeing a genocide against Rohingya Muslims. During a meeting in Myanmar with Suu Kyi, Xi signed 33...

Turkey lifts ban on Wikipedia after 3 years

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After nearly three years, a Turkish court has lifted the government’s ban on the online encyclopedia, Wikipedia. The ban was imposed when Turkey accused Wikipedia of participating in a campaign against the country, after the...

Many countries likely to miss global education and nutrition goals

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Despite global progress in education access and participation as well as in the tackling of malnutrition, current trajectories in many countries show that the relevant United Nations’ Sustainable goals are likely to be missed. According...

Former Google executive raises concerns about tech giant’s human rights policies

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Ross LaJeunesse, a former Google executive has expressed his concerns about the human rights policies that the firm follows as it moves to expand into China and other countries where civil and human rights...

Cambodian opposition leader goes on trial for ‘treason’

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A Cambodian court opened a trial against the prominent Cambodian opposition leader Kem Sokha, accusing him of “conspiring with foreign powers” to overthrow the government. Based on a video of a speech he gave in...

Soldier confesses to murdering Slovak journalist

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Miroslav Marcek, one of the suspects in the 2018 murder of Slovak journalist Jan Kuciak and his partner, Martina Kusnirova, admitted to the killing in the country’s court on 13 January. "I am guilty. I...

China replaces top Hong Kong envoy after months of protests

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China’s ruling Communist Party replaced Wang Zhimin, the country’s official in charge of relations with Hong Kong. China’s ministry of human resources and social security announced on 4 January that he has been succeeded by...

Turkey keeps rights activist jailed despite European court ruling

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A Turkish court ignored the binding ruling by the European Court of Human Rights calling for the release of human rights activist Osman Kavala, and instead decided he should remain in jail. Kavala has been...

11 migrants found in refrigerated truck in Germany

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11 migrants were freed from a refrigerated truck reportedly loaded with fruit, at a highway service station in Bavaria, Germany’s police said. Officials say they found the migrants after hearing knocking sounds coming from the...

Saudi Arabia sentences five to death for Khashoggi murder

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A Saudi court sentenced five men to death for “committing and directly participating” in the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018, but the court absolved Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and former...

Turkey cannot handle new refugee wave from Syria, Erdogan warns Europe

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Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, warned the European Union for an incoming refugee wave from Syria’s Idlib province, as tens of thousands civilians flee prompted by Russia's latest offensive. Russian-backed Syrian forces have stepped up...

Croatia court rules same-sex couple can foster children

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After a long legal battle, the Zagreb administrative court ruled on Thursday that a same-couple, Ivo Segota and Mladen Kozic, can become foster parents, in what campaigners have called a "historic decision" for LGBTI...

Lebanon president designates Hezbollah-backed academic as PM

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After weeks of political drama, Lebanon's President Michel Aoun has designated on 19 December the country's former education minister Hassan Diab, as the new prime minister. His nomination is backed by the country's Shia Islamist...

ECJ opinion says EU data transfer tools are legal in Facebook privacy case

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According to a non-binding opinion from an advocate general at the Court of Justice of the European Union, the EU Commission’s standard contractual clauses used for data transfers between EU and non-EU countries are...

Daughter of jailed Uyghur activist accepts 2019 Sakharov Prize

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Ilham Tohti, an advocate for China's Uyghur minority, who is serving a life sentence in China since 2014 on separatism-related charges, won the 2019 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought. His daughter Jewher Ilham accepted...

EU Parliament slams Poland’s LGBTI-free zones, asks for an EU LGBTI Strategy

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MEPs adopted on Wednesday during Strasbourg’s plenary session a resolution condemning public discrimination and hate speech against LGBTI people, including the creation of LGBTI - free zones in Poland. The resolution was approved with 463...

China calls for free trade deal with the EU

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China's foreign minister Wang Yi called on the European Union to open the way a free trade agreement with China. During his official visit to Brussels on 15 and 16 December, Wang said that free...

China’s president praises Hong Kong leader amid unrest

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China's President Xi Jinping on 16 December expressed his "firm support" for the Hong Kong government, as well as for chief executive Carrie Lam. Xi praised Lam's courage during the city's "hard times", and supported...

India’s internet shutdown is the longest in history

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The Indian government's shutdown of the Internet in Kashmir is the longest in history, surpassing the previous blocks of Myanmar and China. The crackdown was ordered to prevent Kashmiri citizens from receiving and spreading information...

EU watchdog says Hungarian government’s control of media is unprecedented

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Following a recent visit to Hungary, seven press watchdog organisations have come to the conclusion that the Hungarian government's control over the media has reached an “unprecedented state for the European Union." According to the...

Republicans introduce LGBTQ non-discrimination bill

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Republicans lawmakers put forward a pro-LGBTQ legislation on Friday that would ban discrimination against LGBTQ people in employment, housing, education, public accommodations, commercial credit and jury duty, while also protecting religious organisations and churches that...

“We will not let technology turn against the people”, Jourová pledges

"Technology should serve the people, not the other way around", said Věra Jourová, Vice President for Values and Transparency, European Commission, during a Summit organised by the Financial Times and European Telecommunications Network Operations...

European Commissioner slams Turkey’s internet censorship

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Turkey's continued block of the internet is both unacceptable and a violation of the democratic principles of the European Convention on Human Rights which protects freedom of speech, according to the Europe Commissioner for Human...

UK’s Labour rolls out race and faith manifesto

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The UK's main opposition Labour Party has unveiled what they called an “ambitious” manifesto on race and faith that is designed to educate children about the historical injustices of colonialism and the role the...

FBI report says Jews are the target of most ethnoreligious hate crimes

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A recent FBI report revealed that in 2018 Jews and Jewish institutions were the main targets of crimes motivated by ethnoreligious hatred in the United States. In its annual report on hate crime statistics, the...