Human Rights

Abolish the UN Human Rights Council
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At the end of 2021, the UN Human Rights Council set up a Commission of Inquiry that would investigate “human rights violations” and “war crimes” committed in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank by the Israelis, but by no one else. The General Assembly approved a budget of $5 million to fund the Commission in […]

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Op-Ed: Defend Israeli and Palestinian human rights workers
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Just days after Israel’s post-Netanyahu government was formed, the International Criminal Court swore in its new prosecutor, Karim Asad Ahmad Khan, who will take up the process begun by his predecessor to investigate both Hamas and Israel for war crimes. These investigations may include the most recent war in Israel and Gaza. Essential to former […]

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Colombia used ‘excessive’ force against protesters: IACHR | Human Rights News | Al Jazeera
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Bogota, Colombia – The Colombian government used “excessive and disproportionate” force during mass protests earlier this year, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) said in a long-awaited report released on Wednesday. The IACHR, an autonomous body in the Organization of American States, called on the South American nation to make structural changes to its militarised […]

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Human Rights Town – the app! – SCLD
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The  Scottish Commission for People with Learning Disabilities (SCLD) has launched a new app, ‘Human Rights Town’ designed to empower people with learning disabilities to recognise and realise their human rights.    The  development of the app has been led by a group of people with learning disabilities who have been working with SCLD and digital design company, Publishing Bureau, to create the finished product.    The app […]

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CHR | Statement on the push to make Covid-19 vaccination mandatory and its implications on people’s human rights
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Vaccination against Covid-19, when combined with the effective implementation of public health strategies, remains to be the most effective solution in ending the pandemic. Taken as a whole, timely detection of infections, isolation, treatment, and vaccination all pursue the protection of the people’s right to health. The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has consistently expressed […]

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Indian activists hope elderly priest’s death marks a turning point for human rights in India
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Rev. Stan Swamy, well-known for his human rights work, got COVID-19 while jailed in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand for nine months. He had Parkinson’s disease, and his hands shook, so he needed a straw to drink — but he waited weeks before his jailers gave him one. Swamy died on July 5. The […]

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NBA team exec and co-owner declares that ‘nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs’ — despite China’s well-known abuse of their human rights
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Chamath Palihapitiya — an executive and part owner of the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association — said that “nobody cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs,” who are victims of China’s well-documented human rights abuses. What else did he say? Palihapitiya is part of the “All-In” podcast with friends and colleagues Jason […]

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Beijing Olympic corporate sponsors Coca-Cola, AirBnB, Intel pressured over China human rights record – The Washington Post
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For two years, campaigners representing the people of Hong Kong, Tibet and China’s Xinjiang region have been pushing U.S. and Western companies to either drop their sponsorships and broadcasts of the Games, which start Feb. 4, or to publicly condemn the repression Chinese authorities have carried out in those regions. Allianz, the German financial services […]

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Human rights must be an Olympics ideal – StarTribune.com
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On Tuesday, for the first time since the founding of the modern Games, the Olympic motto was amended in advance of Friday’s Opening Ceremonies. It’s now “Faster, Stronger, Higher — Together.” In announcing the addition of “together,” International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said, “This is a milestone in our development and sends a clear […]

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Philippines human rights watchdog launches investigation after nine activists killed in anti-communist raids
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The human rights watchdog in the Philippines has launched an investigation after nine unarmed individuals were killed by the country’s security forces in a coordinated operation near Manilla on Sunday. The country’s National Police chief, Debold Sinas, confirmed that the operation took place, with police and military personnel deployed to detain suspects who had been […]

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