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Displaced Syrians face losing homes to new government fines

Amendment to conscription law means those who have not served must pay £5,700 or have assets seizedA legal amendment in Syria has been greeted with anger and dismay by people displaced by the civil war who are now at risk of losing homes and property they left behind unless they pay exorbitant fines to the government in Damascus.Bashar al-Assad’s sanctions-hit, cash-strapped government, looking for ways to raise money in any way possible, announced a change to an article of the law concerning mi...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, World news, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, Bashar al-Assad, Damascus Bashar al Assad


Jamaica is finally being held to account for the violence suffered by LGBTQ+ peoplee | Gareth Henry

I took my country to an international commission and won. Now it must scrap the homophobic laws that fuel hateFinally the Jamaican state has been held to account for its complicity in the violence and discrimination I have faced for being gay. An international tribunal has ruled that Jamaica should scrap its homophobic laws immediately.The hatred that LGBTQ+ people routinely face in Jamaica, and the colonial-hangover laws that criminalise gay relationships, are well documented. But, for the firs...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Americas, World news, LGBT rights, Jamaica, Gareth Henry, Inter American Commission on Human Rights


Criminal complaint filed against Mohammed bin Salman in German court

Reporters without Borders accuses Saudi heir of crimes against humanity over persecution of journalistsSaudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other high-ranking Saudi officials have been accused of committing crimes against humanity in a criminal complaint filed in Germany by Reporters without Borders (RSF), the press freedom group.The 500-page complaint, filed with the German public prosecutor in general in the federal court of justice in Karlsruhe, centres on the “widespread and systematic...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Media, Law, Washington Post, Saudi Arabia, Germany, World news, Newspapers & magazines, US news, Middle East and North Africa, Journalist safety, Karlsruhe, Mohammed bin Salman, Jamal Khashoggi, Biden Administration


Shamima Begum court decision brings shame on UK | Letters

Readers respond to the supreme court decision that Begum will not have her citizenship restoredEvery day it seems the Guardian serves up another reason for being ashamed to be British. On Friday, it was the case of Shamima Begum (Shamima Begum loses fight to restore UK citizenship after supreme court ruling, 26 February). It makes it particularly difficult that I’m tutoring someone who is hoping to take an A-level in British politics. All the books list human rights and explain how carefully pro...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Media, Law, Islamic State, Syria, Middle East and North Africa, UK criminal justice, UK supreme court, Human Rights Act, Chagos Islands, Shamima Begum, Priti Patel, Begum, Jeremy CushingExeter


The tourists who flock to Dubai seem happy to overlook a few missing princesses | Catherine Bennett

Human rights abuses cut little ice with holidaymakers who rush to the beachHow many abducted and imprisoned princesses would it take for British tourists to turn their backs on Dubai? Three? Four? Ten? Because two “disappeared” princesses doesn’t look like being enough, even now that a secretly filmed account by one of them, saying she had been captured, assaulted, drugged and repatriated, has appeared on the BBC – corroborating the fact-finding of a UK judge, published a year ago.Sir Andrew M...
Tags: UK, Human Rights, Law, UK News, World news, Bbc, Middle East and North Africa, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Uae, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Catherine Bennett, Commonwealth Office, Latifa, Andrew McFarlane, Shamsa


'A pandemic of abuses': human rights under attack during Covid, says UN head

Exclusive: Freedoms have been crushed and free speech impeded by governments around the world, says António GuterresThe world is facing a “pandemic of human rights abuses”, the UN secretary general António Guterres has said.Authoritarian regimes had imposed drastic curbs on rights and freedoms and had used the virus as a pretext to restrict free speech and stifle dissent. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Society, World news, Poverty, United Nations, Global development, World Health Organization, Un, World Bank, Inequality, Antonio Guterres, Coronavirus, COVID, António GuterresThe


Human rights in the time of Covid: 'a pandemic of abuses’, says UN head

Exclusive: The ‘biggest international crisis in generations’ has rolled back years of progress and been used as a pretext to crackdown on freedoms, says António GuterresThe world is facing a “pandemic of human rights abuses”, the UN secretary general António Guterres has said.Authoritarian regimes had imposed drastic curbs on rights and freedoms and had used the virus as a pretext to restrict free speech and stifle dissent. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Society, World news, Poverty, United Nations, Global development, World Health Organization, Un, World Bank, Inequality, Antonio Guterres, Coronavirus, António GuterresThe


UK's anti-terror chief urges rights groups not to boycott Prevent review

Neil Basu says move to protest appointment of William Shawcross could harm processBritain’s best chance of reducing terrorist violence risks being damaged amid a huge backlash to the government’s choice of William Shawcross to lead a review of Prevent, the country’s top counter-terrorism officer has told the Guardian.Assistant commissioner Neil Basu’s comments came after key human rights and Muslim groups announced a boycott of the official review of Prevent, which aims to stop Britons being rad...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, Police, Islamic State, UK News, Home Office, UK security and counter-terrorism, Amnesty International, Muslim, Counter-terrorism policy, Metropolitan Police, Far Right, Priti Patel, William Shawcross


UK's top counter-terror officer backs Prevent amid row over review

Neil Basu urges rights groups not to boycott process led by Priti Patel’s pick, William ShawcrossBritain’s best chance of reducing terrorist violence risks being damaged amid a huge backlash to the government’s choice of William Shawcross to lead a review of Prevent, the country’s top counter-terrorism officer has told the Guardian.Assistant commissioner Neil Basu’s comments came after key human rights and Muslim groups announced a boycott of the official review of Prevent, which aims to stop Br...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, Police, Islamic State, UK News, Home Office, UK security and counter-terrorism, Amnesty International, Muslim, Counter-terrorism policy, Metropolitan Police, Far Right, Priti Patel, William Shawcross


UK's anti-terror chief fears rights group boycott threatens Prevent review

Neil Basu says move to protest appointment of William Shawcross could harm processBritain’s best chance of reducing terrorist violence risks being damaged amid a huge backlash to the government’s choice of William Shawcross to lead a review of Prevent, the country’s top counter-terrorism officer has told the Guardian.Assistant commissioner Neil Basu’s comments came after key human rights and Muslim groups announced a boycott of the official review of Prevent, which aims to stop Britons being rad...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, Police, Islamic State, UK News, Home Office, UK security and counter-terrorism, Amnesty International, Muslim, Counter-terrorism policy, Metropolitan Police, Far Right, Priti Patel, William Shawcross


The international community must stop legitimising despots' regimes in Africa | Nelson Chamisa

The bright future of younger generations is being perpetually postponed by ageing authoritarian politiciansNelson Chamisa is leader of the MDC Alliance, Zimbabwe’s largest opposition partyAfrica cannot afford to continue with the despotic forms of governance that still proliferate across the continent. Authoritarian and dictatorial governments are repressive, corrupt and inefficient. Their main interest is to retain power and loot public resources for the benefit of a few political elites, leavi...
Tags: Human Rights, Africa, Society, World news, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Young People, Chamisa, Nelson Chamisa, MDC Alliance Zimbabwe


ECHR tells Russia to free Alexei Navalny on safety grounds

Russia says it will ignore ruling, which it calls a ‘blatant and gross interference’ in its affairsThe European court of human rights has told Russia to free Alexei Navalny, prompting a new standoff between Europe and Moscow over the fate of Vladimir Putin’s staunchest critic.Russia has said it will ignore the ruling despite a requirement to comply as a member of the Council of Europe, calling the court’s decision “blatant and gross interference in the judicial affairs of a sovereign state”. Con...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Law, Vladimir Putin, Russia, World news, Moscow, European Court Of Human Rights, Council of Europe, Alexei Navalny, ECHR


Key pro-democracy figures go on trial over Hong Kong protests

Veteran activist Lee Cheuk-yan accuses police and government of depriving Hongkongers of constitutional rightsA veteran champion of democracy in Hong Kong has described its legal system as an instrument of political suppression, after he and eight other high-profile figures went on trial in one of the biggest court cases linked to the protest movement that paralysed the city for more than a year.“It’s the department of justice, the police department, and the Hong Kong government who should be on...
Tags: Hong Kong, Human Rights, Law, World news, Asia Pacific, Lee Cheuk yan


Pakistan ends death penalty for prisoners with severe mental health problems

Supreme court ruling welcomed by rights activists who say it opens the way to broader prison reformsIn a landmark decision, Pakistan’s supreme court ruled this week that prisoners with serious mental health problems cannot be executed for their crimes.The verdict was hailed by rights activists, who said it laid the groundwork for broader prison reforms in the country. Continue reading...
Tags: Health, Human Rights, Law, Society, World news, Mental Health, South and Central Asia, Pakistan, Global development, Capital punishment


Teacher Reinstated and Educated Following Anti-Indigenous Racism

By Lewis Waring, Licensed Paralegal, Student-at-Law, Editor, First Reference Inc. In Saskatchewan Polytechnic Faculty Assn. and Saskatchewan Polytechnic (Derow), 2020 CanLII 78471 (SK LA), Re (“Derow”), a unionized teacher’s dismissal related to racist comments against indigenous persons was set aside and he was reinstated to his position with conditions. The teacher, in this case, had been working for Saskatchewan Polytechnic for 34 years and had been employed in the school’s carpentry program...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Racism, Canada, Union, Discrimination, Saskatchewan, Truth and Reconciliation Commission, Substantive Law: Judicial Decisions, Case Comment, Substantive Law, Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Labour Law, Lewis Waring, Disciplinary Measures, Discrimination against indigenous persons


Saudi Arabia's release of Loujain al-Hathloul an overture to Biden

Analysis: Mohammed bin Salman views the move as an attempt to engage the new US administrationAs Loujain al-Hathloul marked her first day outside prison in nearly three years, Saudi Arabia’s de facto leader, Mohammed bin Salman, was bracing for a reaction from Washington to what amounts to a peace offering on his part.Prince Mohammed views the decision to release the women’s rights activist as an attempt to belatedly engage the new administration, whose strident tone on human rights issues in it...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Washington, Saudi Arabia, US, World news, US news, Middle East and North Africa, Biden, Mohammed, Riyadh, Mohammed bin Salman, Loujain, Hathloul, Biden Administration


Rise in child abuse online threatens to overwhelm UK police, officers warn

Exclusive: Sheer quantity of abusive material hindering detection while Facebook move to greater encryption is a further blowThe vast, and growing, volume of child abuse material being created and shared online is threatening to overwhelm police efforts to tackle it, senior officers have told the Guardian.And the situation is likely to worsen, National Crime Agency (NCA) child abuse lead Rob Jones warned, if social media sites such as Facebook press ahead with further encryption of messaging ser...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Technology, Human Rights, Social Networking, Children, Police, Society, UK News, Child protection, Internet Safety, National Crime Agency NCA, Online Abuse, Rob Jones, Sexual Violence


HSBC urged to unfreeze accounts of Hong Kong activist

International politicians say the bank, already under fire for backing China’s security law, could ‘gravely tarnish’ its reputationAn international group of senior politicians have written to the chairman of HSBC, Mark Tucker, urging him unfreeze bank accounts linked to a high-profile pro-democracy activist from Hong Kong.More than 50 members of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China – including representatives from the UK, Canada, Australia, France, Germany and Switzerland – are calling for ...
Tags: Hong Kong, Business, Politics, UK, Human Rights, Protest, Law, China, UK News, World news, Banking, Asia Pacific, Hsbc, Switzerland, Iain Duncan Smith, Mark Tucker


New claims of migrant abuse as Ice defies Biden to continue deportations

Ice condemned as ‘rogue agency’ after rights groups allege torture by agents and man deported to Haiti who had never been thereUS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) has been denounced as a “rogue agency” after new allegations of assaults on asylum seekers emerged, and deportations of African and Caribbean migrants continued in defiance of the Biden administration’s orders.Joe Biden unveiled his immigration agenda on Tuesday, and his homeland security secretary Alejandro Mayorkas was confi...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Senate, Africa, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Cameroon, US immigration, Biden, Haiti, Caribbean, Alejandro Mayorkas, Customs Enforcement ICE, Biden White House, Biden Administration


Ministers move to stop backbench revolt over UK courts' role in genocide rulings

Government offers alternative to amendment that could force UK to reconsider trade deals with countries such as ChinaThe government is seeking to fend off a backbench revolt over China by giving the foreign affairs select committee new powers to investigate whether a country is so clearly breaching human rights that the UK should not agree to a free trade deal with it.The proposal is being canvassed as an alternative to a measure which would give the high court the power to make a preliminary de...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, China, Conservatives, UK News, World news, House Of Lords, Asia Pacific, House Of Commons, Islam, Judiciary, Xinjiang, Robert Buckland, Trade Policy


UK asylum seekers told claims at risk if they ‘misbehave’

Call for Home Office to act after private contractors tell people their applications will be jeopardised for speaking out, going on hunger strikes or complaining about foodPeople held at temporary Home Office refugee camps are being threatened that their asylum claims will be harmed if they “misbehave”, according to testimony from site residents.A series of statements from asylum seekers inside the camps, anonymised to protect them from possible reprisals, allege they have been told by staff emp...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, UK News, World news, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Refugees, Inequality, Priti Patel


Jair Bolsonaro could face charges in The Hague over Amazon rainforest

Indigenous leaders and human rights groups accuse Brazilian president of crimes against humanityJair Bolsonaro could face charges in the international criminal court (ICC) after being accused of crimes against humanity.Indigenous leaders in Brazil and human rights groups are urging the court to investigate the Brazilian president over his dismantling of environmental policies and violations of indigenous rights, which they say amount to ecocide. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Human Rights, Law, Environment, World news, Conservation, Trees and forests, Deforestation, International criminal court, Brazil, Amazon Rainforest, Indigenous Peoples, Icc, The Hague, Jair Bolsonaro, humanityJair Bolsonaro


How Isaiah survived Australia's juvenile justice system

As a kid, Isaiah couldn’t escape the police. He went on to spend his teenage years in and out of youth detention. Now this young Dunghutti man is trying to change how our justice system treats Indigenous childrenThis episode is part of the childhood in custody series, you can read the feature on Isaiah here. Continue reading...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Australia, Australia news, Indigenous Australians, Isaiah, Indigenous incarceration, Dunghutti


Russia committed human rights violation in Georgia war, ECHR rules

European court of human rights: Moscow responsible for murder of civilians, and looting and burning of homesRussia committed a series of human rights violations during its war with Georgia in 2008, the European court of human rights ruled on Thursday, saying Moscow was responsible for the murder of Georgian civilians, and the looting and burning of their homes.In a landmark judgment, the court said the Kremlin was guilty of unlawfully rounding up ethnic Georgians and their subsequent “inhuman an...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Law, Russia, Georgia, World news, Ukraine, Crimea, Moscow, European Court Of Human Rights, Kremlin, ECHR, South Ossetia


David Perry QC quits prosecution of Hong Kong activists

British barrister was called ‘mercenary’ by UK foreign secretary for taking on case against pro-democracy figuresThe British QC hired to run the prosecution of senior Hong Kong activists, including the media mogul Jimmy Lai, has pulled out of the case after widespread pressure, the territory’s government has said.David Perry QC had been instructed by the Hong Kong justice department to prosecute 76-year-old Lai and eight others including the democracy figure Martin Lee and the veteran activist L...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, Human Rights, Protest, Law, World news, Asia Pacific, Lai, David Perry, Jimmy Lai, Martin Lee, Lee Cheuk


Rebels aim to insert genocide amendment in UK-China trade bill

UK court would determine whether China is committing genocide against Uighurs if measure passedThe government is struggling to contain a potential backbench rebellion over its China policy after the Conservative Muslim Forum, the International Bar Association (IBA), and the prime minister’s former envoy on freedom of religious belief backed a move to give the UK courts a say in determining whether countries are committing genocide.The measure is due in the Commons on Tuesday when the trade bill ...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, China, Religion, UK News, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Islam, Xinjiang, UK China, Trade Policy, Uighurs


G4S migrant workers 'forced to pay millions' in illegal fees for jobs

UK-based security firm faces calls to repay charges made by recruitment agents for jobs in Gulf states and conflict zonesMigrant workers working for the British security company G4S in the United Arab Emirates have collectively been forced to pay millions of pounds in illegal fees to recruitment agents to secure their jobs, the Guardian can reveal.An investigation into G4S’s recruitment practices has found that workers from south Asia and east Africa have been made to pay up to £1,775 to recruit...
Tags: Asia, Business, UK, Human Rights, Law, Saudi Arabia, Africa, Qatar, UK News, World news, G4s, Work & careers, Middle East and North Africa, South and Central Asia, Migration, Nepal


UK trained military of 15 countries with poor human rights records

Campaigners seek inquiry into whether skills gained in UK were used to commit abuses in countries such as Bahrain, China and Saudi ArabiaThe UK government has trained the armies of two-thirds of the world’s countries, including 15 it has rebuked for human rights violations.An anti-arms trade organisation has called for an investigation into the use of UK military training by other countries to determine whether it has been used to perpetrate human rights abuses. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Human Rights, Saudi Arabia, UK News, World news, Military, Ministry Of Defence, British Army, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Bahrain, Arms trade, Sri Lanka, Bahrain China


UK trained military of 13 countries with poor human rights records

Campaigners seek inquiry into whether skills gained in UK were used to commit abuses in countries such as Bahrain, China and Saudi ArabiaThe UK government has trained the armies of two-thirds of the world’s countries, including 13 it has rebuked for human rights violations.An anti-arms trade organisation has called for an investigation into the use of UK military training by other countries to determine whether it has been used to perpetrate human rights abuses. Continue reading...
Tags: UK, Human Rights, Saudi Arabia, UK News, World news, Military, Ministry Of Defence, British Army, Zimbabwe, Sudan, Bahrain, Arms trade, Sri Lanka, Bahrain China


Hong Kong hires British QC to prosecute pro-democracy activists

UK politicians challenge David Perry’s decision to act against group accused of illegal assemblyA British barrister has agreed to act for the Hong Kong government next month in its efforts to convict Jimmy Lai and eight other pro-democracy activists accused of taking part in an illegal assembly in 2019.David Perry’s decision has been challenged by the chair of the foreign affairs select committee, Tom Tugendhat, and by the Labour peer Lord Adonis. Continue reading...
Tags: Hong Kong, UK, Human Rights, Law, China, European Union, World news, Asia Pacific, Labour, David Perry, Jimmy Lai, Tom Tugendhat



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