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Petra Diamonds pays £4.3m to Tanzanians ‘abused’ by its contractors

Firm settles over allegations claimants were shot, stabbed and beaten by guards at mine that produced one of Queen’s favourite gemsThe British mining company Petra Diamonds has agreed to pay £4.3m in compensation to dozens of Tanzanians who allegedly suffered serious human rights abuses at a mine famed for producing a flawless pink diamond for one of the Queen’s favourite brooches.The 71 Tanzanian claimants, represented in the London high court by the British law firm Leigh Day, alleged grave vi...
Tags: Business, London, Human Rights, Law, Africa, World news, Mining, Global development, Tanzania, Petra Diamonds


‘MPs have just got to take back control of lawmaking’, says barrister

Adam Wagner, an expert on Covid rules, believes ministers have assumed far too much say over our livesLawmaking during the coronavirus pandemic has been anti-democratic, sidelining parliament and handing huge control over people’s private lives to a small group of ministers without adequate scrutiny, a prominent human rights barrister has said.Adam Wagner, described in the House of Lords as “perhaps the only person in the country who can make sense of this variety of [Covid] regulations”, urged ...
Tags: Politics, Human Rights, Law, Conservatives, UK News, House Of Lords, Human Rights Act, Adam Wagner, Coronavirus


Indefinite detention of refugees is unlawful under international law, but Australia has quietly made it legal

To counter the court’s ruling against unlawful detention, the government simply wrote a new law allowing it to do whatever it wantsIn 2012, a person placed in immigration detention in Australia was held, on average, for less than 100 days.In 2021, that figure is 627 days – 20 months – the highest it has ever been. Continue reading...
Tags: Human Rights, Australia, Australia news, Australian immigration and asylum, Australian politics, Refugees, Law (Australia


Iranian asylum seeker cleared of Channel smuggling charges

Man who took turn steering boat ‘because he didn’t want to die’ freed, with case opening way for others to appeal their sentencesAn asylum seeker jailed on smuggling charges for helping to steer a boat filled with migrants from France to England has had his conviction overturned at a retrial after spending 17 months in jail.Lawyers and campaigners say the verdict could lead to other migrants currently in jail on smuggling charges being freed, allowing the Home Office policy of prosecuting asylum...
Tags: England, Human Rights, Law, France, UK News, World news, Iran, Immigration and asylum, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Home Office, Refugees, Global development


We must all mobilise to stop Israel’s crimes | Letter

Emilie Tant from the Overseas Development Institute says solidarity in the international community is the only way to end Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territoriesWe don’t need the Israeli army to tell us that it is not particularly interested in a ceasefire (Israel-Gaza violence: death toll rises as UN envoy warns over escalation, 12 May) to recognise that these fresh UN warnings against escalating violence will not be heeded. For years the UN has been clear on Israel’s crimes against inte...
Tags: Human Rights, Israel, Middle East and North Africa, South Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza, West Bank, United Nations, Un, Israel Gaza, Overseas Development Institute, Emilie Tant, United Nothing


Violence against women ‘a pandemic’, warns UN envoy

A decade after Istanbul convention was drawn up to end gender-based violence, activists report decline in women’s rights and safetyA decade after the launch of the Istanbul convention, the landmark human rights treaty to stop gender-based violence, women are facing a global assault on their rights and safety, according to campaigners.This week marked 10 years since the first 13 countries signed up to the convention, seen as a turning point in efforts to address violence against women. Continue r...
Tags: Europe, Gender, Human Rights, Mexico, Africa, Americas, Society, World news, Turkey, Ukraine, Domestic Violence, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, United Nations, Global development, Peru


‘Weak’ US let Saudis jail more dissidents, says rights group

Lack of US sanctions on crown prince led to harsher sentences for critics of regime, Grant Liberty reportsThe Biden administration’s failure to impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, has led to a increase in severe sentences for political prisoners in the kingdom, the Guardian can reveal.The UK-based human rights organisation Grant Liberty found that twice as many harsh sentences had been meted out to Saudi prisoners of conscience in April than in the first three m...
Tags: UK, Human Rights, Media, Law, Saudi Arabia, US, Qatar, World news, Joe Biden, US news, Middle East and North Africa, Global development, Biden, King Salman, Mohammed bin Salman, Istanbul Turkey


Thousands of Cambodians go hungry in strict lockdown zones

Rights groups say government and UN inaction has left people lacking food and medicine for weeksTens of thousands of Cambodians are going hungry under the country’s strict lockdown as Covid cases continue to rise amid criticism from human rights groups that the government and the UN are being too slow to act.The south-east Asian country had recorded one of the world’s smallest coronavirus caseloads, but infections have climbed from about 500 in late February to 20,695 this week, with 136 deaths....
Tags: Human Rights, World news, Poverty, Asia Pacific, Social exclusion, United Nations, Aid, Global development, Cambodia, Un, Humanitarian response, Coronavirus


China’s feminists protest against wave of online abuse with ‘internet violence museum’

A growing nationalistic fervour is fuelling a torrent of vitriol against anyone speaking out against the state, especially women’s rights activists Late last month, an “unknown hill in the Chinese desert” was blanketed in scores of large red and white banners, flapping vitriol in the breeze. “I hope you die, bitch,” said one. “Little bitch, screw the feminists,” said others.They were all actual messages sent to women, a direct act of harassment anonymised by social media. They were sent during w...
Tags: Human Rights, China, Women, Asia Pacific, Weibo, Xiao Meili


Human rights groups call on Australia to drop pursuit of Israel trade deal over Palestine conflict

Morrison government told it ‘must not neglect major human rights concerns’ as it considers increasing trade with IsraelAustralian and Palestinian human rights groups have urged the federal government to stop pursuing a potential free trade agreement with Israel and condemn its actions in Gaza and East Jerusalem.The Australian government is considering strengthening its trade relations with Israel, including through a possible FTA, hoping such a deal would boost defence, cybersecurity and innovat...
Tags: Human Rights, Australia, Israel, Australia news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Palestine, East Jerusalem, Morrison, FTA


The Guardian view on Jerusalem and Gaza: old struggles bring fresh violence | Editorial

The new outbreak is the predictable result both of recent grievances and accumulated injusticesTen children were in Gaza in the Holy month of Ramadan, while two Israeli women were killed as Israeli air strikes pounded the territory and Palestinian militants fired rockets. In Jerusalem, Israeli police fired stun grenades, teargas and rubber bullets at one of Islam’s holiest sites, leaving 300 Palestinians injured. Could this get worse? Yes. The prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has vowed to i...
Tags: Human Rights, Israel, Jerusalem, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, Gaza, Muslim, Un, Hamas, Benjamin Netanyahu, East Jerusalem, Ramadan, Jarrah, Al Aqsa, Damascus Gate


The alleged atrocities in Tigray risk tearing Ethiopia apart | Will Davison

Inflicting suffering on millions in the region won’t solve the wider dispute between ethnic nationalism and the stateWhen Ethiopia’s government under prime minister Abiy Ahmed launched a military offensive to dislodge the Tigray region’s dissident leadership, he promised a rapid surgical operation.The war, which began on 3 November as the world was focused on the US election, has instead come at a staggering cost. There is no end in sight. Millions of Tigrayans are now in dire need of assistance...
Tags: Human Rights, Africa, US, World news, War Crimes, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Will Davison, Tigray, Abiy Ahmed


The alleged atrocities in Tigray risk tearing Ethiopia apart | William Davison

Inflicting suffering on millions in the region won’t solve the wider dispute between ethnic nationalism and the stateWhen Ethiopia’s government under prime minister Abiy Ahmed launched a military offensive to dislodge the Tigray region’s dissident leadership, he promised a rapid surgical operation.The war, which began on 3 November as the world was focused on the US election, has instead come at a staggering cost. There is no end in sight. Millions of Tigrayans are now in dire need of assistance...
Tags: Human Rights, Africa, US, World news, War Crimes, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Tigray, William Davison, Abiy Ahmed


‘I pray God takes him first’: why do some US states want to execute the dying?

Case of terminally ill Gerald Pizzuto renews debate about capital punishment for people who are sick or very oldGerald Pizzuto is near death, but it’s unclear whether the cancer or the state of Idaho will get to him first.For more than a year, the 65-year-old has been in hospice care on Idaho’s death row, suffering from advanced bladder tumors, along with type 2 diabetes, and a variety of heart and lung diseases. According to his defense team, he’s been prescribed 42 different drugs in the last ...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, US, World news, US news, Idaho, Capital punishment, Gerald Pizzuto, Pizzuto


The Covid-19 crisis facing India’s prisoners

Political prisoners in India, many of whom are awaiting trial, face abysmal conditions in far-flung, overcrowded jails. Now they are threatened with infection without access to healthcare The post The Covid-19 crisis facing India’s prisoners appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Human Rights, Prisons, Incarceration, India, Narendra Modi, World, Civil Society, Openaccess, Political Prisoners, Jails, Pinarayi Vijayan, Yogi Adityanath, Umar Khalid, Top Six, United Against Hate, Varavara Rao


Beijing accuses G7 ministers of interfering in China’s affairs

Foreign ministry responds to west’s human rights claims, saying countries should ‘face up to their own problems’China has rejected accusations of human rights abuse and economic coercion, made by G7 foreign ministers, accusing them of “blatantly meddling” in China’s internal affairs, calling their remarks groundless.“Attempts to disregard the basic norms of international relations and to create various excuses to interfere in China’s internal affairs, undermine China’s sovereignty and smear Chin...
Tags: Hong Kong, Human Rights, China, International Trade, World news, Taiwan, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Global Economy, Global development, World Health Organization, G7, Wang Wenbin, Coronavirus


My father works for the company that sells weapons used in my partner’s homeland | Izzy Brown

I had never imagined how horribly the company my father works for was entangled with the story of my West Papuan partner ​They make great trucks. That’s what my father says whenever I ask him: “What do they make? Who do they sell them to?” “Only to the good guys,”​​​​ is his standard answer, and the topic changes quickly. But what he calls “trucks”, most people call “tanks”. And ​I am always led to wonder, “What kind of ‘good guy’ drives a tank?”My father works for Thales, one of the richest wea...
Tags: Human Rights, Indonesia, World news, Australia news, Asia Pacific, Refugees, Arms trade, West Papua, Pacific Islands, Thales, ASIO, Izzy Brown, Security Intelligence Organisation Continue


More trafficking victims facing forcible removal from UK under rule change

Rights groups warn many more survivors face being locked up after MPs back Home Office changeMore victims of trafficking will be locked up in detention and forcibly removed from the UK after MPs approved a change in Home Office rules relating to this vulnerable group, campaigners have warned.MPs recently confirmed what is known as a statutory instrument. This change in rules relating to the detention of trafficking victims comes into force on 25 May and will require them to provide a higher stan...
Tags: Politics, UK, Human Rights, Law, UK News, Immigration and asylum, Home Office, Global development, Human Trafficking, Priti Patel


Revealed: 2,000 refugee deaths linked to illegal EU pushbacks

A Guardian analysis finds EU countries used brutal tactics to stop nearly 40,000 asylum seekers crossing bordersEU member states have used illegal operations to push back at least 40,000 asylum seekers from Europe’s borders during the pandemic, linked to the death of more than 2,000 people, the Guardian can reveal.In one of the biggest mass expulsions in decades, European countries, supported by EU’s border agency Frontex, systematically pushed back refugees, including children fleeing from wars...
Tags: Europe, Human Rights, Greece, Africa, Eu, European Union, Turkey, Immigration and asylum, Middle East and North Africa, Migration, Italy, United Nations, Refugees, Global development, European Commission, Libya


UN raises serious human rights concerns over Australia’s India travel ban

‘Nobody’s going to be jailed … at this time,’ deputy PM Michael McCormack saysFollow the Australia news live blogCould I have made a difference? What Australia’s Indian doctors are asking themselvesKatharine Murphy: PM lectured the states against snap border closures – now he’s done exactly thatUN human rights officials have raised “serious concerns” about the Morrison government’s ban on Australians returning from India, and the severe penalties attached to breaches.The office of the UN high co...
Tags: Human Rights, Australia, India, Australia news, South and Central Asia, Australian politics, United Nations, Un, Anthony Albanese, Morrison, Michael McCormack, Australian Citizenship, Coronavirus


New Zealand draws back from calling Chinese abuses of Uyghurs genocide

Parliament will not debate motion and will instead discuss rights abuses in more general termsNew Zealand’s parliament will not debate a motion that would label the abuses of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang as acts of genocide.Parliament opted instead on Tuesday to water down the language, and discuss concerns about human rights abuses in the region in more general terms. Continue reading...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, China, World news, Asia Pacific, New Zealand, Parliament, Xinjiang, Uyghurs, termsNew Zealand


Australian government urged to press Saudis to reveal whereabouts of extradited citizen

Fresh doubts have been raised over an alleged criminal case in Saudi Arabia against Osama al-HasaniSaudi Arabian authorities must urgently reveal the location of the Australian citizen who was extradited to the country, human rights advocates say, amid fresh doubts over the alleged criminal case against him.Osama al-Hasani, 42, was transferred from Morocco to Saudi Arabia at 2.45am on 13 March, just hours after United Nations officials sent an urgent letter asking authorities not to deport him o...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Saudi Arabia, Australia news, Morocco, United Nations, Human Rights Watch Continue, Australian foreign policy, Osama al Hasani


Ugandan president’s son named in ICC complaint over abductions and abuse

Muhoozi Kainerugaba leads Special Forces Command, an elite military unit blamed for widespread abusesWarning: graphic information in this report may upset some readersLawyers acting for the victims of a wave of abductions and torture by security forces in Uganda have named senior military commanders, including the president’s son, in a complaint to the international criminal court.Prosecutors at the ICC are already reviewing an earlier submission from the opposition politician Robert Kyagulanyi,...
Tags: Human Rights, Africa, World news, Uganda, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Yoweri Museveni, Torture, Icc, Bobi Wine, Special Forces Command, Robert Kyagulanyi, Muhoozi Kainerugaba


EU adopts rules on one-hour takedowns for terrorist content

The European Parliament approved a new law on terrorist content takedowns yesterday, paving the way for one-hour removals to become the legal standard across the EU. The regulation “addressing the dissemination of terrorist content online” will come into force shortly after publication in the EU’s Official Journal — and start applying 12 months after that. The incoming regime means providers serving users in the region must act on terrorist content removal notices from Member State authorities w...
Tags: Social, TC, Europe, Isis, Human Rights, Tech, Eu, European Union, Policy, Terrorism, Commission, Parliament, Council, European Parliament, Tech Giants, Material


‘I am not my trauma’: survivors of sexual abuse at a Ugandan girls’ shelter – photo essay

German national Bernhard ‘Bery’ Glaser took advantage of his ‘rich white foreigner’ status to systematically abuse girls in his care. Photographer DeLovie Kwagala captured the stories of 15 womenEve was just eight years old and recently orphaned when she was taken to live at a girls’ shelter on Bugala island, in the Ugandan sector of Lake Victoria.Bery’s Place had been set up in 2006 by Bernhard “Bery” Glaser, a German national living in Uganda, as a refuge for traumatised children and victims ...
Tags: Human Rights, Children, Africa, Women, World news, Uganda, Global development, Glaser, Bernhard, Bery, Sexual Violence, Rape and sexual assault, DeLovie Kwagala, Bugala, Lake Victoria Bery 's Place


UN condemns one year detention of Nigerian humanist Mubarak Bala

Prominent figure has been detained since April 2020 without charge and is accused of blasphemyThe United Nations has condemned Nigerian authorities for failing to release a prominent humanist accused of blasphemy, who has been detained for a year without charge.Mubarak Bala, the president of the Humanist Association of Nigeria, was arrested at his home in Kaduna state on 28 April 2020 and taken to neighbouring Kano, where calls for action against him had been made by religious figures. Continue ...
Tags: Human Rights, Nigeria, Africa, Religion, World news, Islam, United Nations, Un, Kano, Freedom Of Religion, Kaduna, Mubarak Bala, Humanist Association of Nigeria


Israel is committing the crime of apartheid, rights group says

Human Rights Watch calls on international criminal court to investigate ‘systematic discrimination’ against PalestiniansHuman Rights Watch has accused Israeli officials of committing the crimes of apartheid and persecution, claiming the government enforces an overarching policy to “maintain the domination by Jewish Israelis over Palestinians”.In a report released on Tuesday, the New York-based advocacy group became the first major international rights body to level such allegations. It said that...
Tags: New York, Human Rights, Law, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Human Rights Watch, PalestiniansHuman Rights Watch


Beijing calls Hong Kong bar association chief an ‘anti-China politician’

Authorities lambast British-born Paul Harris for criticising treatment of pro-democracy campaignersBeijing and Hong Kong authorities have accused the British-born head of Hong Kong’s bar association and human rights lawyer of being an “anti-China politician” after he criticised jail sentences imposed on pro-democracy activists.Paul Harris, the chair of the HKBA, had represented one of 10 people convicted this month for organising or attending unauthorised assemblies during the pro-democracy prot...
Tags: Hong Kong, Human Rights, Protest, Law, China, World news, Beijing, Asia Pacific, Freedom Of Speech, Paul Harris, HKBA


US police killings of Black Americans amount to crimes against humanity, international inquiry finds

In devastating report, human rights experts call on International Criminal Court prosecutor to open an immediate investigationThe systematic killing and maiming of unarmed African Americans by police amount to crimes against humanity that should be investigated and prosecuted under international law, an inquiry into US police brutality by leading human rights lawyers from around the globe has found.A week after the former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was convicted of murder in George...
Tags: Human Rights, Law, Minneapolis, Race, US, US news, US policing, International criminal court, George Floyd, Derek Chauvin


Israel is committing the crime of apartheid, rights watchdog says

Human Rights Watch calls on international criminal court to investigate ‘systematic discrimination’ against PalestiniansHuman Rights Watch has accused Israeli officials of committing the crimes of apartheid and persecution, claiming the government enforces an overarching policy to “maintain the domination by Jewish Israelis over Palestinians”.In a report released on Tuesday, the New York-based advocacy group became the first major international rights body to level such allegations. It said that...
Tags: New York, Human Rights, Law, Israel, World news, Middle East and North Africa, Palestinian territories, International criminal justice, International criminal court, Human Rights Watch, PalestiniansHuman Rights Watch