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Top Human Rights Tweets of 2021 (HRW)

The hashtags #WhatIsHappeningInMyanmar, #Tigray, #FarmersProtest, #WhereIsPengShuai, and #FreeBritney trended across the globe in 2021, springing from some of the world’s most dire conflicts and pressing issues. Human Rights Watch reporting on Israeli authorities’ crimes of apartheid and persecution, the Taliban’s attempt to erase women, and people with disabilities being abandoned during climate emergencies reached vast […]

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Release of Revitalized Guidance on U.S. Foreign Policy on Human Rights Defenders (US Department of State)

Today, the United States is releasing revitalized and more robust public-facing guidance on U.S. government policy on human rights defenders, which will be supplemented by similar internal guidance. The revitalized public-facing guidance highlights the U.S. commitment to protecting human rights defenders of all genders and identities, in all their diversity, and supporting the critical role […]

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Amnesty urges Pakistan to end ‘abhorrent’ enforced disappearances (Asad Hashim, Al Jazeera)

Human rights group Amnesty International has called for Pakistani authorities to end the use of enforced disappearances as a tool of state policy, as it releases a new briefing documenting the effect of such illegal abductions on the families of those who go missing. The briefing, titled “Living Ghosts”, was released by the United Kingdom-based rights group […]

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Belarus Carries Out Wave Of Detentions For Subscribing To ‘Extremist’ Telegram Channels (RFE RL)

Belarusian police have detained dozens of people in the southeastern city of Homel on charges of subscribing to “extremist” social-media channels in the latest crackdown on freedoms in the country. Authorities have declared hundreds of opposition Telegram channels and social-media sites “extremist” since Belarus was engulfed by protests after a disputed presidential election in August 2020, and […]

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Polish Court Turns Down Russian Extradition Request For Activist (RFE RL)

A Russian human rights activist says a Polish court has ruled against his extradition to Russia, where he faces prosecution. Yevgeny Khasoyev, a leader of the Siberia Without Torture human rights group, told RFE/RL that a court in Warsaw on October 26 denied a request by Russian authorities to extradite him back to the country. Polish Court […]

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‘Stay Strong’: Noted Belarusian Lawyer Who Defended Political Prisoners Deprived Of License (RFE RL)

Natallya Matskevich, a Belarusian lawyer known for having defended prominent political prisoners in the country, says she has been deprived of her license, becoming the latest attorney in Belarus to be targeted amid an intensifying crackdown on civil society and the political opposition following last year’s disputed presidential election. Matskevich tweeted late on October 25 that the […]

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Jailed Kazakh Activist’s Sentence Toughened After He Signs Letter To UN, EU (RFE RL)

A court in Kazakhstan has toughened the sentence of a jailed activist convicted of “creating a banned organization and taking part in its activities.” Kazakhstan’s Bureau for Human Rights and the Rule of Law (KMBPCh) said on October 26 that a court in the Central Asian nation’s largest city, Almaty, ruled last week that Ulasbek Akhmetov’s sentence must be […]

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Women under fire in Belarus, activists tortured and exiled – UN expert (UN News)

“The Government’s efforts to promote some rights of women at a policy level are rarely translated into concrete advancement of women’s rights in law and in practice”, said Anaïs Marin, Special Rapporteur on the human rights situation in Belarus. “Flaws in legislation have for decades led to inequalities, discrimination, and protection gaps in cases of gender-based violence and […]

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President Raisi: West’s invasion on human rights evident (IRNA)

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi blasted the West’s double-standards vis-a-vis the human rights issues, and said that such approach has been harmful to other societies across the world. “Today we are witnessing a widespread Western invasion on human rights and the cultural identity of other societies, and wherever there is resistance to their cultural invasion, they […]

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Human Rights. Top Human Rights Tweets of the Week (HRW)

Jim Murphy Trending rights tweets this week: 400,000 civil servants in Myanmar are still on strike, seven months after the military coup; the Taliban were committing atrocities in the weeks before their takeover of Afghanistan; Israeli airstrikes on four high-rises in Gaza in May were apparent violations of the laws of war; and the US announced […]

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Global – Protecting human and environmental rights in international investment agreements (East Asia Forum)

Gillian Moon writes: Concerns have long been held about certain adverse human and environmental rights impacts of the international investment arbitration system, or investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS), under which foreign investors seek compensation for state violations of international investment agreements. Human rights experts are particularly concerned about the asymmetric nature of the system and a lack of […]

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(Human Rights/Aluminium Abuses) Rights groups call on carmakers to address aluminium abuses (Al Jazeera)

Al Jazeera writes: Rights groups have called on car manufacturers to do more to address abuses in their aluminium supply chains, including the destruction of farmland, damage to water sources and excessive greenhouse gas emissions that affect communities in Africa, Asia and South America. go to Al Jazeera: Rights groups call on carmakers to address […]