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UK lawyers: Remove Saudi from UN human rights council

British lawyers accuse kingdom of arbitrary arrests and the disappearances of dozens of political activists.

New Orleans City Council rescinds human rights resolution, igniting the movement for Palestinian rights

After pressure from local pro-Israel organizations, the New Orleans City Council yesterday voted unanimously to rescind a human rights resolution that the body passed exactly two weeks ago. "The hoods are off. We see the way ZionistShow More Summary

UK lawyers ask for Saudi Arabia suspension from UN body

Two British human rights lawyers said Tuesday they will ask for Saudi Arabia to be suspended from the UN Human Rights Council over 61 people "arbitrarily detained or disappeared" by the country's authorities. Ken Macdonald and Rodney...Show More Summary

Europe's top rights body urges Romania to fight graft

The Council of Europe's anti-corruption body on Thursday called on Romania to do more to prevent and combat high-level corruption. The anti-corruption arm of Europe's leading human rights organization said … Click to Continue »

After New Orleans City Council implicitly endorses BDS, officials say resolution was not about Israel

After backlash to the New Orleans City Council resolution in support of human rights, which was pushed by Palestinian solidarity activists, Councilmember-At-Large Jason Williams who voted in support of the resolution stopped discussing parallels between South Africa during Apartheid and Israel.

Backlash in New Orleans over a human rights resolution

A seemingly innocuous human rights resolution adopted by New Orleans' City Council is drawing harsh criticism from critics who said it played into the hands of anti-Israel extremists. Four council … Click to Continue »

New Orleans adopts divestment measure proposed by BDS campaigners

Today the city council of New Orleans unanimously passed a resolution which calls on the city to review and divest from companies that perpetrate human rights violations anywhere in the world. It was proposed by local Palestine solidarity activists who support the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement for Palestinian human rights.

'They should be thought of as heroes': Why killings of environmental activists are rising globally

In 2012, recognizing the threats posed by environmental degradation, the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed an independent expert to study how countries’ human rights obligations are connected to promoting “a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment.” John Knox, a law professor...

China fails to stop U.N. meeting on North Korea human rights abuses

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - China failed on Monday to stop the fourth annual United Nations Security Council meeting on human rights abuses in North Korea, saying it was not the right forum to discuss the issue and warning that it could further escalate tensions in the region.

Stop this madness now: UN on Rohingya crisis

“Stop this madness now,” the UN human rights chief demanded at a special session of the UN Human Rights Council today on atrocities committed against the minority Rohingya Muslim population in northern Rakhine State of Myanmar, also known as Burma. Sympathetic delegates quickly agreed a resolution asked him to conduct urgent, time-bound and detailed inquiries [...]Show More Summary

How Not to Fix the U.N. Human Rights Council

The Trump administration wants reform. But putting Israel above all other priorities is a big mistake.

Aid groups urge UN rights council session on Rohingya crisis

Amnesty International and 34 other humanitarian groups on Monday called for the UN Human Rights Council to hold a special session on the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar. We "strongly support calls for a UN Human Rights Council special session...Show More Summary

Council of Europe criticizes Turkish ban on LGBTI events

Europe's top human rights body is calling on Turkey's capital city to reverse its decision to ban all events by lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex rights groups. Council of … Click to Continue »

Four Steps Australia Must Take To Address Ethnic Cleansing In Myanmar

Australia’s response to the genocide in Myanmar is untenable, particularly in light of our place on the Human Rights Council, write Catherine Renshaw, Ronan Lee and Joshua Roose. In September 2017, the United Kingdom announced that it was suspending its program of defence cooperation with Myanmar’s military. The UK’s decision was unsurprising. Myanmar’s military had just [...]Show More Summary

US Air Force Admits To Harvesting Russian Tissue

A day after Russian President Vladimir Putin surprised members of Russia’s human rights council by informing them that some shadowy entity - possibly with ties to the United States - had been collecting biological tissues from Russians...Show More Summary

UN Human Rights Expert Warns Council of Widespread Forced Sterilization, Abortion on Girls with Disabilities

Girls with disabilities are subjected to some very invasive medical procedures worldwide without their consent.

EU weighs cutting pre-membership funds to troubling Turkey

The European Union is studying whether and how to cut pre-membership funds to Turkey over alleged human rights abuses and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's hostile rhetoric about Europe. EU Council … Click to Continue »

Rights activists propose nationwide ‘fine amnesty’ to mark revolution anniversary

4 months agoLocal Interest / Russia : RT

The Russian Presidential Human Rights Council proposes writing off all unpaid fines for matters such as traffic violations or improperly registered immigrants, in connection with the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. Read Full Article at RT.com

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