Dutch parliament says China’s treatment of Uighurs is genocide

The Dutch motion says China’s actions in Xinjiang, including birth control measures, fall under UN genocide convention. The Dutch parliament on Thursday passed a non-binding motion saying the treatment of the Muslim Uighur minority in China amounted to genocide, the first such move by a European country. “A genocide on the Uighur minority is occurring […]

Killings in Axum by Eritrea troops ‘may amount to war crimes’

The killings of hundreds of civilians by Eritrean troops in the ancient Ethiopian town of Axum in November last year amounted to “a series of human rights and humanitarian law violations”, according to Amnesty International. The killings in Axum, located some 187km (116 miles) north of Mekelle, capital of the Tigray region, occurred during the […]

‘My only crime is that my name identifies my religion’

The shooter shouted “Victory to Lord Ram,” the Hindu god, before pulling the trigger that sent a bullet into Muhammad Nasir Khan’s left eye. Khan put a trembling hand on his bloody eye socket and his fingers slipped deep into the wound. At that moment, he was sure he would die. Khan ended up surviving […]

Justice has failed Sri Lanka civil war victims: UNHCR

Efforts to ensure justice for victims have failed, Michelle Bachelet says while introducing her report on Sri Lanka to the UN Human Rights Council. Twelve years after the end of armed conflict in Sri Lanka, domestic efforts to ensure justice for victims have failed, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said […]

‘Deadly sea crossings’: 41 migrants drown in the Mediterranean

The shipwreck was latest along central Mediterranean route where about 118 migrants have died this year and over 17,000 since 2014. At least 41 people drowned when their boat capsized in the central Mediterranean on Saturday, the latest shipwreck involving migrants and refugees fleeing conflict-stricken Libya and seeking a better life in Europe. The United […]

Malaysia court: Stop deporting remaining 114 Myanmar nationals

The High Court of Kuala Lumpur has issued an order to stay the deportation of 114 Myanmar migrants, the only ones left of a group of 1,200 people the Malaysian government sent back to Myanmar in defiance of an earlier ruling. The court’s decision on Wednesday was welcomed by the rights groups Amnesty International and […]

US announces it will seek seat on UN Human Rights Council

Secretary of State Blinken says Washington hopes to return to the rights body after Donald Trump’s withdrawal in 2018. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday that Washington will seek a permanent seat on the panel for the 2022-2024 term. The announcement is the latest instance of […]

China targets Uighurs with more prosecutions, prison terms: HRW

China has increased its prosecution of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, handing out longer jail terms, an HRW report has found. China has dramatically increased its prosecution of Muslim minorities in Xinjiang through the formal court system, handing out long prison terms for dubious charges such as “picking quarrels” and giving gifts to overseas relatives, a […]

‘Political move’: Sri Lanka urges rejection of UNHRC resolution

Sri Lanka subjected to ‘unprecedented propaganda campaign’, the foreign minister says in video address to the UN Human Rights Council. Sri Lanka has urged the United Nations Human Rights Council to reject a forthcoming resolution voicing “serious concern” over the “deteriorating” rights situation in the country. Foreign Minister Dinesh Gunawardena told the council it would […]

Killing of Palestinian man by Israel an ‘extrajudicial execution’

The killing of a Palestinian man by Israeli soldiers at a checkpoint between Jerusalem and Bethlehem last year was an “extrajudicial execution”, according to a London-based group specialising in the investigation of violations of human rights. Ahmed Erekat was shot at the Container checkpoint in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank in June 2020 and […]

Gaza starts COVID-19 inoculation drive amid vaccine shortage

Officials and health workers inoculated with Russian Sputnik V vaccine donated by Moscow and the UAE. The inoculation campaign in the besieged Gaza Strip has kicked off after the arrival of vaccines donated by Russia and the United Arab Emirates. On Monday, officials and health workers received the first shots of 22,000 Russian Sputnik V […]

UK to challenge China at UN meeting for Xinjiang access

UK foreign secretary will say UN needs ‘urgent and unfettered’ access to a region where some one million Uighurs are thought to have been held. The United Kingdom will call on Monday for the United Nations to be given “urgent and unfettered” access to Xinjiang to investigate reports of abuses in the far western Chinese […]

UN: Tigray malnutrition ‘very critical’, response woefully poor

Reports by aid workers in Ethiopia’s conflict-hit region indicate rise in acute malnutrition as insecurity, bureaucracy and presence of various armed actors hamper humanitarian efforts. A new United Nations report has sounded the alarm over a “very critical malnutrition situation” unfolding in Ethiopia’s embattled Tigray region, citing continuing insecurity, bureaucracy and the presence of “various […]

Colombian army committed 6,400 extrajudicial killings: Court

Colombia’s military carried out at least 6,400 extrajudicial killings and presented them as combat deaths between 2002 and 2008, a number that is at least three times higher than previously estimated, a special court has said. The Special Jurisdiction for Peace (JEP) court is investigating crimes and atrocities committed during half a century of armed […]

US reintroduces bill to ban forced-labour products from Xinjiang

The bill allows the United States to take action against goods produced with forced labour and will allow President Joe Biden’s administration to sanction traffickers of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities. The United States House of Representatives on Thursday reintroduced a bipartisan bill that would ban imports from China’s Xinjiang region unless it is certified […]

UK and Canada impose sanctions on Myanmar generals after coup

The United Kingdom and Canada have imposed sanctions on Myanmar’s ruling generals for toppling the civilian-led government, while Japan has said it agrees with the United States, India and Australia that democracy must be restored there quickly. Western countries have condemned the February 1 overthrow and detention of elected leader Aung San Suu Kyi, which […]

US sells $200m in weapons to Egypt despite human rights abuses

The $197m sale of Raytheon-made Rolling Airframe Missiles was requested by the Egyptian navy to improve coastal defences. The United States approved an arms sale worth nearly $200m to Egypt but vowed to press human rights issues after an American activist reported his family had been harassed. The Biden administration – which has vowed to […]

Saudi woman handed death sentence for killing Bangladeshi maid

Saudi court sentences Ayesha al-Jizani to death for killing Bangladeshi maid Abiron Begum in March 2019, says Bangladeshi official. A criminal court in Saudi Arabia has handed the death sentence to a Saudi woman for killing her Bangladeshi maid in a ruling rights groups say was a rare example of an employer being found guilty […]

Nine Hong Kong activists go on trial over huge democracy rally

Two plead guilty with veteran politician Martin Lee among those in the dock over one of 2019’s biggest democracy protests. Two former Hong Kong legislators have pleaded guilty to charges of organising or participating in one of the biggest pro-democracy protests in the Chinese-controlled city in 2019. The two were among nine, including veteran pro-democracy […]

Canada, US and allies denounce ‘immoral’ arbitrary detentions

Canada, the US and 56 other countries endorse declaration denouncing political detention of foreign nationals. Canada, the United States and a coalition of 56 other countries have endorsed a non-binding declaration denouncing the state-sponsored arbitrary detention of foreign nationals for political purposes. Released on Monday, the Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention in State-to-State Relations “aims to […]

UAE jails Jordanian for 10 years for criticising Jordan’s gov’t

The decision by a United Arab Emirates court to sentence a Jordanian resident to 10 years in prison in October for criticising Jordan’s government was based entirely on a series of peaceful Facebook posts, a rights group has said. Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged authorities in the UAE to immediately release 46-year-old Ahmed Etoum, saying […]

White House says no call planned to Saudi Arabia

President Biden has announced an end to US support for a Saudi-led coalition’s war in Yemen. US President Joe Biden has no plans to call the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS), the White House said. Biden said he intends to make human right a key issue in US-Saudi […]