Semenya takes testosterone limit case to human rights court

South Africa’s Olympic champion challenges restrictions of testosterone in female athletes. South Africa’s two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya has filed a lawsuit in the European Court of Human Rights that challenges restrictions of testosterone in female athletes. In 2019, World Athletics, the sport’s world governing body, banned Semenya and other female athletes with differences of […]

Ghana security forces shut down LGBTQ office: Rights group

The LGBT+ Rights Ghana group says its Accra office was raided and closed by security forces. Ghana security forces raided and shut down the office of an LGBTQ rights group in the capital, Accra, the organisation has said, after politicians and religious leaders called for its closure. Gay sex is a criminal offence in the […]

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 […]

Rights groups in last gasp bid to stop Malaysia deportation

Groups take court action, send letters of appeal to stop Malaysia from sending 1,200 people back to Myanmar. Human rights groups have stepped up efforts to stop Malaysia from deporting 1,200 Myanmar nationals back to military-run Myanmar, sending a letter to the prime minister and filing a lawsuit on Tuesday. The group, which includes at […]

China rejects Uighurs genocide charge, invites UN’s rights chief

Activists and UN rights experts have said that at least one million Muslims are detained in camps in the remote western region. China has rejected “slanderous attacks” about conditions for Muslim Uighurs and other minorities living in its Xinjiang region, saying that they enjoyed freedom of religion and other fundamental rights. Foreign Minister Wang Yi, […]

Saudi women can join military in latest widening of rights

The kingdom said in 2019 it would allow women to leave the country without permission from a male relative. Women in Saudi Arabia can now take up arms and enter the military, the latest profession in the kingdom to open up to female recruits. Saudi Arabian women can be employed as soldiers, lance corporals, corporals, sergeants, and […]

Uber drivers are entitled to worker rights, UK’s top court rules

Ruling could have ramifications for millions of others in gig economy, and see drivers claim an average of $16,780 in compensation. A group of Uber drivers are entitled to worker rights such as the minimum wage, Britain’s Supreme Court decided on Friday in a blow to the ride-hailing service that could have ramifications for millions of others […]

UN experts: Loss of Kashmir autonomy undermining minority rights

Srinagar, Indian-administered Kashmir – United Nations human rights experts have expressed concern over India’s decision to strip Kashmir’s limited autonomy in 2019 and the subsequent passing of new laws, which they warned “could curtail the previous level of political participation of Muslims and other minorities”. The statement on Thursday came a day after nearly two […]

Uber Loses Ruling on Worker Rights in U.K. High Court: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: An Uber driver in London last year.Credit…Teresa Eng for The New York Times Uber suffered an important labor defeat in its largest European market on Friday when Britain’s Supreme Court ruled that drivers must be classified as workers entitled to a minimum wage and vacation time. The case had […]

European rights court calls on Russia to free Navalny immediately

European Court of Human Rights rules that Russia should release the Kremlin critic from jail, citing risks to his life. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled on Wednesday that Russia must release Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny from jail, citing risks to his life. The court, based in Strasbourg, France, said in a statement […]

Biden says China to pay price for human rights abuses

US president says his country will reassert its global role on human rights and will work to get China to protect them. United States President Joe Biden has said that China will pay a price for its human rights abuses, responding to queries at a televised event on the Asian nation’s handling of Muslim minorities […]

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 […]

British human rights lawyer elected as new ICC prosecutor

More than 120 countries elected British lawyer Karim Khan as the next prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), one of the toughest jobs in international law because the tribunal seeks justice for the world’s worst atrocities – war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Khan, 50, who led a United Nations probe into atrocities […]

The Saudi women’s rights activists who remain behind bars

Saudi activist Loujain al-Hathloul was released from prison on Wednesday, but several others remain in detention. Over the past three years, Saudi Arabia has detained hundreds it sees as dissenters – including activists like Loujain al-Hathloul – but it has begun provisionally releasing some as it comes under pressure from the United States. The detentions […]

US calls for release of jailed Turkish rights activist Kavala

US State Department says philanthropist Osman Kavala has been jailed for more than three years on ‘specious’ charges. The United States has called on Turkey to immediately release businessman, rights activist and philanthropist Osman Kavala, who was arrested for what the US called “specious” charges related to the 2016 failed coup and 2013 anti-government protests. […]

US civil rights groups call on Biden to end federal executions

A disproportionate number of Black people have been sentenced to death and are on death row, the groups say. Dozens of prominent civil rights groups in the United States are urging US President Joe Biden to reimpose a moratorium on federal executions, saying the practice has disproportionally targeted Black people. In an open letter on […]

US says it will return to ‘flawed’ UN human rights council

Secretary of State Blinken says Trump’s 2018 withdrawal from the council ‘did nothing to encourage meaningful change’. The United States has said it will “re-engage” with the United Nations Human Rights Council, almost three years after former President Donald Trump withdrew from the panel. In a statement on Monday announcing the decision, US Secretary of […]

Palestinian rights groups urge swift action after ICC ruling

Officials and rights groups welcome ‘landmark’ ICC ruling that it has jurisdiction in the occupied Palestinian territories. Palestinian rights groups have welcomed the International Criminal Court’s ruling that it has jurisdiction over the situation in the occupied Palestinian territories and called on the court’s prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to take swift action. Friday’s ruling opens the […]

Rights groups call for review of Bangladeshi UN troop deployments

Seven prominent human rights groups have called on the United Nations to review its use of Bangladeshi peacekeeping troops after the world body denied claims by the country’s military that secretly bought mass surveillance equipment, exposed by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit, was used for peacekeeping missions. The Al Jazeera investigation, All the Prime Minister’s Men, […]

Why are human rights defenders being targeted?

25:30 From: Inside Story Amnesty International launches fundraising campaign to counter an ‘anti-human rights agenda’. Read more By  Inside Story 5 Feb 2021 facebooktwitterwhatsapp More episodes from Inside Story play 25:10 play 25:00 play 24:30 play 24:50 Show more . Source link

Father of Pakistani rights activist arrested on ‘terror’ charges

Islamabad, Pakistan – A Pakistani court has granted police custody of Muhammad Ismail, the father of a prominent Pakistani human rights activist, on “terrorism” charges that rights groups say are part of a sustained campaign of harassment. The court in the northwest Pakistani city of Peshawar granted police custody of Muhammad for three days during […]

Tibetan Who Spoke Out for Language Rights Is Freed From Chinese Prison

A Tibetan businessman has been released from prison in China after completing a five-year sentence for “inciting separatism” by campaigning for Tibetan language education, including in interviews with The New York Times, his lawyer said on Friday. The businessman, Tashi Wangchuk, returned to Yushu, his hometown in the northwestern province of Qinghai, and was staying […]

France: Rights group launch legal action over police racism

In a first for France, six nongovernmental organisations launched a class-action lawsuit on Wednesday against the French government for alleged systemic discrimination by police officers carrying out identity checks. The organisations, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, contend that French police use racial profiling in ID checks, targeting Black people and people of Arab […]

UN rights chief seeks sanctions against Sri Lankan generals: AFP

The United Nations human rights chief has called for an International Criminal Court investigation into Sri Lanka’s Tamil separatist conflict and sanctions on military officials accused of war crimes, according to a report obtained by the AFP news agency. Michelle Bachelet accused Sri Lanka of reneging on promises to ensure justice for thousands of civilians […]