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Human rights crackdowns in Libya having ‘a seriously chilling effect’

New York: A deepening crackdown on civil society in Libya, has prompted the concern of the UN human rights office, which noted on Friday that arbitrary arrests and a campaign of social media vilification are having “a seriously chilling effect on human rights defenders, humanitarian workers, and other civil society actors.”

Saudi Arabia executes 81 people in one day on charges of terrorism

Saudi Arabia Saturday said it has executed a total of 81 people in one day on various terrorism-related charges, topping the executions last year and eliciting criticism from rights activists.

We must 'learn from history', UN Human Rights Council President says

New York: As the conflict in Ukraine deepens and the COVID-19 pandemic wears on, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is gearing up to hold its annual month-long session, which begins on Monday.

Rights experts condemn ‘unrelenting human rights violations’ at Guantánamo Bay

New York: A group of independent human rights experts appointed by the UN Human Rights Council has condemned the continued operation of the Guantánamo Bay detention facility in Cuba as a site of “unparalleled notoriety” and “a stain on the US Government’s commitment to the rule of law”.

Saudi princess released after being jailed without charge for 3 yrs

Riyadh: Saudi authorities have released a princess and her daughter after incarcerating them without charge for nearly three years in the capital, media reports said citing a human rights group.

Pakistani politicians express concern over worsening human rights situation in country

Rawalpindi, Pakistan/IBNS: Political and human rights activists from Pakistan, Pak Occupied Kashmir (POK) and Gilgit-Baltistan have expressed grave concern on the worsening human rights situation in Pakistan.

Jailed Chinese journalist, disappeared rights lawyer win Lin Zhao Freedom Award

Washington: Jailed Chinese journalist Zhang Zhan and disappeared rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng have been awarded the Lin Zhao Freedom Award for their contributions in promoting civil society and advancing the rule of law.

China's nominee wins key Interpol post amidst human rights concern

Lyon, France/IBNS: A senior Chinese government official has been elected as one of the members in the executive committee of global crime-fighting body, International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), despite opposition from global human rights groups and an alliance of lawmakers from 20 countries, according to South China Morning Post.

Reimagine justice and end child detentions: UNICEF

New York: More than 45,000 boys and girls were released from detention during the COVID-19 pandemic, proving that child-friendly justice solutions “are more than possible”, according to new data released on Monday by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Human Rights chief says climate action only way to ‘safeguard humanity’

New York: Ahead of the UN Climate Conference COP26, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Thursday it was time now to act, and put “empty speeches, broken promises, and unfulfilled pledges behind us”.

Human rights ‘catastrophe’ in Myanmar: UN calls for urgent action

New York: Urgent action is needed to prevent the situation in Myanmar from escalating into a “full-blown conflict”, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet warned on Thursday.  

Bachelet calls for major re-think over impact of sanctions on human rights

New York: Unilateral and coercive sanctions imposed by governments can create severe and undue suffering for innocent people who bear no responsibility for alleged misconduct, the UN rights chief warned the Human Rights Council on Thursday.

Venezuela's justice system aiding repression: Human rights probe

New York: The independence of Venezuela’s justice system has been “deeply eroded”, to such an extent that it plays a significant role in the State’s repression of government opponents, UN-appointed independent rights experts said on Thursday.  

Protect human rights defenders in Afghanistan, says UN rights expert

New Delhi: Afghanistan faces a “cultural disaster”, following the fall of Kabul to Taliban forces, a UN Special Rapporteur said on Tuesday, in a statement urging countries to provide urgent assistance to human rights defenders, including those working on women’s and cultural rights, as well as artists, trying to flee the country.

Human rights violations against women, girls in Afghanistan leaves Antonio Guterres deeply concerned

New Delhi: UN Secretary of State Antonio Guterres on Tuesday expressed concern over the accounts of human rights violations against women and girls of Afghanistan 'who fear a return to the darkest days'.