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UN rights chief won’t seek second term

Foreign Policy last week reported that the United Nations’ human rights chief, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, told staff of the UN human rights agency in an email, which Foreign Policy acquired, that he has “decided not to seek a second four-year term.” Zeid added that “To do so, in the current geopolitical context, might involve…

UN: Over 100 Human Rights Defenders killed in Colombia in 2017

Reuters has reported that the United Nations has said that 105 human rights activists have been killed in Colombia this year. Last year, Colombia’s government signed a peace deal with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), ending a civil war that lasted more than 50 years. The UN’s human rights office in the country…

Pakistan pushes out several foreign aid groups

The Guardian has reported that, in recent days, Pakistan’s interior ministry has issued letters to 29 international non-government organisations (INGOs) directing them to shutter their offices and leave the country within 60 days, by the end of January. These include ActionAid, which works against injustice and poverty, and Marie Stopes International, which supplies contraception and abortion…

Myanmar government green lights case against Reuters journalists

A government spokesman told Reuters that Myanmar’s President Htin Kyaw has permitted the police to go ahead with a case against two Reuters journalists who were arrested last week. According to Reuters, the Ministry of Information last week said they had “illegally acquired information with the intention to share it with foreign media”, and that…

UN Secretary-General urges Myanmar to free Reuters journalists

Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo, both Myanmar citizens who were working on the persecuted Rohingya minority in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, were arrested this week. They have been arrested under the Official Secrets Act, which carries a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison. Reuters reported that police officers they were meeting with…

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