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Peaceful critics of the government face widespread prosecution in Myanmar: HRW

In a recently released report, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said that Myanmar’s “first democratically elected civilian government in decades has prosecuted large numbers of peaceful critics in violation of basic human rights,” according to the announcement of the report, which explained that the report “documents the use of broad and vaguely worded laws against activists,…

More than 7,000 dissidents arrested in Iran in 2018: Amnesty

According to Amnesty International, authorities in Iran arrested more than 7,000 dissidents in 2018, the Guardian reported. The efforts at repression including several hundred people being imprisoned or flogged, the deaths of at least 26 protesters, and those of nine people in custody, who died under suspicious circumstances. Those who were detained when protests were met…

Mother found guilty of FGM in historic case in Britain

On Friday, February 1, a Ugandan mother from London was convicted of “subjecting her 3-year-old daughter to female genital mutilation…in Britain’s first conviction for FGM,” the Thomson Reuters Foundation reported. FGM was made illegal in the country more than thirty years ago. The woman, who for legal reasons must remain unidentified, could be sentenced to…

UN criticises Cameroon’s forcing back of thousands of Nigerian refugees

The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) said it was “extremely alarmed” by Cameroon’s forcing back of several thousand Nigerian refugees to northeast Nigeria, where civilians remain under threat from militant group Boko Haram, the Guardian reported. This incident followed a similar one on January 16, when 267 Nigerian refugees were forcibly returned, according to the…

EU policies contributing to “extreme abuse” of migrants in Libya

According to a new Human Rights Watch (HRW) report, the European Union’s policies are contributing to “extreme abuse” of migrants in Libya, including extortion, forced labour, arbitrary detention, torture and sexual violence, the Guardian reported. HRW said that it has spoken to more than 100 detained asylum seekers and migrants, including eight children, as well…

In 2018, billionaires’ wealth increased even as wealth of world’s poorest declined: Oxfam

A new report from anti-poverty organisation Oxfam has found that the the 26 wealthiest billionaires own as much in assets as the 3.8 billion people who comprise the poorest half of the world, the Guardian reported. According to Oxfam, billionaires’ wealth rose by $900 billion in 2018, or $2.5 billion per day, an overall increase…

20 million people in Yemen are hungry: UN official

The United Nations’ Under-Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock recently stated that “20 million Yemenis are hungry,” CBS News reported. Speaking after having traveled to the country, Lowcock said that there has been a “dramatic deterioration” of the situation in Yemen, and that compared to 2017, 15% more of Yemen’s…

Poverty and conflict spurring major increase in global migration: ILO

Increasing poverty and conflict have spurred a 20% spike in the number of international migrants in a four-year period, according to a report from the United Nations’ International Labour Organization (ILO), the Guardian reported. The ILO report indicated that “the number of people who left their home country in search of work, to join family,…

Hate crimes in Canada up by 47% in 2017

Hate crimes in Canada rose by 47% in 2017, according to data from Canadian statistical agency Statistics Canada, Reuters recently reported. The largest increase was in crimes against Muslims; these incidents increased by more than 100%, going from 139 to 349. Crimes against Black people rose by 50%, going from 214 to 321. Crimes targeting…

Amnesty rescinds honour awarded to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi

Amnesty International has stripped Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi of its highest honour, the Ambassador of Conscience Award, BBC reported. She was awarded the prize in 2009, while she was under house arrest. In a letter, Amnesty Secretary General Kumi Naidoo wrote, “We are profoundly dismayed that you no longer represent a symbol of…

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