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Malaysia to abolish death penalty, revoke sedition law

Malaysia will abolish the death penalty, the New York Times reported. The country’s minister of law, Liew Vui Keong, told reporters, “All death penalty will be abolished. Full stop”. Malaysia’s government is also set to revoke the Sedition Act, a law dating back to the colonial era that has previously been employed against critics and…

“Re-education” camps now part of law in China’s Xinjiang

China’s western Xinjiang region has now legitimised “vocational training centres” for Muslim Uighurs, BBC News reported. Xinjiang said that the centres would address extremism by employing “thought transformation”. However, human rights organisations, who have denounced this development, have said that detainees are required to pledge loyalty to Chinese President Xi Jinping, and to criticise or…

Latin American, Caribbean nations sign landmark environmental agreement

14 Caribbean and Latin American countries recently signed the landmark Escazú Agreement that, according to an announcement from UN Environment, gives “environmental rights the same status as human rights”. The Agreement, which is officially called the Regional Agreement on Access to Information, Public Participation and Justice in Environmental Matters, is the first environmental treaty for…

164% rise in civilian deaths in Yemen in last four months: ACLED

According to data compiled by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data project (ACLED), civilian deaths in Yemen have risen significantly since the Saudi-led coalition mounted a campaign in June 2018 to capture the port city of Hodeidah, the Guardian reported. ACLED data indicates that civilian deaths have risen by 164% in the four months…

UN forms body to ready evidence for human rights violations in Myanmar

The United Nations Human Rights Council has voted to establish a body to ready evidence of human rights violations in Myanmar for possible future prosecution, Reuters reported. All 28 member nations of the European Union and all 57 countries in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation collaborated on the resolution, which was co-sponsored by more than…

Canada lawmakers vote to call Rohingya killings ‘genocide’

Canadian lawmakers have unanimously voted to consider crimes committed by Myanmar’s military against the Rohingya as ‘genocide’, Al Jazeera reported. On Thursday, September 20, Canada’s House of Commons backed the findings of a the United Nations fact-finding mission on Myanmar that released its report in August 2018; the mission said it found that crimes against…

Deaths of reporters in Afghanistan hit record numbers

The number of journalists and media workers who have been killed in Afghanistan in 2018 is 14, AFP reported on September 21, saying that this makes “the country the deadliest in the world for the media.” 13 of these were journalists, which is “the highest number killed in Afghanistan in a single year” since the…

Five million children in Yemen at risk of famine: Save the Children

International NGO Save the Children has cautioned that five million children in Yemen are under threat due to potential famine, CNN reported. According to UAE state media, on Tuesday, September 18, the Saudi-led coalition mounted a campaign to retake the Red Sea port of Hodeidah, that is held by the Houthi rebels. According to Save…

Brazil saw a record number of homicides in 2017

New data shows that 63,880 people were killed in Brazil in 2017, a new record, and a 3% rise compared to 2016, the Guardian recently reported. The independent Brazilian Public Security Forum released data indicating that, on average, 14 people were killed by police officers daily, a figure that is 20% higher than 2016. Homicides…

Venezuela refugee exodus approaching “crisis moment”: IOM

The United Nations migration agency, the International Organization for Migration (IOM), has cautioned that the mass exodus of Venezuelans from their country is approaching a “crisis” point. Al Jazeera reported. IOM spokesperson Joel Millman said on Friday, August 24, “This is building to a crisis moment that we’ve seen in other parts of the world,…

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