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Pakistan Raises Kashmir Issue Forcefully at UN Event

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Pakistan Raises Kashmir Issue Forcefully at UN Event

Pakistan told the UN General Assembly that it will share a dossier containing evidence of the gross and systematic violations of human rights committed by Indian forces in the occupied Kashmir. By Rakesh Raman Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif took a forceful stand on Kashmir in the UN General Assembly on Wednesday and urged the [...]

Was Pakistan Involved in Kashmir Attack on Indian Army?

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Was Pakistan Involved in Kashmir Attack on Indian Army?

Although successive Indian governments have not been able to solve the troubling Kashmir issue, they always blame Pakistan for the violence in Kashmir, which is a disputed territory between India and Pakistan. By Rakesh Raman Pakistan on Sunday rejected the Indian allegations of involvement in an attack on Indian security forces in Indian-occupied Kashmir’s Uri [...]

UN Appoints Human Rights Experts to Monitor North Korea

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UN Appoints Human Rights Experts to Monitor North Korea

The UN High Commissioner for human rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein has designated two independent human rights experts, Ms. Sonja Biserko and Ms. Sara Hossain, to support the work of the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea), Mr. Tomás Ojea Quintana. The [...]

UN Human Rights Chief Says Beware of the Demagogues

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UN Human Rights Chief Says Beware of the Demagogues

UN Human Rights Chief Says Beware of the Demagogues The United Nations (UN) human rights chief has warned against the impact that populists and demagogues are having on society, and called for more effort to safeguard human rights law. “Populists use half-truths and oversimplification – the two scalpels of the arch propagandist, and here the [...]

UN Human Rights Office Denied Access to Kashmir

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UN Human Rights Office Denied Access to Kashmir

UN Human Rights Office Denied Access to Kashmir Kashmir has been facing a series of violent incidents since the killing of a 22-year-old rebel leader Burhan Wani by the Indian security forces on July 8 in an encounter which many believe was avoidable. By Rakesh Raman Last month, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen said in an [...]

Finally, the UN Offers to Resolve Kashmir Conflict

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Finally, the UN Offers to Resolve Kashmir Conflict

The UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon deplored the killings in Kashmir and offered to provide his mediation to facilitate a dialogue between India and Pakistan. ByRakesh Raman After maintaining a neutral stance for years, finally the United Nations (UN) has offered to mediate between India and Pakistan to resolved the Kashmir conflict. In a letter written [...]

Thailand Urged to Allow Freedom of Expression

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Thailand Urged to Allow Freedom of Expression

The United Nations human rights arm expressed Friday its concern about the mounting constraints on the democratic space in Thailand – calling for a prompt return to civilian rule. “Following the military coup in May 2014, severe restrictions on freedoms of expression and opinion and assembly have been in place through the use of criminal [...]

Can Amnesty Help Stop Human Rights Abuses in India?

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Can Amnesty Help Stop Human Rights Abuses in India?

Amnesty has been quite vocal about the draconian sedition law in India which allows the Indian governments to settle a score with all those who tried to raise voice against their excesses. By Rakesh Raman The Indian arm of human rights organization Amnesty International is facing sedition charges in India for its efforts to raise [...]

U.S. Election: Jill Stein Selects Ajamu Baraka as Running Mate

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U.S. Election: Jill Stein Selects Ajamu Baraka as Running Mate

Green Party presumptive Presidential nominee Jill Stein has offered her vice-presidential bid to international human rights scholar and activist Ajamu Baraka. Ajamu Baraka is a human rights activist. He was the Founding Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network (until 2011) and Coordinator of the U.S. based “Black Left Unity Network’s” Committee on International [...]

Afghanistan: 5,166 Killed or Maimed in 2016

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Afghanistan: 5,166 Killed or Maimed in 2016

In the first six months of this year, 5,166 civilians were either killed or maimed in Afghanistan, a half-year record since counting began in 2009, a United Nations report published Monday shows. Between January and June this year, the human rights team of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) documented 1,601 civilian deaths and [...]

How to Protect the Human Rights of LGBT People

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How to Protect the Human Rights of LGBT People

The top human rights body at the United Nations has voted to appoint an independent expert on protection from violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) people. The Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council has adopted a resolution to create the new post. According to a UN spokesperson, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has welcomed the [...]

What Is the State of Human Rights in Myanmar?

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What Is the State of Human Rights in Myanmar?

A United Nations human rights expert urged Monday the international community rushing to forge or strengthen political or economic ties with Myanmar not to undermine the country’s rights priorities. “International actors must continue to prioritize human rights, particularly in business and investment relations,” said Yanghee Lee, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human [...]

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