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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 [...]

Human Rights Situation in Ukraine Is Volatile: UN

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Human Rights Situation in Ukraine Is Volatile: UN

Unless urgent action is taken in Ukraine to separate sides and remove heavy weaponry, wide spread hostilities in the country could re-escalate, a senior United Nations human rights official has warned. Addressing the Human Rights Council in Geneva, Ivan Šimonović, the assistant secretary-general for Human Rights, appealed to the leaders of the warring sides to [...]

Islamophobia and Homophobia in Orlando: UN Adviser

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Islamophobia and Homophobia in Orlando: UN Adviser

The United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide, Mr. Adama Dieng, condemned the criminal attack that took place at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Florida, United States, on 12 June, in which 49 people were killed and 53 injured. He offered his sympathy for the victims and expressed grave concern at the outpouring [...]

Death Sentence for Apostasy on Mauritanian Blogger

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Death Sentence for Apostasy on Mauritanian Blogger

The United Nations human rights office deplored Tuesday the confirmation of the death sentence for apostasy against a Mauritanian blogger, Mohammad Ould M’Kaitir, by the appellate court on 21 April. According to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCR), Mr. Ould M’Kaitir was convicted in the first instance by the criminal [...]

UN Welcomes Release of 83 Prisoners in Myanmar

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UN Welcomes Release of 83 Prisoners in Myanmar

The United Nations (UN) rights chief has welcomed the release of a second wave of 83 prisoners on Myanmar’s New Year last Sunday, by Presidential amnesty. This, according to a UN statement, follows the release of 199 political prisoners on April 8. Myanmar had dropped charges against them or they were pardoned. The prisoners included [...]

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