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Prince Charles must call for human rights on Middle East tour

Prince Charles must call for human rights on Middle East tour

Prince Charles to visit Oman, UAE and Bahrain between 5-11 November All three dictatorships appear on the UK government’s list of ‘priority markets’ for arms exports Prince Charles to visit controversial UK naval base in Bahrai Since the collapse of peace talks last week, the Saudi-led coalition has intensified its devastating bombing campaign in Yemen. Campaigners have called on Prince …

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Qatar World Cup 2022: Amnesty hits out at UK silence on human rights

Qatar World Cup 2022: Amnesty hits out at UK silence on human rights

Organisation criticises trade minister Greg Hands for failing to highlight abuse of migrant workers during trip to trade event Human rights groups have criticised a UK trade minister for travelling to Qatar to seek contracts for British companies before the 2022 World Cup without apparently highlighting the abuses faced by migrant workers building venues for the event. Greg Hands, junior …

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Theresa May refuses to withdraw support for Saudi Arabia’s place on UN Human Rights Council despite Yemen atrocities

The UK not against Saudi atrocity while being the head of Human Rights Council

Theresa May has refused to say if she will withdraw backing for Saudi Arabian membership of the UN Human Rights Council, despite the kingdom being accused of civilian atrocities in Yemen. The Prime Minister was confronted by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn who demanded to know if the UK will vote for continued Saudi membership at a crucial ballot later this …

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UK policy to deport refugees for ‘extremist behaviour’ criticised

UK policy to deport refugees for 'extremist behaviour' criticised

UK immigration laws permitting refugees to be deported if they exhibit “extremist behaviour” may breach a United Nations convention, the organisation’s general assembly is to be told. In a speech condemning states for exploiting security fears to frustrate their international legal obligation to provide safe havens, the UN official responsible for reporting on counter-terrorism, Ben Emmerson QC, will criticise the …

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Nauru and Australia: Partners in Refugee Abuse

Nauru and Australia: Partners in Refugee Abuse

The government of Nauru went to Geneva last month to defend the indefensible: its complicity with Australia’s offshore detention and processing of refugees. Unsurprisingly, its effort was unsuccessful. In a blistering report issued today, the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child found numerous, serious violations relating to the treatment of refugee and asylum-seeking children. These include intimidation, …

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UK failing on many human rights measures, report claims

The UK has failed to meet many human rights recommendations made by the United Nations and should do more to prevent prison overcrowding, tackle hate crimes and restrict stop and search powers, a coalition of 175 civil society organisations claims. Their report, coordinated by the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) and submitted to the UN in Geneva on Thursday, …

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Saudi Army Deliberately violated Human Rights in Yemen: UN report

Saudi Army Deliberately violated Human Rights in Yemen: UN report

A confidential report by a panel of UN experts, obtained by AFP, said on Thursday that an airstrike by Saudi fighter jets on a village house in southern Lahj Province on May 25 was a breach of international humanitarian law. At least six civilians, including four children, were killed in the air raid, according to the report. “It is almost …

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U.N. Human Rights Commission slams Australia youth prison abuse

U.N. Human Rights Commission slams Australia youth prison abuse

Hundreds of people rallied in major cities across Australia on Saturday criticizing the government’s response to video showing aboriginal children being teargassed and abused in prison. Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has ordered an inquiry into the treatment of children in the detention center after the Australian Broadcasting Corporation this week aired footage showing guards teargassing teenage inmates and strapping a …

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Human rights activists project ‘Daesh Bank’ onto Saudi Arabia’s embassy in Berlin

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Human-rights activists have projected the Isis flag and the phrase “Daesh bank” onto the side of the Saudi embassy in Berlin. The “guerrilla light project” was organised by artist Oliver Bienkowski, who wanted to highlight the country’s relationship with the extreme Islamist movement and its much-criticised human rights record. Saudi Arabia has been accused of indirectly creating Isis through the …

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UN panel warns about Israel, Saudi human rights violations

UN panel warns about Israel, Saudi human rights violations

A United Nations panel against torture has warned about violations of human rights by the Israeli regime and Saudi Arabia. In a Friday report called “Concluding Observations”, the Committee against Torture voiced concern about issues such as Israel’s administrative detention of Palestinians, the excessive use of force by Israeli forces against Palestinians, the conditions of Palestinian detainees, including hunger strikes …

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