President Cyril Ramaphosa says the country’s forebears’ struggles for liberty and human rights for all have given South Africa the foundation and resilience to wage the battle it’s facing with the coronavirus pandemic. He was delivering his Human Rights Day message to the nation. Ramaphosa says the pandemic has changed[…]
Human rights groups and activists have intensified calls to boycott the Group of 20 (G20) summit hosted by Saudi Arabia this weekend, demanding the kingdom release jailed activists. The summit, held virtually this year amid the Covid-19 pandemic, is an annual meeting of the world’s 20 largest economies. Although a[…]
A giant voice within the Cape Muslim community has fallen silent. Dr Anwah Nagia, one of Cape Town’s foremost human rights activists, businessman, philanthropist and a champion of the rights of the poor and disenfranchised. died at the age of 62 years old on Monday. He has spent the past[…]
Yemeni Human Rights Minister Mohamed Askar has announced that the military escalation by the Houthi forces in different areas in Yemen, including the latest offensives in Marib, Al-Jawf, and Ad-Dali provinces, is concerning and can have negative repercussions on the humanitarian situation. He explained that statistics indicate that nearly 700[…]
An appeals court in Malaysia has overturned a lower court ruling sentencing 27 Rohingya men to be caned, saying their refugee status affords them international protection from persecution. Collin Andrew, a lawyer representing the refugees, told Al Jazeera on Wednesday the sentence of caning imposed in June had been “set[…]
UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, Michael Lynk, published his annual report on Wednesday, addressing Israel’s illegal policies of collective punishment, which the Palestinian people. Emphasizing Israel’s reliance on collective punishment as a “prominent instrument in its coercive toolbox of[…]
The legal team of former President Mohammed Morsi’s family is looking to charge senior members of the Egyptian regime, which ousted the country’s first-democratically elected president in a military coup. Mohammed Morsi, Egypt’s first-democratically elected president, passed away during a court hearing last year on June 17. Many in the[…]
The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres announced on Thursday that: “It would not be acceptable for countries to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to restrict human rights.” Guterres confirmed in a statement that: “In the context of the growing ethnic nationalism, populism, tyranny and the decline in human[…]
Pakistan’s inclusion on the US blacklist of “countries of particular concern” for religious freedom violations has provoked ire in Islamabad, where it was condemned as arbitrary, detached from reality, biased and unfair. The State Department’s designation of Pakistan was “unilateral and arbitrary,” Pakistan’s Foreign Office said in a statement on Tuesday. “This[…]
North Korea warned the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday that it would consider any discussion of the country’s human rights situation a “serious provocation” that would increase tension on the Korean Peninsula. In a letter to the 15-member council members obtained by the media, North Korean ambassador Kim Song said[…]
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