International human rights groups threaten lawsuit over Ireland-China trade relations

Two international rights groups are threatening legal action if Ireland's Revenue Commissioners and the Irish customs authorities do not ban cotton imports from China which are manufactured using forced labour. The groups seeking the ban are Global Legal Action Network and the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress. If Chinese textile goods are not banned from being … Continue reading International human rights groups threaten lawsuit over Ireland-China trade relations

Iranian women defy the Islamic regime by removing their headscarves in protests over police custody death

Mahsa Amini died on Friday, four days after her arrest for allegedly breaking hijab-wearing rules. At her funeral, videos show women protesting by taking off their headscarves and waving them in the air.Police responded by firing tear gas at protesters and making arrests, per reports. Protests erupted on Saturday at the funeral of a 22-year-old … Continue reading Iranian women defy the Islamic regime by removing their headscarves in protests over police custody death

PUBLIC MORALITY POLICE: Iranian woman suffers heart attack and brain seizure, falls into a coma after arrest

A young Iranian woman is in a coma and fighting for her life after being arrested in Tehran by the Islamic republic's morality police, campaigners said Thursday. The Islamic hijab has been compulsory for women in Iran since shortly after the 1979 Islamic revolution ATTA KENARE AFP The woman, named as Mahsa Amini, 22, was on … Continue reading PUBLIC MORALITY POLICE: Iranian woman suffers heart attack and brain seizure, falls into a coma after arrest

Journalist gets 9-year prison term for criticizing government

A Vietnamese court has upheld a nine-year prison sentence for Pham Doan Trang, journalist and prominent dissident, who was earlier convicted of anti-state activities. Trang's lawyers and state media said the Hanoi People's High Court rejected Trang's appeals, during a tightly controlled trial in the capital. Trang, 44, was convicted in December of conducting propaganda … Continue reading Journalist gets 9-year prison term for criticizing government

It’s my business to mind yours

Photo by Mary Taylor on Pexels.com I want to tell everyone here that it is my business to worry about how you raise your children. And it should also be your business how I raise mine, if you are a parent indeed. đź”´ It is my business because, your ill-parented children will corrupt other children, … Continue reading It’s my business to mind yours

Does formal employment guarantee social equality in South Africa?

Photo by Magda Ehlers on Pexels.com The theme of this year’s World Day of Social Justice is “Achieving Social Justice through Formal Employment”. Gaining access to formal employment can greatly reduce poverty. As it is, more than 60% of the working population in the world â€“ 2 billion people globally – eke out a living in the … Continue reading Does formal employment guarantee social equality in South Africa?

ARMY DEFENDS DECISION TO LAY LANDMINES AROUND OIL AND GAS PIPELINES

According to the Shan Human Rights Foundation (SHRF), the junta recently planted landmines across oil and gas pipelines passing through Hsipaw Township in northern Shan State to China. According to the rights group, an unconfirmed number of landmines have been planted near a pumping station in forested areas on both sides of the Mandalay-Lashio roadway. … Continue reading ARMY DEFENDS DECISION TO LAY LANDMINES AROUND OIL AND GAS PIPELINES

Joe Biden bans president and nationals of Nicaragua from the US

President Joe Biden this week announced that Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega and officials in his government are restricted from entering the United States due to "the suppression of human rights and democracy," in the country. United States president Joe Biden Ortega, who has been in office since 2007, recently won reelection after having banned most of the … Continue reading Joe Biden bans president and nationals of Nicaragua from the US

Australian PM describes social media as ‘a coward’s palace’

Australia's prime minister yesterday lambasted social media as "a coward's palace", saying platforms should be treated as publishers when unidentified defamatory comments are posted, pouring fuel on a raging debate over the country's libel laws. Mr Scott Morrison Mr Scott Morrison's comments suggest he would favour making companies like Facebook liable for defamation with regards … Continue reading Australian PM describes social media as ‘a coward’s palace’

UN defends statement on the sale and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday called for a moratorium on the sale and use of artificial intelligence (AI) systems that threaten human rights until adequate safeguards are in place to ensure the technology will not be abused. “We cannot afford to continue playing catch-up regarding AI – allowing … Continue reading UN defends statement on the sale and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems

Families of Beirut blast victims fight for justice

A year after the explosion that rocked Beirut on August 4, 2020, killing 218 people, injuring more than 7,000 and devastating much of the city, the Lebanese investigation into the blast has yielded no credible results. Families of the victims, some of whom are calling for an international investigation, talked to the media about their search … Continue reading Families of Beirut blast victims fight for justice

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Students, women and the LGBT community protest for human rights in Turkey

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Istanbul on Saturday for anti-government protests, demanding amid a heavy police presence the reversal of recent decisions by Turkey's president that affect students, women and the LGBT community. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a surprise decree a week ago ending Turkey's participation in a landmark treaty aimed at protecting women … Continue reading Students, women and the LGBT community protest for human rights in Turkey