UN urges India to protect human rights activists

The U.N. human rights chief on Tuesday urged India’s government to do more to protect human rights defenders, who have come under mounting pressure in recent months in the world’s largest democracy. The office of High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet pointed to three “problematic” laws in India that have variously tightened restrictions on … Continue reading UN urges India to protect human rights activists

Sri Lanka army chief banned from entering the US for alleged human rights violation

The U.S. government on Friday issued a travel ban Sri Lanka's army chief, saying there is “credible information of his involvement” in human rights violations during the final phase of the island nation's civil war that ended 11 years ago, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said. The army chief, Shavendra Silva, and his immediate … Continue reading Sri Lanka army chief banned from entering the US for alleged human rights violation

China mourns whistle-blowing doctor, Li Wenliang, who first revealed coronavirus outbreak

The death of a mainland Chinese doctor who was detained by police last month for exposing the coronavirus outbreak has sparked an outpouring of anger and grief among Hong Kongers, who blame the Chinese authorities for covering up the epidemic which has killed over 630 people. Dr. Li Wenliang, 34, an ophthalmologist who worked at … Continue reading China mourns whistle-blowing doctor, Li Wenliang, who first revealed coronavirus outbreak

Dead man dragged out of coffin and beaten by children for ‘not being man enough’

Bad blood between one family in China turned an elderly man's funeral into an ugly one-sided brawl between a group of resentful siblings and the hapless corpse of their father. Three siblings in Jiangsu were so angry at their estranged father that they dragged his corpse out of his coffin and attacked his remains, causing … Continue reading Dead man dragged out of coffin and beaten by children for ‘not being man enough’

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Is journalism the riskiest profession?

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide, has said at least 250 journalists are imprisoned globally. Some of the countries where journalists have been incarcerated are China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The report, written earlier this December by Elana Beiser, Editorial Director of the CPJ, provides only … Continue reading Is journalism the riskiest profession?

Russia denies helping Syria to cover up use of chemical weapons

The United States on Thursday accused Russia of helping Syria conceal the use of banned toxic munitions in the civil war by undermining the work of the global chemical weapons agency trying to identify those responsible. The comments by the U.S. representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Kenneth Ward, drew … Continue reading Russia denies helping Syria to cover up use of chemical weapons

What we love most about Duchess Meghan

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, admires Duchess Meghan because she's a "person of profound humanity." Welby, has previously spoken out in support of the Duchess of Sussex and recently praised her for being a "remarkable person". Speaking out about the "totally undeserved" criticism the Duchess has received, he said: "She's a person of profound humanity … Continue reading What we love most about Duchess Meghan

Laos woman gets 5-year sentence for criticizing government on social media

Authorities in Laos last week sentenced a woman to five years in prison for criticizing the government on Facebook. Houayheuang Xayabouly, 30, also known by her nickname Mouay, was arrested Sept. 12 after she voiced her concern about the government response to flooding in the country's southern Champassak and Salavan provinces in her Sept. 5 … Continue reading Laos woman gets 5-year sentence for criticizing government on social media

French activists march to end violence against women

Tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Paris and other French cities on Saturday to protest against domestic violence, after more than 130 women are believed to have been killed by their partner or ex-partner in France this year. In Paris, the mostly female activists chanted “Abuser, you’ve had it, women are … Continue reading French activists march to end violence against women

China calls on governments to exploit UN-approved right to development

The United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council on Friday adopted a resolution on the right to development with overwhelming victory, emphasizing an urgent need to make the right to development a reality for everyone. The resolution, jointly proposed by China and the Non-Aligned Movement, stresses that the responsibility for managing worldwide economic and social issues and … Continue reading China calls on governments to exploit UN-approved right to development