High commissioner of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk Friday condemned military courts in Myanmar for handing out over 130 death sentences in court proceedings not accessible to the public. Seven college students were sentenced to death on November 30, and the UN is working to confirm four additional death sentences against youth activists on… Read More »
Russian President Vladimir Putin Wednesday signed an amended “LGBT propaganda” bill into law. The amendments significantly expand the scope of the previous legislation. Last week, the amended legislation passed unanimously in the Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, and it faced no opposition in the Federal Council, the upper house. … Read More »
The BBC Sunday stated that one of its journalists, Ed Lawrence, was arrested and handcuffed by police while covering ongoing protests in Shanghai, China. Lawrence was covering the thousands of people gathered in the street to mourn the victims of a fire in Xinjiang and to urge the government to end the extremely rigid COVID-19 restrictions.
The UN Human Rights Council Thursday voted at a special session to create an independent fact-finding mission to investigate alleged human rights violations against peaceful protestors in Iran. The council requested the 35th special session in response to the nationwide protests sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini at the hands of the morality police in September.
An overwhelming majority of the French National Assembly Thursday voted to add the right to abortion to the country’s constitution. The vote was proposed during a niche parlementaire, a day when one of the minority parties in the National Assembly controls its agenda. 337 members of France’s lower house of Parliament voted in favor of the motion, 32… Read More »