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How Afghan Peace Talks turned into Violence and Suffering

Since the takeover of Kabul by the Taliban on 15 August 2021, thousands of Afghan people have tried to flee the country. Sadly, these most recent events fit seamlessly into a long history of violence and suffering of the Afghan people. The small hope of peace, which emerged in 2019 after negotiations between the US and Taliban, has now vanished into horror and displacement.  … Read more →

UN General Assembly establishes Permanent Forum of People of African Descent to combat systemic racism

On 2 August 2021, the UN General Assembly established a long due platform aimed at improving the lives of Afro-descendants; just days after the Human Rights Council established a panel of experts to investigate systemic racism in policing against people of African descent. The unanimously adopted United Nations Permanent Forum of People of African Descent… … Read more →

The “Butcher of Tehran” is inaugurated as Iran’s next president

On 5 August 2021, ultraconservative hardliner, Ebrahim Raisi will be inaugurated as Iran’s 8th president by supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. 60- year-old Raisi will be sworn in before parliament, where he will submit his proposed cabinet. During the ceremony broadcast live on Iranian state television, Khamenei’s decree was read out by his chief of… … Read more →

Myanmar’s junta must be sanctioned for its crimes against humanity

Six months after the violent military takeover in Myanmar on 1 February 2021, millions of people are still protesting the junta’s power grab and hoping for a return to the democratically elected civilian government. However, as the violence continues on the streets of Myanmar, democracy seems a distant hope. Min Aung Hlaing, the junta’s army… … Read more →

China manipulates Interpol ‘red notices’ and extradition treaties to rendition Uyghurs

On China’s request via Interpol, Moroccan authorities have arrested Yidiresi Aishan, a Uyghur activist, because of a terrorism warrant distributed by Interpol. According to the rights group Safeguard Defenders, which specialises in cases of people detained by China, his arrest was politically driven and he will likely be extradited to China as a result. The… … Read more →

Protecting Afghan refugees: who is responsible?

Recently, Turkish officials have confirmed that 1,456 undocumented migrants have been detained at Turkey’s border with Iran since 10 July 2021, the majority of which have made their journey from Afghanistan. Turkey is the largest host of refugees in the world with approximately 3.7million, according to the UNHCR. Turkey currently houses approximately 200,000 Afghan refugees,… … Read more →

Turkish government “contributes to creating and sustaining the repressive atmosphere.” finds new report on freedom of expression

27 July 2021, a new report looking into the state of freedom of expression in Turkey has been jointly released by Expression Interrupted and the Platform for Independent Journalism (P24). The report, titled Turkey’s journalists “cannot breathe”, is the second periodic report in their Freedom of Expression and the Press Agenda series and covers the… … Read more →

REPORT: Hate speech and anti-Semitism sponsored by Iran

In collaboration with Arseh Sevom, the International Observatory of Human Rights has made a submission to the Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerances for her report to the UN General Assembly on combatting glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. … Read more →

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