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In uncontested election, US wins back seat at UN Human Rights Council

The United States has criticised the selection of candidates with poor rights records on uncontested slates as well as the Human Rights Council’s excessive criticism of Israel. This culminated in the Trump administration’s withdrawal from the council in June 2018.
A session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last year. (Denis Balibouse / REUTERS)
A session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva last year. (Denis Balibouse / REUTERS)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 06:10 AM IST
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Expanding the ambit of the MeToo movement | Opinion

India’s #MeToo movement left out the voices of 195 million women in the informal sector
Many women employed in the informal sector have normalised sexual harassment as one of the many workplace hazards. Like their counterparts in the formal sector, they don’t speak up because they are either unaware of their legal rights, scared of repercussions from powerful bosses, loathe to lose jobs or, even, reluctant to complain for fear that their families might prohibit them from going back to work.(AP)
Many women employed in the informal sector have normalised sexual harassment as one of the many workplace hazards. Like their counterparts in the formal sector, they don’t speak up because they are either unaware of their legal rights, scared of repercussions from powerful bosses, loathe to lose jobs or, even, reluctant to complain for fear that their families might prohibit them from going back to work.(AP)
Updated on Oct 30, 2020 07:48 PM IST
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China defends barring rights chief from Hong Kong

Kenneth Roth was supposed to give a press conference in Hong Kong this week to unveil the New York-based rights group’s latest global survey, which accuses China of prosecuting ‘an intensive attack’ on international human rights agencies.
China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said allowing or not allowing someone’s entry is China’s sovereign right, a day after Human Rights Watch chief Kenneth Roth said he was denied entry into Hong Kong.(Photo: Kenneth Roth /Twitter)
China’s foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said allowing or not allowing someone’s entry is China’s sovereign right, a day after Human Rights Watch chief Kenneth Roth said he was denied entry into Hong Kong.(Photo: Kenneth Roth /Twitter)
Updated on Jan 13, 2020 03:15 PM IST
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Beijing | ByAgence France-Presse

As kin try to pick up pieces, mob violence finds place in manifestos

Ansari’s was among 20 lynching cases recorded in the tribal-dominated state since 2016, the highest number of lynching cases for any state in the country, according to civil society group Human Rights Watch
Mumbai residents protest against Jharkhand Police who dropped murder charges against the accused in the Tabrez Ansari’s lynching case, in Thane on September 14, 2019.
Mumbai residents protest against Jharkhand Police who dropped murder charges against the accused in the Tabrez Ansari’s lynching case, in Thane on September 14, 2019.
Updated on Dec 04, 2019 01:01 AM IST
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Human Rights Watch wants FIFA to act on complaints of sexual abuse of women players by Afghan Football Federation leaders

FIFA needs to speedily and fairly investigate all AFF members accused of facilitating abuse and set up effective measures to ensure the safety of whistle-blowers and survivors, HRW said in a statement.
A FIFA logo next to the entrance at the FIFA headquarters.(Getty Images)
A FIFA logo next to the entrance at the FIFA headquarters.(Getty Images)
Updated on Aug 19, 2019 05:13 PM IST
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New York | ByIndo Asian News Service

Gambian ex-dictator ‘handpicked’ women for rape: Human Rights Watch

“Yahya Jammeh treated Gambian women like his personal property,” said US attorney Reed Brody of Human Rights Watch (HRW).
Former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh “handpicked” women whom he would rape or sexually coerce, offering cash, gifts and other privileges in exchange, international rights groups said.(Twitter/Yahya Jammeh)
Former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh “handpicked” women whom he would rape or sexually coerce, offering cash, gifts and other privileges in exchange, international rights groups said.(Twitter/Yahya Jammeh)
Updated on Jun 26, 2019 05:39 PM IST
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Dakar, Senegal | ByAgence France-Presse

19-year-old Bangladesh girl burned to death on teacher’s order: Cops

The death of 19-year-old Nusrat Jahan Rafi last week sparked protests across the South Asian nation, with the prime minister promising to prosecute all those involved.
19-year-old Bangladesh girl burned to death on teacher’s order. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
19-year-old Bangladesh girl burned to death on teacher’s order. (Representative Image)(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Updated on Apr 19, 2019 12:35 PM IST
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Dhaka | ByAgence France-Presse

Sudan’s PM says ‘voice of demonstrators should be respected’

Deadly protests have rocked the east African country since December 19 after the government announced a tripling of bread prices.
In this, Dec. 23, 2018 handout photo provided a Sudanese activist, people chant slogans and attack a national security vehicle during a protest, in Kordofan, Sudan. The protest on Sunday was the latest in a series of anti-government protests across Sudan, initially sparked by rising prices and shortages.(AP File Photo)
In this, Dec. 23, 2018 handout photo provided a Sudanese activist, people chant slogans and attack a national security vehicle during a protest, in Kordofan, Sudan. The protest on Sunday was the latest in a series of anti-government protests across Sudan, initially sparked by rising prices and shortages.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Feb 03, 2019 07:09 AM IST
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Khartoum | ByAgence France-Presse

#SaveRahaf: Twitter campaign makes fight of Saudi teen seeking asylum a global cause

Saudi teen Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun was allowed to enter Thailand and on Tuesday was beginning the process of seeking asylum in a third country through the UN refugee agency.
ROn Sunday morning, a new Twitter account was created by an 18-year-old Saudi woman denied entry into Thailand as she fled from what she said was an abusive family.(Reuters)
ROn Sunday morning, a new Twitter account was created by an 18-year-old Saudi woman denied entry into Thailand as she fled from what she said was an abusive family.(Reuters)
Updated on Jan 08, 2019 09:21 PM IST
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Bangkok | ByReuters

‘Need asylum’: Detained Saudi teen locks herself up in Bangkok hotel room

A senior Thai immigration official said Sunday that Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun was denied entry because she lacked “further documents such as return ticket or money” and Thailand had contacted the “Saudi Arabia embassy to coordinate”.
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun told said she ran away from her family while travelling in Kuwait because they subjected her to physical and psychological abuse.(Kenneth Roth/Twitter)
Rahaf Mohammed al-Qunun told said she ran away from her family while travelling in Kuwait because they subjected her to physical and psychological abuse.(Kenneth Roth/Twitter)
Updated on Jan 07, 2019 12:39 PM IST
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Bangkok | ByAgence France-Presse

Saudi Arabia denies Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch reports about torture and sexual harassment

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch had accused Saudi Arabia on Tuesday of abusing several activists, including some female human rights defenders detained since May.
The May arrests followed an earlier crackdown on clerics, intellectuals, and activists last year in an apparent bid to silence potential opponents of Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.(AP/File Photo)
The May arrests followed an earlier crackdown on clerics, intellectuals, and activists last year in an apparent bid to silence potential opponents of Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.(AP/File Photo)
Updated on Nov 24, 2018 12:03 AM IST
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Dubai | ByReuters

Saudi Arabia detained more than 2000 people for months without trial: HRW

Official data from the interior ministry, analysed by HRW, showed that Saudi Arabia authorities had detained 2,305 people for more than six months without referring them to court
Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, (MBS), in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia.(AP File Photo)
Saudi Crown Prince and Defense Minister Mohammed bin Salman, (MBS), in Moscow's Kremlin, Russia.(AP File Photo)
Updated on May 06, 2018 02:13 PM IST
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Agence France-Presse, Dubai | ByAgence France-Presse

Activists want Dubai to reveal whereabouts of princess who ran away due to restrictions

In March, Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum announced she was fleeing the emirate because of mistreatment and restrictions imposed by her family.
This undated image from video provided by Detained in Dubai, a London-based for-hire advocacy group long critical of the United Arab Emirates, shows Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum.(AP Photo)
This undated image from video provided by Detained in Dubai, a London-based for-hire advocacy group long critical of the United Arab Emirates, shows Sheikha Latifa bint Mohammed Al Maktoum.(AP Photo)
Updated on May 05, 2018 04:21 PM IST
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In Indonesia, couples caned in front of crowd for public shows of affection

The caning last year of two men for gay sex before a baying mob drew attention to Aceh’s increasingly harsh implementation of Sharia law and a wave of condemnation.
People use their mobile phones to take pictures as a Sharia law official whips a woman who is convicted of prostitution during a public caning outside a mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.(AP Photo)
People use their mobile phones to take pictures as a Sharia law official whips a woman who is convicted of prostitution during a public caning outside a mosque in Banda Aceh, Indonesia.(AP Photo)
Updated on Apr 20, 2018 12:08 PM IST
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Four detained in Indonesia’s Aceh for alleged gay sex, face 100 lashes

Indonesia’s parliament is currently debating revisions to the national criminal code that could criminalise all sex outside marriage, including same-sex relations. Many believe the new rules could be used to unfairly target the LGBT community and other minority groups.
Secular Indonesia is predominantly Muslim but ultra-conservative Aceh is the only province to follow sharia, or Islamic law, and criminalise gay sex.(Representative image)
Secular Indonesia is predominantly Muslim but ultra-conservative Aceh is the only province to follow sharia, or Islamic law, and criminalise gay sex.(Representative image)
Updated on Apr 03, 2018 05:48 PM IST
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