Human Rights

New President of the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal

Former United Nations lawyer appointed chair of the British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal, the provincial body responsible for accepting, screening, mediating and resolving human rights complaints under the Human Rights Code. Emily Ohler was appointed a full-time tribunal member on June 9, 2016. She holds a Juris Doctorate from Osgoode …

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Saudi Arabia: new details of torture allegations disclosed

(Beirut) – New accounts point to alleged torture of prominent political detainees in Saudi prisons, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi authorities failed to conduct an independent and credible investigation into allegations that Saudi authorities tortured Saudi women’s rights activists and other detainees in early 2018, including with electric shocks, …

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WeChat’s deletion of LGBT social media accounts raises human rights, censorship concerns – JURIST – News

Chinese tech giant Tencent deleted dozens of college student LGBT social media accounts, citing violations of internet information rules on Wednesday. Students allege that access to their WeChat accounts was blocked on Tuesday, and they discovered that all content in their accounts was gone on Wednesday. Instead of these accounts, …

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South Sudan at a crossroads

Ten years ago, on July 9, 2011, South Sudan gained independence from Sudan for a long time. Since then, the new country has descended into a bloody seven-year civil war, and as a peace accord was signed by warring parties in 2018, fighting between communities, as well as human rights …

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Presentation of the new board of directors of the Human Rights Commission

MONTICELLO, NY – Sullivan County lawmakers have unanimously appointed seven local residents to the Human Rights Commission to serve as an advisory committee to Executive Director Adrienne Jensen. The seven appointed members are Jack Harb, resident of Neversink, Al Dumas, resident of Monticello, Ari Mir-Pontier, resident of Barryville, Bill Liblick, …

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China: Tibetan monks severely condemned

(New York) – Chinese authorities in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) have prosecuted four monks who were sentenced to 20 years in prison for questionable offenses, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The convictions reflect growing pressure on local authorities to restrict online communications and punish peaceful …

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Confidential national security documents left on front porch of human rights lawyer in Halifax – Maple Ridge News

A human rights lawyer claims documents that the Canadian government says contain confidential national security issues were inserted into his door frame, with no signature or password required. Benjamin Perryman, who teaches constitutional law at the University of New Brunswick, represents a Hungarian Roma couple who claim that border officials …

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International human rights body urges Mexico to rethink fake news

A senior official with the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) urged the federal government to consider cutting its fake news sessions, the first of which was held this week. President López Obrador announced on June 23 that debunking fake news would become a regular feature of his morning press …

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China advances the cause of human rights

A large rally celebrating the CCP’s centenary is held in Beijing on July 1, 2021. [Photo by Kuang Linhua/China Daily] As the leading force in China’s revolution, construction and reform, the Chinese Communist Party has remained true to its original aspirations and mission throughout its 100-year history, not only by …

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Xi Jinping whitewash toll of human rights violations in China

Xi Jinping delivered a striking speech warning other countries against China’s bullying. The speech marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party. Xi said China has never oppressed other countries, while ignoring human rights violations at home. See more stories on the Insider business page. In …

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