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Iran protests: UN council votes to investigate human rights abuses

The UN’s human rights council has voted overwhelmingly to set up a fact-finding investigation into human rights abuses in Iran, where an estimated 300 people have been killed and 14,000 arrested since protests began 10 weeks ago.

Germany weighs harder line on China and its ‘massive human rights violations’

BERLIN — Germany’s foreign ministry wants to take a tougher line on China and push companies to reduce their dependence on Beijing, while also promoting EU efforts to negotiate an investment agreement with Taiwan.

Egypt: Sexually Abused Refugees Find No Justice

(Beirut) – The Egyptian authorities have failed to protect vulnerable refugees and asylum seekers from pervasive sexual violence, including by failing to investigate rape and sexual assault, Human Rights Watch said today.

Turkey retaliates with deadly airstrikes in Syria and Iraq after Istanbul bombing

Turkey has struck Kurdish militant bases in retaliation for a bomb attack in Istanbul last week.

Journalists and protestors continue to be silenced in Russia, says Amnesty International

Russian authorities have developed a “sophisticated system of restrictions and severe reprisals to crush public protests”, according to the human rights group Amnesty International.

Modi govt in denial about female genital mutilation in India. Collect data, let states ban it

Among several concerns about India’s human rights performance raised at the United Nations’ 41st Universal Periodic Review, a noteworthy one was the issue of female genital mutilation or FGM, with Costa Rica recommending India develop a national plan to tackle the issue.

Overseas aid handed to Afghan police was linked to ‘criminality and human rights abuses’

Britain’s huge aid spending in Afghanistan has been ‘implicated in criminality and human rights abuses’, a damning report finds today.

Head of rights group during Argentina’s military dictatorship dies at 93

Hebe de Bonafini, who became a human rights campaigner when her two sons were arrested and then disappeared under Argentina’s military dictatorship has died, her family and authorities have reported. She was 93.

FIFA opens disciplinary hearings against Mexico and Ecuador over homophobic chants at World Cup

FIFA has opened disciplinary proceedings against both Mexico and Ecuador for homophobic chanting during 2022 World Cup matches.

Taiwan invited to Berlin human rights day

The German-Taiwan Association said it has invited Control Yuan President and National Human Rights Commission Chairperson Chen Chu (陳菊) to represent Taiwan at Human Rights Day events in Berlin next month.

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