Friday, 17 August 2018

Tag Archives: human rights

EU seeks details from Saudi Arabia amid Canada row

BRUSSELS: The European Union has asked Saudi Arabia to shed light on the arrests and charges facing women human rights activists, saying that the detainees should be granted due process to defend themselves. Saudi Arabia has in recent months detained several women’s rights activists. The detentions have triggered a major ...

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Saudi Arabia Suspends Ties With Canada Over Activist Row

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia will suspend new trade and investment with Canada after that country’s foreign ministry urged Riyadh to release arrested civil rights activists, it said in a statement released to the official Saudi Press Agency on Sunday. It also gave the Canadian ambassador 24 hours to leave the country ...

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First woman fined in Denmark for wearing full-face veil

COPENHAGEN: A 28-year-old woman wearing a niqab became the first person in Denmark to be fined for violating a new controversial law banning full-face Islamic veils in public places, media reported. Police were called to a shopping centre in Horsholm, in the northeastern region of Nordsjaelland, where the woman had ...

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British-Pakistani appointed UN special rapporteur on human rights

LONDON: British-Pakistani Javaid Rehman has been appointed as the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran. A legal scholar, Rehman obtained his initial education from Pakistan but continued his law studies in the United Kingdom where he became a professor of law and led Brunel’s ...

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UN calls for inquiry into human rights violations in Kashmir

GENEVA: The UN human rights chief on Thursday called for a major investigation into abuses in Kashmir, as his office released its first-ever report on alleged violations committed in the disputed territory. Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said he would urge the Human Rights Council, which opens a new session next week, ...

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UK raps Bangladesh on human rights situation

LONDON: Britain has welcomed the Bangladesh government’s handling of the Rohingya refugee crisis but has described the human rights situation in the country “deeply concerning”, citing allegations of extra-judicial killings and enforced disappearances. Tariq Ahmad, minister for human rights in the UK Foreign Office, mentioned Bangladesh in his statement on ...

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Israel keeps Gaza residents ‘caged in a toxic slum:’ UN

GENEVA: Israel has systematically deprived Palestinians of their human rights, with 1.9 million in Gaza “caged in a toxic slum from birth to death”, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said on Friday. Opening a special session of the U.N. Human Rights Council that could set up a commission ...

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Human Rights Watch asks Dubai’s ruler about runaway daughter

DUBAI: Human Rights Watch on Saturday asked Dubai’s ruling sheikh to reveal the whereabouts of his daughter after a French ex-spy and others say she fled the emirate, only to be arrested off the coast of India. A statement by the organization marks the latest twist in the cloak-and-dagger drama surrounding ...

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Asma Jahangir, Pakistani rights activist, dies at 66

ISLAMABAD: Asma Jahangir, a leading Pakistani rights activist, fearless critic of the military’s interference into politics and a staunch defender of the rule of law, died Sunday in Lahore. She was 66. The death was confirmed by her daughter Munizae Jahangir, who said the cause was a heart attack. Jahangir, ...

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