Human Rights

Electing rights abusers will ‘discredit’ UN, dissidents warn
Vladimir Putin addressing the UN General Assembly.
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Electing rights abusers will ‘discredit’ UN, dissidents warn

China, Russia and Saudi Arabia among nations set to win seats on the council
13 Oct 2020
Reaction: Britain to ditch Hong Kong extradition treaty
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Reaction: Britain to ditch Hong Kong extradition treaty

Agreement shelved amid growing calls for tougher action over persecution of Uighur Muslims
20 Jul 2020
Instant Opinion: is Generation Z ‘turning to the right’?
Boris Johnson
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Instant Opinion: is Generation Z ‘turning to the right’?

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Wednesday 8 July
8 Jul 2020
UK targets ‘human rights violators’ with new sanctions
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UK targets ‘human rights violators’ with new sanctions

Government taking action against individuals and organisations in Saudi Arabia, Russia, Myanmar and North Korea
7 Jul 2020
Instant Opinion: Is Boris Johnson a ‘war leader’?
Boris Johnson
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Instant Opinion: Is Boris Johnson a ‘war leader’?

Your guide to the best columns and commentary on Monday 23 August
23 Mar 2020
52 ideas that changed the world: 34. Human rights
Holocaust survivors
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52 ideas that changed the world: 34. Human rights

Emerging from the wreckage of the Second World War, human rights are increasingly under attack around the globe
7 Feb 2020
What are women banned from doing in Saudi Arabia?
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What are women banned from doing in Saudi Arabia?

Social reforms in the kingdom not as far reaching as first assumed, say campaigners
23 Jan 2020

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Why is Israel deporting a human rights campaigner?
Two major West Bank settlements could soon fall within Jerusalem's city limits
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Why is Israel deporting a human rights campaigner?

Omar Shaki loses his visa after authorities accuse him of promoting boycotts
26 Nov 2019
South Korea: conservative MPs push to reduce LGBT+ rights
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South Korea: conservative MPs push to reduce LGBT+ rights

Right-wing politician has proposed an amendment to the country’s laws
22 Nov 2019
52 ideas that changed the world - 14. The teenager
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52 ideas that changed the world - 14. The teenager

The concept of teenagerhood is a relatively modern invention that quickly took centre stage in mainstream culture
13 Sep 2019
52 ideas that changed the world - 12. The Geneva Conventions
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52 ideas that changed the world - 12. The Geneva Conventions

How the international community brought humanity to warfare
30 Aug 2019
Indefinite conscription: why so many people flee Eritrea
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Indefinite conscription: why so many people flee Eritrea

Young migrants risk dangerous sea crossings to avoid abuse and forced labour
13 Aug 2019
Gunshot victim charged over death of unborn baby
Marshae Jones
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Gunshot victim charged over death of unborn baby

Marshae Jones, 27, to face manslaughter trial in Alabama after being shot
28 Jun 2019
Asia the ‘new hotbed of Christian persecution’
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Asia the ‘new hotbed of Christian persecution’

Report finds threat levels rising in China and India amid government crackdown and rise of religious nationalism
17 Jan 2019
Why internet access is a human right
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Why internet access is a human right

New data suggests digital revolution will remain out of reach for billions
19 Oct 2018
China launches ‘spin campaign’ over internment of Muslims
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China launches ‘spin campaign’ over internment of Muslims

Beijing sending ‘positive messages’ to foreign media in bid to quell concerns over mass incarceration camps in Xinjiang
2 Oct 2018
Saudi Arabia blocks flights from Canada
Saudi Arabia has banned flights from Canada in escalating diplomatic row over human rights
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Saudi Arabia blocks flights from Canada

Flight ban is the latest escalation in a diplomatic dispute over jailed activists
7 Aug 2018
Which rights will Brits lose post-Brexit?
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Which rights will Brits lose post-Brexit?

Amnesty says UK citizens will be ‘stripped’ of protections
23 Feb 2018
China applauds ‘Auntie’ May for sidestepping human rights
Chinese leader Xi Jinping with Theresa May China
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China applauds ‘Auntie’ May for sidestepping human rights

PM won over Chinese media on first state visit - but at what price?
2 Feb 2018
Human rights laws: Do they protect us or undermine security?
Theresa May
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Human rights laws: Do they protect us or undermine security?

With Theresa May threatening to 'rip up' the act, The Week examines what the laws mean for the UK
7 Jun 2017
Raif Badawi: Saudi blogger's wife calls for his freedom
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Raif Badawi: Saudi blogger's wife calls for his freedom

Ensaf Haidar tells London audience her husband's 'mental health is worsening' after five years in jail
17 May 2017
What will Trump presidency mean for global human rights?
Donald Trump
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What will Trump presidency mean for global human rights?

One expert says human rights activists will be 'roadkill' in the path of the Trump juggernaut
15 Nov 2016
European Convention of Human Rights: The pros and cons
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European Convention of Human Rights: The pros and cons

Theresa May makes the case for full withdrawal, but critics say that would be a disaster
26 Apr 2016
Xi Jinping: is UK right to roll out red carpet for China?
Xi Jinping
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Xi Jinping: is UK right to roll out red carpet for China?

Howls of China's prisoners will haunt the royal welcome warn critics, as president arrives in UK
20 Oct 2015
British man to be flogged in Saudi Arabia for having wine
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British man to be flogged in Saudi Arabia for having wine

Karl Andree's family warn he is weak after battling cancer and won't survive the punishment of 350 lashes
13 Oct 2015
Ali Mohammed al-Nimr: hacktivists fight to halt execution
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Ali Mohammed al-Nimr: hacktivists fight to halt execution

Saudi Arabia to publicly behead young man who was arrested as a child during anti-government protests
28 Sep 2015
How George Clooney plans to end war and conflict in Africa
George Clooney
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How George Clooney plans to end war and conflict in Africa

Project hopes to disrupt the flow of money into conflict zones – but shouldn't Africans be part of the conversation?
21 Jul 2015
European Games: sambo, sport and politics in Baku
Baku 2015 European Games
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European Games: sambo, sport and politics in Baku

Olympic warm-up event in Azerbaijan overshadowed by human rights allegations
12 Jun 2015
South Sudan: government and rebels recruiting child soldier
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South Sudan: government and rebels recruiting child soldier

Human Rights Watch accuses both sides in South Sudan's conflict of arming young children – often by force
16 Feb 2015
Iran to execute blogger over 'blasphemous' Facebook post
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Iran to execute blogger over 'blasphemous' Facebook post

Human rights groups say Soheil Arabi's execution is 'imminent' and appeals to a Tehran court for amnesty
3 Dec 2014
FREE: The woman jailed for watching volleyball
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FREE: The woman jailed for watching volleyball

'Courageous' Ghoncheh Ghavami is recovering in Tehran after being released on bail because of 'health problems'
24 Nov 2014
Tories reveal plans to break ties with human rights court
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Tories reveal plans to break ties with human rights court

Conservatives to scrap Human Rights Act and seize power from Europe if they win the next election
3 Oct 2014
Israel accused of 'coercing' African migrants to leave
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Israel accused of 'coercing' African migrants to leave

Refugees from Sudan and Eritrea were pressured to move on, Human Rights Watch says
10 Sep 2014
No compensation for prisoners denied the vote, rules ECHR
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No compensation for prisoners denied the vote, rules ECHR

But Strasbourg upholds previous ruling that blanket ban on prisoners voting is unlawful
12 Aug 2014