‘Final Nail in the Coffin’: Activists Lament Moscow Helsinki Group Closure

Russian and international human rights activists on Thursday condemned the dissolution of the Moscow Helsinki Group (MHG), Russia’s oldest independent human rights organization after it was ordered to close by a Moscow court the day before. “The shutdown of the organization is the final nail in the coffin in the destruction of the human rights … Read more

Peru: Protester deaths spark calls for reparations amid a painful past

CNN — “If something happens to me, don’t cry,” Leonardo Hancco told his wife, Ruth Barcena, the morning of December 15 in Peru’s southern city of Ayacucho. The 32-year-old taxi driver and father of a seven-year-old girl had decided to join Peru’s nationwide political protests at the last minute. “If I have decided to join … Read more

Top UN women’s visit to pressure Afghanistan’s Taliban on rights marred by security team’s poorly planned photo op

The United Nations apologized Friday for photos posted online of a senior delegation’s security detail posing in front of the Taliban flag during a visit to Afghanistan this week. But UN deputy spokesman Farhan Haq told CBS News the photos “should never have been taken.” The awkward incident highlights the tightrope the international community is … Read more

China turns on the charm – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Voiced by artificial intelligence. Beijing wants to be friends again. Chinese diplomats are fanning out with a new softer message for international partners and adversaries alike. Gone is the aggressive “wolf warrior” rhetoric. In its place, a warmer tone and a promise of economic cooperation. Vice Premier Liu … Read more

Public Order Bill: The British government wants to hand police unprecedented powers to handle protesters. Human rights activists say it’s an affront to democracy

London CNN — The British government wants to hand new powers to the police that would allow officers to take stronger action against people engaging in peaceful, political protest. Human rights activists have accused the government of trying to suppress freedom of speech, while opposition politicians claim that Downing Street is simply trying to distract … Read more

Israel’s Cognyte won Myanmar spyware tender before coup | Telecommunications News

Israel’s Cognyte Software Ltd won a tender to sell intercept spyware to a Myanmar state-backed telecommunications firm a month before the Asian nation’s February 2021 military coup, according to documents reviewed by Reuters news agency. The deal was made even though Israel has claimed it stopped defense technology transfers to Myanmar following a 2017 ruling … Read more

Syrian refugee who lived in airport gains Canadian citizenship | Refugees News

Wednesday marks a long-awaited milestone for Syrian refugee Hassan Al Kontar. After years of uncertainty – including seven months spent stranded in a Malaysian airport – Al Kontar has finally become a Canadian citizen. “Today is kind of a declaration of winning after all these years,” Kontar told Al Jazeera during a phone call just … Read more

Inquiry launched into Peru president, curfew in restive region | Politics News

The office of Peru’s top prosecutor has launched an inquiry into new President Dina Boluarte and members of her cabinet over violent clashes in which at least 40 people have been killed and hundreds injured since early December. The inquiry comes after at least 17 people were killed in the country’s southern Puno region on … Read more

Inquiry launched into Peru president, curfew in restive region | Politics News

The office of Peru’s top prosecutor has launched an inquiry into new President Dina Boluarte and members of her cabinet over violent clashes in which at least 40 people have been killed and hundreds injured since early December. The inquiry comes after at least 17 people were killed in the country’s southern Puno region on … Read more

More questions than answers as the EU corruption scandal unfolds

BRUSSELS (AP) — No one answered the door or the phone at the offices of the two campaign groups linked to a cash-for-favors corruption scandal at the European Union’s parliament, allegedly involving Qatar. No light is visible inside. No Peace Without Justice (NPWJ), a pro-human rights and democracy organization, and Fight Impunity, which seeks to … Read more