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Sudan: With al-Bashir Ouster, End Authoritarianism; Respect Rights, Ensure Justice

Image: Sudanese celebrate after officials said the military had forced longtime autocratic President Omar al-Bashir to step down after 30 years in power in...

Nor can any society be fair without journalists who investigate wrongdoing and speak truth to power. – António Guterres

Image : (c) S.Deshapriya. REMARKS BY THE SECRETARY-GENERAL ON THE OCCASION OF THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE GENEVA ASSOCIATION OF UNITED NATIONS CORRESPONDENTS. (25 February 2019/...

Teenager behind student climate change strike has more Twitter followers than Green Party leaders

(The Independent) Teenager Greta Thunberg’s grassroots environmentalist activism is sweeping across the world, igniting a movement led by young people urging their governments to combat...

An open letter to Mark Zuckerberg: The world’s freedom of expression is in your hands

13 Nov 2018/ BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP Dear Mark Zuckerberg: What do the Philadelphia Museum of Art, a Danish member of parliament, and a news anchor from the Philippines have...

UNHRC adopts a resolution on Myanmar: Calls for fair and independent criminal proceedings at all levels

Recently concluded 39th session of the UNHRC adopted the resolution A_HRC_39_L.22 on Myanmar which calls decides to  prepare files in order to facilitate and expedite fair...

How can UN resolutions make it safer to be a journalist?

Since 2012, several landmark resolutions have been approved by various UN bodies on the issue of the safety of journalists. IFEX's 5-minute guide explains...

Sri Lanka: Killing of children for ransom and Sri Lanka’s nightmares – Kishali Pinto Jayawaradena,

Image: Navy base, Trincomalee. The progress of ongoing criminal investigations into the grisly killing of several Tamil youths following a racket of abduction for ransom,...

Triple jeopardy: American withdrawals, Supreme Court recusals, and “Be a Hitler”! – Rajan Philips

Cartoon by @awanthaartigala. (24 June 2018 The Island) It is the time for withdrawals in Trump’s America. It is the time of recusals in Sri Lanka. It...

UNHRC decides to dispatch a commission of inquiry to investigate violations in the occupied Palestinian

UNHRC in session by UNWATHC. Human Rights Council decides to dispatch a commission of inquiry to investigate violations in the occupied Palestinian territory in the...

#MeToo sex scandals spur interest in standards for the aid sector

The slew of #MeToo sexual abuse scandals that has jolted the humanitarian sector has prompted calls for proper oversight and vetting of aid agencies...

A tale of two countries: The dengue vaccine saga

Image: Children stricken with dengue fever jam-pack a ward in Quirino Memorial Medical Hospital in Manila, Philippines, during an outbreak in 2010. Credit: JAY DIRECTO/AFP/Getty...

Welcome To The Surveillance State: China’s AI Cameras See All

By Ryan Grenoble. Across China, a network of 176 million surveillance cameras, expected to grow to 626 million by 2020, keeps watch on the country’s over 1.3...

17 million babies under the age of 1 breathe toxic air, majority live in South Asia – UNICEF

Image:  © UNICEF/UNI172848/Singh; Village Kuniya, Mainpat Block, Dist, Surguja, Chhattisgarh, India. 2013. UNICEF urges immediate action to reduce air pollution amid emerging evidence on how toxic...

CIA Considered Bombing Miami and Killing Refugees to Blame Castro

Photo by Christian Frei Switzerland via Flickr CC. TIM ELFRINK | OCTOBER 27, 2017. Donald Trump's bold promises earlier this week to finally blow the lid off the...

UN independent expert urges Spanish Government to reverse decision on Catalan autonomy

Image:The UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas. GENEVA (25 October 2017) - The UN Independent Expert...

Vice President Robredo warns of China debt trap, cites Sri Lanka

Image:Vice President Leni Robredo. The  administration’s new source of financing for its ambitious infrastructure projects, China, could lead the Philippines into a “debt trap” as...

US knew about 1960s mass killings of communists in Indonesia, declassified documents reveal

Image: Members of the Youth Wing of the Indonesian Communist Party (Pemuda Rakjat) are watched by soldiers as they are taken to prison in Jakarta...

‘Do not shoot!’: The last moments of communist revolutionary Che Guevara

Image: The body of Argentine-born guerrilla leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara is displayed in the village of Vallegrande, Bolivia, on Oct. 10, 1967. Guevara was executed a...

Myanmar’s Rohingya Crisis Meets Reality

By KEVIN RUDD. ( NYT) The news coverage of Myanmar over the past several months has led many people to conclude that Daw Aung San...

Maldivian Ambassador to Colombo ready to break International and Sri Lankan Law

Image: Safety in peril: Amal Clooney and former Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed in London in January 2016.   | Photo Credit: AP. In a recent interview to...

INDIA: The murder of the ‘other’

‘In India, Another Government Critic Is Silenced by Bullets’, is how the New York Times reported the murder of Gauri Lankesh, a gutsy journalist known for...

PR firm Rajapaksa hired, Bell Pottinger accused of inciting racial violence in South Africa

Image: Indian businessmen Ajay Gupta and younger brother Atul Gupta in 2011. The family of Indian-born tycoons are close to president Jacob Zuma. Photograph: Gallo...

“The United States is and will continue to be an Indo-Pacific power” – US Assistant Secretary of State Alice G. Wells

Remarks of Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice G. Wells on Indo-Pacific Regional Architecture. Indian Ocean Conference 2017, Colombo,...

Pakistani village court orders gang rape as revenge

Multan, July 27 (Reuters): Pakistani police have arrested 25 members of an informal village council accused of ordering the rape of a 16-year-old girl...

The Passion of Liu Xiaobo

Image: Liu Xiaobo, mid-2000s. Perry Link In the late 1960s Mao Zedong, China’s Great Helmsman, encouraged children and adolescents to confront their teachers and parents, root out...

Why the BJP has no incentive to stop the lynching of Muslims in India

Image: Family members of Pehlu Khan, a dairy farmer who was allegedly lynched by vigilantes for transporting cows in Rajasthan in April, sit on a...

‘Ai Weiwei Drifting’: China’s most famous, displaced artist

The new DW documentary accompanies artist Ai Weiwei during work on his own film. It depicts his life between Beijing, New York and Berlin,...

France election: Macron party set for big parliamentary win

BBC/ The centrist party of French President Emmanuel Macron looks on course to win a landslide victory following the first round of parliamentary elections. As polls...

Ireland on the verge of electing its first openly gay Taoiseach Leo Varadkar

Image: Ireland's Minister for Social Protection Leo Varadkar launches his campaign bid for Fine Gael party leader in Dublin Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters. Trained doctor takes insurmountable lead...

Make no mistake about it: the Manchester attack had everything to do with young women

Image: Ariana Grande was performing at the Manchester Arena as part of her Dangerous Woman tour/ Getty. Women and girls don’t have to carry Kalashnikovs to strike...
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In Sri Lanka there are clear warning signs that past patterns of violations could be repeated – Rights Commissioner 

Statement by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Madam President, This is a key juncture for the Council’s engagement with Sri Lanka. As my...
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Approach of the UNHRC resolution zero draft on Sri Lanka is not dissimilar to that of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith – Jehan Perera

"The zero draft document also has a section in which it calls on the UN system to ensure that evidence of violations of human...

In world first, Germany convicts Syrian regime officer of crimes against humanity

By Claudia Otto, Tamara Qiblawi and Stephanie Halasz, CNN. Berlin (CNN)A German court has convicted a former Syrian regime officer for crimes against humanity, in a...

US Secretary of State encourages Human Rights Council to support resolution on Sri Lanka

Addressing the ongoing 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva US Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken called on the member states...