Australia climate change failings violated indigenous rights: UN committee

GENEVA – Australia violated the rights of indigenous people by failing to adequately protect them against the effects of climate change, a United Nations watchdog has ruled, ordering Canberra to pay compensation. In a ground-breaking decision, the UN Human Rights Committee ruled in favour of indigenous Torres Islanders who had filed a complaint against Australia […]

Afghan women make impassioned plea at UN for action against ‘gender apartheid’

GENEVA – Afghan women made an impassioned plea at the United Nations (UN) Monday for solid international action to address the “gender apartheid” in their country since the Taliban swept to power last year. “Today, human rights in Afghanistan do not exist,” Afghan Mahbouba Seraj told the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The […]

UN investigator says Facebook provided vast amount of Myanmar war crimes information

GENEVA – The head of a UN team of investigators on Myanmar said on Monday that Facebook has handed over millions of items that could support allegations of war crimes and genocide. The Independent Investigative Mechanism for Myanmar (IIMM) aims to build case files for proceedings in national, regional or international courts. It was established […]

Serious human rights violations committed in China’s Xinjiang, says UN report

GENEVA – China committed “serious human rights abuses” against ethnic Muslims in the Xinjiang region under what it calls campaigns to stamp out terrorism and extremism, the top United Nations rights official said in a report that the government in Beijing had tried to block. The report, delivered by Dr Michelle Bachelet in the final hours of her […]

Nancy Pelosi: A long history of provoking China over human rights

WASHINGTON (AFP) – US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has a long history of riling Beijing over democracy and human rights, whether by unveiling a banner on Tiananmen Square or in regular meetings with Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. Pelosi, the country’s most powerful lawmaker, stoked fresh tensions in US-China relations on Tuesday (Aug […]

South Korean presidential office denounces 2019 return of fishermen to North

SEOUL (REUTERS) – South Korea’s presidential office denounced on Wednesday (July 13) the repatriation of two North Korean fishermen in 2019 as a potential “crime against humanity” by the previous government. The comments came after Seoul’s Unification Ministry, which handles relations with the North, released photographs of the two men, who were suspected of killing […]