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Britain can expect widening social divisions and increased racial tensions unless the government takes urgent action to tackle deep-rooted inequalities, the new chair of the UK’s equalities watchdog has warned.
Yemen: United Nations Secretary-General condemns reported coalition airstrike on rural hospital that leaves 11 dead
On 16 August, reiterating his call on all warring parties in Yemen to immediately implement the cessation of hostilities, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has condemned the reported coalition airstrike on a hospital in the rural town of Hajjah that killed 11 people.
Bangladeshi authorities should immediately end the illegal detentions of Mir Ahmed Bin Qasem and Humman Qader Chowdhury, arrested respectively on 9 August and 4 August, said on 14 August Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch.
On 11 August, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein expressed serious concern that virtually all people entering Bulgaria in an “irregular manner” are subjected to detention, and that they could be prosecuted and even jailed if they try to leave, “placing many of them in an invidious Catch-22 situation.”
Iranian authorities have intensified their repression of women’s rights activists in the country in the first half of this year, carrying out a series of harsh interrogations and increasingly likening any collective initiative relating to women’s rights to criminal activity, Amnesty International said today.
On 9 August, voicing concern over a number of worrying developments regarding capital punishment in the Maldives, United Nations human rights chief Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein called on the Government to refrain from carrying out planned executions and to uphold the de facto moratorium that has been in place in the country for over six decades.
This year’s International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples is devoted to the right to education.
Thailand’s referendum on a draft constitution that took place on 7 August against a backdrop of pervasive human rights violations that have created a chilling climate, Amnesty International said today.
On 4 August Amnesty International has revealed that a teenager was executed in Iran after being convicted of “lavat-e be onf” (forced male to male intercourse), the first confirmed execution of a juvenile offender in the country this year.
On 3 August, United Nations Emergency Relief Coordinator Stephen O’Brien concluded his three-day mission to crisis-torn South Sudan, voicing serious concern at the humanitarian situation in the country and in particular the violence against civilians, as well as attacks against aid workers, which is hampering efforts to respond to the needs of the people affected by the fighting.