Eleven countries have jointly called on the Chinese government to investigate “credible claims of torture” against human rights lawyers, the Globe and Mail reported yesterday. In a letter dated Feb. 27 – which the Canadian newspaper said has not been made public – the signatories also condemned China’s practice of detaining suspects in secret locations for long periods of time.
Ecuador’s government has called out the U.S. government on multiple human rights failures in a rejection of a recent annual report issued by the U.S. State Department. Ecuador’s Foreign Ministry rejected the report Friday in a statement on its official online portal, calling on the U.S. “to demonstrate a real commitment to international human rights law” through adhering to treaties it has so far refused to sign.
For this Humanosphere podcast, we explore one community’s battle to end the practice of female genital mutilation, also known as female circumcision. Our Nairobi-based correspondent Charlie Ensor talks to Samuel Leadismo, founder of an organization known as the Pastoralist Child Foundation, in Samburu County, where female genital mutilation is thought to still be done on nearly all girls shortly before they reach puberty.
A series of new reports show the devastating toll of Yemen’s civil war and the potential war crimes carried out by both sides. Taken together, they paint a grim picture for Yemen where the ongoing fighting is causing a hunger crisis and the people responsible for the attacks are not held responsible.
The Women’s March on Washington appears to have surprised everyone, even many of the organizers, and may go down in history as the largest demonstration ever in the U.S., and one of the largest worldwide – so far.
Kenya deported a high-profile refugee, James Gatdet Dak, spokesman for former Vice President and opposition leader Riek Machar, was deported to Juba, South Sudan, according to UNHCR, a day after a post on Facebook.
One senator’s human rights objections prevented the U.S. from selling 26,000 assault rifles to the Philippines’ national police, according to new reports. Four senators raised similar concerns about a $1.5 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia, but could not stop the sale.
Employees of human rights group Amnesty International showed up to work in Moscow Wednesday, only to find the office locks changed, power cut off and an eviction notice from city authorities.
The U.S. Agency for International Development announced Wednesday that its contractors cannot discriminate based on race, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity. The policy does not apply to employees of foreign aid contractors and grant recipients.
The contentious issue of abortion came up during the final U.S. presidential debate on Wednesday. Hillary Clinton affirmed women’s right to abortion while Donald Trump said he would appoint judges to the Supreme Court who oppose it. Clinton countered by looking internationally to the consequences of governments circumventing reproductive rights.