Police and protesters unite to grieve George Floyd's death while violent instigators spark new clashes

While police leaders join protesters in denouncing the death of George Floyd, those behind the violence in cities across the country are getting more diverse. Floyd, 46, died one week ago after a Minneapolis officer pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes, 46 seconds. His final words include


Local authorities in Germany offer traineeships to Syrians

Twenty-five Syrian refugees were accepted onto a one-year trainee programme in municipal administration with seven German local authorities. As it turns out, the Syrians were not the only ones to benefit. Claudia Mende reportsInitially, things were difficult for both sides. The people working in loc


Survey: Young Syrians plagued by social and economic discrimination in Turkey

On Friday, Bahcesehir University’s Center of Migration and Urban Studies in Istanbul released a report highlighting the longstanding socio-economic challenges Syrian refugees face in Turkey. As in many countries with large refugee populations, there has been ongoing tension between residents


Celebrities, influencers call for justice over black man’s death in US

Celebrities and influencers around the world have taken to social media to protest against the actions of four US police officers that allegedly led to the death of a black male suspect.A video, circulated online, showed an unidentified officer kneeling on George Floyd’s neck and ignoring his


Myanmar submits first report on Rohingya to UN's top court

The top UN court agreed last year to consider a case brought by The Gambia alleging that Myanmar committed genocide against the Rohingya, an accusation vigorously denied by the government. Myanmar's military in August 2017 launched what it called a "clearance operation" in Rakhine state in response


Man in Singapore sentenced to death via Zoom call

37-year-old Malaysian received the sentence for his role in a 2011 heroin transaction on a video-call due to lockdown restrictionsA man has been sentenced to death in Singapore via a Zoom video-call for his role in a drug deal, the city-state's first case where capital punishment has been delivered


Human Rights Watch condemns Qatar prison conditions as COVID-19 sweeps through inmates

A COVID-19 outbreak has swept through Qatar’s main prison prompting calls for urgent measures to protect inmates and staff. Human Rights Watch said Monday that crowded and unsanitary conditions at Doha central prison were exacerbating the situation. The group urged Qatar to reduce prison pop


Fears Rohingya refugees face disaster after Covid-19 reaches Cox's Bazar

Aid groups have warned of a looming humanitarian disaster after coronavirus was detected for the first time in the sprawling camps that host about one million Rohingya refugees. The camps in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, which are more densely populated than some of the world’s busiest citie


Louisville seeks US review of police killing of black woman

Louisville officials have now asked the U.S. Justice Department and the FBI to review the police department’s internal investigation of the killing of a black woman by officers raiding her home two months ago. Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Louisville Metro Police Chief Steve Conrad announ


Amnesty International calls for the release of all prisoners of conscience

The global human rights movement Amnesty International issued a statement on May 4, 2020, calling for “the immediate and unconditional release of all the prisoners of conscience” worldwide, who are now “at heightened risk due to the COVID-19 pandemic.” “As this devasta


Sri Lanka: Muslims face extra threat as coronavirus stirs hate

The grief-stricken family of Zubair Fathima Rinosa in Sri Lanka's capital Colombo is demanding justice and explanation after tests, released two days after her body had been cremated, showed that the 44-year-old Muslim woman did not die from COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. Mo


Syria violence ‘a ticking time-bomb that must not be ignored’: UN human rights chief

Calling the deteriorating situation “a ticking time-bomb that must not be ignored”, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet lamented: "We are receiving more reports every day of targeted killings and bombings from one end of the country to the other, with many such attack


Migrants leave Greek border over Covid-19 fears

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Friday said asylum seekers had pulled back from the border with Turkey, with reports citing coronavirus fears as the reason. “Apparently, the makeshift camp that had been created after (March 1) has been dismantled and those who were at the Evros bo


U.S. announces $225 million in emergency aid to Yemen

The United States on Wednesday announced it will provide $225 million in emergency aid to Yemen to support food programs, and called on the Houthis to do more to allow aid operations to operate “independently and neutrally”.U.S. Secretary of Mike Pompeo told a news conference that the fu


UK asylum seekers fear for safety in cramped temporary housing

London, United Kingdom - Amira felt confused when she opened the letter, her eyes flickering over the words, disbelieving at first, before a sense of hopelessness set in. In one month, she would be back on the streets, searching for shelter. "It said I have to leave my temporary accommodation and a


‘Rights and dignity’ of older people must be respected during COVID-19 and beyond

Our response to COVID-19 must respect the rights and dignity of older people”, Secretary-General António Guterres said launching the report. Against the backdrop of age discrimination, autonomy for older people, disparities in social protection and healthcare - as well as a lack of dec


U.S., China Clash on Human Rights Report

China reacted in “unusually strong terms” after the U.S. Department of State unveiled on March 13 its yearly report on human rights, covering the year 2018. Introducing the report, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had denounced China as the worst country in the world for human rights. A


A New Wave of Anti-Muslim Anger Threatens India’s Virus Fight

The newspaper advertisement placed last week by a cancer hospital in India’s most populous state didn’t mince words: any Muslim patients seeking treatment must prove they didn’t have Covid-19. The privately owned Valentis Cancer Hospital in Uttar Pradesh state apologized a day lat





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