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UN: Suspension of Nigeria’s top judge breaches human rights

The suspension of Nigeria's most senior judge by President Muhammadu Buhari broke international human rights standards on the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers, a United Nations expert has said. "International human rights standards provide that judges may be dismissed only on serious grounds of misconduct or incompetence," said Diego Garcia-Sayan, the…

Photos of Arabian princess meeting former UN human rights chief emerge

Posted December 31, 2018 12:12:55 There are new questions about the welfare of an Arabian princess who tried to escape her father's regime earlier this year, after photos emerged of her meeting the former United Nations human rights chief. Key points: Mary Robinson told the BBC Sheikha Latifa was "a troubled young woman who has…

The dangers of NGO-isation of women’s rights in Africa

The emancipation of women is one of the most significant aspects of social and cultural transformation around the world. Women are gradually moving to occupy more space in the public arena. However, in Africa, the history and current dynamics of women's emancipation movements are off the radar and often poorly documented beyond women associated with…

What’s the future of abortion rights in Mexico under AMLO?

Mexico City - Mexico's new government is yet to take office, but it has already reignited a fierce debate on women's reproductive rights that could end in a polarising referendum. Shortly after a landslide victory by left-wing politician Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador in the July 1 presidential elections, his to-be interior minister drew both praise…

The Saudi women detained for demanding basic human rights

Saudi Arabia continues to hold more than a dozen women rights activists in jail, months after a crackdown on dissent intensified in May. Most of them campaigned for the right to drive and an end to the kingdom's male guardianship system, which requires women to obtain the consent of a male relative for major decisions.…

Pakistan’s Pashtuns get rights, will it lead to peace?

Up to five million Pakistanis living on the Afghan border areas were officially given full rights as citizens this year, after being governed by British-era laws for nearly 150 years. An overwhelming majority of the population in these border areas, known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) until May, are Pashtuns who live on…

Bonita Mabo dies days after human rights accolade

Updated November 26, 2018 16:07:38 Prominent Indigenous and South Sea Islander activist Bonita Mabo has died.Mabo was the wife of Eddie Mabo and worked alongside him for the pursuit for Indigenous land rights.Just days ago, she was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from James Cook University for her contribution to social justice and human…

How Baltimore police routinely violated people’s rights

New information about a corrupt police unit of the Baltimore Police Department (BPD) that was able to rob and steal with impunity for at least a decade has been revealed by an Al Jazeera English investigation. In The Gang Within: A Baltimore Police Scandal, Al Jazeera's Fault Lines spoke to the city's former police commissioner and…

Brazil elections: Fighting to put women’s rights at the forefront

Sao Paulo - Erica Malunguinho is one of the 27,000 Brazilians running for office in Brazil's October election. She is part of the 31 percent of candidates who are women, four percent who are black and 0.19 percent who are transgender. "I decided to run because I had no other choice", she said. "People like…

Facebook just banned Myanmar’s top army official for ‘serious human rights...

Myanmar's most senior military official, Min Aung Hlaing, is banned from Facebook Reuters Facebook is banning 20 Burmese individuals and organisations from its services, including a top military official, the company said on Monday.The social networking firm said the organisations and people had either enabled or were directly responsible for human rights abuses.Facebook has faced…
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