UN child rights committee lauds Swiss asylum offer to Kurdish family — Global Issues

“We welcome the timely action taken by Switzerland to suspend the children’s return to Bulgaria, in compliance with the Committee’s request for interim measures,” said Ann Skelton, a member of the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC). “We also welcome the decision to reassess these children’s situation and their risk of being exposed … Read more

UN rights chief appeals for Israelis and Palestinians to end ‘illogic of escalation’ — Global Issues

“Rather than doubling down on failed approaches of violence and coercion that have singularly failed in the past, I urge everyone involved to step out of the illogic of escalation that has only ended in dead bodies, shattered lives and utter despair,” he said in a statement.   Record killings in 2022  Mr. Türk reported … Read more

Resolution of ‘racism’ complaint brought by Qatar against UAE and Saudi Arabia — Global Issues

The ad hoc Conciliation Commission was established by the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) in the wake of a diplomatic crisis between the neighbouring Gulf nations, nearly eight years ago.   “I hope that the consensus found by Qatar, the UAE and Saudi Arabia to discontinue the proceedings is the result … Read more

Democracy on the Blink — Global Issues

Opinion by Neville de Silva (london) Friday, February 03, 2023 Inter Press Service LONDON, Feb 03 (IPS) – On February 4, Sri Lanka commemorates 75 years of Independence. But it will not be the extravaganza of the past years, the minaturised imitations of the grand displays on Moscow’s Red Square or China’s Tiananmen Square. Still, a … Read more

UN rights chief concerned about Israel’s moves amid violence

The U.N. human rights chief has expressed concerns that steps taken by the new Israeli government, the most far-right in the country’s history, could fuel further violations of human rights and humanitarian law in the wake of a recent spike in bloodshe… GENEVA — The U.N. human rights chief expressed concerns Friday that steps taken … Read more

Global Leaders Urge Participation in High-Level Financing Conference to Fund Education for 222 Million Crisis-Impacted Children — Global Issues

Yasmine Sherif, the Director of Education Cannot Wait, sees the ECW High-Level Financing Conference as crucial to turning the agreements from the Transforming Education Summit into action. Credit: ECW by Joyce Chimbi (nairobi) Friday, February 03, 2023 Inter Press Service NAIROBI, Feb 03 (IPS) – The world is in the throng of a monumental, damaging, and … Read more

Former Russian fighter says he witnessed torture of Ukrainian prisoners of war

CNN  —  A former senior Russian army officer says he saw his comrades torturing prisoners of war in Ukraine, in a rare eyewitness account from within Moscow’s ranks to address widespread allegations of Russian war crimes. Speaking to CNN’s Erin Burnett on Thursday, former Lt. Konstantin Yefremov said he witnessed a deputy commander torturing prisoners … Read more

UN envoy: Iraq’s new leaders must keep fighting corruption

UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. special envoy for Iraq urged the country’s new government Thursday to keep fighting corruption and move quickly on much-needed economic, fiscal and financial reforms. Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert told the U.N. Security Council many other areas also need immediate government attention, among them ensuring human rights, resolving issues with the Kurdistan Regional … Read more

Woman who helped Oregon kidnapping suspect Benjamin Foster faces charges

CNN  —  An Oregon woman faces charges after allegedly helping a kidnapping suspect destroy and hide evidence last week while he was evading police, according to an affidavit obtained by CNN. Benjamin Foster, 36, was accused of kidnapping and torturing a woman in Oregon January 24. He died from a self-inflicted gunshot earlier this week … Read more

Rights experts call for probe into claim Catalan leaders were spied on — Global Issues

“Spanish authorities must conduct a full, fair, and effective investigation into these allegations, publish the findings and stop any unlawful interference into the fundamental rights of the Catalan minority activists in Spain,” they said in a statement.  Top leaders arrested  Following the October 2017 independence referendum, Spain arrested leaders of the Catalonian independence movement on charges … Read more