Two killed in recent anti-government protests in Iraq

Two people have been killed and between 20-30 injured by security forces during renewed anti-government protests on Sunday in Baghdad, the Iraqi capital, over corruption, rising unemployment, and poor public services. Tahrir Square, also known as Liberation Square, has been taken over by demonstrations once again after months of quiet during the Covid-19 pandemic. Citizens had been protesting against recent power cuts in the middle of a summer of scorching heatwaves, temperatures reaching above 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit) in Iraq. Protestors were seen to chant slogans and burn...

UN human rights office criticizes US police for excessive use of force during protests

The UN human rights office has called on U.S. police security forces to limit their use of force against protestors and journalists on Friday, due to recent clashes between federal agents and protestors in Portland, Oregon. UN human rights spokesperson stated that: “[Peaceful demonstrations] really must be able to continue without those participating in them and also the people reporting on them, risking arbitrary arrest or detention being subject to the unnecessary, disproportionate or discriminatory use of force, or suffering other violations of their rights.” Recent racial injustice...

Malaysia arrests Bangladeshi worker criticising the government’s treatment of migrant workers

Malaysian authorities confirmed the arrest of a Bangladeshi worker who has been critical of the government’s treatment of migrant workers in a recent documentary by broadcaster Al Jazeera. Mohammed Rayham Kabir has also had his work permit revoked and is to be expelled from the country after being quoted in the Qatar-based media outlet’s documentary on the detention of undocumented migrant workers during the recent lockdown. Malaysian authorities have refused to comment on the particular reasons behind his arrest or whether there was a suspicion of criminal activity. Broadcasted on July 3rd,...

French hospital testing new ‘breathalyzer’ that detects COVID-19 in seconds

A hospital in Lyon, France is testing a new breathalyzer-style machine that can tell doctors whether a patient has Covid-19 within seconds. The French hospital, Hôpital de la Croix-Rousse, is entering its second trial phase of the new machine after three months of use on dozens of both infected and healthy people. Christian George the director of research at the National Centre of Scientific Research at the French hospital stated the new breathalyzer machine will “register the molecules in the exhaled air and then detect the traces of the sickness.” The implementation of these breathalyzer...

Kashmiri villagers accuse India of targeting civilians

Villagers living in the Pakistani-controlled disputed region of Kashmir accused Indian forces of “intentionally targeting” civilians with mortar fire. Indian officials have not responded to the claims, but they have previously accused Pakistan of violence in the Indian-controlled part of Kashmir.

Chinese ambassador refutes Uighur allegations

On the 19th July, in an interview with the BBC, China's ambassador to the UK, Liu Xiaoming, has refuted reports that Uighur women in the western Xinjiang region are the subjects of a calibrated sterilisation. Xiaoming was challenged with drone footage that seems to show Uighurs being blindfolded and herded onto trains. The “not beautiful coverage” of Xinjiang depicts the Uighurs kneeling, blindfolded and shaven. The video posted anonymously online last year, has resurfaced recently, and gained much attention. "I cannot see this view," he stated, before probing the credibility of the source...

Israel’s plans for annexation endangers ‘lasting peace in the region’ - UN Human Rights Chief

UN Human Rights Chief, Michelle Bachelet, has warned that Israel’s annexation plans, which have been temporarily suspended, could endanger “lasting peace in the region” and “entrench, perpetuate and further heighten serious human rights violations”. Israel’s proposed annexation of the West Bank and parts of Jordan Valley have come from an emergency coalition government which includes the main opposition party, the Blue and White Party. The international community has widely condemned the annexation of Palestinian territory as illegal. The UN Human Rights Chief warning that it would “likely be...

Nazi guard is convicted in one of the last Nazi trials in history

A former 93-year-old Nazi concentration camp guard was convicted of thousands of counts of being an accessory to murder, in what might be one of the last verdicts to be handed down to a living participant in the Holocaust.

Saudi Arabia limits those allowed to perform hajj pilgrimage to Mecca

Hajj in 2018 Saudi Arabia has announced that it will drastically limit those allowed to perform annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca to help the fight against coronavirus. Hajj is an integral part of the nation’s self-proclaimed identity as the leading Muslim country in the world, with Hajj being a once-in-a-lifetime duty for able-bodied Muslims. In the past decade, Saudi Arabia has seen between 1.9 to 2.3 million pilgrims per year internationally, however, this year’s event will be limited to about 1,000 pilgrims from within Saudi Arabia. Of the 1,000 pilgrims permitted, 70% will be foreign...

California sues Cisco over caste discrimination

California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing is suing the technology giant Cisco over a case of caste discrimination - marking the first time in history that a case based on caste discrimination is being taken on in the United States. An Indian American engineer at Cisco is claiming harassment and retaliation based on caste by two co-workers at his company. Since the opening of this case, there have been calls by activists to make caste a federally protected category, like race, in civil rights law. This lawsuit bases its legal argument on the Civil Rights Act, which was a historic...

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