Michelle Bachelet
UN Human Rights Council forms commission to probe rights violations in Palestine; Israel won’t cooperate

The commission will investigate violations of all humanitarian and human rights laws in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and in Israel over the past two months

Brutal violence by military escalates in Myanmar

A day after 114 people were killed by security forces in Myanmar, the military on Sunday opened fire on those who had gathered to mourn the dead in Yangon. Close to 450 people have been killed since the February 1 coup

UN official warns of increasing violence, famine in Tigray region in Ethiopia

The UN Security Council discussed the crisis in the Tigray region amid increasing reports of atrocities. UN officials Michelle Bachelet and Mark Lowcock also called for the withdrawal of Eritrean troops from the region

Bangladesh writers death protests Bangladeshi cartoonist Ahmed Kabir Kishore gets bail after 10 months in detention

The decision came days after the death of writer Mushtaq Ahmed who was also detained under the Digital Security Act. Protests have broken out across Bangladesh demanding the withdrawal of the law

Sri Lanka’s human rights record comes under the scanner at UN Human Rights council

A resolution proposing scrutiny of the human rights violation in the country and for accountability of past violations will be voted on at the UN Human Rights Council in March

Nigeria EndSars EndSARS protests continue in Nigeria two days after killing of close to a dozen people

The attack on protesters in Lagos on Tuesday has led to further protests both in the country and abroad. Nigerians have been protesting for systemic changes in policing since early October

Argentina’s veteran ambassador makes a stand for the sovereignty of Latin America

For veteran Argentine ambassador Alicia Castro, resigning over her government’s vote against Venezuela at the UN Human Rights Council was not a difficult decision, for as she wrote in her letter, “Anti-colonialism is… an ethical imperative”

Argentina’s stance on Venezuela changes with the new government

Argentine President, Alberto Fernández, recognized Nicolás Maduro as Venezuela’s legitimate president and criticized the economic blockades against the Caribbean country, setting up a new scenario in Latin America

Plea to lift sanctions amid COVID-19 outbreak taken to the UN

Human rights reports indicate that sanctions are impeding the access to essential medicines and medical equipment in the sanctions-hit countries

UN rights body addresses Kashmir issue as Indian oppression continues

Speaking at the 42nd session of the UN Human Rights Commission in Geneva, the UN high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, called on the Indian government to ensure that human rights are respected and protected

Venezuelans reject biased UN report

Dozens of social movements and organizations mobilized on Saturday to denounce the report presented by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet

Around the World in 8 Minutes: Episode 36

This episode discusses the UN report on Venezuela, the assassination of a human rights activist in the Philippines and 500 days of workers mobilization in India.

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