Michelle Bachelet
Biden’s visit signals nothing has changed on Saudi Arabia

Except for a brief bout of harsh criticism of Saudi Arabia during his campaign, Joe Biden has stayed the course when it comes to assistance to Saudi Arabia though it has been justified as being for ‘defensive’ purposes

Daily Round-up | Thousands of teachers stage strike in Australia over low wages & other stories

In today’s episode, we bring you stories from the teachers’ strike in Australia, the war in Syria, the conflict over the Malvinas Islands, and the inauguration of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. as president of the Philippines

Sri Lanka Amnesty report enforced disappearances Families of disappeared persons in Sri Lanka face increasing surveillance and intimidation 

With a rise in surveillance, intimidation and harassment by the state apparatus, families of victims of enforced disappearance in Sri Lanka are facing increasing threats, as per rights groups

UN human rights chief condemns mass executions in Saudi Arabia

High commissioner Michelle Bachelet also called upon the Saudi government to suspend all pending executions, commute active death sentences in the country and implement a moratorium on the use of the capital punishment in the country immediately

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