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Russia-Ukraine Conflict Putin accuses Ukraine of going back on promises made at Istanbul talks 

Putin claimed that until Ukraine recognizes Crimea as part of Russia and the independence of the Donbass republics, “no progress could be reached in the talks”

Israeli apartheid in Palestine UN special rapporteur on human rights calls Israel an apartheid state

The report prepared by Michael Lynk adds to the growing consensus in the international community equating Israel’s discriminatory policies in the occupied Palestinian territories to apartheid 

Yet again, Israel refuses to cooperate with inquiry on human rights violations

The UNHCR constituted a commission of inquiry to investigate instances of human rights violations committed in Israel and occupied Palestine

France announces troop withdrawal from Mali after nearly a decade and other stories

Today we look at the withdrawal of French troops from Mali after 9 years, a report on Dutch colonial violence during Indonesia’s independence war, and more

German arms sales to Egypt must meet human rights criteria, foreign minister says

The German decision is in line with the coalition government’s position of reducing arms sales to non-European and NATO countries. Egypt is the leading recipient of German weapons

Police repress workers’ protest for living wages in Port au Prince and other stories

Today we look at protests by textile workers in Port au Prince, Wet’suwet’en activists’ report to the UN on rights violations by Canada, and more

Gidimten Checkpoint Canada Wet’suwet’en activists approach UN over militarization and rights violations

In a strongly worded letter, Indigenous activists fighting against the pipeline construction across Wet’suwet’en lands in Canada have highlighted the violation of their rights

Can Israel stop the world from saying ‘apartheid’? Concealing the suffering in Palestine

Israel attempts to improve its public image to counter efforts by human rights organizations that reveal the nature of Israeli apartheid

Afghan women protest Despite figuring in Oslo talks, the rights of women remain deeply in peril in Afghanistan

The Taliban and the western powers had very different agenda and aims from the recent talks in Oslo. Thus while the issue of women’s rights figured prominently, it is unlikely that much will change on the ground in light of recent developments

War in Syria War-ravaged Syria demands end of sanctions and occupation of its territories by US and others

The Bashar al-Assad government in Syria has called the sanctions and the occupation crimes against humanity and a form of economic warfare 

Less than 2% vaccinated even as COVID-19 cases cross 7.1 million in Africa

Despite the recently increased supply, the continent suffers a severe shortage of vaccines due to stockpiling by wealthier countries and the credit rating agencies’ practice of disproportionately downgrading developing countries during the pandemic

UN Human Rights Council sets up team to probe violations in Israel and OPT

The three-member commission of inquiry will be headed by Navi Pillay from South Africa, who was the head of the UNHRC from 2008-2014. Miloon Kothari from India and Chris Sidoti from Australia will be the other members

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