Tag Archive | Human rights

Hungary is added to human rights watchlist

Hungary is added to human rights watchlist

Hungary has been added to a human rights watchlist as COVID-19 emergency measures restrict free speech and independent media The government has criminalised fake news about the pandemic, with penalties of up to five years in prison COVID-19 emergency measures allowed Victor Orbán to rule by decree, later revoked The state of civic freedoms in […]

COVID-19: UN Warns Against Human Rights Abuses During Emergency

COVID-19: UN Warns Against Human Rights Abuses During Emergency

UN human rights experts* have urged States to avoid overreach of security measures in their response to the coronavirus outbreak and reminded them that emergency powers should not be used to quash dissent. “While we recognise the severity of the current health crisis and acknowledge that the use of emergency powers is allowed by international […]

Amnesty International: AGM 2020 San Diego

Amnesty International: AGM 2020 San Diego

Amnesty International USA is excited to be hosting the 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in San Diego, California! Join them for their 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) in San Diego, California! The 55th AGM will be held at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines. 2020 Annual General Meeting Dates: Location: Friday, March 6th – Sunday, […]

Indonesia: AG’s office condemned for LGBT recruits ban

Indonesia: AG’s office condemned for LGBT recruits ban

(Reuters) – Indonesia’s human rights commission condemned on Monday the attorney-general’s office, for barring LGBT people from applying for posts. It did not want people with what it called “sexual orientation deviations”. Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country, has seen growing state and public hostility towards the LGBT community.

Kazakhstan: Feminist Group Denied Registration As NGO

Kazakhstan: Feminist Group Denied Registration As NGO

An appeals court in Kazakhstan on September 3 upheld a decision denying Feminita, a national feminist initiative, registration as a nongovernmental organisation (NGO). The group’s focus includes the rights of lesbian, bisexual, and queer women. The Almaty department of the Justice Ministry had refused the group registration on the grounds that it didn’t comply with the […]

Brazil: Amid fear, LGBT+ politicians vow to fight back against attacks

Brazil: Amid fear, LGBT+ politicians vow to fight back against attacks

Brazilian openly-gay politician, Fabio Felix, used to feel comfortable holding his boyfriend’s hand and kissing him in public, but after the swearing in of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro nearly six months ago, he now sometimes thinks twice. Brazil’s LGBT+ politicians have said they face a backlash and setbacks in their rights under the conservative government […]

US Supreme Court rejects Hawaii B&B that refused to serve lesbian couple

US Supreme Court rejects Hawaii B&B that refused to serve lesbian couple

(Reuters) – The US Supreme Court handed a defeat on Monday to a bed and breakfast owner in Hawaii who turned away a lesbian couple due to her Christian beliefs, but it could soon take up another major case on the conflict between gay and religious rights. The justices refused to hear an appeal by […]

UK: Brexit threatens LGBT+ rights: top British lawyer

UK: Brexit threatens LGBT+ rights: top British lawyer

The rights of British minority groups are under threat from hardline politicians holding the government to ransom during the Brexit process, leading lawyer, Helena Kennedy, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation on Friday. British Prime Minister Theresa May is trying to win support across political lines after her proposed Brexit deal was defeated by a historic […]

Irish Government Aims to Join Equal Rights Coalition

Irish Government Aims to Join Equal Rights Coalition

The Irish Government intends to become a member of the ERC from 2019.

Tanzania loses Denmark aid over rights and homophobic comments

Tanzania loses Denmark aid over rights and homophobic comments

Denmark said it would withhold $10 million worth of aid money to Tanzania, citing “unacceptable homophobic comments” made by a government official (Reuters) – Denmark, Tanzania’s second-biggest donor, said it would withhold $10 million worth of aid money due to concerns over human rights abuses, and what it called unacceptable homophobic comments made by a […]