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U.N. Reports Venezuelan Death Squads Kill Young Men

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The U.N. accused Venezuelan security forces of using death squads to kill young men under the pretense of resisting arrest (Al Jazeera). U.N. Human Rights Chief, Michelle Bachelet, released a report on Thursday documenting a high number of alleged extrajudicial killings of political opponents in Venezuela (BBC). The Venezuelan government registered nearly 5,300 killings last […]

U.N. Human Rights Chief Visits Venezuela

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U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, arrived in Venezuela on June 19 for a three-day visit (Reuters). Bachelet’s visit came amid accusations that Maduro was “silencing opponents with jail, torture and excessive violence” (AP). Bachelet met separately with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and National Assembly Leader Juan Guaido (Reuters). She also met with […]

Brunei to Introduce Sharia Law

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Starting April 3rd, the Brunei government will fully implement Sharia law which the nation slowly introduced since 2014 (Reuters 1). Under Sharia law, the government allows the death penalty for “rape, adultery, sodomy, robbery and insulting or defaming the prophet Muhammad,” (Guardian). It also allows “death by stoning for adultery and gay sex,” public flogging […]

Burundi Forces United Nations to Close Human Rights Office

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The Burundi Government has forced the United Nations to close its local human rights office after operating in Burundi for 23 years (AP News). Burundi previously displayed opposition to the U.N office, suspending all cooperation in October 2016 after a U.N investigation reported Burundi’s involvement in crimes against humanity (Reuters). Burundi’s government has denied many […]

China’s Xinjiang Detention Camps May Face UN Investigation

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Several human rights groups recently asked that the UN pass a resolution which would allow a fact-finding mission in the Chinese province of Xinjiang (Amnesty). This demand came due to China’s crackdown on the Uigher population, a minority of Turkic-speaking ethnically Chinese citizens who practice as Sunni Muslims (Bloomberg). The Uighers make up about 40% […]