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FIFA World Cup 2022: Why we are more critical of Qatar's human rights record and not others
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FIFA World Cup 2022: Why we are more critical of Qatar's human rights record and not others

Travel companies and tourist boards play a role in shaping how the public views a destination. They help create and share an image that emphasises good climate, low cost, entertainment and beaches. Meanwhile, crime, political unrest and poverty are all hidden

One year after the Taliban takeover, how women in Afghanistan are more oppressed than ever
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One year after the Taliban takeover, how women in Afghanistan are more oppressed than ever

Since taking control of Afghanistan, the Taliban has erased women from public life by restricting their access to workplaces and education. The most recent move see women being banned from visiting parks and gyms — even if accompanied by a male ‘chaperone’

FIFA World Cup 2022: Does the ban on ‘OneLove’ armbands violate its anti-discrimination principles?
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FIFA World Cup 2022: Does the ban on ‘OneLove’ armbands violate its anti-discrimination principles?

FIFA claims that it is ‘committed to respecting all internationally recognised human rights and shall strive to promote the protection of these rights.’ However, before the start of the World Cup, it announced that players found to be wearing the rainbow armbands could face on-pitch sanctions

UN urges Elon Musk to ensure Twitter safeguards human rights
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UN urges Elon Musk to ensure Twitter safeguards human rights

UN rights chief Volker Turk in an open letter said that reports of Musk laying off the platform's entire human rights team were 'not, from my perspective, an encouraging start'

When a fugitive launches a full-page ad war in WSJ against Modi on the lines of ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’ posters
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When a fugitive launches a full-page ad war in WSJ against Modi on the lines of ‘Wanted Dead Or Alive’ posters

The advertisement was put in allegedly by one Ramachandran Vishwanathan, a disgruntled would-be supplier of multimedia content via satellite in India

US' Joe Biden vows 'consequences' for Saudi Arabia over cuts in oil output
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US' Joe Biden vows 'consequences' for Saudi Arabia over cuts in oil output

Biden endured criticism at home by travelling to Saudi Arabia in June and fist-bumping its de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, despite earlier vowing to make him a pariah over human rights

International Day of the Girl Child 2022: History and significance
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International Day of the Girl Child 2022: History and significance

The Beijing Declaration was adopted by the UN in 1995 during the World Conference on Women in Beijing

Sri Lanka to oppose new rights resolution at UN Human Rights Council session
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Sri Lanka to oppose new rights resolution at UN Human Rights Council session

The UN high commissioner of human rights is on Wednesday expected to release her report on Sri Lanka, including the options for accountability under the Human Rights Council's resolution

Uttar Pradesh scraps British-era Jail manual: New Jail manual with humane approach for inmates to be launched soon
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Uttar Pradesh scraps British-era Jail manual: New Jail manual with humane approach for inmates to be launched soon

The new UP Jail Manual-2022, in line with recommendations of the All Indian Jail Reform Committee and the National Human Rights Commission, will bring in a new system extending better facilities to prisoners, especially women prisoners, UP MoS for Prisons and Home Guards Dharamveer Prajapati said

No holds barred: Nancy Pelosi to meet Tiananmen student leader living in exile in Taiwan
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No holds barred: Nancy Pelosi to meet Tiananmen student leader living in exile in Taiwan

Pelosi will reportedly meet the owner of the Causeway Bay Bookstore Lam Wing-kee, Taiwan activist Lee Ming-che, and Tiananmen student leader at the famous Jingmei Human Rights Park in Taipei

US president Joe Biden's Saudi visit aims to balance human rights, oil, security
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US president Joe Biden's Saudi visit aims to balance human rights, oil, security

Biden's nearly three hours at the royal palace were widely seen as a diplomatic victory for Prince Mohammed, who has tried to rehabilitate his image, draw investments to the kingdom for his reform plans and bolster the kingdom's security relationship with the US

US court rules Happy the elephant is not a person and here's why animal rights activists are sad
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US court rules Happy the elephant is not a person and here's why animal rights activists are sad

In the bizarre case that walked a tightrope between the boundaries of human and animal rights, the long-time resident of the Bronx Zoo was argued to be illegally confined and needed to be released to an elephant sanctuary

Human Rights Groups demand resignation of UN rights chief, term her China visit an insult to Uyghur victims
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Human Rights Groups demand resignation of UN rights chief, term her China visit an insult to Uyghur victims

A pro-Uyghur rights, non-profit organisation, Campaign for Uyghurs (CFU) termed the UN chief's prison visit in China a shame and said that Bachelet provided zero transparency about her trip

Taliban shut down Afghan human rights body
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Taliban shut down Afghan human rights body

Since the hardline Islamists seized power last August they have closed several bodies that protected the freedoms of Afghans, including the electoral commission and the ministry for women's affairs

G7 countries reiterate concern over unilateral actions by Beijing in East and South China Seas
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G7 countries reiterate concern over unilateral actions by Beijing in East and South China Seas

The G7 countries also raised the issue of human rights situation in China, particularly in Xinjiang and Tibet

Pledges of justice for Ukraine war crime victims grow in numbers
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Pledges of justice for Ukraine war crime victims grow in numbers

Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, insisted that victims and their families 'need to obtain effective remedies for the harm and tragedy they have endured'

People are entitled to have views about us, we know which vote banks drive that, says Jaishankar on US' human rights comment
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People are entitled to have views about us, we know which vote banks drive that, says Jaishankar on US' human rights comment

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar said while the issue of human rights was not discussed during the current 2+2 meeting, it has come up in the past

Fifty years after Nixon visit, US-China ties as fraught as ever
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Fifty years after Nixon visit, US-China ties as fraught as ever

US President Joe Biden has said he wants a more predictable relationship with China but major differences over trade and human rights make mutual understanding elusive

Another Hindu businessman shot dead: A look at persecution of minorities in Pakistan
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Another Hindu businessman shot dead: A look at persecution of minorities in Pakistan

The spokesperson for Justice for Minorities in Pakistan, Anila Gulzar, has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to raise the issue of persecution of minorities in Pakistan at the UNSC and and other international forums

Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: Torch relay begins under shadow of COVID-19, rights fears
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Beijing Winter Olympics 2022: Torch relay begins under shadow of COVID-19, rights fears

Beijing 2022 official Cai Qi said at the start of the relay — which will involve more than 1,000 torchbearers and reportedly included former NBA star Yao Ming — that he hoped the Games would help "dispel the gloom of the pandemic"