Human Rights – Current Affairs – 06 August, 2017

On July 22, Rashan Charles, a 20-year-old Black man, died in a hospital in east London after being chased into a shop and confronted by a police officer, who attempted to remove an unnamed object from his mouth. A video subsequently emerged online allegedly showing the confrontation, in which the police officer tried to restrain Mr. Charles. While the Independent Police Complaints Commission…
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“They paid me €20-40. I was forced to do that because I needed the money,” says Ahmad (name changed), a 21-year-old Afghan refugee. By “they”, he meant German men who paid him in Munich for having sex with them. Ever since the refugee crisis hit the headlines a few years ago, reports have been appearing from different European countries, describing how refugees from Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan an…
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It’s been 15 years. But Mukhtar Mai, a Pakistani rights activist (in picture), is still haunted by the memories of a local panchayat ruling in Meerwala village of southern Punjab that allowed her to be gang-raped for “honour revenge”. Unlike many others, Ms. Mai filed a complaint and moved the court. Most of the accused were acquitted in 2011, and an undeterred Ms. Mai became a symbol of women’s…
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To press his unusual demand, he has held news conferences, submitted petitions to the United Nations and demonstrated with signs in front of government buildings in Seoul. More than 30,000 North Koreans have fled to South Korea since a famine hit their homeland in the 1990s. Of them, 25 have mysteriously resurfaced back in the North in the past five years. South Korean officials suspect these……
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These weaknesses are particularly glaring, advocates say, as some legislators in Washington push for a legal change that would require migrants to apply for asylum in Mexico if they reached the United States by traveling through it. A bill pending in Congress “would allow the return of apprehended Central American refugees to Mexico, where they could apply for protection,” without the need for…
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It is exactly 50 years since Joseph Stalin’s daughter Svetlana Alliluyeva made international news by defecting from Russia to the U.S. I happened to be spending a year in the U.S. at the same time, and got to meet her, and those extraordinary memories are still fresh in my mind. This was 1967-68, the height of the Cold War between the world’s two superpowers. Russian dictator Stalin’s name…

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