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Singapore is getting even tougher on free speech and curtailing debate, says Human Rights Watch.

Singapore is increasingly using harsh laws to severely restrict freedom of speech and assembly, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday, urging authorities to let people publicly debate matters of national interest. A report from the New York-based rights group said that while the financial hub was an economic success, it was ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Virtual reality 360 film shows Rohingya's plight.

Rohingya refugees share harrowing stories in immersive documentary project by Al Jazeera and Amnesty International.

- Al Jazeera - QA

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017.

On Dec. 13, 1937, the Nanking Massacre began, during which Japanese troops killed between 40,000 and 300,000 Chinese civilians and soldiers.

- UPI - US

On This Day: Nanking Massacre begins.

On Dec. 13, 1937, the Nanking Massacre began, during which Japanese troops killed between 40,000 and 300,000 Chinese civilians and soldiers.

- UPI - US

News24.com | ICC: Failure to arrest Sudan's president undermines court.

The prosecutor of the ICC is accusing some of its members including Jordan, Uganda and Chad of undermining the tribunal's "reputation and credibility" by refusing to arrest Sudan's president who is accused of genocide in Darfur.

- News24.com - ZA

Uzbekistan stops systematic use of child labour in cotton harvesting, says ILO.

The International Labour Organization has announced that the systematic use of child labor in Uzbekistan's cotton harvest has come to an end over the past few years.

- AzerNews - AZ

ECHR orders Armenia to pay damages to Azerbaijani IDPs.

Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has made a new decision on Chiragov and Others v. Armenia' case, the court informed on December 12.

- AzerNews - AZ

China marks Nanking Massacre's 80th anniversary.

BEIJING — Chinese officials called for deeper ties with Japan on Wednesday as they marked the 80th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre involving Japanese soldiers.Chinese President Xi Jinping led a citywide minute of silence...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

China marks Nanjing Massacre anniversary but Xi silent.

BEIJING - China marked the 80th anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre on Wednesday with a call to work with Japan for peace, but President Xi Jinping kept a low profile and left the public remarks to another senior official.

- Reuters - US

US Mass Shootings Aren't More Frequent — But They Are Deadlier.

It can sometimes seem as though mass shootings are occurring more frequently. Researchers who have been studying such crimes for decades say they aren't, but they have been getting deadlier. In the five years since a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at a Connecticut elementary school, the nation has seen a number of ...

- Voice of America - US

China marks Nanking Massacre's 80th anniversary.

Chinese officials are calling for deeper ties with Japan on the 80th anniversary of the Nanking Massacre.

- FOX News - US

Burundi: Rights Defender Detained

– Authorities in Burundi have been holding a human rights activist since November 21, 2017, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should immediately release the activist, Nestor Nibitanga, or charge him with a credible offense. The police accused Nibitanga, via twitter, of threatening state security.' Expand ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

West Africa: G5 Sahel Force Should Prioritize Rights

Expand Malian soldiers, part of the five-nation G5 Sahel military force, patrol in central Mali in November 2017.  The 5,000-member force will comprise two battalions each from Mali and Niger and one each from Burkina Faso, Chad and Mauritania. © 2017 Getty Images – The G5 Sahel military force created to counter ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

China: Minority Region Collects DNA from Millions

Expand A mural in Xinjiang reads "Stability is a blessing, Instability is a calamity," Yarkand, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, China on September 20, 2012.  © 2012 Getty Images – Chinese authorities in Xinjiang are collecting DNA samples, fingerprints, iris scans, and blood types of all residents in the region ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Singapore: Laws Chill Free Speech, Assembly

The Singapore government's use of overly broad criminal laws, oppressive regulations, and civil lawsuits severely curtails freedom of speech and assembly, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. – The Singapore government's use of overly broad criminal laws, oppressive regulations, and civil lawsuits ...

- Human Rights Watch - US

Amnesty accuses EU of being complicit in Libya migrant abuse

Rights group criticises deals being made with Libyan coast guard

- Financial Times - US

Report: EU Complicit in Human Rights Abuses in Libya

Europe has been complicit in human rights abuses committed by Libyan authorities against refugees and migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean, Amnesty International said Tuesday. According to a report entitled "Libya's Dark Web of Collusion," the international watchdog said that European governments are "actively ...

- Voice of America - US

EU Pushes to Curb Africa Migration More, Still Split on Hosting Refugees

European Union leaders will discuss how to further curb immigration from across the Mediterranean over dinner on Thursday, but are as divided as ever on how to take care of refugees who still make it to Europe. Their chairman, Donald Tusk, proposed creating a new financing tool in the bloc’s next multi-year budget from ...

- Voice of America - US

He's been running for president in Mexico for more than a decade. He's floated amnesty for drug criminals. Could he win?

One of Mexico's most controversial and resilient political figures formalized his bid for the presidency Tuesday, vowing if elected to wean Mexico off U.S. agricultural imports, increase aid for students and the elderly and consider amnesty for drug war criminals. The announcement by leftist Andres...

- Los Angeles Times - US

China collecting DNA, biometrics from millions in Xinjiang: report

Authorities in China's far-west are collecting DNA samples, fingerprints, eye scans and blood types of millions of people aged 12 to 65, according to a new Human Rights Watch report.

- CNN Top Stories - US

North Korean Prisons Are Worse Than Nazi Concentration Camps, Says Holocaust Survivor

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's mistreatment of political prisoners is at least as egregious as that carried out in World War II concentration camps, according to a former international judge who survived Auschwitz.

- Yahoo! News - US

The grim reality of the brothels of Pompeii

Though their activities were depicted alluringly in murals, the sex workers of Pompeii were slaves who lived hard lives.

- The Conversation - UK

Amnesty condemns Iran death sentence for Swedish resident

Human rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday that Iran's courts had "run roughshod over the rule of law" by confirming the death sentence of an academic accused of espionage during nuclear talks with world powers.

- The Local - SE

Crimean Tatar activist abducted, then prosecuted as Russia continues terror tactics against Crimea Solidarity

Rustem Osmanov, an activist from the civic initiative Crimea Solidarity, was taken from his home by unidentified men without insignia on Monday morning.  In comparison with at least three activists who are facing huge sentences for showing solidarity with political prisoners in Russian-occupied Crimea and their families, ...

- KhPG.org.ua - ua

Withdraw EU GSP benefits to terror-supporting Pakistan: Italian Senate

, Dec.13 : The Italian Senate has placed a demand before the European Union and its Parliament to immediately suspend and or withdraw business opportunities offered to Pakistan under the European Union's Generalised System of Preferences because of its support to terror outfits operating from its soil and its poor human ...

- Sify - IN

ICC: Failure to arrest Sudan's president undermines court

The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court is accusing some of its members including Jordan, Uganda and Chad of undermining the tribunal's "reputation and credibility" by refusing to arrest Sudan's president who is accused of genocide in Darfur.

- FOX News - US

Mexico leftist front-runner doubles down on amnesty proposal

Mexican presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has doubled down on a controversial proposal to consider amnesty for criminals.

- FOX News - US

In rare visit, UN expert pleads with Venezuela

An independent expert for the U.N.'s top human rights body said Tuesday that he pleaded with Venezuela's government to release more than 20 people in custody and is optimistic other U.N. experts will be let in.

- FOX News - US

In wake of post-election protests in Honduras, UN chief urges authorities to respect rule of law

Secretary-General AntĂłnio Guterres today called on authorities in Honduras to uphold the rule of law and respect for human rights following the presidential election.

- UN - INT

THAAD tensions impede China passage for North Korean defectors: ex-US special envoy

Strained relations between Beijing and Seoul over the deployment of a US missile defence system have made it “more difficult” for North Korean refugees or defectors to pass through China before reaching South Korea, a former US special envoy said. Robert King, former US special envoy for North Korean human ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Kim and his ilk should be charged with crimes against humanity for North Korea gulag atrocities: jurists

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and other officials should be prosecuted for crimes against humanity committed in the authoritarian nation's camps for political prisoners, ...

- The Japan Times - JP

Ukraine conflict 'never really stopped', warns UN rights wing

Source: UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights Country: Ukraine Armed hostilities are on the rise again with more deaths and new damages to critical water infrastructure storing dangerous chemicals - posing a grave threat to human life and the environment. Ukraine: Unbearable burden on 4.4 million people as ...

- ReliefWeb - INT

Europe Actively Supports Migrant Abuse and Exploitation: Amnesty

Amnesty International said Europe is "knowingly complicit" in migrant abuse in Libya The group said the Libyan Coast Guard, detention authorities, and smugglers are responsible Last month it was revealed migrants are being sold into slavery Nearly 420,000 migrants from 38 nationalities are trapped in Libya © Copyright ...

- Albawaba - UK

'Sassy Breaks her Silence': Horse Twitter not impressed with Roy Moore

Give this much to Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore: he knows how to wrassle up controversy—even on election day. Alabamians headed to the polls on Tuesday to send either Moore—an alleged molester of teenage girls who thinks America was at its best when slavery was legal—or Doug Jones—a Democrat...

- The Raw Story - US

OHCHR reports 544 conflict-related civilian casualties in Donbas since Jan 1

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has reported 544 conflict-related civilian casualties in Donbas from January 1 to November 15, according to the Office's update on the human rights situation in Ukraine.

- UNIAN - UA

China marks 80th anniversary of Nanjing massacre

Says Japanese military killed 300,000 civilians in a frenzy of murder, torture, rape, arson and looting The post China marks 80th anniversary of Nanjing massacre appeared first on The Express Tribune.

- The Express Tribune - PK

Amnesty International: Iran Upholds Death Sentence For Academic

Amnesty International says Iran's Supreme Court has upheld a death sentence against an Iranian-Swedish academic who has been convicted of espionage.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Is the EU complicit in refugee abuse in Libya?

Amnesty international says the EU is complicit in the abuse of refugees in Libya.

- Al Jazeera - QA

UN Urges Greater Cooperation from Ecuador & Venezuela

GENEVA – Progress in the social sector in Venezuela and Ecuador, consistent with the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, should be more generally known and recognized, a UN human rights expert has said.

- Scoop NZ - NZ

Mexico leftist front-runner doubles down on amnesty proposal

MEXICO CITY — Presidential hopeful Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador doubled down Tuesday on his controversial proposal to consider amnesty for criminals as he registered to seek the leftist Morena party's nomination for Mexico's July...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

Woman traumatised after boyfriend tortured her, made her walk naked down New York street

A woman who was forced to walk naked down a street in Harlem in the middle of winter while being filmed by her jealous ex-boyfriend burst into tears on the stand on Monday as jurors watched the footage in shock."He grabbed my neck,...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

In rare visit, UN expert pleads with Venezuela

GENEVA — An independent expert for the U.N.'s top human rights body said Tuesday that he pleaded with Venezuela's government to release more than 20 people in custody and is optimistic other U.N. experts will be let in.Alfred...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ

EU governments complicit in migrant torture in Libya, says Amnesty

The EU says its work to help migrants has actually made the situation better, not worse.

- BBC - UK

Turkish prisons overflow with political prisoners

At least 50,000 people have been jailed in Turkey since the 2016 coup attempt and there are plans to build 228 new prisons over the next five years to make room for more.

- Al-Monitor - EG

Wartime sex slaves still emerging in China, but some will take secret to the grave

In the 12 months leading up to Wednesday’s 80th anniversary of the start of the Nanking massacre, a researcher in the city discovered two previously unknown Chinese survivors of forced sexual slavery organised by the Japanese military. Liu Guangjian, from the Memorial Hall for Victims in Nanjing Massacre by Japanese ...

- South China Morning Post - HK

Amnesty: EU, others 'know perfectly well' about Libya's collusion with people smugglers

DW spoke with John Dalhuisen, Amnesty's director for Europe and Central Asia, about the allegations that the EU has been complicit in the abuse of migrants in Libya.

- Deutsche Welle - DE

UNIAN: UN human rights mission concerned about `death penalties` in Donbas

Head of the UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine Fiona Frazer says the Mission is concerned about the practice of death penalties in the separatist-controlled areas of Donbas, according to an UNIAN correspondent. The post UNIAN: UN human rights mission concerned about `death penalties` in Donbas appeared first on ...

- Kyiv Post - UA

UN probes abuses in Iraqi town where troops fought Kurds

The U.N. mission to Iraq says it is investigating allegations of human rights abuses in a disputed Iraqi town where federal forces clashed with Kurdish fighters in October.

- The Daily Star - LB

UN Says Fighting Fuels 'Dire' Situation In Eastern Ukraine As Winter Sets In

The United Nations says daily cease-fire violations in eastern Ukraine have led to more civilian deaths and "further aggravated a dire human rights and humanitarian situation" as temperatures drop.

- Radio Free Europe - US

Amnesty condemns death sentence for Iran academic

Iran refuses to grant fair trial to professor at Swedish university sentenced to death for allegedly spying for the Mossad.

- Arutz Sheva - IL

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