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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 15.03.2024

What can still be done about widespread human rights abuses in North Korea

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the U.N.’s groundbreaking investigation on North Korean human rights, which found that the scale of abuses in the DPRK “reveal a State that does not have any parallel in the contemporary world.” Yet a decade after the Commission of Inquiry (COI) report was published, little has changed. Human Rights Watch just last week described North Korea as “one of the most repressive countries in the world” in a new report, a line that might have been plucked out of any number of human rights investigations over the years.

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Egypt criticised for amnesty given to Daesh militants, while political prisoners languish in jail

The Egyptian government has been criticised by rights groups for guaranteeing “questionable” and lenient amnesty deals for Daesh militants, in stark contrast to the persecution of political prisoners and peaceful dissidents in the country. In a report by the Sinai Foundation for Human Rights (SFHR) and Human Rights Watch (HRW), the groups raised concerns over Egypt’s decision to grant amnesty to members of Wilayat Sina (Sinai Province) – an affiliate of Daesh in the region – in exchange for laying down their arms and surrendering to the army.

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World's Largest Drone Maker Expands in US Amid Rights Abuse Allegations

Chinese drone maker DJI is expanding in the U.S. with its first flagship store in New York City amid allegations of links to human rights abuses and ties to China’s military. DJI’s “first concept” North American store on New York’s Fifth Avenue welcomes customers into a futuristic, minimalist space to shop. The company describes itself on its website as “the world's leader in civil drones and creative camera technology.”

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"Armenia must not refrain from filing lawsuits against Azerbaijan."

“Should the parties sign a peace agreement, why should they continue their legal battles against each other?” stated Nikol Pashinyan recently, referring to the possible withdrawal of complaints filed by Armenia and Azerbaijan against each other in international courts. The head of the NGO “Protection of Rights Without Borders,” Araks Melkonyan, believes that the term “legal wars” is not only inappropriate but also illogical. She finds the discussion on the possibility of abandoning claims in international courts alarming and even dangerous.

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The Vicious Cycle of Women’s Rights Violations in Afghanistan and the Need for Accountability

The enduring impact of prolonged conflict has severely strained the social, political, and economic fabrics of Afghanistan. Among the least documented yet most distressing aspects is the plight of Afghan women historically. Despite the historical variations of ruling ideologies there has been one common ground: Violations of women’s rights with full impunity, and their continuous suffering.

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Baloch human rights activists urge UNHRC to intervene in deteriorating rights violations in Balochistan

A Baloch Human Rights Council (BHRC) delegation, during the 55th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), submitted a memorandum highlighting the deteriorating human rights situation in Balochistan and urging the international organisation to intervene. The delegation, headed by its general secretary, Qambar Malik, submitted the memorandum to the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. The memorandum emphasised the immediate need for UN intervention to investigate the atrocities committed by Pakistan in Balochistan.

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U.S. lawmakers present a new resolution condemning China's human rights violations in Tibet

U.S. Representatives James P. McGovern and Young Kim unveiled a novel Congressional resolution on March 11, 2024, championing the protracted plight of the people of Tibet, whose fundamental human rights face incessant jeopardy at the hands of the government of China. The resolution commemorates the 65th anniversary of Uprising Day of Tibet, observed on March 10, 1959, and denounces the egregious human rights violations entwined with a pernicious hydroelectric dam initiative in Dege County, eastern Tibet.

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