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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 01.03.2024

Student activists disrupt open day ad campaigns to demand end to universities ‘funding human rights abuses’

Ahead of university open days, bus-stop sized posters resembling open day adverts were placed by activists across multiple university towns including Brighton, Sussex, Oxford, Nottingham, and London calling for universities to divest from an “abuse-ridden border industry.” The posters draw attention to the hypocrisy of institutions aiming to attract international students while investing in companies such as Accenture, British Airways, Amazon, and Mitie who profit from the mass surveillance, detention, and deportation of asylum seekers, refugees, and other migrating people.

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Fake Uyghurs v. Genuine Uyghurs in The Hague: What Exactly Happened

As the Chinese government’s economic strength grows, making it the world’s second-largest economy, propaganda cultural events are increasingly held in important places around the world. Those who oppose them and protest are hindered, intimidated, and threatened. Readers of “Bitter Winter” may remember me as the “lonely Uyghur” protesting in Dam Square in Amsterdam but now I have gathered some friends.

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UN Expert Demands Action Against Rising Human Rights Violations in Afghanistan

The human rights situation in Afghanistan has significantly deteriorated, causing widespread suffering and injustice, according to a UN expert. Richard Bennett, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Afghanistan, emphasized the urgent need for both the Taliban and the international community to intervene. Women and girls are being systematically erased from public life, and the regime's use of violence and fear to control the population is rampant.

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Prosecuting entrepreneur for alleged sanctions violations is against international law and human rights, UN expert warns: Germany

A UN expert today urged the German Government to drop charges against German entrepreneur, Alena Bekker, arguing that the EU’s unilateral sanctions and means of enforcing them are contrary to human rights standards. “I maintain the principled position on the illegality of unilateral coercive measures and means of their enforcement..” said Alena Douhan, the Special Rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures.

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Xinjiang Abuses Show Need for Robust EU Forced Labor Law

Over the past year, Human Rights Watch has investigated forced labor in Xinjiang, a region in northwestern China where Chinese government labor transfer programs coerce Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims away from their homes and into jobs in factories and warehouses. Uncovering the products and materials linked to forced labor, from the aluminum in cars to the polysilicon in solar panels, that enter undetected into global supply chains is extremely challenging.

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Rising trend of violating freedom of expression and political rights, UN Human Rights Committee finds

The UN Human Rights Committee found that the number of individual complaints brought before them has reached an all-time high, with increasing patterns of violations of freedom of expression and political rights. The Committee anticipated a further surge in such cases this year, the biggest election year in history. There are currently 1,321 individual complaints under the Committee’s consideration, with 268 new cases registered in 2023, a steady increase in the last five years.

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Shape History teams up with Amnesty International to highlight human rights

Together, Shape History and Amnesty International UK have produced a new campaign to highlight the threat to human rights in the UK. Imitating a trailer for a drama series, the 2 minute hero video explores just some of the human rights that are currently being eroded in the UK. The film, titled ‘Before Our Eyes’, stars Olivia Colman and Adrian Lester. The two award-winning actors take part in a narrative which conveys many people’s lived experiences. Namely, the film portrays a deterioration in access to safe housing, healthcare, and an adequate standard of living. As it points out at the end, ‘these are basic human rights’.

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