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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 08.03.2024

“We don’t need saving, we just need the space” Why don’t they seem to care?

“Without women at the tables of power, there can be no peace. No justice. No democracy. Without women — in all their diversity — there is absolutely no progress at all,” said UN Human Rights Chief, Volker Türk, on the occasion of International Women’s Day. On 8 March 2024, UN Human Rights will honour and support the work of women human rights defenders, peacebuilders and feminist movements around the world in conflict settings.

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UN Rapporteur to launch mandate’s first-ever report on child and youth human rights defenders

A new UN report setting out strategies to better protect child and young human rights defenders is a major step forward for activists across the world, said Amnesty International ahead of the launch of the document. The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Mary Lawlor, will present her new report “We are not just the future”: challenges faced by child and youth human rights defenders”, to the 55th Session of the Human Rights Council on 12 March 2024.

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Human rights situation in Belarus. February 2024

The human rights situation in Belarus remains critical. The regime continues to repress political opponents and dissidents. The authorities attempt to create an illusion of civil accord and popular support for their policies. In 2023, over 1,300 criminal cases with political charge were sent to court. Since the fall of 2020, human rights defenders have registered 4,690 politically motivated convictions.

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Looking tough on migration is eroding human rights

Europe’s insistence on looking tough on migration is endangering rule of law across the Continent. Pursuing ever more stringent asylum and migration policies, European countries are not only perpetuating human rights violations against asylum seekers and migrants; they are also dismantling collective human rights safeguards, as well as eroding wider legal and democratic checks and balances that protect all our rights.

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Conflict Spillovers Causing Surge of Human Rights Violations, UN Rights Chief Warns

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk warns the potential spillover of dozens of conflicts around the world is threatening global peace and causing human rights violations to surge in all regions. Türk, who presented an update about the situation of human rights around the world at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva Monday, painted a frightening picture of a world where proliferating conflicts are devastating the lives of millions of civilians.

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Haiti: Turk says situation “untenable”, urges swift and decisive action

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk today urged the international community to act swiftly and decisively to prevent Haiti's further descent into chaos. Last weekend’s mass prison breakout has been described by Haitian officials as a lethal threat to national security, Türk said. More than 4,500 inmates are now known to have escaped, among them prominent gang members as well as those arrested in connection with the assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.

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“A Sense of Terror Stronger than a Bullet” The Closing of North Korea 2018–2023

Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in early 2020 until present, the government of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), or North Korea, has sealed the country’s borders using expanded fences, guard posts, strict enforcement, and new rules, including a standing order for border guards to “shoot on sight.” The crackdown, combined with the effects of trade restrictions China and North Korea imposed between 2017 and 2023, has effectively closed off North Korea from the rest of the world and stopped almost all cross-border movement of people, formal and informal commercial trade, and humanitarian aid.

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