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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 12.04.2024

Human-rights activist Vladimir Kara-Murza marks 2 years in Russian jail

Kremlin critic and human-rights activist Vladimir Kara-Murza Thursday marked two years in what the U.S. State Department says is unjust detention. The United States considers his sentence spurious and politically motivated. "His unjust conviction, egregious 25-year sentence, and continued imprisonment demonstrate the Kremlin's determination to silence dissent, punish critics, and suppress fundamental freedoms," the State Department said in a statement on Thursday.

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Human Rights groups file UN complaint over French police racial profiling

Rights watchdogs including Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International said on Thursday, April 11, that they were seeking UN help to end racial profiling by the French police, they said. HRW and Amnesty International France, as well as three other French groups, have lodged a complaint with the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Evidence and testimonies from victims and police show that in France "racial profiling particularly targets black and Arab young men and boys, or those perceived as such, including children as young as 10," HRW said.

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UN agencies' reports on Vietnam's human rights 'unjustified'

Vietnam on Thursday said human rights reports by U.N. agencies in the country have contained false, unjustified information and unfair assessment. "Despite the full representation of U.N. agencies in Vietnam and their long-term and comprehensive cooperation with Vietnam, the reports by U.N. agencies in Vietnam per the 4th Universal Periodic Review (UPR) cycle have included false and unjustified information and many lies and unfair assessment..." deputy spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Doan Khac Viet said at a press meet.

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Thailand: Halt Forced Returns to Myanmar

The Thai government’s decision not to forcibly return 19 children to Myanmar should be expanded to include all refugees from Myanmar, Human Rights Watch said today. On March 12, 2024, officials from Thai immigration and the Ministry of Social Development and Human Security took 19 Myanmar children, ages 5 to 17, from Wat Sawang Arom School in Lopburi province in central Thailand and brought them without their parents to the border in Chiang Rai province prior to repatriating them to Myanmar. Thai members of parliament, human rights groups, and the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand strongly criticized the planned return.

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Human rights organisation condemns enforced disappearances of Baloch youth, calls on authorities to investigate immediately

The human rights department of the Baloch National Movement condemned another case of enforced disappearance from the Khuzdar district of Balochistan on Wednesday. Paank, the Baloch National Movement's Human Rights Department, posted on X, condemning the disappearance of Muzammil Baloch, a resident of Khuzdar, who was disappeared on April 8 by Pakistani forces. "We strongly condemn the disappearance of Muzammil Baloch, son of Muhammad Afzal Mengal, a resident of Khuzdar. His disappearance on April 8th at 11 a.m. from the city of Khuzdar by Pakistani forces is deeply concerning.

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The EU’s new migration and asylum pact hollows out the right to asylum

“Every day, brutal human rights violations occur at Europe’s borders. The EU’s new migration pact will worsen this situation and significantly increase migrants’ and asylum seekers’ suffering. People will be prevented from seeking and receiving protection from war and persecution,” says Martin Nyman, senior legal advisor at Civil Rights Defenders. The Pact negotiations began in 2015 as a response to more than a million asylum seekers arriving in Europe fleeing war and persecution, primarily from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, and Eritrea.

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Cambodia’s relocation of people from UNESCO site raises concerns

It’s been more than a year since Yem Srey Pin moved with her family from the village where she was born on Cambodia’s Angkor UNESCO World Heritage site to Run Ta Ek, a dusty new settlement about 25 kilometers (15 miles) away. A tattered Cambodian flag flaps gently in the scorching midday sun on her corner lot, its depiction of the Angkor Wat temple barely still visible, while her brother scoops water from a clay cistern onto a neighbor’s cow that he tends during the day. Hers is one of about 5,000 families relocated from the sprawling archaeological site, one of Southeast

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