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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 19.04.2024

Human rights activists call for prudent use of climate funds

The activists also want the county government to avail relevant information, including publishing critical budget documents on the official county website, such as implementation reports and final supplementary budgets. Speaking in Kisumu, Mike Joseph of Sustainable Environmental Developmental Watch Kenya (SuSwatch) said there is a need to implement prioritised projects as outlined in the Participatory Climate Risk Assessment (PCRA) and Kisumu County Climate Action Plan (CCAP) documents, which highlight the community’s climate change adaptation priorities.

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Russia: Illegal transfer of Oleg Orlov to a remote detention center

The Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders, a partnership of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) and the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), has received new information and requests your urgent intervention in the following situation in the Russian Federation. The Observatory has been informed about the illegal transfer to another region of arbitrarily detained human rights defender Oleg Orlov, co-chair of Memorial Human Rights Defence Center (HRDC "Memorial"), a member organisation of FIDH.

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Dutch parliament links customs union talks with Turkey to human rights rulings

The Dutch parliament has linked the modernisation of the customs union with Turkey to human rights concerns, specifically calling for the implementation of European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) decisions mandating the immediate release of Osman Kavala and Selahattin Demirtaş. The resolution, adopted following a proposal by Kati Piri, former EU-Turkey rapporteur, and Isa Kahraman, a member of the Dutch Parliament representing the Nieuw Sociaal Contract (New Social Contract) party, advocates for the release of the two detained figures as a non-negotiable condition for further discussions on the customs union at the EU level.

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When courts undermine the rule of law

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) last week found Switzerland in violation of human rights in a ruling for “KlimaSeniorinnen,” a group of elderly Swiss women concerned about the climate. The plaintiffs claimed that every individual is owed protection from the state against the damaging consequences of climate change to their health, well-being and quality of life. Considering the government’s measures to mitigate climate change to be insufficient, they argued that Switzerland was violating their rights.

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UK Supreme Court rules trade union laws breach human rights

The UK Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that part of the UK’s trade union laws are incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR). Section 146 of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (TULRCA) was held to breach Article 11 of the ECHR, which guarantees the right to freedom of assembly and association.

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Russia Labels 3 More Human Rights Groups 'Undesirable'

Russia has banned the Boris Nemtsov Foundation for Freedom, the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom and Ukraine's Center for Civil Liberties as “undesirable” organizations, the Justice Ministry said on Wednesday. Organizations labeled “undesirable” must cease all operations inside Russia, and it is illegal for individuals and media outlets in Russia to republish or share their content. The Center for Civil Liberties was founded in 2007 to promote human rights, democracy and solidarity in Ukraine. Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the group has worked to investigate suspected Russian war crimes against Ukraine’s citizens.

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UN leaders call for more action to end racism and discrimination

UN Secretary-General António Guterres celebrated the achievements and contributions of people of African descent from across the world, while addressing the forum via video message, but also acknowledged existing racial discrimination and inequalities Black people continue to face. He said the establishment of the Permanent Forum shows a dedication from the international community to address these injustices. Still, it needs to be backed by significant change for people of African descent globally.

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