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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 10.05.2024

Neom: Saudi forces 'told to kill' to clear land for eco-city

Saudi authorities have permitted the use of lethal force to clear land for a futuristic desert city being built by dozens of Western companies, an ex-intelligence officer has told the BBC. Col Rabih Alenezi says he was ordered to evict villagers from a tribe in the Gulf state to make way for The Line, part of the Neom eco-project. One of them was subsequently shot and killed for protesting against eviction. The Saudi government and Neom management refused to comment.

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Taipei plays host to celebration of Human Rights Press Awards for Asia

The Human Rights Press Awards for Asia yesterday hosted its annual ceremony in Taiwan for the first time, celebrating journalism and human rights in a nation ranked best in Asia for press freedom. Taiwan boasts freedom of the press and has become an important hub for international media, being home to 176 correspondents from 86 media outlets from 22 countries as of last month, President Tsai Ing-wen said at the event in Taipei.

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Worker rights are one of the least protected human rights, new research reveals

Worker rights are among the least protected human rights in the world, according to new research from faculty at Binghamton University, State University of New York. The findings are part of a new report published by the CIRIGHTS Data Project, the largest human rights dataset in the world. Since 1981, the project has ranked countries around the world on their respect for human rights, providing an annual "report card" on 25 internationally recognized human rights. The project is co-led by Binghamton University Professor of Political Science David Cingranelli.

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Human Rights Defenders launch Online Case Management System to ease reporting of violations against them

The National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders Uganda (NCHRD-U) on Thursday launched its Online Human Rights Defenders – HRD Referral Network and Case Management System, designed to enhance support and protection mechanisms for human rights defenders (HRDs) across the nation. This, according to them is geared by increasing challenges faced by HRDs, ranging from threats to physical safety to legal hurdles.

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Europe’s Forgotten Children

Despite improvement in the past two decades, Roma children and adolescents living in Europe continue to be denied full access to their rights – a violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Successful efforts to improve Roma children’s access to health and education services have not been widely adopted, and governments have been slow to address the structural and systemic barriers that prevent Roma children from realizing their rights. As a result, progress for Roma children over the last 20 years has been slow, sporadic and insufficient.

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Nigerian Journalist’s Detention Threatens Press Freedom

Journalists and human rights activists in Nigeria are protesting the arrest and detention of Daniel Ojukwu, a reporter at the Foundation for Investigative Journalism, who went missing in Lagos on May 1. He was later discovered to be in police custody, accused of violating Nigeria’s cybercrimes law. The authorities have since moved Ojukwu between various police units, including the National Cyber Crimes Center and the Force Criminal Investigations Department in Abuja, the nation’s capital.

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US asylum policy violates international human rights and refugee law: Amnesty International

The mandatory use of CBP One to seek asylum in the United States violates the United States’ and Mexico’s international human rights and refugee law obligations, according to a report published by Amnesty International on Thursday. The rights group found that CBP One, a mobile application designed to process individuals seeking asylum, cannot be the exclusive manner of entry into the US to seek international protection.

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