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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.




Released on 05.07.2024







Qatar Risks Backsliding on Critical Labor Reforms


In a recent meeting, Qatar’s advisory Shura Council proposed the government adopt measures that would require domestic workers to obtain their employer’s permission before being allowed to leave the country. Workers would have to submit their leave or departure requests through the Ministry of Interior’s “Metrash” online portal at least five days ahead of their proposed date of departure. They would be allowed to appeal if their employer did not approve their request.


Read more: hrw.org



Rights Watchdog Urges Argentina to Respect Freedom to Protest


The Americas' top human rights agency on Thursday urged Argentine authorities to respect people's freedom of assembly, after reports that police used excessive force against peaceful protesters and journalists. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)'s statement comes after June 12 demonstrations outside Argentina's Congress opposing a contentious reform bill linked to libertarian President Javier Milei's economic reforms.


Read more: usnews.com



Council of European committee fails to refer to National Human Rights Institutions' reports - Azerbaijani ombudsperson


One disturbing issue is that the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) does not include reports from the national human rights institutions, Commissioner for Human Rights (Ombudsperson) of Azerbaijan Sabina Aliyeva told Trend. She emphasized that the ombudsman's primary focus includes safeguarding rights and freedoms enshrined in national legislation and international treaties, preventing torture and ill-treatment, and ensuring the right to protection of honor and dignity.


Read more: en.trend.az



UN chief urges inclusive government in Afghanistan that respects human rights


In less than three years after seizing power, Taliban has imposed various restrictions on the rights and freedoms of women and girls in Afghanistan. Moreover, based on a research by Middle East Institute, at least 90 percent of Taliban leadership is made of people from one ethnic group and there is no woman in their cabinet. “We need peace in Afghanistan, and an inclusive government that respects human rights and is integrated into the international community,” Guterres reiterated.


Read more: amu.tv



Adoption of the Outcome of the Universal Periodic Review of Saudi Arabia


As the Council meets to adopt the Universal Periodic Review of Saudi Arabia, authorities in the country continue to commit widespread violations of basic human rights within and beyond its borders. Reforms remain inadequate and the government’s ongoing and historic repression of independent civil society and critical voices impedes progress.


Read more: hrw.org



Abuse of migration-related detention in punitive conditions deprives people of liberty and dignity


In Italy, migrants and people seeking asylum are being unlawfully deprived of their liberty in detention centres that fall below international standards, Amnesty International said today in its new public statement, “Liberty and Dignity: Amnesty International’s observations on the administrative detention of migrant and asylum-seeking people in Italy.’


Read more: amnesty.org



Human Rights NGOs urge Austria to investigate sexual crimes by Russia military in Ukraine


The Clooney Foundation for Justice (CFJ), an organisation led by human rights lawyer Amal Clooney, and Centre for the Enforcement of Human Rights International (CEHRI), a non-profit organisation that advocates for liability for international crimes, filed a case in Austria calling for investigations into sexual violence and murder in Ukraine by Russian soldiers on Monday.


Read more: jurist.org







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