„We cannot yield to the people who want to turn back time,“ says Markus Beeko, general secretary of Amnesty International in Germany. Despite manifold challenges, he says he has not given up on securing human rights for all.
From Syria to Yemen and the US, the UN human rights body has delivered a scathing annual report on violations and threats to rights around the globe. Syria and Myanmar have some of the worst conditions.
UN chief Antonio Guterres has told the UN Human Rights Council (OHCHR) that populism and extremism are 'perverse' trends, like a disease aimed at minorities. The Geneva assembly will focus on Syria, Myanmar and Burundi.
Bulgaria's parliament has voted to ban the wearing of face-covering veils in public after similar measures were adopted in some western European countries. Human rights groups have called the move racist and xenophobic.
Egypt is becoming a key transit country for refugees wanting to travel across the Mediterranean. Even more Egyptians seem to be leaving their country. Now the EU is planning a refugee agreement with Cairo.
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