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Pakistan condemns human rights violations by Indian forces in IOK

Pakistan strongly condemns the continuing use of brutal and indiscriminate force by the Indian occupation forces resulted in the martyrdom of 14 Kashmiris in different districts in the Indian Occupied Kashmir since Saturday this week. In a statement on Tuesday, the Foreign Office Spokesperson said that Kashmiri youth have been the deliberate target of this…

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US turns sanctions screw on Russia, blacklists Chechnya’s Kadyrov

The US blacklisted Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov for human rights violations including killings and torture of people seeking to expose government wrongdoing, and also sanctioned a prison warden who allegedly oversaw torture of gay men this year. PHOTO: AFP NEWS DESK: The United States slapped sanctions on Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov on Wednesday, accusing Russian…

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After almost a week, Myanmar authorities silent on whereabouts of detained Reuters journalists

Reuters journalists Wa Lone (L) and Kyaw Soe Oo, who are based in Myanmar, pose for a picture at the Reuters office in Yangon, Myanmar December 11, 2017. REUTERS/Antoni Slodkowski YANGON: As two Reuters journalists neared the end of a week in detention in Myanmar on Tuesday, there was no word on where they were…

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Pope says his defense of Rohingya got through in Myanmar

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE: Pope Francis on Saturday defended his strategy of avoiding the term “Rohingya” in Myanmar, saying he believed he got his message across to both the civilian and military leadership without shutting down dialogue, reported Reuters. Speaking to reporters aboard the plane returning to Rome from Bangladesh, the pontiff also indicated that…

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U.N. warns if no Yemen aid access, world will see largest famine in decades

UNITED NATIONS: United Nations aid chief Mark Lowcock warned on Wednesday that if a Saudi-led military coalition did not allow humanitarian aid access to Yemen then it would cause “the largest famine the world has seen for many decades with millions of victims”, reported Reuters. The Saudi-led military coalition fighting the Houthi movement in neighboring Yemen…

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CIA says mistakenly ‘shredded’ Senate torture report then did not

WASHINGTON: The Central Intelligence Agency thought for months that it had mistakenly shredded a massive U.S. Senate report on its use of waterboarding and other “enhanced interrogation techniques” before suddenly discovering that its copy had not been lost after all, an agency official said on Tuesday, reported Reuters. “It’s embarrassing and I have apologized,” Christopher…

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Celebrities protest as Guantanamo Bay prisoners on hunger strike ‘being left at death’s door’

NEWS DESK: ​Celebrities are fasting in support of Guantanamo Bay prisoners who are being “left at death’s door” by a new Trump administration policy towards protesting detainees, reported The Independent. Since the camp was established on the US naval base on Cuba, prisoners have protested both their treatment and incarceration by launching hunger strikes. Under…

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Rohingya mother says Burmese soldiers threw her baby into fire, gang-raped her later

NEWS DESK: ​Hundreds of women stood in the river, held at gunpoint, ordered not to move. A pack of soldiers stepped toward a petite young woman with light brown eyes and delicate cheekbones. Her name was Rajuma, and she was standing chest-high in the water, clutching her baby son, while her village in Burma burned…

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Saudis threaten fallout if Yemen probe passes

NEWS DESK: Saudi Arabia has threatened other countries over a proposed resolution at the U.N.’s main human rights body, saying if they send international, independent investigators to war-torn Yemen that could “negatively affect” trade and diplomatic ties with the wealthy kingdom, a Saudi letter obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press shows. Two competing resolutions — one…

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Pakistan calls upon UN to address human rights violations in occupied Kashmir

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has urged the United Nations to address the deteriorating situation in occupied Kashmir. In a meeting of OIC Ambassadors with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi said the escalating tension in the occupied valley can destabilize South Asia. She called for a peaceful…

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NCHR received 518 complaints of human rights violations

ISLAMABAD: National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR) received 518 complaints of human rights violations throughout the country since its inception in December 2015. The commission got 501 complains last year while 17 complains are registered this year including 89 suo moto cases to protect rights of the people and ensure safe environment for civilians. The…

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Pakistan summons Indian Deputy HC to protest ceasefire violations

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Tuesday summoned the Deputy High Commissioner of India to register its protest and strong condemnation over the unprovoked ceasefire violations by the Indian forces on the Line of Control on November 7, that resulted into martyrdom of three civilians.    “The Director General (SA & SAARC), Dr. Mohammad Faisal, summoned the Indian…

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Pakistan urges UK to press India to stop HR violations in occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Sunday urged Britain to press India to stop its human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. Talking to British National Security Adviser Sir Mark Lyall Grant in Islamabad on Sunday, Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Foreign Affairs Tariq Fatemi said it is incumbent on Britain to ask India to enter into a sustained dialogue…

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Pakistan police system enables, encourages human rights violation

The Pakistani government should overhaul its police system that enables and even encourages serious human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Successive Pakistani governments have for decades failed to reform an under-resourced and under-equipped police force or hold abusive police to account. “Pakistan faces grave security challenges that can be…

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OIC decries human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir

ISLAMABAD: Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Secretary General Iyad Ameen Madani on Saturday voiced serious concern over the ongoing gross human rights violations and unabated carnage in the Indian occupied Kashmir and renewed pledge to resolve the issue through peaceful means. Addressing a joint press stake-out along with Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, he…

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