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Germany beat Turkey for right to host Euro 2024

Politics and respect for human rights in Turkey emerged as key themes in the campaign

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Facebook definition of ‘terrorism’ helps states mute dissent: UN expert

Use of broad definitions as the basis for the use of Facebook may lead to discriminatory implementation

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The status quo, multidimensional poverty, and child labor

Out of the 218 million children employed into the workforce worldwide, 62.1 million of the child labor takes place in Asia and Pacific, meaning that in prevalence, 1 in every 14 children is a victim of child labor in Asia and Pacific. The International Labor Organization coins the term “child labour” as work that deprives…

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Russia pursues Jehovah’s Witnesses as ‘extremists’

Jehovah’s Witnesses are a Christian denomination that originated in the United States in the late 19th century

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Chinese democracy activist sentenced to 13 years for ‘subversion’

The veteran activist was last convicted and sentenced to prison in late 1998 after he and other activists sought to officially register the China Democracy Party

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Amnesty calls US policy separating children from parents ‘torture’

The sickening images of children cruelly separated from their parents and held in cages as a result of United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ policy of ‘zero-tolerance’ will leave an indelible stain on the reputation of the USA, said Amnesty International. “This is a spectacularly cruel policy, where frightened children are being ripped from their…

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U.S. withdraws from United Nations human rights body

The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday accusing it of a “chronic bias against Israel,” a move that activists warned would make advancing human rights globally even more difficult. Standing with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Haley slammed Russia, China, Cuba and Egypt for thwarting U.S. efforts to…

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Sara Taseer tweets slideshow of Salmaan Taseer on 74th birth anniversary

Sara Taseer tweeted a slideshow of her father, the late Salmaan Taseer, who would have been 74 years today (Thursday). Mr Taseer was the governor of Punjab when his bodyguard, Mumtaz Qadri, assassinated him for his vocal stance on the blasphemy law. On January 4, 2011, Qadri shot Mr Taseer 27 times at Kohsar Market…

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In what capacity Chaudhry Nisar abolished prisoner exchange pacts: CJP

ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar has ordered the government to bring back within one month all Pakistanis who are languishing in jails in foreign countries. “In what capacity had the former interior minister Chaudhry Nisar abolished prisoner exchange agreements with other countries,” the CJ remarked while hearing a case regarding imprisonment of Pakistani…

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Facebook unveils appeal process for when it removes posts

Facebook said Tuesday it will give users the right to appeal decisions if the social network decides to remove photos, videos or written posts deemed to violate community standards. Plans to roll out an appeals process globally in coming months came as Facebook provided a first-ever look at internal standards used to decide what posts…

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Armed men ‘raid’ HRCP editor’s house after annual report published

LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has condemned the “burglary-style” raid on the house of the editor of its recently released annual State of Human Rights report. In a press statement released on April 20, Friday, the HRCP said two armed men broke into the house of its editor Maryam Hasan on April 19 and…

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Syria shelling puts aid delivery in Ghouta at risk; death toll hits 940

Douma, Syria: Fresh shelling of Eastern Ghouta endangered a vital aid delivery on Friday, nearly three weeks into a blistering Syrian regime offensive that has seized more than half of the rebel enclave. More than 940 civilians have been killed since Russia-backed government forces launched an assault on the last opposition bastion near Damascus on…

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Civilian suffering worse than ever in 7-year Syria war: UN

Beirut, Lebanon: The living conditions of civilians inside Syria are worse than ever, UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said Friday, with the conflict set to enter its eighth year. “The conditions faced by civilians inside Syria are worse than ever, with 69 percent languishing in extreme poverty,” Grandi said during a visit to Lebanon….

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Russians are more reliable allies than Americans!

By Jawad Akram There was a time from 1945-91, when the World was divided into two blocs, one bloc was of United States (US) – Western Bloc, and the other was of Soviet Union (USSR) – Eastern Bloc. Both blocs had their own allies worldwide, and they fought a long Cold War. At the end…

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77 dead as Syria enclave pounded ahead of expected ground assault

HAMMURIYREH: Heavy Syrian bombardment killed at least 77 civilians in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta on Monday, a war monitor said, as regime forces appeared to prepare for an imminent ground assault. The escalation came as pro-government forces were also expected to enter the northern Kurdish-controlled enclave of Afrin, to take a stand against a month-old Turkish…

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Senate pays tribute to late Asma Jahangir

ISLAMABAD: Senators on Tuesday eulogized the services rendered by late Asma Jahangir for restoration of democracy, judiciary and human rights and said she would be remembered forever for her great efforts against dictators. They were of the views that she never compromised on principles and stood firmly against un-democratic forces and dictators. The vacuum created…

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Asma Jahangir demise: Pakistan mourns loss of its human rights champion

NEWS DESK: Pakistan went into mourning as eminent lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jahangir breathed her last on Sunday. She was admitted to a private hospital last night over cardiac problem, where she breathed her last. She was 66. According to reports, she had been suffering from cancer and remained under treatment for years….

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“Are you so scared of educated people now?”

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: Are you so scared of educated people now? Classical dancer and human rights activist Sheema Kermani asked this question while addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on the mysterious death of philosopher Prof Dr Hasan Zafar Arif. Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), headed by Asad Iqbal Butt,…

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Funeral prayer of Kasur firing victims offered

KASUR: The funeral prayer for the eternal peace of the people who were killed in yesterday’s straight fire by police in Kasur, have been offered Thursday evening. The outraged people including the families of the bereaved families were out on roads since this morning to protest the killing of Shoaib and Muhammed Ali. The outraged…

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Shehbaz Sharif forms JIT to probe Zainab incident

LAHORE: Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that the accused of raping and murdering a minor girl in Kasur will not remain unpunished. In a statement from Lahore, on his return from Kasur after meeting the bereaved family, he said that he has directed the police to arrest the accused immediately, so that he may…

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Lawyers raise voice for Zainab in different cities

Grief-stricken people of Pakistan are raising their voice for Zainab, who was murdered after sexual abuse in Kasur. The lawyers suspended their activities in courts in protest in different cities. Know more here.

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