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UN experts call on Ethiopia to stop deporting Eritreans

A general view of Hitsats refugee camp in the Tigray region of Ethiopia, photographed in 2019.

Geneva, SwitzerlandReuters A group of United Nations investigators and experts called on Ethiopia on Thursday to halt the deportation of Eritreans, as well as the arbitrary detention of Eritrean refugees, asylum seekers and migrants. The group, who make reports on rights issues on behalf of the UN, also condemned what they called the “summary expulsion […]

Essay: Repression of women points to worsening religious freedom trends abroad

Iran Mahsa Amini protests

NURY TURKEL, co-founder of the Uyghur Human Rights Project and chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, and Rabbi ABRAHAM COOPER, director of global social action for the Simon Wiesenthal Center, and vice chair of USCIRF, say that denying religious freedom and women’s rights go hand-in-hand…

Iran, 27 other countries critiqued by US watchdog for religious freedom violations

The US Commission on International Religious Freedom 2023 Annual Report cover.

United StatesRNS A watchdog for global religious freedom has used its new annual report to call out the Iranian Government for targeting women’s rights protesters during demonstrations last year. The report also points out the country’s “decades-long campaign” against religious minorities. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom criticised Iran for repressing the religious rights […]

Explainer – Sudan’s conflict and what worries neighbours, the US and others

People gather at the station to flee from Khartoum during clashes between the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces and the army in Khartoum, Sudan, on 19th April, 2023.

Reuters A conflict raging in Sudan is rattling neighbouring countries and worrying the United States and others for reasons ranging from concern about shared Nile waters and oil pipelines to the shape of a new government and a new humanitarian crisis in the making. Sudan, which relies heavily on foreign aid, is no stranger to conflict. But […]

Ethiopia and Eritrea deny US accusations of war crimes

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken meets Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 15th March, 2023.

Nairobi, KenyaReuters Ethiopia and Eritrea on Tuesday rejected a determination by the US State Department that their armies, along with all sides in the recently concluded conflict in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region, had committed war crimes. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said on Monday that members of the Ethiopian National Defense Force, its allies […]

Russia isolated as UN marks one year of Ukraine war

An electronic sign displays the results of a vote by delegations adopting a resolution on Ukraine during a high-level meeting of the United Nations General Assembly to mark one year since Russia invaded Ukraine, at U.N. headquarters in New York City, New York, U.S., February 23, 2023. REUTERS/Mike Segar

United NationsReuters The United Nations overwhelmingly isolated Russia on Thursday, marking one year since Moscow invaded Ukraine by calling for a “comprehensive, just and lasting peace” and again demanding Moscow withdraw its troops and stop fighting. Just a day after China’s top diplomat visited Moscow and pledged a deeper partnership with Russia, Beijing abstained on […]

Christian persecution higher than ever as Open Doors’ World Watch List marks 30 years

World Watch List 2023

United StatesRNS In the three decades since the religious liberty organisation Open Doors has been compiling its World Watch List of the 50 countries where Christians face the most persecution for their faith, that persecution has never been worse. That’s according to the 2023 World Watch List released in the US on Tuesday evening, which showed North […]