There was no opposition to designating science as a human right.
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Decades ago, the international community codified science as a cultural right and protected expression of human creativity. Reaffirming science’s value can help it better serve humanity.
Forced and child labor has been reported in mines in the Congo, which produces over 70% of the world’s cobalt.
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A new EU law would require thousands of multinational companies, including many based in the US, to look for signs of human rights abuses in their supply chains.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken joins government officials from the U.S. and China during a meeting with China’s President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on June 19, 2023.
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The US and China are engaged in a classic power struggle. The question is, who will come out on top?
Crime scene? Vladimir Putin visits Mariupol, which Russia captured in May 2022 after the deaths of thousands, including many civilians.
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The list of crimes for which Putin is considered complicit is long. The question is whether he can be held accountable.
There’s still time to avert the worst of climate change.
Given how much young people have achieved in the fight against climate crisis it’s crucial their voices are really heard at COP27.
A rubber dinghy arrives on a Greek island at night.
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Humanitarian organisations have been calling on Frontex to leave the country for months.
Australia is one of the last nations holding out against legislating the human right to a healthy environment
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The next prime minister has an opportunity to make abortion rights more or less secure in UK law.
The Pae Ora (Healthy Futures) Act comes into force soon but it doesn’t recognise the basic right to health, meaning the government is less accountable for delivering on its obligations.
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The controversial bill hands greater powers to police over protest and assembly. An expert explains what this means for would-be protesters.
Pro-democracy protesters are arrested by police in Hong Kong on May 24, 2020.
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All of the 39 countries human rights experts tracked in 2020 experienced a decline in human rights. It’s not yet clear whether countries will quickly bounce back as the pandemic eases.
A 1971 High Court ruling on rugby league contracts set an important Australian precedent on human rights. Fifty years on, we need to decide if players deserve the right to a presumption of innocence.
At least 27 people have died trying to cross the Channel.
Talk of sending people back distracts from the UK’s clear responsibilities towards anyone who attempts the crossing.
The first COVID-19 vaccines in Austria were administered in December 2020.
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Pandemic politics have continually raised questions about emergency powers and freedom.
Victoria has mandated COVID vaccinations for an estimated 1.25 million workers. Employment law expert Giuseppe Carabetta explains the legalities.
Many countries, including the UK, are considering mandatory vaccination programmes. They may violate human rights law.
At the Amna Suraka museum in Iraq, exhibits show the torture that was carried out in the cells.
Interviews with former torturers in Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq reveal what it takes to be a torturer – which could help explain how to reduce the number of people who get tortured around the world.
Britain is ‘opening up’ after months of COVID-19 restrictions. But it could also be opening itself up to court action for breaching international human rights laws.
The Malawi Supreme Court of Appeal decision ends years of confusion over the status of prisoners on death row.
The Malawi court’s decision provides a roadmap for future challenges to the death penalty in other southern African countries.
Everyone from human rights experts to famous cricketers are expressing their disgust at the federal government’s India travel ban. Its legality depends on what laws you are looking at.