Evidence Links Colombia Army Chief to Civilian Slayings

Documents provided to The Associated Press appear to tie the embattled head of Colombia’s army to the alleged cover-up of civilian killings a decade ago.

An ambassador for human rights won’t convince the world that Britain cares | David Wearing

The creation of this post is pure self-delusion, and doesn’t change the UK’s dire record in Yemen, India, Iraq …

The foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has created a new role of ambassador for human rights, which, according to a Foreign Office statement, “demonstrates the UK’s commitment to defending human rights globally”. Plainly it does nothing of the sort. What it demonstrates is the government’s desperation to repair the reputational damage incurred as its support for the worst human rights abusers of the Middle East comes under increasing scrutiny.

Consider a few dramatic episodes in the past year, from Israel’s massacring of unarmed civilians in Gaza, to the murder and dismemberment of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, to the carnage caused by the Saudi-UAE assault on Yemen. In each case, Hunt has performed his now familiar impersonation of an innocent bystander, expressing his “concern” while arms sales and diplomatic support to the culprits continue uninterrupted. In Yemen, substantial British and American assistance has been indispensable in sustaining a Saudi-UAE war effort that is the primary cause of the world’s worst humanitarian catastrophe, with an estimated 85,000 children under five dead from starvation or preventable disease, and thousands more killed in indiscriminate bombing.

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Facial recognition tech prevents crime, police tell UK privacy case

South Wales force defends use of technology after office worker claims rights breach

Facial recognition cameras prevent crime, protect the public and do not breach the privacy of innocent people whose images are captured, a police force has argued.

Ed Bridges, an office worker from Cardiff, claims South Wales police violated his privacy and data protection rights by using facial recognition technology on him.

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White teachers like me should not be policing black pupils’ hair | Holly Rigby

New research confirms what I’ve seen as a teacher – many children with afro-textured hair face prejudice in UK schools

Last year, a 12-year-old student was forced to take legal action after he was threatened with suspension by his London school for wearing his hair in dreadlocks. More recently, a six-year-old was sent home from school for having a “skin fade”, a common black hairstyle, because his primary school claimed it would “detract from learning”. Now, new research released by De Montfort University Leiceister has revealed that one in six children with afro-textured hair in the UK are having a bad experience with school hair policies.

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Hungary accused of fuelling xenophobia with anti-migrant rhetoric

Council of Europe’s damning report says human rights violations must be urgently addressed

Europe’s top human rights watchdog has accused Hungary’s government of violating people’s rights and using anti-migrant rhetoric that fuels “xenophobic attitudes, fear and hatred”.

A damning report from the Council of Europe’s commissioner for human rights, Dunja Mijatović, concluded: “Human rights violations in Hungary have a negative effect on the whole protection system and the rule of law” and should “be addressed as a matter of urgency”.

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Mordaunt pledges to review internal MoD torture guidance

Minister addresses concerns intelligence guidance conflicts with anti-torture policy

The defence secretary, Penny Mordaunt, has vowed to review Ministry of Defence internal guidance on the sharing with allies of intelligence derived from torture.

An MoD policy document, published following freedom of information requests by the Rendition Project and reported in the Times, stated that UK ministers could share information obtained from third parties where there was a serious risk of torture “if ministers agree that the potential benefits justify accepting the risk and the legal consequences that may follow”.

Related: Revised MoD guidance could leave door open for torture

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UK to appoint first human rights ambassador

New role is likely to put spotlight on UK’s approach to autocratic regimes

The British government is appointing an international ambassador dedicated to the promotion of human rights, in a move that is likely to put the UK’s patchy approach to autocratic regimes under greater scrutiny.

The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has appointed Rita French, formerly his principal private secretary, to take on the task of promoting the UK’s work at the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council and the cause of human rights internationally.

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UK's 'cruel and harmful policies' lack regard for child hunger, says NGO

Damning Human Rights Watch report accuses the government of breaching its duty

Human Rights Watch (HRW) has accused the UK government of breaching its international duty to keep people from hunger by pursuing “cruel and harmful polices” with no regard for the impact on children living in poverty.

Examining family poverty in Hull, Cambridgeshire and Oxford, it concluded that tens of thousands of families do not have enough to eat. And it revealed that schools in Oxford are the latest to have turned to food banks to feed their pupils.

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Council of Europe votes to maintain Russia's membership

Human rights body had stripped Moscow of its voting rights over 2014 Crimea annexation

Russia will remain in the Council of Europe after ministers at the human rights organisation moved to end a bitter dispute following the annexation of Crimea.

Meeting in Helsinki, ministers of the 47-nation body voted overwhelmingly in favour of a declaration that said “all member states should be entitled to participate on an equal basis” in the council’s committee of ministers and parliamentary assembly.

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In Northern Ireland, our hearts break for Alabama: we know about abortion bans | Elizabeth Nelson

The criminalisation of women held to ransom by political deal-making must be resisted. In our society, abortion is freedom

It feels like a lifetime ago since 25 May 2018. In many ways it was, because that day – when the Republic of Ireland voted to repeal the eighth amendment of its constitution, which outlawed abortion in virtually every circumstance – was a unique step forward for abortion rights in a world where they are rapidly being dismantled.

While the legislation brought in after the Irish referendum is imperfect, the overall success of the repeal movement against so many obstacles gave campaigners across the world an incredible sense of hope. But one year on, global abortion rights are under increasing threat, and that moment in May 2018 feels like an exception, instead of a promise of what was to come.

We have been threatened and prosecuted. We have been shamed

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