Brunei’s LGBT community flees ‘inhumane’ new stoning laws

Bex Wright
Alexandra Field Profile V2

Updated 4:57 AM ET, Wed April 3, 2019

(CNN) When the tiny, oil-rich kingdom of Brunei first announced in 2013 that it would adopt strict Islamic laws, including death by stoning for gay sex, many in the country’s LGBT community considered fleeing.

But some stayed on, hoping that the law, which is set to be formally enacted on April 3, would never come to pass.

“It’s really scary,” says Khairul, a young gay man in Brunei who spoke to CNN over the phone.

He and others interviewed by CNN for this story asked that their real identities to be hidden over concerns for their safety and that of their families. Tiếp tục đọc “Brunei’s LGBT community flees ‘inhumane’ new stoning laws”

US withdraws from United Nations Human Rights Council, condemns latter’s bias against Israel

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, came to Washington to announce the decision alongside President Donald Trump’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

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US Ambassador Nikki Haley. (File |AP)

By AFP

WASHINGTON: The United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights Council on Tuesday, condemning the “hypocrisy” of its members and its alleged “unrelenting bias” against Israel.

The US ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, came to Washington to announce the decision alongside President Donald Trump’s top diplomat, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Both insisted the United States would remain a leading champion of human rights but, for many, the decision will reflect Trump’s general hostility to the world body and to multilateral diplomacy in general. Tiếp tục đọc “US withdraws from United Nations Human Rights Council, condemns latter’s bias against Israel”

UN appoints team to probe crackdown against Rohingyas

Al Jazeera

The UN is sending a fact-finding team to investigate alleged human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

Around 75,000 have fled Rakhine state since the military began a security operation last October [Turjoy Chowdhury/NurPhoto via Getty Images]
Around 75,000 have fled Rakhine state since the military began a security operation last October [Turjoy Chowdhury/NurPhoto via Getty Images]

The UN on Tuesday appointed a three-member team to investigate alleged abuses by security forces against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.

The fact-finding mission will be led by prominent Indian lawyer Indira Jaising, Sri Lankan lawyer Radhika Coomaraswamy, and Australian human rights consultant Christopher Dominic Sidoti, according to a statement from the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) on Tuesday. Tiếp tục đọc “UN appoints team to probe crackdown against Rohingyas”

UN will investigate crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar

But Myanmar ambassador Htin Lynn, speaking before the decision was taken by consensus, rejected the move as “not acceptable”. Myanmar’s national commission had just interviewed alleged victims who fled to Bangladesh and would issue its findings by August, he said.

The U.N. Human Rights Council adopted a resolution without a vote, brought by the European Union and supported by countries including the United States, that called for “ensuring full accountability for perpetrators and justice for victims”. Tiếp tục đọc “UN will investigate crimes against Rohingya in Myanmar”