China, Saudi Arabia and Russia should not get seats on UN Human Rights Council; abusive treatment of returning refugees in Venezuela; do LGBT+ asylum seekers have a future in the United States?; fresh calls to end Afghanistan’s ‘virginity exams’; Turkmen activist Dursoltan Taganova faces deportation from Turkey; prosecution of former MP casts doubt on Burundi's reform; and South Korea partially recognizes reproductive rights.
China, Saudi Arabia and Russia should not get seats on the United Nations Human Rights Council because of their long history of massive rights violations. UN member states will participate in elections today for 15 seats on the 47-nation council in Geneva, for three-year terms beginning on January 1.
The authorities in Venezuela are responsible for the abusive treatment of returning refugees, in a way which will also likely amplify transmission of Covid-19, new research shows.