WWII slavery victims in Philippines urge Japan to admit war crimes

Richelda Extremadura (right) executive director of Lila Pilipina, an organization of former comfort women and their supporters, assists alleged Filipino "comfort women" as they display Origami paper cranes to symbolize peace during a forum to demand justice, compensation and apology from the Japanese government for their war crimes, Jan 22, 2016 at suburban Quezon city, […]

Deputy UN chief pushes women’s rights in Afghanistan

Afghan students walk toward their university in Kabul, Afghanistan on Feb 26, 2022. (HUSSEIN MALLA / AP) KABUL – UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed expressed alarm to Taliban officials in Kandahar over violations of women's rights in Afghanistan, the United Nations said on Friday after she made a rare visit to the Taliban's southern heartland. […]

Why is judicial independence unaffected by NPCSC interpretation?

The National People’s Congress Standing Committee’s interpretation of the National Security Law for Hong Kong will not jeopardize Hong Kong’s judicial independence and should not affect the city’s rule of law.  More important, it does not have any adverse effect on the special administrative region’s much valued protection of human rights.    Wikipedia is a […]

Smoking is a form of slavery

Dec 10 is Human Rights Day, which this year marks the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The 1948 Declaration was one of the first major achievements of the newly-formed United Nations. Key elements have since been adopted and incorporated into many other UN treaties and into national constitutions. It identifies […]

Iran says not to cooperate with UN fact-finding mission

In this photo released on Aug 11, 2022 by the Iranian foreign ministry, ministry spokesperson Nasser Kanaani speaks in Tehran, Iran. (IRANIAN FOREIGN MINISTRY VIA AP) TEHRAN — The Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday that Tehran will not cooperate with the "political" fact-finding mission proposed by a recent United Nations Human Rights Council […]

Criticisms of HK’s anti-human trafficking efforts are unfair and not substantiated

According to Joseph Nye, the soft power of a country rests primarily on three resources: its culture, its political values, and its foreign policies (Joseph Nye, Is the American Century Over? (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2015), p 59).  Portraying itself as a defender of global human rights and pretending to promote human rights at home and […]

Human rights: Truth and lies

UN body made correct decision in nixing US-led bid for debate on China’s Muslim minorities  A United States-led proposal to discuss alleged atrocities against Uygurs and other Muslim minority groups in China was rejected by the United Nations’ highest human rights committee earlier this month. Some have criticized the ruling, but I feel the UN […]

Xinjiang report casts doubt on UN panel’s credibility

The 46-page report recently released by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) on the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region of China claims that the authorities’ measures to counter terrorism and extremism in the region “may constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity”. We must take such an allegation with […]

West’s ‘divide and rule’ culture a great threat to development

The latest 2021/22 Human Development Report was recently released. Titled “Uncertain Times, Unsettled Lives: Shaping our Future in a Transforming World,” it “paints a picture of a global society lurching from crisis to crisis, and which risks heading towards increasing deprivation and injustice.” This is a big shock to those of us who aspire for […]

Protect national security to achieve true universal values

Recent court proceedings confirm that many rioters involved in the 2019 turmoil are just young students. Over the years, many youngsters have been radicalized by, among others, vocal lawyers. They were told that unlawful violence can sometimes “solve problems”, or make life “colorful”. Many others, including law lecturers and teachers, have helped disable the law […]