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Governments cannot stay silent on human rights abuses: UN rights expert

UN human rights expert Agnès Callamard has been involved in some of the most talked-about stories of the past year, from investigating the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, to condemning the arrest of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

Ms. Callamard has also been highly critical of Malta’s response to the killing of investigative journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, and in October, alongside fellow Special Rapporteur David Kaye, she called on the Maltese authorities to do more to find those responsible for her death.

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Refugees treated with “complete indifference”: UN expert

Refugees, migrants and others are being treated almost as sub-human in some circumstances, according to independent rights expert Agnes Callamard, who delivered her report to the General Assembly a few days ago.

The Special Rapporteur passionately described situations in which there appears to be “complete indifference” to the rights of refugees, saying they are being treated sometimes “not quite as human”.

She has led human rights investigations in more than 30 countries and advised multilateral organizations and governments around the world on the issue.

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“Urgent action” needed by Philippines over “spiralling” violations

The government of the Philippines needs to take “urgent action” to address a “spiralling” series of human rights violations, including the summary execution of children.

That’s the conclusion of a group of independent UN rights experts, who have issued a joint call to action, in order to protect “many groups” in society threatened by the hard-line government of President Rodrigo Duterte.