human rights

Tajikistan introduces military service exemption tax

Young men in Tajikistan who wish to forgo the dreaded experience of military service may now do so by paying a fee to the government. This opt-out provision came into effect on February 4 under changes to legislation regulating conscription, Eurasianet writes in the article Tajikistan: Military service exemption tax comes into effect. A representative at the Defense Ministry told Eurasianet that the size of the fee is not yet known and will later be calculated by the government

UN to examine Armenia’s human rights record

Armenia's human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group on January 23. Armenia is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its …

Georgia's Public Defender sums up 2019  

Georgia’s Public Defender Nino Lomjaria summed up the year of 2019 with respect to the situation of human rights in Georgia. She named staffing of Supreme Court with life-term judges as one of the main …

US withdraws from UN Human Rights Council

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley announced the United States is quitting the UN Human Rights Council. She stressed that this move does not mean "a retreat from human rights …

Turkey slams US report on human rights

Turkey on April 22 criticized the recent U.S. State Department Human Rights Report on Turkey, saying it “privileged the views of terrorist-linked sources” and “ignored the facts.” Turkey is “deeply …

Saudi Arabia to allow women into sports stadiums

Women in Saudi Arabia will finally be able to watch sporting events in all-male stadium from next year, the country’s General Sports Authority said. The planned law change comes as part of Saudi's reforms to give females more …