Online human rights abuse cases hit record in Japan in 2016

The Japan Times

The number of online human rights abuse cases in Japan in 2016 grew 10.0 percent from the previous year to 1,909, hitting a record high for the fourth straight year, the Justice Ministry said Friday. The overall number of human rights violation cases for which actions were taken last year came to 19,443, down 7.4 percent. Of the online abuses, privacy violations such as the disclosure of personal information totaled 1,189 cases. There were 501 cases of defamation. A total of 1,789 cases of the online human rights abuses were resolved, including 326 cases in which the deletion of abusive language and information was requested.

Obama-era Human Rights Envoy Says U.N. Must Investigate Myanmar

U.S. News

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Human Rights Council must set up a commission of inquiry into Myanmar's human rights record, as it has done for North Korea and Eritrea, and not spare its leader because of her iconic status, a former U.S. human rights envoy said on Monday.

Emphasis on Human Rights: AI Ethics Principles


As artificial intelligence or AI keeps on discovering its way into our everyday lives, its propensity to interfere with human rights just gets progressively extreme. There are a few lenses through which experts examine artificial intelligence. The utilization of international human rights law and its well-created standards and organizations to examine artificial intelligence frameworks can add to the conversations already occurring, and give a universal vocabulary and forums set up to address power differentials. Moreover, human rights laws contribute a system for solutions. General solutions fall inside four general classifications: data protection rules to ensure rights in the data sets used to create and encourage artificial intelligence systems; special safeguards for government uses of artificial intelligence; safeguards for private sector use of artificial intelligence systems; and investment in more research to keep on looking at the future of artificial intelligence and its potential interferences with human rights.

Haley slams UN for electing more human rights abusers to Human Rights Council

FOX News

UNITED NATIONS – Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley criticized the U.N. Friday after its General Assembly elected new members to the controversial Human Rights Council -- including countries with poor human rights records. The 18 new members were selected from five regional blocs of countries, and their elections were largely predetermined since they were not challenged by other countries. Of the 18, six are classified by U.N. Watch, a human rights watch group based in Switzerland, as human rights abusers -- Somalia, Eritrea, Cameroon, Bangladesh, Philippines and Bahrain. Those countries will join other countries with poor human rights records, such as Cuba, China, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, on the world's top human rights body. While other countries with stronger human rights records were voted in -- such as Argentina, Czech Republic and Denmark -- the addition of those with poor records was cited as evidence by Haley that the U.S. was right to withdraw from the body earlier this year.

HRW: Israel attempting to shut down human rights record criticism

Al Jazeera

A prominent human rights group accused Israel on Wednesday of attempting to "shut down criticism" of its rights record after its local director was ordered to leave the country within 14 days. Israel's interior ministry opted not to sign off on a work permit renewal of Omar Shakir - Human Rights Watch's Israel and Palestine director - on May 7 over his alleged support for the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Both HRW and Shakir deny having any part in the movement. Israel considers BDS - which demands an end to the occupation of Palestine, equal rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel, and the right of return for all Palestinian refugees to their homes - to be anti-Jewish. Iain Levine from Human Rights Watch said in a statement on Tuesday the move was an attempt to "muzzle" the non-governmental organisation.