The rap singer articulated citizen discontent over the killings of protesters in November and his songs went viral, resonating with disgruntled Iranians.
Approved by President Sebastian Pinera, Chileans will on April 26 decide whether they want a new constitution and if they do, whether the body that draws up the new document should be a popularly elected assembly or one mixed with current lawmakers.
A UN envoy met with Bolivia’s interim president as UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has called the deaths “an extremely dangerous development.”
"Repressive actions by the authorities ... are likely to jeopardise any possible avenue for dialogue, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet says, as supporters of ousted leader Evo Morales continue to agitate.
Chilean President Sebastian Pinera unveiled a major cabinet reshuffle on Monday as he battles to find a response to more than a week of street protests that have left at least 20 people dead.
Australia's hardline approach to asylum seekers includes turning away refugees arriving by boat and offshore detention. Both measures have been condemned by the UN previously.
Mobile and internet services have been disconnected in India-administered Kashmir since August 5 when New Delhi stripped the region of its semi-autonomous powers and deployed tens of thousands of extra troops to enforce an unprecedented crackdown.
Pakistan FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi likens ongoing clampdown in disputed Kashmir to the genocide that took place in Rwanda and Srebrenica, the ethnic cleansing of Rohingya in Myanmar, and 2002 Gujarat pogrom.
People of Kashmir must be "consulted and engaged in any decision-making processes," Michelle Bachelet tells the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, as Indian military lockdown and communications blackout completes 36 days in the disputed region.
A spate of anti-racism protests has reinvigorated calls for political self-determination in West Papua, a region colonised by Indonesia for over half a century.
Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights says seven children are among those killed in air raids in Idlib and Hama provinces. Separately, a suicide bomber killed six regime soldiers in southern Daraa province.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison's re-election is likely to translate into tougher immigration laws and the repealing of 'Medevac' bill that would ensure seriously ill refugees are flown to mainland Australia for treatment.
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