- Minister of Finance Piyush Goel presented the Interim Union Budget at the Parliament on 1st February 2019 with many significant announcements including a tax benefit of up to Rs. 5,00,000/- and Provident fund scheme for the people Below the Poverty Line.
- A Detention Review Panel (DRP) of British MPs accuses the Saudi Arabian government for torturing imprisoned female detainees by subjecting them to “assault, sleep deprivation, threats to life and solitary confinement”.
- Per the report of Amnesty International Iran is reported to have arrested more than 7,000 political dissidents last year in a “shameless campaign of repression” targeting all those who peacefully defy the Islamic Republic.
- French President Emmanuel Macron tells his Egyptian counterpart Abdel Fattah al-Sisi that security cannot not be separated from Human Rights and hence “Stability and durable peace go together with respect for individual dignity and the rule of law”.
- UK government declares that the State’s counter terrorism programme is to be reviewed independently through amendments and acceptance of the Border Security Bill.
- In a big setback to the rights of transgender Supreme Court of Hong Kong has upheld the government’s policy of forcing transgender people to undergo surgery before having their gender legally recognized.
- Amnesty International calls on the President of Eucador Lenin Moreno to stop imposing unfair restrictions on Venezuelans trying to enter the country by demanding documents such as a criminal record certificate.
- The United Nations Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution establishing an international fact-finding mission to Xinjiang, the region of China where up to one million Turkic Muslims are being arbitrarily detained.
- A stateless Kurdish-Iranian asylum-seeker Behrouz Boochani detained by the Australian government won the country’s highest-paying literary prize for his book, “No Friend but the Mountains ” written via WhatsApp.
- Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi who has been playing for Australia after being granted asylum there, urges Bangkok court not to extradite him to his home country as he is reported to have been tortured therein for his political oppositions.
COLLATED BY: MS. SHRUTI SHREYA & MR. GYAN PRAKASH TRIPATHI
STUDENTS OF LAW AT SYMBIOSIS LAW SCHOOL, NOIDA