'All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.'
– Article One, The UN Declaration of Human Rights
On Sunday (23 Oct), multiple activists and politicians in Kyrgyzstan were arrested for their resistance to a government plan to hand over a major water reservoir to Uzbekistan as part of a border demarcation deal. Among the detained was opposition politician Ravshan Jeenbekov, who is also the founder of Next TV.
Worldwide, more than 100 million people are displaced due conflicts, violence and human rights violations for the first time on record. This was announced by the UN refugee organisation UNHCR on Monday (23 May).
By the end of last year, this figure had already reached 90 million people. The war in Ukraine and flare-ups of violence in countries like Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Myanmar, Nigeria, Afghanistan, and Congo have caused the number to rise even further. New waves of violence and conflict have recently brought the figure to a "bizarre milestone", according to the UN.