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U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a news conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, December 9, 2020. "In the meantime, the office continues to deepen its analysis and assessment of the alleged patterns of human rights violations in Xinjiang," she said on Tuesday. "There is no formal U.N. assessment of what is happening in Xinjiang and we need that given Beijing's denial," Kenneth Roth, head of Human Rights Watch, told reporters last week. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International this year documented what they said could constitute crimes against humanity being committed in Xinjiang. Sarah Brooks, China expert at the International Service for Human Rights, said: "All that remains is for High Commissioner Bachelet to step up - China's cooperation must not be misinterpreted as a precondition to doing her job."
Persons: Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Denis Balibouse, Bachelet, Ken Roth, Michelle Bachelet, U.N, Kenneth Roth, Sarah Brooks, Stephanie Nebehay, Alex Richardson Organizations: Human Rights, United Nations, REUTERS, Human Rights Watch GENEVA, Human Rights Council, Rights Watch, Amnesty International, International Service for Human Rights, High, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Xinjiang, China, Beijing, Canada, United States, Venezuela, Kashmir, Turkey
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban canceled a trip to Munich for a Germany-Hungary soccer game. German soccer clubs plan to illuminate their stadiums with rainbow colors during the game. Hungary's authoritarian leader Viktor Orban canceled a trip to Munich for the Euro 2020 soccer match between Hungary and Germany on Wednesday, German news agency dpa reported, amid backlash over an anti-LGBTQ law that human rights groups have decried as homophobic. The UEFA decision sparked outrage across Germany, and soccer clubs in Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, Wolfsburg, and Augsburg announced plans to illuminate their stadiums with rainbow colors during the game on Wednesday, per NPR News. "Whether the Munich football stadium or another European stadium is lit in rainbow colors is not a state decision," Orban told dpa.
Persons: Viktor Orban, Orban, , Dieter Reiter, Reiter, Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen, von, Leyen Organizations: Hungary soccer, Union of European Football Association, UEFA, Hungarian, parliament – UEFA, NPR, Munich, Wednesday, Human Rights Watch, Associated Press, European Union Locations: Munich, Germany, Hungary, German, Hungarian, Berlin, Frankfurt, Cologne, Wolfsburg, Augsburg, EU
Mr. Harper says he wasn’t physically abused but was tormented by the uncertainty around what authorities planned for him. The benign term “residential surveillance” denotes the system’s origins as a type of house arrest. A few months into his detention, Mr. Harper was informed the man had lapsed into a coma and died. Some subjects detained under residential surveillance are released without charge, like Mr. Harper, but for many detainees, residential surveillance precedes a legal process that can unfold over years. Artist Ai Weiwei was likewise confined in residential surveillance for 81 days and once free produced artworks mimicking his treatment.
Persons: Jeff Harper, Harper, Jeff Harper “, , “ I’m, Peter Dahlin, President Biden, Jeff Harper Mr, Liu Xiaobo, Liu, Ai Weiwei, Horacio Villalobos, Corbis, Michael Kovrig, Michael Spavor, Gong, Justin Trudeau, Kovrig, , Kai Li, Li, James T Organizations: Safeguard, State, United Nations, Seven, China’s Foreign, Communist Party, Foreign Ministry, Safeguard Defenders, Street, Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, Rights Watch, State Department, Embassy, Canadian, Messrs, . Locations: American, Shenzhen, China, Whiteville, Tenn, Madrid, Beijing, “ U.S, Canada, Shanghai
Rights group urges UN pressure campaign against Nicaragua president
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
A man, wearing a face mask for protection against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), walks by a mural depicting Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega, in Managua, Nicaragua March 30, 2020. In recent weeks, police have detained at least 14 political opponents, including five presidential candidates, drawing international criticism from governments and human rights groups. A U.N. spokesperson said the Secretary-General is very concerned about the arrests and detentions and the invalidation of candidacies of opposition leaders in Nicaragua. "The Secretary-General once again urges the authorities to uphold international human rights obligations and release the political and social leaders detained. HRW called on the United States, Canada, European Union and Latin American governments to press Ortega to readmit the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, which were expelled in 2018.
Persons: Daniel Ortega, Oswaldo Rivas, Ortega, readmit, Joe Biden's, Frank Jack Daniel, Michelle Nichols, Anthony Esposito, Cynthia Osterman Organizations: Nicaraguan, REUTERS, MEXICO CITY, Rights Watch, United Nations, Human Rights Watch, HRW, Security, European, Inter, American, Human Rights, UN, of American, Thomson Locations: Managua, Nicaragua, MEXICO, Nicaraguan, United States, Canada, European Union
Trial of Moroccan journalists raises fears of repression
  + stars: | 2021-06-22 | by ( Ahmed Eljechtimi | ) + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
The Minister in charge of Human Rights, Mustapha Ramid, did not respond to Reuters calls or messages but has previously described Morocco as "neither a hell nor a paradise for human rights". OUTSPOKEN CRITICSRights activists believe the authorities are using pre-trial detention to target political opponents by applying the law unevenly. "There was no written justification for this pre-trial detention," said Ahmed Benchemsi of Human Rights Watch, who was observing the trial. Prison authorities and the state-appointed National Human Rights Council have said his health is stable. Radi's accuser, Hafsa Boutahar, his colleague, said she was "speaking up for all raped women" and accused rights groups of victim-blaming.
Persons: Omar Radi, Youssef Boudlal, Soulimane Raisouni, Mustapha Ramid, Ahmed Benchemsi, Raisouni's, Omar, Hajar Raisouni, Adam, Hafsa Boutahar, Ahmed Eljechtimi, Angus McDowall, Giles Elgood Organizations: REUTERS, Human Rights Watch, Protect Journalists, Moroccan, Human, Human Rights, Lawyers, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Casablanca, Morocco, CASABLANCA
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a news conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, December 9, 2020. China's U.N. mission in Geneva, contacted by Reuters for comment, said Xinjiang and Hong Kong were "inalienable parts of China's territory" and that it brooked "no interference by external forces". Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch issued reports this year documenting practices that they said could meet criteria for crimes against humanity in Xinjiang. TEST OF HONG KONG JUDICIARYBachelet told the council that the national security law imposed in Hong Kong a year ago had had a "chilling impact" on democratic space and media in the former British colony. She said 107 people had been arrested under the law, including 57 formally charged, and that the first trials were due this week.
Persons: Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Denis Balibouse, Bachelet, Bachelet Says, Michelle Bachelet, China's U.N, Liu Yuyin, China, Hong, Liu, Stephanie Nebehay, Emma Farge Organizations: Human Rights, United Nations, REUTERS, Muslim, Reuters, Beijing, Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, HONG KONG, Hong Kong’s, Covenant, Civil, Political, Government, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, China, West, GENEVA, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, British, Beijing
Five people were arrested for "suspected contravention" of the law, Hong Kong Police's National Security Department said in a statement after the raid on Apple Daily's newsroom. ...Nevertheless, the staff of Apple Daily is standing firm," the paper said in an open letter to its readers. This is the second time police have raided Apple Daily — they did so last August shortly after the security law came into effect. China's Hong Kong Liaison Office said Thursday that it firmly supported what it described as "just action" by the police to "maintain national security and the prosperity and stability of Hong Kong." Kin Cheung / APThe national security law was passed last June, signed by China's President Xi Jinping and later formally adopted by Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam.
Persons: Jimmy Lai, Lai, Ryan Law, Cheung Kim, Royston Chow, Chan Pui, Cheung Chi, Hong Kong, John Lee, Lee, Sophie Richardson, Yamini Mishra, Kin Cheung, Xi Jinping, Carrie Lam, Lam, Tsui Organizations: Hong Kong Police's National Security Department, Apple Daily's, Police, Apple Daily, NBC, HK police, Apple Daily HK 蘋果 日報, Hong Kong, Hong, Hong Kong Liaison, Hong Kong Journalists Association, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty, China's, Chinese University of Hong, NBC News, Apple Locations: Hong Kong, Beijing, China, Hong, Asia, Pacific, Britain, United States, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Flags of Taiwan and U.S. are placed for a meeting in Taipei, Taiwan March 27, 2018. REUTERS/Tyrone Siu/File PhotoWASHINGTON, June 15 (Reuters) - The nominee to be the top U.S. diplomat for East Asia said on Tuesday Washington should develop its relationship with Taiwan in every sector, hours after China's largest reported incursion to date into the island's air defense identification zone. "It's ... incumbent upon us to further develop our robust relationship with Taiwan in every sector," Kritenbrink told a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on his nomination to be assistant secretary of state for East Asia. Earlier, Taiwan said 28 Chinese aircraft, including fighters and nuclear-capable bombers, entered its air defense identification zone, the largest reported incursion to date. He said Washington should continue to take steps to hold to account Chinese leaders responsible for what it calls genocide against Uyghurs and other Muslims in China's Xinjiang region.
Persons: Tyrone Siu, Daniel Kritenbrink, Kritenbrink, Biden, Sophie Richardson, Patricia Zengerle, David Brunnstrom, Michael Martina Organizations: REUTERS, WASHINGTON, East Asia, Washington, Foreign, Seven, United, Taiwan, Human Rights Watch, Thomson Locations: Taiwan, U.S, Taipei, East, Washington, China, East Asia, United States, Vietnam, Beijing, China's Xinjiang, Xinjiang
El Salvador President Nayib Bukele speaks during a news conference in San Salvador, El Salvador, June 6, 2021. Far from the media spotlight and with few resources, he publicized his work on social media. In San Salvador, he gained prominence for his social and cultural focus and for donating his salary to scholarships. DECISIVEBukele joined forces with the right-wing Gran Alianza por la Unidad Nacional (GANA) in his campaign for the presidency, which was driven by social media. "He uses the press and social media to threaten, intimidate and persecute people who could be adversaries," said Jose Miguel Vivanco, Americas director for Human Rights Watch.
Persons: Nayib Bukele, Jose Cabezas, Bukele, bitcoin, Biden, Marti, Jose Miguel Vivanco, Salvadorans, Eduardo Samayoa Organizations: El Salvador, REUTERS, El, Monetary Fund, Twitter, Salvadoran, Liberation Front, Gran Alianza por la Unidad Nacional, Spanish, El Pais, Human Rights Watch, Thomson Locations: San Salvador , El Salvador, American, El Salvador, Nuevo Cuscatlan, San Salvador ., San Salvador, Americas
But when Sawyer tried to call her last month with the good news that she would be allowed into the United States, she couldn’t reach her – Jasibi had been kidnapped again. Biden has filled many key immigration advisory positions with high-profile migrant advocates, including some opponents of the Title 42 border restrictions. Since Biden took office, U.S. border authorities have recorded more than 300,000 expulsions under Title 42. U.S. officials have said the Title 42 border restrictions are partly needed to protect government workers. In recent weeks the United States began admitting asylum seekers whom migrant advocates had identified as being especially vulnerable in Mexico.
Persons: Jasibi, Callaghan O'Hare, Joe Biden, Ariana Sawyer, Sawyer, Biden, Andrea Flores, Flores, Donald Trump, ” Flores, , Joseph Amon, Del Organizations: WASHINGTON, REUTERS, Trump, Reuters, Human Rights Watch, Publicly, Biden, American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, National Security Council, U.S, Department of Health, Human Services, Central Americans, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Drexel University, CDC, DHS, United, Human Rights Locations: Honduras, Texas, U.S, United States, Mexico, Jasibi, Honduran, Del Rio , Texas, Ciudad Acuna, Del Rio
Despite the dangerous conditions, many of Myanmar's journalists continue to deliver vital information to the public and the rest of the world. He was held in Insein Prison before being sent back to Tokyo in May. Nathan Maung (left) and Hanthar Nyein (right) are being held in Insein Prison. But they survived, and were transferred to Myanmar's main prison, Insein. Relatives wait for a bus carrying prisoners to be released outside Insein Prison in Yangon on April 17.
Persons: Danny Fenster, Fenster, Min Aung, Aung Kyaw, Zaw, Buddy Fenster, Nathan Maung, , Hanthar Nyein, Yuki Kitazumi, Robert Bociaga, , Nathan Maung Nathan Maung's, Nyein, Daniel Fenster, Blinken, Antony Blinken, Insein, Aung San Suu Kyi, Bo Kyi, Suu Kyi's, Kitazumi, Kay Zon Nway, Kay Zon, it's, Michelle Obama's, It's, Danny, Rose Fenster, Biden Organizations: Yangon International Airport, CNN Business . Frontier, Association for Political, ASEAN, Democratic, of Burma, Mizzima, CNN Business, Kamayut, Media, Human Rights Watch, US State Department, Rights Watch, CNN, Embassy Locations: United States, Yangon, Myanmar's, CNN Business . Frontier Myanmar, Insein, Myanmar, Thailand, Tokyo, Vienna, Japanese, States
BUCARAMANGA, Colombia — An international monitoring group on Wednesday accused police officers in Colombia of responsibility for the deaths of 20 people and other violent actions against protesters during recent civil unrest, including sexual abuse, beatings and arbitrary detentions. It says Human Rights Watch has received “credible information” reporting a total of 68 deaths during the protests, 34 of which it was able to confirm, including two police officers. The country’s human rights ombudsman, meanwhile, reported late Monday that it had confirmed 58 deaths related to the protests. Of the 170 police officers under disciplinary investigation, only two have been suspended, according to Human Rights Watch. “Colombia is not a country that violates human rights, we have difficulties, but we face them with justice,” presidential counselor for human rights, Nancy Patricia Gutiérrez, told reporters Tuesday.
Persons: , José Miguel Vivanco, Iván Duque, Kevin Agudelo, Witnesses, , Agudelo, Duque, Nancy Patricia Gutiérrez Organizations: Colombia —, Rights Watch, Colombian, , Human Rights Watch, Authorities, Police, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: BUCARAMANGA, Colombia, Cali
Systemic failures behind Colombia police rights abuses - HRW
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( Oliver Griffin | ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Brutal abuses by Colombia's police during recent anti-government protests are not isolated incidents but part of extensive failings by state security forces, advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report on Wednesday. HRW said it has also documented beatings, sexual abuse and arbitrary detention of protesters and bystanders by security forces. "These brutal abuses are not isolated incidents by rogue officers, but rather the result of systemic shortcomings of the Colombian police," Jose Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement. Duque has repeatedly insisted that most Colombian police respect the human rights of civilians, and he has said that any cops who act illegally will be punished. read moreRepresentatives from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) arrived in the country over the weekend for a three-day visit to gather information about possible rights abuses during the protests.
Persons: Ivan Duque, Jose Miguel Vivanco, Duque Organizations: Human Rights Watch, HRW, Colombian, Human Rights, Inter, American, Thomson Locations: Americas
U.N. Security Council backs Guterres for second term
  + stars: | 2021-06-08 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
REUTERS/Maxim ShemetovThe United Nations Security Council backed Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday for a second term, recommending that the 193-member General Assembly appoint him for another five years starting Jan. 1, 2022. Much of Guterres' first term was focused on placating Trump, who questioned the value of the United Nations and multilateralism. Portugal put forward Guterres for a second term, but no one else had the backing of a member state. "Guterres's first term was defined by public silence regarding human rights abuses by China, Russia, and the United States and their allies," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Guterres has a "strong stance on defending human rights, speaking up against abuses."
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Sergei Lavrov, Maxim Shemetov, Estonia's U.N, Sven Jürgenson, Guterres, Ban, Donald Trump, placating Trump, Joe Biden, Kenneth Roth, Stephane Dujarric Organizations: Russian, REUTERS, United Nations Security Council, U.S, United Nations, Trump, Ethiopia's, Rights, Human Rights Watch, Thomson Locations: Moscow, Russia, United States, Portugal, Syria, Yemen, Myanmar, Ethiopia's Tigray, New York, Belarus, China
CNN has repeatedly reached out to Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia for comment on the extraditions and has not received a response. In Saudi Arabia between 2018 and 2020, at least one Uyghur Muslim was allegedly detained and deported after performing the Umrah pilgrimage in Islam's holiest cities. In a 2019 open letter, more than a dozen Muslim-majority countries — including the UAE, Iran, Egypt and Saudi Arabia — publicly endorsed China's policies in Xinjiang. The pandemic prompted Saudi Arabia to close its airports just as Hamdullah was performing his pilgrimage, leaving him stranded in Saudi Arabia. But in recent years, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- who once championed Uyghur rights — has toned down his criticism of China's Xinjiang policy, in an apparent bid to boost relations with Beijing.
Persons: Amannisa Abdullah, Ahmad Talip, Ahmad, Amannisa, tugged, Amina, Abdullah, Azhar, Musa, CNN's, Xi Jinping, Abduweli, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu, Saudi Arabia —, Ali al, Dhaheri, Wang, Egypt Maryam Muhammad, Muhtar, Maryam, Rozi, Maryam Muhammad, Muhtar Rozi, Al Azhar, , Jamal Khashoggi, Nuriman Veli, Hamdullah Abduweli, Nuriman, Hamdullah, Osman Ahmed, Osman, Ilminur Osman, Ayub, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Abduweli Ayup Organizations: CNN, United, Islamic, Al, Dubai ., Rights Watch, Authorities, UAE's Foreign Ministry, Inter, US State Department, Communist Party, United Arab, UN Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights, Azhar University, Egyptian Interior Ministry, China's Ministry of Public Security, Embassy, Saudi, Crown, State, China's, Turkish, Migration Management Locations: Istanbul, Turkey, Dubai, China, United Arab Emirates, UAE, Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Islam's, Xinjiang, Beijing, Oslo, East, Iran, Middle, Lebanon, UN's, Egyptian, Cairo, Jordan, Saudi, Mecca, Medina, Turks, Turkish, Tajikistan
Now, with the Chinese government allowing all married couples to have a third child, some Chinese women are worried the discrimination will only get worse. "My first reaction upon hearing about this policy was that it will further squeeze the space for women in the workplace. "Even if you already have two children, [employers] will worry that you might want a third," she said. According to the report, many Chinese companies and employers are reluctant to pay maternity leave. Many provinces, however, have extended their maternity leave beyond the national minimum to between 128 days and a year.
Persons: Janice Zhang, Zhang, she's, Will, Melody Chen, Yue Qian, Qian, Qiang, it's, I'm Organizations: Human Rights Watch, HRW, Employers, University of British, Xinhua, China Youth Daily, Beijing Youth Daily, China's Ministry of Human Resources, Social Security Locations: Chengdu, Guangzhou, China, Neijiang, University of British Columbia, Shandong province, America
Roman Protasevich, 26, said he had played a role in anti-government protests during a 90-minute interview aired late Thursday on the state-run ONT channel. Protasevich also recanted his earlier criticism of Lukashenko, stating that he respected the leader who has been in power for 27 years. Belarus police detain journalist Roman Protasevich in Minsk, Belarus, in March 2017. This was an interrogation," Franak Viacorka, a senior adviser to exiled opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, told NBC News on Friday. Lokshina, of Human Rights Watch, also called for tougher action against neighboring Russia, where President Vladimir Putin has championed Lukashenko.
Persons: Alexander Lukashenko, , Protasevich, Lukashenko, Roman Protasevich, Sergei Grits, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Raman Pratasevich, Raman, Goebbels, Sofia Sapega, Tanya Lokshina, Antony Blinken, regime's, Tsikhanouskaya, Vladimir Putin, Putin, Lokshina, Jason Bush, Joe Biden, Bush Organizations: NBC, Amnesty, Human Rights, Central Asia, Union, Twitter, Reuters, Human Rights Watch, NBC News, Eurasia Group, Moscow Locations: United States, Belarus, Minsk, Belarusian, London, Europe, Central, U.S, E.U, Russia, Sochi, Moscow, Switzerland
Cali has become an epicenter for the protests and the city’s mayor, Iván Ospina, reported that over a dozen violent deaths took place on Friday. Colombian President Iván Duque ordered on Saturday the deployment of over 1,000 soldiers to Cali to help secure the area. For over a month, Colombia has been rocked by anti-government protests that has led to a rising death toll. The government has linked 20 deaths to demonstrations, but human rights organizations say the death toll is much higher and that dozens of protesters have been killed by security forces. Human Rights Watch says it has “credible reports” of 63 deaths.
Persons: Iván Ospina, Iván Duque, Jorge Luis Vargas, Jose Miguel Vivanco, , Michelle Bachelet Organizations: Human Rights Watch, Human Rights, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Colombian, Cali, Colombia, German
Hughes Van Ellis, left, a Tulsa Race Massacre survivor and Viola Fletcher, second right, oldest living survivor of the Tulsa Race Massacre, testify before the Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Subcommittee hearing on "Continuing Injustice: The Centennial of the Tulsa-Greenwood Race Massacre" on Capitol Hill on May 19, 2021. Greenwood is just outside of North Tulsa, which is mostly Black, while South Tulsa is a mostly white area. Black Tulsans are three times more likely to face police brutality in comparison to their white counterparts. Vernon AME Church with a plaque commemorating the 1921 Tulsa Massacre, in Tulsa, Okla., on May 21st, 2021. The other lingering issue is how Black wealth is generally one-tenth of white wealth.
Persons: Fletcher's, Hughes Van Ellis, ” Ellis, ” Fletcher, , , Lessie Benningfield Randle, Viola Fletcher, Jim Watson, Rowland, Greenwood, Johnson, Tulsans, Christopher Creese, NBC News Johnson, Randle, , ” Randle Organizations: Civil Rights, Civil, Getty, Commission, Human Rights Watch, Tulsa City Commission, Vernon AME Church, NBC News, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Oklahoma, Tulsa, AFP, Greenwood, negros, Negros, North Tulsa, South Tulsa, North, South Tulsans, Vernon, Okla, America
Myanmar soldiers walk along a street during a protest against the military coup in Yangon, Myanmar, February 28, 2021. The draft resolution calls for "an immediate suspension of the direct and indirect supply, sale or transfer of all weapons and munitions" to Myanmar. The Southeast Asian countries want that language removed. Earlier this month, more than 200 civil society groups, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, urged the U.N. Security Council to impose an arms embargo on Myanmar. Only the U.N. Security Council can impose legally binding sanctions or an arms embargo, but diplomats have said Russia and China could likely use their veto to prevent such action on Myanmar.
Persons: Stringer, Aung Organizations: REUTERS, Assembly, Reuters, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, Security, General, National League for Democracy, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, . Security, Thomson Locations: Myanmar, Yangon, Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Liechtenstein, General Assembly, Russia, China
According to this Twitter critic, my support for Palestinian rights was “feeding antisemitism.”Criticizing Israeli policy is not new for me — and neither is the backlash that inevitably follows. In recent weeks, there has been a rise in antisemitic incidents in the United States and in Europe. Democratic supporters of Israel are seemingly less afraid to condemn Israel’s killing of civilians in Gaza — including dozens of Palestinian children. This tautology allows accusations of antisemitism to be weaponized, particularly against people who speak up about Palestinian rights — sometimes in ridiculous ways. But if describing the oppressive actions of the Jewish state is “feeding antisemitism,” then demanding the end of these acts could reduce the heat.
Persons: Lionel Bengelsdorf, Philip Roth's ‘, , Joe Biden, MSNBC’s Mehdi Hasan, Israel’s, it’s, , Israel, , , Benjamin Netanyahu, Charlie Hebdo, Netanyahu, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Greene, — Aziz Abu Sarah Organizations: Twitter, NPR, Human Rights Watch, Defamation, Democratic, United Nations, Islamic, Defamation League, CNN Locations: Israel, United States, Europe, England, Germany, New York City, U.S, Gaza, America, Independence, United, Paris, Poland, Pakistani, Denmark
It said the court that handled the case had not considered all available evidence. Reuters was unable to contact Agar directly but his lawyer said he may make a statement once the appeals court ruling is delivered to him. The ruling has coincided with a series of videos released on YouTube by gang leader Sedat Peker that make uncorroborated allegations against top officials regarding the extrajudicial killings, drug trafficking and other crimes. "This is a process of decoding this system inside the state which has not been cleaned up since Susurluk," Tahincioglu said. Commenting on Peker's allegations this month, Agar was quoted as telling Sozcu newspaper that the state was welcome to investigate whatever it wanted.
Persons: Yusuf Ekinci, Mehmet Agar, Ekinci, Sertac Ekinci, Agar, Sedat Peker, Tayyip Erdogan, Emma Sinclair, Gokcer Tahincioglu, Peker, Tahincioglu, " Agar Organizations: Kurdistan Workers Party, Reuters, YouTube, Erdogan's AK, Human Rights Watch, Prosecutors, Thomson Locations: Turkish, Dubai, Turkey, Webb, Agar
In December 2020, Google announced it would build a cloud-computing center in Saudi Arabia. Human rights groups are calling on Google to halt work on the project. A Silicon Valley tech giant could end up enabling one of the world's worst human rights abusers to better spy on its citizens, human rights campaigners said Wednesday. Saudi Arabia is also a world leader when it comes to beheading citizens it deems enemies of the kingdom. It also wants Google to elaborate on the specifics of the independent human rights assessment the company said it conducted.
Persons: Rasha Abdul Rahim, Jamal Khashoggi, Michael Kleinman, Hugh Langley Organizations: Google, Saudi, US, Saudi Aramco, Amnesty Tech, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Twitter, US State Department, Amnesty, Department of Defense, Microsoft, Amazon Locations: Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, South Korea, Spain, France, Italy, Qatar, Saudi, Gaza
Two killed in grenade blasts in Burundi's capital
  + stars: | 2021-05-26 | by ( ) sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
Unknown assailants set off four grenades in Burundi's capital Bujumbura late on Tuesday, killing two people and wounding several others, police said. One victim died instantly when the grenades went off in three different places as dusk fell, while one assailant was arrested after being wounded by his own grenade. They were the first such explosions in the city since President Evariste Ndayishimiye took office last June, though eight people were killed on May 9 in Muramvya province, about 65 kilometres (40 miles) away when unknown gunmen ambushed several cars. Ndayishimiye, who took office on his predecessor Pierre Nkurunziza's death, has carried out some reforms, including urging citizens to take COVID-19 seriously and lifting some restrictions on the media and activist groups. Minister of National Solidarity Imelde Sabushimike told Reuters she had not seen the HRW report.
Persons: Evariste Ndayishimiye, Pierre Nkurunziza's, of National Solidarity Imelde Sabushimike Organizations: Bujumbura, Human Rights Watch, BBC, of National Solidarity, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Muramvya province, York
Factbox: The cost of ten years of devastating war in Syria
  + stars: | 2021-05-26 | by ( ) + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
THE HUMAN TOLL:*Death count and detainee estimates:The Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR), which has been documenting the war from outside Syria and briefs UN agencies, has documented 227,749 civilians who were killed from March 2011 until now. Many have been arbitrarily detained for participating in peaceful protests or for expressing dissenting political opinion, according to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. Those figures match estimates by groups such as Human Rights Watch and Amnesty. The report also cites official data which showed by the end of 2018 real GDP had lost 54% of its pre-conflict level. U.K. based aid group World Vision International said this year a child's life expectancy in Syria has been reduced by 13 years.
Persons: Bashar al Assad's, Assad, SNHR Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Syrian Network for Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty, Rights Watch, UNHCR, Bank, World Bank, Thomson Locations: Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria, Iran, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan
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