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The groups include Palestinian human rights organisations Addameer and Al-Haq, which document alleged rights violations by both Israel and the Western-backed Palestinian Authority in the occupied West Bank. Addameer and another of the groups, Defense for Children International - Palestine, rejected the accusations as an "attempt to eliminate Palestinian civil society." "We believe respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms and a strong civil society are critically important to responsible and responsive governance," he said. "It is part of the rough battle Israel is launching against the Palestinian people and against civil society groups, in order to exhaust them," PFLP official Kayed Al-Ghoul said. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said the "decision is an alarming escalation that threatens to shut down the work of Palestine's most prominent civil society organizations."
Persons: Liberation of, Maher Al, Akhras, Mohammed Salem, Haq, Israel's, Ned Price, European Union terrorism blacklists, Ghoul, Israel, Rami Ayyub, Ali Sawafta, Nidal, Stephen Farrell, William Maclean, Mark Porter Organizations: Popular Front, Liberation, Liberation of Palestine, REUTERS, TEL, United Nations, Palestinian Authority, West Bank, Rights Watch, Amnesty International, Defense, Children International, Palestine, United Nations Human Rights, State, PFLP, European Union terrorism, Human Rights Watch, West, Thomson Locations: Israel, Gaza City, TEL AVIV, Al, United States, Gaza, West Bank, East Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ramallah, Jerusalem
These and other accounts are among 160 reports filed by federal asylum officers from 2016 to 2021, relaying details of abuse that asylum seekers described experiencing during interactions with border officials and while in U.S. custody. Scenes last month of Border Patrol agents on horseback in Del Rio, Texas, corralling Black migrants with their reins have renewed a focus on years of complaints about inhumane treatment of undocumented immigrants. “The department does not tolerate any form of abuse or misconduct,” a homeland security spokeswoman, Marsha Espinosa, said in a statement on Wednesday night. An internal investigation into their actions is underway, and Biden administration officials have promised to publicly share the findings. During his confirmation hearing on Tuesday, Mr. Biden’s choice to lead Customs and Border Protection, Chris Magnus, promised lawmakers that he would be forthcoming about the Del Rio investigation.
Persons: Trump, , Marsha Espinosa, Espinosa, Alejandro N, Biden, Chris Magnus, Del Organizations: Human Rights Watch, Border Patrol, Civil Rights, Civil Liberties, Biden, Customs Locations: U.S, Del Rio , Texas, Del Rio
The New York-based nonprofit sued for copies of internal reports filed by U.S. asylum officers of alleged misconduct committed by U.S. and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents. Under U.S. immigration law, migrants arrested by border agents are referred for an interview with asylum officers from U.S. It was during those interviews that migrants brought up descriptions of verbal and physical abuse by U.S. border agents, the records show. There were multiple internal reports of verbal abuse, including a migrant from Honduras who said border agents: "called us sons of bitches, dogs, parasites, trash." Another asylum applicant said border agents "told us that we gave birth to rats," according to the records.
Persons: Jose Luis Gonzalez, Biden, Joe Biden, Donald Trump, Kristina Cooke, Mica Rosenberg, Aurora Ellis Organizations: Rescue Unit, Central America, U.S . Customs, Border Protection, REUTERS, Human Rights Watch, The, U.S, . Citizenship, Immigration Services, U.S . Department of Homeland Security, CBP, Democrat, Republican, Thomson Locations: Central, United States, Mexico, Dona Ana County , New Mexico, U.S, The New York, Customs, California, Honduras, Texas, San Francisco
BEIRUT, Lebanon — The Syrian government has executed 24 people and sentenced 11 others to life in prison with hard labor for lighting wildfires that burned across the country’s northwest last year, the Syrian justice ministry announced in a statement on Facebook on Thursday. The people convicted were accused not of arson but of terrorism, the government said, because their actions caused death, as well as extensive damage to infrastructure, private and public property, farmland and forests. The harshness of the sentences, which were imposed on Wednesday, shocked even human rights campaigners who have tracked the brutality of the country’s 10-year civil war. During that time, the government of President Bashar al-Assad has bombed Syria’s own cities, imposed suffocating sieges on rebellious communities and disappeared an unknown number of people into its prisons. “The idea that 24 people were executed in relation to wildfires just smacks of the farce that Bashar al-Assad has made of the justice system over the last decade,” said Sara Kayyali, a Syria researcher with Human Rights Watch.
Persons: Bashar al, Assad, , Sara Kayyali Organizations: Facebook, Human Rights Watch Locations: BEIRUT, Lebanon, Syria
Adebanjo Akinwunmi raises his flags as Nigeria marks the first anniversary of the EndSARS anti-police brutality protests in Lagos, Nigeria October 16, 2021. Joined by thousands of his countrymen, he demanded an end to what demonstrators said was endemic police brutality. One year on, activists say those government promises have proven hollow. Activists say that makes it harder to organise. Additional reporting by Felix Onuah and Camillus Eboh in Abuja Editing by Peter GraffOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Akinwunmi, Adebanjo Akinwunmi, Rinu Oduala, Muhammadu Buhari, Libby George, Felix Onuah, Camillus, Peter Graff Organizations: REUTERS, Nneka, Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, Twitter, Thomson Locations: Nigeria, Lagos, Nneka Chile LAGOS, Nigerian, Nneka Chile, Camillus Eboh, Abuja
Syrian refugees are seen at the Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, Jordan June 17, 2021. The HRW report, entitled "Our Lives Are Like Death", also interviewed officials in U.N bodies, non-governmental organisations and lawyers. Minister of Social Affairs Hector Hajjar said Lebanon was committed to the principal of no forceful returns of Syrian refugees, and of guaranteeing their eventual safe return with respect to international treaties. All countries should halt forced repatriations to Syria, HRW added. Despite the refugees worsening plight in Lebanon and Jordan, the number of spontaneous returns has not significantly increased, HRW added.
Persons: Jordan, Al Sukhni, Sara Kayyali, Shadi, Bashar al Assad, Lebanon, Social Affairs Hector Hajjar, repatriations, Kayyali, , Abou Alaa, Suleiman Al, Khalidi, John Stonestreet Organizations: REUTERS, HRW, Human Rights Watch, U.S, Reuters, Authorities, Social Affairs, Hams, Thomson Locations: Jordanian, Mafraq, Syria, Lebanon, Beirut, AMMAN, Jordan, pursing, Akkar, Amman
LAGOS, Oct 20 (Reuters) - One year ago, Adebanjo Akinwunmi gleefully waved a Nigerian flag at the Lekki Toll Gate, a stretch of tarmac in front of toll booths on a highway on the outskirts of Lagos. But the ebullient protests, which had taken place in cities across the nation of some 200 million, ended at the toll gate in a hail of gunfire. The largely peaceful protesters waved Nigerian flags and held placards reading: "Say no to oppression". 1/8 Adebanjo Akinwunmi raises his flags as Nigeria marks the one anniversary of the EndSARS anti-police brutality protests in Lagos, Nigeria October 16, 2021. Rinu Oduala, who served on a panel investigating police brutality in Lagos, quit in February in frustration because the body was failing to tackle the problem.
Persons: Adebanjo Akinwunmi, Akinwunmi, Lai Mohammed, Mohammed, Rinu Oduala, Muhammadu Buhari, Seun Sanni, Felix Onuah, Camillus, Peter Graff, Giles Elgood Organizations: Amnesty, REUTERS, Human Rights Watch, Twitter, Thomson Locations: LAGOS, Nigerian, Lagos, Nigeria, Abuja, Chile, Camillus Eboh
MIAMI — Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday that Cuba’s government had arbitrarily arrested, beaten and abused protesters following unprecedented demonstrations earlier this year in a bid to strike fear into the populace and clamp down on dissent. Thousands of Cubans marched on July 11 in the largest protests to rock the communist-run country since Fidel Castro’s 1959 revolution. Human Rights Watch said it had nonetheless gathered evidence of rights abuses by Cuban police and military from phone interviews with activists, victims, their relatives, journalists, and lawyers, as well as from case files, press reports and photos and video. Over 1,000 people were arrested, according to the Cuban rights group Cubalex, and at least 500 are still detained or under house arrest. “They took to the streets because they had nothing to lose,” Human Rights Watch director Jose Miguel Vivanco told reporters in Miami.
Persons: Fidel Castro’s, , Juan Pappier, Jose Miguel Vivanco, Vivanco Organizations: Rights Watch, Security, Human Rights Watch, Cuban, , Rights, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: MIAMI, Cuba, United States, Miami, Caribbean
Her son was one of the protesters killed at Lekki tollgate last year. Wisdom Okon's relatives told CNN last year he went missing after he went to the toll gate. JUST WATCHED Government CCTV footage helps corroborate CNN Nigeria investigation Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Government CCTV footage helps corroborate CNN Nigeria investigation 03:54It said that hoodlums were mixed into the crowds of protesters. No accountabilityOne year on from the Lekki toll gate shootings, and no one has taken responsibility for what happened that night, nor has anyone been held to account. The Lagos State panel set up to investigate the shooting and other cases of abuse visits Lekki toll gate on Oct. 30, 2020.
Persons: Adesola, Okada, tollgate, Wisdom Okon's, Lekki tollgate, Ahmed Taiwo, Anietie Ewang, DJ, Catherine Udeh, hasn't Organizations: CNN, Nigerian, Amnesty, Rights Watch, Human Rights Watch, The Locations: Lagos, Nigeria, CNN Nigeria, Nigerian, Africa's, The Lagos
REUTERS/Alexandre Meneghini/File PhotoMIAMI, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday that Cuba's government had arbitrarily arrested, beaten and abused protesters following unprecedented demonstrations earlier this year in a bid to strike fear into the populace and clamp down on dissent. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said it had documented at least 130 cases in which security forces violated due process, beat, sexually abused or forced into solitary confinement citizens participating in rallies it described as "overwhelmingly peaceful anti-government protests." Human Rights Watch said it had nonetheless gathered evidence of rights abuses by Cuban police and military from phone interviews with activists, victims, their relatives, journalists, and lawyers, as well as from case files, press reports and photos and video. Over 1,000 people were arrested, according to the Cuban rights group Cubalex, and at least 500 are still detained or under house arrest. "They took to the streets because they had nothing to lose," Human Rights Watch director Jose Miguel Vivanco told reporters in Miami.
Persons: Alexandre Meneghini, Fidel Castro's, , Juan Pappier, Jose Miguel Vivanco, Vivanco, Giles Elgood Organizations: REUTERS, Rights Watch, Security, Human Rights Watch, Cuban, Rights, Caribbean, Thomson Locations: Havana, Cuba, United States, Miami, Caribbean
Apple has censored a Quran app and a Bible app in China, the company confirmed to the BBC. The apps, which are called Quran Majeed and Bible App by Olive Tree, were first reported as having been taken down by activist website Apple Censorship on Tuesday. Quran Majeed has over 5 million downloads on the Google Play Store, while Bible App by Olive Tree has just over 1 million. The developer of the Quran Majeed app confirmed to Insider the app had been removed from China's App Store, and said Apple had instructed it to contact the the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC). The developer behind Bible App by Olive Tree did not immediately respond when contacted by Insider.
Persons: Apple, Majeed, Olive Tree, Quran Majeed, Hasan Shafiq Ahmed, Ahmed, Insider's Alex Ma Organizations: Apple, BBC, Service, Google, Cyberspace Administration of China, CAC, Pakistan Data Management, Human Rights Watch, LinkedIn Locations: China
DUBAI, Oct 14 (Reuters) - Human Rights Watch on Thursday called on Kuwait to overturn a conviction against a transgender Kuwaiti woman sentenced this month to two years in prison for "imitating the opposite sex" online and to amend a law that allows such prosecutions. A court in the Gulf Arab state on Oct. 3 also fined Maha al-Mutairi, 40, 1,000 dinars ($3,320), saying the she was "misusing phone communication" with her online posts, the rights group said. "Mutairi's story is one of many horrific accounts by transgender Kuwaitis whose only crime is expressing themselves publicly," said Rasha Younes, LGBT rights researcher at Human Rights Watch. "Kuwait should immediately release Mutairi, investigate her allegations of sexual violence in detention, and end its criminalisation and harassment of transgender people." She was allowed to call her lawyer and had not reported mistreatment this time, the rights group said, citing Enezi.
Persons: Maha, Mutairi, Kuwaitis, Rasha Younes, Ibtissam, Enezi, Lisa Barrington, Nick Macfie Organizations: Rights, Human Rights Watch, Thomson Locations: DUBAI, Kuwait, Kuwaiti, Gulf, Oman
Millennial literary sensation Sally Rooney has chosen not to sell the Hebrew translation rights of her latest novel to an Israel-based publishing house, sparking renewed debate around the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions movement. The BDS movement has called for boycotts against Israeli businesses, universities and cultural institutions in what it says is a nonviolent campaign against Israeli abuses against Palestinians. Under Israeli law, supporters of the movement can be denied entry to Israel. "Of course, many states other than Israel are guilty of grievous human rights abuses," Rooney said in her statement Tuesday. "In this particular case, I am responding to the call from Palestinian civil society, including all major Palestinian trade unions and writers’ unions."
Persons: Sally Rooney, Divestments, Rooney, Farrar, Straus, Giroux, , Israel, Modan, Rooney won’t, Gitit Levy, Paz, Rooney’s, Ronan Burtenshaw Organizations: NBC, Israel, Human Rights Watch, Haaretz, Jewish People Policy Institute, magazine Tribune, Trinity College, Hamas, Irish, West Bank, , Foreign Ministry Locations: Israel, British, Dublin, Palestinian, Ireland’s
The Mexican government's National Migration Institute (INM) had described the Sept. 29 flight to Port-au-Prince with 70 migrants on board as "voluntary assisted return." When asked about Norassaint's experience, Mexico's migration institute said it followed legal administrative protocol to return people to Haiti. The migration institute sent another 130 migrants back to Haiti by plane on Wednesday; that flight was not labeled "voluntary." Another man on the flight, Alfred, also mourned his surprise deportation to Haiti after he left the country in 2009 to live in the Dominican Republic, and then Chile. He hoped to reach the United States to escape worsening discrimination in Chile, but hung back in Mexico to avoid deportation.
Persons: Nikel Norassaint, Prince, Norassaint, Joe Biden, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Biden, Jovenel Moise, Jose Miguel Vivanco, Alfred, We've, Daina Beth Solomon, Aurora Ellis Organizations: Mexico's National Institute of Immigration, National Institute of Immigration, REUTERS, REUTERS MEXICO CITY, U.S, Ciudad Acuna, National Migration Institute, resettling, Human Rights Watch, Thomson Locations: Tapachula, Chiapas, Mexico, Port, REUTERS MEXICO, Villahermosa, U.S, I'm, Haiti, United States, Del Rio , Texas, Caribbean, Del Rio, Ciudad, Mexican, Dominican Republic, Chile, Americas, Miragoane, Ciudad Acuna, Colombia, Panama, Tijuana
Oct 8 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabian human rights group ALQST accused the Premier League of being driven only by money and employing 'profoundly inadequate' criteria for assessing human rights considerations in the wake of Newcastle United being acquired by a Saudi-led consortium. While fans are hopeful that the takeover will help turn the Premier League club's fortunes around, several human rights groups have questioned the Premier League for allowing the move to go through, pointing to Saudi Arabia's poor human rights record. For the Premier League... they are effectively inviting other abusive leaders to follow suit," ALQST acting director Nabhan al-Hanashi told Reuters. Human Rights Watch described the takeover as a wake-up call for fans, broadcasters and players. "This is against the backdrop of a strategy by Saudi Arabia to use sports teams, athletes and major sporting events in the country to distract from its national human rights crises," said Minky Worden, director of global initiatives at Human Rights Watch.
Persons: Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, Amanda Staveley, Nabhan, Hanashi, Memarian, DAWN, Jamal Khashoggi, Minky Worden, PIF, Staveley, Dhruv, Pritha Sarkar, Christian Organizations: Premier League of, Newcastle United, Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund, RB Sports & Media, PCP Capital Partners, Premier League club's, Premier League, Reuters, Democracy, Saudi, Rights, Human Rights Watch, The Premier League, Newcastle United Football, Times, Thomson Locations: Saudi, Saudi Arabia, Istanbul, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, U.S, Bengaluru
This summer, both decided to set out on a harrowing journey through a dozen countries to seek a new life in the United States. Haitian migrants interviewed by Reuters reported inconsistent testing for COVID-19 at the border, with some who were expelled saying they were not tested in the United States at all. There, with Renois clutching her husband Destinoble with one hand and Angelina with the other, they waded into the United States. By this summer, the couple had saved the $11,000 they needed for their journey to the United States. The family arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border and slept on the ground under the bridge for several days until they were transferred to a Border Patrol facility.
Persons: Marcus, Zalah, Marco Bello, Macdalla Renois, Renois, Sajous, Oberto Destinoble, Donald Trump, Joe Biden, Biden, Clara Long, Destinoble, Angelina, Zarah, Mica Rosenberg, Gessika Thomas, Kristina Cooke, Daina Beth Soloman, Ciudad Acuna, Daniel Becerril, Alistair Bell Organizations: . Customs, Protection, REUTERS, Marco Bello PORT, U.S, Reuters, U.S . Department of Homeland Security, DHS, Trump, Central, Human Rights Watch, U.S . Border Patrol, Central America, Patrol, Thomson Locations: Haitian, Lake Park , Florida, U.S, Del Rio, Haiti, South America, United States, Colombia, Panama, Mexico, Rio, Del Rio , Texas, Florida, USA, MEXICO, Mexico's, Guatemala, Rio Grande, Chile, Mexican, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, Darien, Costa Rica, Central, New York, Port, San Francisco, Ciudad, Lake Park
Responding to Reuters' questions about the transfer, a UEI spokeswoman said the company currently employs 365 Uyghur workers at the Qinzhou plant. A Samsung spokesman said the company prohibits its suppliers from using all forms of forced labor and requires that all employment be freely chosen. UEI’s operation underscores the role played by agents in supplying companies with Uyghur workers. "Uyghur workers are the most convenient workers for companies," one of the agents told Reuters. The education activities in UEI’s factory only apply to the Uyghur workers, according to two Qinzhou government notices.
Persons: Hotan, UEI, David McKean, Xu Guixiang, UEI’s Qinzhou, UEI's, Gemstar, Cate Cadell Organizations: Universal Electronics Inc, Reuters, Nasdaq, Sony, Samsung, LG, Microsoft, Sony Group Corp, Samsung Electronics Co, LG Corp, Microsoft Corp, Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, U.S . Department of State, State Department, U.S ., The, Department, Justice Department, U.S . Customs, Customs, U.S . Congress, Labor, Senate, Representatives, United Nations, Australian Strategic Policy Institute, BlackRock Inc, Eagle Asset Management, Carillon, Advisers, Economic, U.S, Qinzhou Foreign Affairs Office, Gemstar Technology, Thomson Locations: QINZHOU, China, Xinjiang, Qinzhou, Xinjiang's Hotan, Guangxi, UEI, United States, Beijing, U.S, Scottsdale , Arizona, Hotan, UEI's, Kashgar, Xiaogan, Hubei province, XINJIANG
GENEVA — Spurred by mounting evidence of Taliban abuses since the group seized power two months ago, the United Nations top human rights body voted Thursday to appoint an independent expert backed by specialist advisers to investigate and report on abuses in Afghanistan. The Human Rights Council in Geneva adopted a European Union-led resolution endorsed by 50 mainly European and Latin American countries that will install, by March of next year, a special rapporteur and a team of technical experts to monitor human rights there. China condemned the initiative for overlooking the abuses by American forces and their allies over the past 20 years. Russia, challenging the “biased, imbalanced and destructive” resolution, also took aim at America’s “hasty and irresponsible withdrawal” without ensuring a smooth transition of power. But the 47-member council, after discarding a series of hostile amendments proposed by China, voted 28 to 5 in favor of the resolution, with 14 members abstaining.
Organizations: United Nations, Human Rights Locations: GENEVA, Afghanistan, Geneva, Union, China, Russia
Members narrowly voted to reject a resolution led by the Netherlands to give the independent investigators another two years to monitor atrocities in Yemen's conflict. The independent investigators have said in the past that potential war crimes have been committed by all sides in the seven-year conflict that has pitted a Saudi-led coalition against Iran-allied Houthi rebels. The kingdom is not a voting member of the U.N. Human Rights Council and its delegation did not respond to Reuters' requests for comment. Radhya Almutawakel, chairperson of the independent Yemeni activist group Mwatana for Human Rights, said she was deeply disappointed by the result. John Fisher of Human Rights Watch said that the failure to renew the mandate was "a stain on the record of the Human Rights Council".
Persons: Ali Owidha, Guterres, Peter Bekker, Antonio Guterres, Stephane Dujarric, , ” Dujarric, Katharine Stasch, Yusuf Abdulkarim Bucheeri, Radhya Almutawakel, GEE, , John Fisher, Michelle Nichols, Alex Richardson, Andrew Heavens, Sonya Hepinstall Organizations: REUTERS, UN, Human Rights, GENEVA, Human Rights Council, United, Yemeni, Eminent, Human Rights Watch, Thomson Locations: Marib, Yemen, Bahrain, Russia, Netherlands, Saudi, Iran, Dutch, New York, Geneva, Saudi Arabia, Bahraini, China, Cuba, Pakistan, Venezuela, Uzbekistan, Britain, France, Germany, United States, Dubai
Al-Maha Al-Majid, a candidate in Qatar's Shura Council election, poses for a photo next to an election poster in Doha, Qatar September 30, 2021. She urged Qatari women to start "voicing what they believe in" and vote for strong women candidates in future. Jasim, like fellow female candidates, said she had encountered some men who thought women should not run. Several female candidates had been seeking to improve the integration into Qatari society of children of female citizens married to foreigners who, like in other Gulf states, cannot pass their Qatari nationality to their children. Male candidate Sabaan Al Jassim, 65, supports women standing in elections but said their primary role remains in the family.
Persons: Maha Al, Majid, Al, Aisha Hamam al, Hanan Mohamed Al Kuwari, Jasim, Leena al, , Maha al, I'm, Sabaan Al Jassim, Mutaawa'a, Lisa Barrington, Sandra Maler Organizations: REUTERS, Human Rights Watch, Public Health, Council, Thomson Locations: Qatar's, Doha, Qatar, Al Omari DOHA, Doha's Markhiya
The United States and rights groups are calling for a full investigation after a prominent Rohingya Muslim leader was shot and killed at a refugee camp in Bangladesh. Manir Uz Zaman / AFP via Getty Images fileMohibullah had been an international advocate for Rohingya rights, including traveling to the White House for a meeting on religious freedom in 2019. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. was saddened by the murder and praised Mohibullah as a brave and fierce advocate for Rohingya rights. As leader of the Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace and Human Rights, Mohibullah painstakingly documented the testimonials of survivors in the camps. Saad Hammadi, South Asia campaigner for Amnesty International, said Mohibullah's killing "sends a chilling effect across the entire community."
Persons: Mohibullah, Manir Uz Zaman, Antony Blinken, ” Blinken, , ” Meenakshi Ganguly, Donald Trump, Brendan Smialowski, ” Eva Buzo, Saad Hammadi Organizations: Getty, White, NBC, Human Rights Watch, Arakan Rohingya Society for Peace, Human, International Criminal, Human Rights, NBC News, Amnesty International Locations: States, Bangladesh, Cox's Bazar, Myanmar, U.S, Asia, Arakan, AFP, South Asia
The review will also explore how to deal with the spread of false information on social media, such as Facebook and YouTube, which is covered by a separate law. read moreThe bill also requires media outlets, including internet news service providers, to issue corrections for erroneous reports. Irene Khan, a U.N. special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, singled out the current bill's vague language and disproportionate punishment, which she said could undercut not only media freedom but also national prestige. Public sentiment is divided, with a poll by WinGKorea Consulting released in August showing around 46% of respondents supported the bill, while nearly 42% said it would suppress press freedom. South Korea ranks 42 out of 180 countries on this year's World Press Freedom Index compiled by Reporters Without Borders.
Persons: Moon Jae, Yun Ho, jung, Ethan Hee, seok Shin, Irene Khan, Khan, Mary Lawlor, U.N, Hyonhee Shin, Richard Pullin Organizations: Democratic Party, Facebook, YouTube, Human Rights Watch, South Korea's National Assembly, Group, WinGKorea Consulting, South, Thomson Locations: SEOUL, South Korea, Seoul, Korea
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan addresses the 76th Session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York City, U.S., September 21, 2021. Washington says the S-400s pose a threat to its F-35 fighter jets and to NATO's broader defence systems. Turkey says it was unable to procure air defence systems from any NATO ally on satisfactory terms. Erdogan will visit Russia next week to meet President Vladimir Putin to discuss issues including the violence in northwestern Syria. Turkey is among the top jailers of journalists, according to figures from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), while Human Rights Watch (HRW) says Erdogan's authoritarian rule has consolidated by passing legislation that contravenes international human rights obligations.
Persons: Tayyip Erdogan, Eduardo Munoz, Erdogan, Margaret Brennan, Ismail Demir, Vladimir Putin, Joe Biden, Biden, Humeyra Pamuk, Ezgi, Toby Chopra, Pravin Char, Daniel Wallis Organizations: General Assembly, REUTERS, NATO, Washington, CBS News, Turkey's Defence Industry Directorate, Committee, Protect Journalists, Human Rights Watch, Reuters, Thomson Locations: New York City, U.S, Pool WASHINGTON, Turkey, Russia, Washington, United States, Syria, Brussels, Afghanistan, Russian, Ottoman Empire
KINSHASA, Sept 24 (Reuters) - Rights groups called on military authorities in Democratic Republic of Congo on Friday to release a journalist arrested on terrorism charges for the possession of a video showing the assassination of two U.N. sanctions monitors in 2017. Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) all called for Kambidi to be released. "Until proven otherwise, Kambidi is a journalist who has done nothing but his job, and should not be forced to reveal his sources," Senga told Reuters. Congolese authorities initially blamed a militia, arrested about two dozen alleged fighters and charged them with involvement in the killings. They have, however, denied suggestions by rights groups that higher-level government and security officials might have been involved in the killings.
Persons: Sosthene Kambidi, Kambidi, Gode Kabongo, Jean, Mobert, Senga, Michael Sharp, Hereward Holland, Aaron Ross, Gareth Jones Organizations: Democratic, Radio France, Reuters, RFI, Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, Thomson Locations: KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congolese, Kinshasa, Congo's Kasai, Kasai
"The current situation in Afghanistan is a moment of reckoning — a moment when the human rights gains that the Afghan people have built over two decades is at risk of collapse," the report says. Daryabi, 22, says he was covering a women's rights protest in Kabul this month when he was taken to a police station by Taliban fighters and severely beaten. Journalists Nemat Naqdi, left, and Taqi Daryabi, show their wounds sustained after Taliban fighters tortured and beat them in custody after they were arrested for reporting on a women's rights protest in Kabul. However, in some cases, women have already been instructed to stay at home because Taliban forces "were not trained to deal with women," Bachelet said. Human Rights Watch reported last month that Taliban forces advancing in Ghazni, Kandahar and other provinces had summarily executed detained soldiers, police and civilians alleged to have ties to the previous government.
Persons: Taqi, Nemat Naqdi, Taqi Daryabi, Marcus Yam, Ashraf Ghani, Zabihullah Mujahid, Ghani, Shukria, Michelle Bachelet, Bachelet, Hamdullah Namony, , Shaheed, Aamir Qureshi, Daniel Balson, Patricia Gossman Organizations: United Nations, Amnesty International, Taliban, Los Angeles Times, Getty, Hazara, U.S, NBC, Al, Shariah, Shaheed Rabbani Education University, Human Rights Watch, NBC News, Amnesty, Asia Locations: Afghanistan, Kabul, U.S, Al Jazeera, Afghan, Norway, Britain, Ghazni, Kandahar, Europe, Central Asia, Helmand
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