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President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to "end forever wars," but human rights groups are concerned by a lack of specifics behind this vow. Biden has been fairly silent on topics like drone strikes and air strikes, and hasn't outlined how he'd work to prevent civilian casualties. American service members are also scattered across Africa and involved in counterterrorism operations, including drone strikes, throughout the continent. "One of Biden's first steps should be to bar the CIA from carrying out drone strikes and other targeted killings. "We saw a huge increase in air strikes during the Trump administration, and a corresponding huge increase in civilians killed and injured from those air strikes," Eviatar said, noting that Amnesty documented 1,600 civilians killed from a four-month campaign in Syria alone.
Persons: Joe Biden, Daphne Eviatar, Biden, hasn't, Letta Tayler, Eviatar, It's, Tayler, MOHAMMED HUWAIS, Getty Images Biden, Avril Haines, Obama, Haines, Brown, Donald Trump, BaderKhan Ahmad, George W, Bush, Barack Obama, Saul Loeb, Trump Organizations: Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Human, Human Rights, Getty Images, Islamic State, US Army, Getty, ISIS, CIA, National Defense University, Investigative Journalism, Bureau, Pentagon, Amnesty, Biden Locations: Afghanistan, Somalia, AFP, Iraq, Syria, Africa, Saudi, Yemen, Al, Guantanamo, Washington , DC, Pakistan
FILE PHOTO: A truck drives amongst workings at the De Beers Voorspoed Diamond mine near Kroonstad, South Africa May 3, 2017. REUTERS/James Oatway(Reuters) - Diamond mining giant De Beers on Monday outlined plans to ethically source its diamonds and be carbon neutral by 2030 due to growing investor pressure on companies to be environmentally and socially responsible. The initiative is the latest example of a miner setting sustainability goals in an industry blamed for depletion of natural resources, smuggling and child labor in supply lines. The company has tracked high-value diamonds from miner to retailer using blockchain to clear the supply chain of imposters and conflict minerals. Advocacy group Human Rights Watch had warned this month that major jewellery brands are still not doing enough to combat human rights and environmental abuses in their gold and diamond supply chains.
Persons: James Oatway, Beers, De Beers, De Organizations: De, REUTERS, Diamond, Human Rights Watch Locations: Kroonstad, South Africa, De, Canada, De Beers, kimberlite
The demonstration and the meeting were rare events in the communist-run island where dissent is not tolerated. At the end officials agreed to review the case of the jailed rapper and to hold future talks over their complaints on freedom of expression. Authorities said the expulsion was necessary because one of the 14 members had recently arrived from Mexico and had not quarantined appropriately. The group was protesting the imprisonment of one of their members, rapper Denis Solis. Only one of the 14 members of the original group was present at the protest Friday night.
Persons: , Michel Matos, , , Tania Bruguera, Jorge Perugurría, Denis Solis, Luis Manuel Alcántara, Maykel Castillo Pérez, Matos, Alcántara, Castillo, ” Michel, Iliana, Hernández, Omara Uquiola, Orlando Matos, Roberto Leon, Carmen Sesin Organizations: Ministry of Culture, San Isidro Movement, Authorities, Cuban, Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: HAVANA, Cuba, Havana, Mexico, United States, Cuban, Madrid, Mexico City, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Miami
One of Saudi Arabia's most prominent women's rights campaigners, Loujain al-Hathloul, shook uncontrollably and spoke in an uncharacteristically faint voice during a rare court appearance this week, a family member told NBC News on Thursday. Loujain, 31, was told during the hearing that her case would be transferred to the country's Specialized Criminal Court, which deals with terrorism cases, Lina said. Lynn Maalouf, deputy regional director for the Middle East and North Africa at London-based rights campaigner Amnesty International, called the court transfer "a disturbing move." Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have said that at least three jailed women's rights activists, including Loujain, have been held in solitary confinement and subjected to abuse including electric shocks, flogging and sexual assault. Demonstrators from Amnesty International stage a protest on International Women's day in 2019 to urge Saudi authorities to release jailed women's rights activists Loujain al-Hathloul, Eman al-Nafjan and Aziza al-Yousef outside the Saudi embassy in Paris, France.
Persons: Loujain, Lina al, Lina, Lynn Maalouf, Salman al, Yousef, Benoit Tessier, Foreign Affairs Adel, Jubeir, Hathloul, Donald Trump, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Joe Biden, crackdowns, Jamal Khashoggi Organizations: NBC, Amnesty International, Saudi, Diplomats, Amnesty, Human Rights Watch, Loujain, Reuters, State, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Affairs Adel Al, BBC, Saudi Washington Post, Associated Press Locations: Saudi, Berlin, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Loujain, East, North Africa, London, Paris, France, U.S, Yemen, Istanbul
Jailed Saudi women's rights activists given rare court appearance
  + stars: | 2020-11-25 | by ( Raya Jalabi | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Four jailed Saudi women’s rights activists were given a rare appearance in court on Wednesday, the family of one of them said, as the kingdom’s human rights record faces new scrutiny following the election defeat of U.S. President Donald Trump. FILE PHOTO: Saudi women's rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul is seen in this undated handout picture. The judge announced he was transferring the case from regular criminal court to a terrorism court, Lina al-Hathloul said. Another sister, Alia al-Hathloul, tweeted that three other prominent women’s rights activists - Nassima Al-Sadah, Samar Badawi and Nouf Abdelaziz - had also appeared. In a letter to the Saudi ambassador to Washington on Tuesday, a bipartisan group of senators called on Saudi Arabia to release the women’s rights activists.
Persons: Donald Trump, Loujain, Marieke, REUTERS Loujain, Lina, Lina al, Hathloul, Alia al, Nassima, Samar Badawi, Nouf Abdelaziz, Adam Coogle, stigmatize Hathloul, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Joe Biden, Jamal Khasshoggi Organizations: Saudi, U.S, REUTERS, Human Rights Watch, United Nations, Rights, Reuters, North Africa, TRUMP, Trump, Prince Locations: BEIRUT, Handout, Sadah, Saudi, Saudi Arabia, East, TRUMP Saudi Arabia, Washington, Riyadh, U.S, Istanbul, Britain
But in Thailand, that's exactly what thousands of students — some as young as 10 — have been doing for the last four months. They were originally motivated by plans to change the strictly traditional Thai school culture — a common sign at protests reads: "Our first dictatorship is school." Thai King Maha Vajiralongkorn and Queen Suthida ride on a train during the inauguration of a subway station in Bangkok on Nov. 14. Download the NBC News app for breaking news and politics"The highest dream is to have change in society and change in social structure. Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej sits with his family at a ceremony marking his 85th birthday at Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall in Bangkok in December 2012.
Persons: Lauren DeCicca, Akkarasorn Opilan, Ang, Prayuth Chan, ocha, Maha Vajiralongkorn, Suthida, Sunai, , Thais, Anon Nampa, Lillian Suwanrumpha, Panisa Khueanphet, Chiang, Thitinan Pongsudhirak, Thaksin Shinawatra, Duncan McCargo, McCargo, Bhumibol Adulyadej, Rama IX, Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Bhumibol, Rama X, Patrick Smith, Nat Sumon Organizations: Getty, Sporting, Thai Lawyers for Human Rights, Senate, Royal Household Bureau, Reuters, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights, Covid, Anon, Education Ministry, UNICEF, United Nations, University, Chulalongkorn University, NBC, Anon Nampa, Nampa, Copenhagen University, Forbes, Royal Thai Air Force Locations: Thailand, Bangkok, Thai, AFP, Chiang Rai, Germany, London
As the pandemic rages, Hungary ramps up anti-LGBTQ legislation
  + stars: | 2020-11-23 | by ( Dan Avery | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +11 min
A constitutional amendment before the Hungarian Parliament would effectively ban LGBTQ people from adopting, drawing the ire of human rights activists. Senior party officials even called for a boycott of Coca-Cola when it launched an LGBTQ-inclusive ad campaign that summer. These measures come as Hungary, like the rest of the world, is battling a deadly pandemic. Tamás Dombos, a board member for the Hatter Society, Hungary’s oldest and largest gay rights group, said the timing is strategic. Just days after Hungary announced the latest proposed amendments, the European Union's executive commission announced its first formal strategy to protect the rights of LGBTQ citizens.
Persons: Judit Varga, , Family Affairs Katalin, , Viktor Orban, John Thys, Viktor Orbán’s, ” Orbán, László, Kövér, Orbán, Ákos, who’s, ” Dombos, Dombos, Dorottya, Boldizsár Nagy, Redai, hasn’t, Novák, Gergely Karácsony, can’t, it’s, Vera Jourova, Francois Lenoir, Varga, they’ve Organizations: Family Affairs, Fidesz, Hungarian National Assembly, Coca, Human Rights Watch, Hatter Society, NBC News, Rights Watch, ” Budapest, Aryan Greens, E.U, Hungary's, EU General Affairs Council, Jan, Twitter, European Union, ” Fidesz, Facebook Locations: Hungarian, Brussels, Europe, Hungary, Budapest, Eastern Europe, Germany, Poland, European, Roma
Nalinrat, now a university student, had made allegations on social media of being sexually harassed at school several years ago. School is not a safe place.”Detractors criticised her for not being a real high-school student and she was bombarded with abusive messages. A YouGov poll in 2019 found that one in five Thais had experienced sexual harassment, with men almost as likely to face it as women. The most common form of sexual harassment was sexual assault - reported by 44% of those who had suffered harassment. “Schools are a place where rates of sexual harassment are high,” said Bajrasobhin Maneenil of the Feminist’s Liberation Front Thailand group.
Persons: ” Nalinrat, , Pareena Kraikupt, Prayuth Chan, Pareena, Nalinrat, Somchai Sawangkarn, Sunai Phasuk, Bajrasobhin Organizations: Ministry of Education, Reuters, Palang Pracharat Party of Prime, Human Rights Watch, , Student Protection Center Locations: BANGKOK, Thai, Nalinrat, Bangkok, Thailand
“The sniper kept on firing,” Mohamed Abyad, the uncle of the child also named Mohamed, told NBC News. Mohamed Faisal,10, was killed in a sniper attack last month in Yemen, his uncle said. Mohamed was only 10 when a suspected Houthi sniper killed him. That was in October — the deadliest month for Yemeni children and their families so far this year, according to Save the Children. And as the Yemeni war continues, the chance for respite for Yemeni children feels remote.
Persons: ” Mohamed Abyad, Mohamed, Mohamed Faisal, Abyad, Mohamed’s, , Houthi, , , Jamal Khashoggi, Xavier Joubert, Mohammed Huwais, ” Michael Page, Charlene Gubash, Saphora Smith Organizations: NBC News, NBC, , Saudi, Associated Press, United, United Arab Emirates, Getty, International Committee, Human Rights Watch, Reuters Locations: Saudi, Iran, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Sanaa, Riyadh, Dali province, New York City, London, United Arab, AFP, York, Cairo
COVID deals blow to Saudi Arabia's G20 summit ambitions
  + stars: | 2020-11-20 | by ( Marwa Rashad | Raya Jalabi | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +5 min
FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the Gulf Cooperation Council's (GCC) 40th Summit in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia December 10, 2019. DISRUPTIONSThe event’s virtual nature does at least align with Saudi Arabia’s ambitious digital agendas and technology-focused initiatives, “one bright spot amid the coronavirus-related disruptions,” Mogielnicki said. Against this backdrop is a flurry of activity by human rights groups and western lawmakers who have called on G20 capitals to boycott the event, renewing global attention on Saudi Arabia’s rights record. Earlier this month, the Saudi ambassador to Britain said the kingdom was considering clemency for some of the jailed women’s rights activists. Saudi Arabia jailed eight people for between seven and 20 years for Khashoggi’s killing.
Persons: Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, , Robert Mogielnicki, Jamal Khashoggi, Khalid al Falih, King Salman, ” Mogielnicki, Khashoggi’s, Loujain, Michael Page, Prince Mohammed Organizations: Saudi Arabia's Crown, Gulf Cooperation, Saudi Royal Court, REUTERS, Crown, Gulf States Institute, Investment, Reuters, Saudi, European Union, Human Rights Watch, Hathloul Locations: RIYADH, BEIRUT, Saudi Arabia, U.S, Summit, Riyadh, Bandar, Washington ., Saudi, Yemen, Britain, United States, London, Paris , New York, Los Angeles
In a letter to pro-privacy nonprofits on Thursday, Apple accused Facebook of collecting "as much data as possible" while showing a "disregard for user privacy." Facebook shot back saying Apple is abusing its dominance to "self-preference their own data collection." Apple and Facebook traded barbs this week over which one of them exploits their users more. Facebook hit back hard in a statement sent to Business Insider, accusing Apple of abusing its dominance to benefit itself. Security researcher Jeffrey Paul claimed in a blog this was because macOS has started harvesting data from users.
Persons: Apple, doesn't hoover, Jeffrey Paul, macOS Organizations: Apple, Facebook, Human Rights Watch, Electronic Frontier Foundation, Bloomberg, Business
Escalating conflict could threaten Ethiopia's economic success story
  + stars: | 2020-11-17 | by ( Elliot Smith | ) www.cnbc.com + 0.00   time to read: +6 min
Federal government forces loyal to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed are making advances in the semi-autonomous northern Tigray region, which is currently controlled by the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF). The TPLF led a coalition which ruled Ethiopia for almost three decades prior to Abiy taking office in 2018. On Friday, Human Rights Watch called on Tigray's regional authorities and the national government to protect civilians and property amid reports of mounting casualties. Economic implicationsThe prospect of a bloody and protracted conflict could dent Abiy's recent push to transform the country's economy. Reuters reported on Monday, citing military and diplomatic sources, that government forces had dropped bombs on the Tigrayan capital Mekelle.
Persons: EBRAHIM HAMID, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, Robert Besseling, EDUARDO SOTERAS, Verisk Maplecroft, Ed Hobey, Isaias Afwerki, Stringer, Laetitia Bader, Horn Organizations: Getty Images, Rights, IMF, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Getty, Reuters, Amnesty International, Ethiopia's, AFP, Getty Images Communications, UN Refugee Agency, UNHCR, Human Rights Watch Locations: Tigray, Gedaref, Getty Images Ethiopia, Federal, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Africa, Addis Zemen, Bahir Dar, AFP, Mekelle, Bole, Addis Ababa, Sudan
On its face, Prop 25 sounds like it would appeal to proponents of criminal justice reform. And recent research from UC Berkeley's California Policy Lab and the nonpartisan Public Policy Institute of California forecasts that if Prop 25 passes more people in the state will be released prior to arraignment. As of 2019, 49 of the state's 58 counties may have used pretrial risk assessment tools, according to PPIC . In need of reformProponents of Prop 25 say the measure would provide much-needed reform to the state's criminal justice system. For decades the non-profit supported the use of pretrial risk assessments as an alternative to cash bail.
Persons: Cash, Gavin Newsom, Karen Bass, Ben Winters, Rob Bonta, Bill, they've, It's, Megan Stevenson, Stevenson, Alison Shames, Shames, Jack Glaser, Johanna Lacoe, Fanno Burdeen, Alison Shames Organizations: CNN, California Democratic Party, Democratic, UC Berkeley's, Institute of California, California Republican Party, ACLU, Human Rights Watch, Arnold Ventures, Movement Alliance, University of Virginia School of Law, CNN Business, Research, University of California, Berkeley's School of Public, Lab, The California Democratic Party, ACLU, Human Rights Watch, PSA, Berkeley's School of Public Policy Locations: California, San Francisco, Kentucky, . Kentucky, Sonoma Counties, Sonoma County, PPIC
Similarly, an Islamic faith healer in northern Nigeria told HRW that he whips patients, leaving scars on their body, as a way to 'treat' them. She also added there aren't enough mental health professionals in the country, making it difficult to access mental health care. And if someone lives in such areas without mental health care, of course, they will find alternatives for care like traditional healers or churches," Dr. Orjinta explained. Under the act, people with mental health conditions are allowed to be detained, even without the provision of medical treatment. I want it to be respectful and accommodate the rights of persons with mental health conditions," she told CNN.
Persons: Alvan Godwin, Godwin, Godwin's, Nancy Orjinta, Orjinta, Muhammadu Buhari, Hauwa Organizations: CNN, Integrative, Global Health, Christian, Human Rights Watch, HRW, Federal Neuropsychiatric Hospital, Nigerian Medicine Journal, Health Organization, Mental, Lagos, Abuja, CNN Locations: Lagos, Nigeria, Kaduna, Nigeria's, Abuja, Africa, However, Africa
(CNN) An intense argument recorded and posted in a WhatsApp group has led to a death penalty sentence and a family torn apart over allegations of insulting Prophet Mohammed, according to lawyers for the defendant. The recording was shared widely, causing mass outrage in the highly conservative, majority Muslim, state, according to various reports. No legal representationUnder Sharia law, a voluntary confession is binding, according to court papers. The Sharia court is, however, statute-bound to provide legal representation. Governors of the northern states, where Sharia law is practiced, argue that it applies only to Muslims, and not to citizens of other faiths.
Persons: Prophet Mohammed, Yahaya Sharif, Aminu, Sharif, Kabiru Ibrahim, Kola, Bashir Aliyu Umar, Abdullahi Ganduje, Ganduje, Osai Ojigho, Frederick A, Davie, Mubarak Bala, Wole Soyinka, amputations, Sani Yakubu Rodi, Zamfara, Leo Igwe, Ebenezer Odubule, Prophet Mohammed, Frederick A. Davie Organizations: CNN, Penal, Legal Aid Council, Foundation for Religious, Daily Post, Amnesty, Hisbah Corps, United States Commission, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights, of, Federation, Humanist Association of Nigeria, Atheist Society of Nigeria, ASN, WhatsApp, CNN, Kola Alapinni, Whatsapp, Facebook, USCIRF Locations: Nigeria, Kano, Sharif, Kano's, Nigerian, Bashir Aliyu Umar Kano's, Kaduna, Iranian, Bala, Nigeria's, Saudi Arabia, Akwa Ibom, Nigeria, Kano, Kaduna
It was like hell," Sallah told CNN. Between 2014 and 2018, the IOM estimates more than 35,000 Gambians reached Europe through "irregular means." While in detention, Sallah met a fellow Gambian who suggested they set up the non-profit organization Youth Against Irregular Migration (YAIM) to warn others back home about the risks of irregular migration. Weeks after returning to The Gambia, Sallah said he met with some members of YAIM who signed up in the detention center. Community awarenessThrough YAIM, the returnees began campaigns around irregular migration in The Gambia, warning others about the perils of journeying to Europe.
Persons: Sallah, Europe Sallah, he'd, Yahya Jammeh, Etienne Micallef, Weeks, YAIM, Tombong, Kuyateh, Miko Alazas Organizations: Libyan Coast Guard, CNN, International Organization for Migration, IOM, Detention, National Accord, Global, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, EU, Banjul, The Gambia told CNN, CNN, IOM, The Gambia Locations: Europe, Tripoli, Serekunda, Banjul, Taiwan, Gambia, Abuja, Nigeria, Africa, It's, Northern Africa, Italy, Agadez, Niger, Libya, Gambian, The Gambia, West African, Europe, Taiwan, Nigeria, Africa, Tripoli
Guatemala: Gender-based violence at epidemic levels
  + stars: | 2015-04-02 | by ( Julie Guinan | ) edition.cnn.com   time to read: +10 min
A 2012 Small Arms Survey says gender-based violence is at epidemic levels in Guatemala and the country ranks third in the killings of women worldwide. The taboo topic of gender-based violence is also being acknowledged and recognized in a popular program targeting one of Guatemala's most vulnerable groups, indigenous Mayan girls. If approved, it would make reducing levels of gender-based violence a U.S. foreign policy priority. Adelma Cifuentes shares her story to empower women and bring about awareness of Guatemala's history of gender-based violence. While there is tempered optimism and hope for change, the problem of gender-based violence in Guatemala is one that needs international attention and immediate action.
Persons: Adelma Cifuentes, Cifuentes, it's, María Machicado Terán, Women Elizabeth Quiroa, Quiroa, Lesbia Téllez, Alejandra Colom, Ben Weingrod, Ben Weingrod Organizations: CNN, Survey, United Nations, Military, Reform Resource Centre, National Civil Police, PNC, Human Rights Watch, CARE, National Committee, UN Women, Women, Population Council, femicide, U.S . Congress, Senate, International, La Poderosas Locations: Guatemala, Guatemala's, Investigación, Guatemalan, U.S, Guatemala
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