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Anti-LGBTQ hate surged online following the passage of a Florida law that limits classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity, a new report found. On the day after DeSantis signed the bill, “OK groomer” tweets peaked with 9,219 total, or about one every nine seconds, the report found. “Online hate and lies reflect and reinforce offline violence and hate. In April, a gay couple said a man on an Amtrak train called them “rapists” and “pedophiles” in front of their children. The report noted that LGBTQ events over the last few months have also been targeted by white nationalist groups.
Persons: , groomer, Ron DeSantis, DeSantis, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Christina Pushaw, , , ” Imran Ahmed, Pushaw, , I’ll, Greene, Boebert, Ahmed, groomers, Twitter, Meta, ” Ahmed, Joni Madison Organizations: Florida Senate, Human Rights, Florida Gov, Republican, Center, Human, NBC News, Washington, Facebook, Twitter, Meta, Meta’s Ad, Amtrak, NBC Locations: Florida
Colombia's security forces have a long history of corruption scandals and human rights abuses committed during the country's nearly six decades of conflict. Petro, a critic of Colombia's military establishment and ex-member of the M-19 guerrillas, has promised profound changes to security forces and urged the new officials to protect life. "The concept of human security means that success lies not in the number of dead, but in substantially reducing deaths, massacres and increasing substantially peoples' liberties and rights," Petro added. General Luis Carlos Cordoba will direct the Air Force and General Henry Armando Sanabria the national police. Petro pledged during his campaign that soldiers accused of human rights violations will stand trial in regular courts, rather than military ones.
Persons: Gustavo Petro, Gabriel Boric, Luisa Gonzalez BOGOTA, Petro, General Helder Fernan Giraldo, General Luis Mauricio Ospina, Admiral Francisco Hernando Cubides, General Luis Carlos Cordoba, Henry Armando Sanabria, Luis Jaime Acosta, Julia Symmes Cobb, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: Casa, Narino, REUTERS, Navy, Air Force, Thomson Locations: Bogota, Colombia
(CNN) US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday said he had raised "serious concerns" related to human rights as well as issues about regional tensions with the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo during a meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame in the capital Kigali. Speaking at a press conference with his Rwandan counterpart on Thursday, Blinken said he raised "serious concerns" about human rights during his earlier meeting with Kagame, including the case of Rwandan citizen and US permanent resident Paul Rusesabagina. "We believe people in every country should be able to express their views without fear of intimidation, imprisonment, violence or any other forms of repression," Blinken said at a press conference with Rwandan Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta. "[We] underscored our concerns about the lack of fair trial guarantees provided to him," Blinken added, referring to Rusesabagina's case. "We continue to urge the government to address concerns about the legal protections afforded to him in this case and establish safeguards to prevent similar outcomes in the future," Blinken added later, responding to a journalist's question.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Paul Kagame, Blinken, Kagame, Paul Rusesabagina, Vincent Biruta, Read Organizations: CNN, Democratic, Rwandan Locations: Democratic Republic of Congo, Kigali
Russia is likely using "unreliable and unpredictable" butterfly mines in Ukraine, UK intelligence said. "This poses a threat to both the local population and humanitarian mine clearance operations," the UK Defense Ministry said. These types of mines were used in the Soviet-Afghan War where they "allegedly maimed high numbers of children who mistook them for toys," UK intelligence said. Since these mines have not been used since the Soviet era, the UK Defense Ministry predicts that their usage is now "highly unreliable and unpredictable." "This poses a threat to both the local population and humanitarian mine clearance operations," the update from the UK Defense Ministry said.
Organizations: UK Defense Ministry, Service, Imperial War Museum, Museum, Human Rights Watch, — Ministry of Defence Locations: Russia, Ukraine, Soviet, Afghan
More than a thousand people have died in Egyptian custody since the authoritarian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi came to power in a 2013 military takeover, owing to treatment that rights groups say amounts to deadly negligence. It is all part of a justice system that has helped Mr. el-Sisi cow dissent, deterring those who might be tempted by opposition politics. Rights groups estimate Egypt now holds some 60,000 political prisoners. But Mr. el-Sisi’s government has stuffed the jails with critics chiefly through a system of pretrial detentions that imprisons people indefinitely without trial. No public records exist of the number of prisoners stuck in the pretrial detention system.
Persons: Abdel Fattah el, Sisi, Egypt’s, Abd El Fattah Organizations: The New York Times, Human Rights Locations: Egypt, Cairo, British
BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo, Aug 7 (Reuters) - Suspected Islamist militants killed around 20 people in attacks on two villages in eastern Congo over the weekend, the army and a local human rights group said on Sunday. The Congolese army spokesperson in Ituri, Jules Ngongo, confirmed about 20 deaths, and said Congolese forces were in pursuit of the assailants. The ADF is a Ugandan militia that moved to eastern Congo in the 1990s. Security has deteriorated in Ituri and neighbouring North Kivu province since the government placed them under military rule last year, U.N. experts said in June. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterWriting by Alessandra Prentice; Editing by Andrew CawthorneOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Christophe Munyanderu, Jules Ngongo, Alice Kyanga, Alessandra Prentice, Andrew Cawthorne Organizations: Sunday, Fighters, Allied Democratic Forces, Convention, Human Rights, Congolese, ADF, Security, Islamic, Thomson Locations: BENI, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Kandoyi, Ituri, Congolese, Ugandan, Kivu, North Kivu, Islamic State, Uganda, Kampala
The MONUSCO force in a statement described the actions of its personnel involved in the shooting as "unspeakable and irresponsible behavior," adding that the officers had been arrested and were being investigated. As of November last year, MONUSCO had over 12,000 troops and more than 1,600 police officers deployed in the DRC. Muyaya said the DRC public has become disenchanted with the UN peacekeeping force for failing to secure the country. One year to evacuate UN troopsThe UN mission in the DRC has been gradually pulling out its soldiers from the troubled country for years. However, the DRC is expected to come under more pressure post-UN evacuation when its forces confront militia groups in a solo effort.
Persons: Patrick Muyaya, MONUSCO, Muyaya, hasn't, Khassim, Diagne, Thomas Fessy, Fessy, Mathias Gillmann, Bintou Keita, Keita, Joseph Kabila, Felix Tshisekedi, We've Organizations: CNN, UN, Democratic, Protesters, United Nations Organization Stabilization, Reuters, UN Security Council, MONUC, Human Rights Watch, Security Council, Human Rights, United Nations, DRC Locations: Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, North Kivu, Goma, MONUSCO, Congolese
Aug 4 (Reuters) - Thousands of protesters marched tearfully in the Lebanese capital on Thursday, marking two years since a cataclysmic explosion at the Beirut port, with chants denouncing the government's failure to uncover the truth behind the blast. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com Register"Seeing the smoke coming out – especially that I was here during the blast – triggers a very bad memory. The protesters, wearing t-shirts stamped with blood-red handprints, were marching from Lebanon's justice ministry to the city's waterfront and then to parliament in the centre of Beirut. 1/5 Families of victims of the August 2020 Beirut port explosion attend a mass held by Maronite Patriarch Bechara Boutros Al-Rai as Lebanon marks the two-year anniversary of the explosion, in Beirut Lebanon August 4, 2022. Internally, externally," said Omar Jheir, the 42-year-old owner of a coffee shop in Beirut heavily damaged in the explosion.
Persons: Samer al, Khoury, Stephanie Moukheiber, Michel Aoun, Lebanon's, Beshara al, Rai, God, Bechara Boutros Al, Mohamed Azakir Read, Amal, Hassan Nasrallah, Aya Majzoub, Jour, Emmanuel Macron, General Antonio Guterres, Pope Francis, Omar Jheir, Timour Azhari, Maya Gebeily, Emilie Madi, John Stonestreet, Jane Merriman, Daniel Wallis Organizations: REUTERS, Amal, Human Rights, Lebanese, European Union's, Thomson Locations: Beirut, Lebanese, Canada, Lebanon, Rai, Beirut Lebanon, Paris, France
WASHINGTON — China warned top U.S diplomats and national security officials, members of Congress, even President Joe Biden himself that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could not set foot on Taiwan. As the California Democrat made her trip his week, becoming the highest-ranking U.S. official to visit Taiwan in a quarter-century, the question remained: Why now. With rampant speculation that this could be her final year in public office, the Taiwan trip allowed her to shine the spotlight on all four critical issues and help cement her legacy. Undeterred by Beijing's warnings, Pelosi did not just drop in for a short layover — her six-member delegation stayed overnight in Taipei, meeting with top political, business and human rights leaders, even touring a human rights museum. The roll-out of the Taiwan trip was a bit clumsy — news of it leaked to the media, and then Biden raised concerns in an off-the-cuff remark.
Persons: Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, Pelosi, Tsai Ing, , Tsai, , Pelosi “, antagonizer, Sen, Chris Van Hollen, Pelosi —, , Biden, Carter, Bob Casey, Casey, she’s, Mitch McConnell of, Roy Blunt of, Blunt, Obama, Donald Trump, ‘ We’re, ” Casey, Harry Reid ”, Joseph Wu, Raja Krishnamoorthi Organizations: California Democrat, U.S, WHO, Foreign Affairs, Intelligence, Defense, Washington Post, Republicans, Central America, Capitol, National Museum of Human Rights, Rep Locations: WASHINGTON, China, Taiwan, California, Beijing, CHINA, U.S, Taipei, Asia, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Roy Blunt of Missouri, Iraq, Afghanistan, Europe, Central, Nevada
A woman wearing a hijab walks at Trocadero square near the Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, May 2, 2021. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes/FilesPARIS, Aug 3 (Reuters) - A United Nations committee ruled that France discriminated against a Muslim woman who was prevented from attending vocational training in a public school while wearing her Islamic head scarf, according to a U.N. document. Six years earlier, in 2004, France had banned the wearing of hijabs and other visible religious symbols in state schools by school children. Mezhoud approached the U.N. Human Rights Committee after she lost a series of appeals in French courts. The committee said France had breached articles 18 and 26 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights on religious freedom.
Persons: Gonzalo Fuentes, Naima Mezhoud, Mezhoud, Nicolas Hervieu, Emmanuel Macron, Sefen Guez Guez, Juliette Jabkhiro, Richard Lough, Matthew Lewis Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, Reuters, Human Rights, Paris Institute of Political Studies, Human, International Covenant, Civil, Thomson Locations: Trocadero, Paris, France,
The building of the European Court of Human Rights is seen in Strasbourg, France, September 11, 2019. REUTERS/Vincent Kessler/File PhotoLONDON, Aug 3 (Reuters) - Europe's human rights court on Wednesday refused a request from the parents of a 12-year-old British boy with brain damage to intervene in a decision to remove life support. Doctors treating him have said continued life support would not be in his best interests. It also decided to declare the applicants' complaints inadmissible," the ECHR said in a statement following an application on Wednesday, just hours before doctors were scheduled to pull life support. Dance has said there are other countries where her son could be treated and that he should be allowed to seek treatment elsewhere rather than have his life support withdrawn.
Persons: Vincent Kessler, Archie Battersbee's, Paul Battersbee, Battersbee, Battersbee's, Sachin Ravikumar, Kylie MacLellan, Angus MacSwan Organizations: European, of Human Rights, REUTERS, Essex, Trust, London, Thomson Locations: Strasbourg, France, Britain's
SANDUSKY, Ohio — Jim Obergefell, whose landmark case before the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationally, is hoping he and fellow Democrats can make gains in the Ohio Statehouse this year with a message grounded in equality. Can’t we be decent people?” the celebrity plaintiff -turned-Ohio House candidate told the Democratic Women of Erie County on a recent summer evening. The race marks the first time that Obergefell has moved from activism into a political run for office. With that in mind, the U.S. House overwhelmingly voted last month to approve legislation protecting same-sex and interracial marriages. She said she plans to vote for Obergefell and is encouraging friends of all partisan persuasions to do the same.
Persons: Jim Obergefell, ’ ”, Obergefell, Donald Trump, Swearingen, They’re, , ” That’s, Darlene, Organizations: U.S, Supreme, Ohio Statehouse, Ohio House, Democratic, U.S . House, 89th House District, Republicans, Victory Fund, Human Rights, Democracy, America —, Democratic Party, Twitter, Facebook Locations: SANDUSKY, Ohio, Erie County, , Ohio’s Lake Erie, Ottawa, Erie, Sandusky
Before the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion rights decision was overturned, the family-building landscape for LGBTQ couples was already fraught with legal and financial obstacles. However, the reversal of Roe v. Wade has given them pause. And while it is not uncommon for heterosexual couples to use IVF in their family-building journeys, same-sex couples do so disproportionately. “Already we have seen attacks on LGBTQ families, because there have been cases in the past few years attacking nonbiological parents. However, because of the medical definition of infertility, even some LGBTQ people who have insurance face barriers to accessing those benefits.
Persons: Wade, Eric Kutscher, Lala Tanmoy Das, , ” Das, Roe, Henriette Kutscher, Kutscher, Eric, ” Kristin Marsoli, ” Marsoli, Das, “ Eric, ” Lala Tanmoy Das, Dobbs, “ Roe, , Cathryn Oakley, ” Oakley, general’s, Roger Shedlin, “ Dobbs, Polly Crozier, nonbiological, ” Crozier, Nicole Ulrich, Ulrich, ” Ulrich, Shedlin, Rebecca Kluchin, ” Kluchin Organizations: Das, Jackson, Health Organization, Human Rights, Centers for Disease Control, Guttmacher Institute, Human, Audubon Fertility, American Society for Reproductive Medicine, California State University ,, Twitter, Facebook Locations: New York, Boston, Texas, Dobbs, Louisiana, Missouri , Kansas, Georgia, Alabama, Connecticut, New Orleans, California State University , Sacramento
International human rights groups, organizations that advocate freedom of the press and countries including the United States have strongly condemned the arrest of a prominent journalist and editor in Guatemala and called for his immediate release. Gypsy Guillén Kaiser, advocacy director for the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), based in New York City, said in a statement: “Guatemalan authorities should immediately release and drop any criminal charges against journalist José Rubén Zamora, president of elPeriódico." Zamora’s journalistic career has been recognized with multiple distinctions, including the María Moors Cabot Award from Columbia University and the International Press Freedom Award, both in 1995, as well as the World Press Freedom Hero award given by the International Press Institute in 2000. José Rubén Zamora after a hearing Saturday at the Justice Palace in Guatemala City. Johan Ordonez / AFP - Getty ImagesThe international group Human Rights Watch condemned his arrest.
Persons: José Rubén Zamora, Rafael Curruchiche, Guillén Kaiser, Johan Ordonez, , Juan Pappier, Brian Nichols, Samari Gómez, Nichols, Zamora, Samari Carolina Gómez Diaz, FECI, ” Zamora, Alejandro Giammattei, Consuelo Porras, Giammattei “, ” Curruchiche, , Porras, Pedro Vaca, José Rubén, Jorge Canahuati Organizations: Police, Committee, Protect Journalists, Moors, Columbia University, International Press, World Press, International Press Institute, AFP, Getty, Human Rights Watch, Guatemalan Public Ministry, Human Rights, U.S . State, Western Hemisphere, Democracy, United, elPeriódico, Attorney, Central America, State Department, Association of Guatemalan Journalists, Inter, American, American Press Association, Episcopal Conference, Noticias Telemundo, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: United States, Guatemala, New York City, Guatemala City, Samari, Central, Guatemalan, Zamora
One former Majorel advisor estimated that 1,400 content moderators work just on the firm's TikTok contract across Morocco. While targets and goals varied between teams, six moderators told Insider that their goals were difficult to meet. A spokesperson for Majorel told Insider these targets were guidance and not individual targets. While Majorel told Insider that moderators have access to harm-mitigation tools, such as grayscale features, all of the moderators Insider spoke with said they didn't have access to any such feature. Five other Majorel moderators also said the company's wellness counselors weren't enough to help them with the pressures of the role.
Persons: it's, I'd, It's, Imani, Imani didn't, isn't, Majorel's, TikTok, Wisam, they've, , Majorel, Samira, , hasn't, Nidal, Jihad Bnimoussa, Moulay Hafid, Abdellatif, Cori Crider, Foxglove, Daniel Motaung, she's Organizations: Service, Intelligence, Nike, Facebook, Majorel, Management, US, Outsourcing, Central Office, Moroccan Association for Human Rights, Befrienders Locations: East, North Africa, Morocco, Casablanca, Majorel, Luxembourg, Marrakesh, iftar, Europe, Moroccan, Kenya, France, Agadir, Befrienders Casablanca
JERUSALEM, July 31 (Reuters) - Israel on Sunday demanded that a United Nations' panel investigating its 2021 war with Palestinian militants be disbanded, condemning remarks made by one of its members as anti-Semitic. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterIsrael has boycotted the inquiry and barred entry to its investigators. The United States and other Western countries, including Germany, Britain and Austria have also condemned Kothari's remarks as anti-Semitic. At least 250 Palestinians and 13 people in Israel were killed in the fierce fighting, which saw Gaza militants fire rockets towards Israeli cities and Israel carry out air strikes across the coastal enclave. Register now for FREE unlimited access to Reuters.com RegisterReporting by Maayan Lubell; Editing by Andrew CawthorneOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: General Antonio Guterres, Yair Lapid, Miloon, Kothari, Lapid, spokespeople, Mondoweiss, Kothari's, Michele Taylor, Maayan Lubell, Andrew Cawthorne Organizations: Sunday, United, Human Rights, Reuters.com Register Israel, U.S, Thomson Locations: Israel, United Nations, United States, Germany, Britain, Austria, Gaza
“The money that the Saudis are using is shaping the way that people downplay or deflect from very serious concerns about Saudi Arabia, especially human rights abuses,” he added. Many Americans hold Saudi Arabia responsible for the 9/11 attacks given that 15 of the 19 hijackers were Saudi citizens. Royal Court of Saudi Arabia / Anadolu Agency via Getty ImagesSalman’s rehabilitation will encourage other autocrats to ignore human rights, activists say. In addition, Amnesty International has said forced evictions and demolitions related to the project have violated human rights standards. They’re not trusted by Arab public opinion when lecturing about human rights,” he said.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Jamal Khashoggi, Salman, Trump, “ nobody’s, LIV, , Michael Page, Osama bin Laden, Trump’s, Joe Biden, Prince Mohammed, Khashoggi, Jamal Khashoggi's, Elif, Biden, “ Bin Salman, Abdel Bari Atwan, Rai, Salman’s, Emmanuel Macron, Ali Adubisi, Donald Trump, Yasir Al, Doug Mills Organizations: Washington Post, Bedminster, Newcastle United, Human Rights Watch, Investigations, Saudi, Anadolu Agency, Getty, Jeddah Security, Development Summit, Royal, European Saudi Organization for Human Rights, Amnesty, Trump National Golf Club, Locations: Saudi, New Jersey, British, “ Saudi Arabia, East, North Africa, Saudi Arabia, Al Qaeda, Jeddah, Istanbul, U.S, Turkey, Ukraine, Washington, China, Russia, Iran, Athens, Paris, Berlin, Bedminster, N.J, Yemen
Earlier this month, Mr. Curruchiche was placed on a State Department list of people from Central America accused of having “knowingly engaged in acts that threaten democratic processes or institutions, engaged in significant corruption, or obstructed investigations,” barring them from entry into the U.S. In the video statement, Mr. Carruchiche repeatedly insisted that Mr. Zamora’s arrest “has no relation to his work as a journalist” but was instead related to “his position as a businessman.”Under Mr. Zamora’s leadership, elPeriodico had reported on several allegations of corruption within the Giammattei administration, including within the prosecutor’s office, and his sudden arrest was widely criticized by human rights groups. “This case could be a breaking point for the guarantees of freedom of expression in Guatemala,” said Juan Pappier, senior Americas researcher at Human Rights Watch, in an email. “If this continues like this, there will soon be no one who can effectively expose and curb corruption and abuse of power in the country.”Beyond arresting Mr. Zamora, the Guatemalan authorities also raided elPeriodico’s offices on Friday evening, forcing some 30 employees out of the building, while several others were held inside the offices all night with their phones taken away, the newspaper reported. The Association of Guatemalan Journalists said in a statement that the raid was carried out “to censor the Saturday print edition of elPeriodico.”
Persons: Curruchiche, , Carruchiche, , Zamora’s, elPeriodico, Juan Pappier, Mr, Zamora Organizations: State Department, Human Rights Watch, The Association of Guatemalan Journalists Locations: Central America, U.S, Guatemala, Americas
LOS ANGELES — Carlos Zaragoza's 17-year-old son was tortured and killed by gang members in El Salvador three years ago, after refusing to join them. In El Salvador, the approval rating of Bukele, a 41-year-old populist, has soared to almost 90%, even as he curbs civil liberties. But in the Los Angeles area, home to the largest Salvadoran-born population in the U.S., as well as in other cities, he's garnering support. Bukele recently tweeted about large rallies held in his support in Los Angeles, Houston and Long Island, where people chanted for his re-election. South Central, Los Angeles resident Benedicto Benavides, 54, says Bukele’s high approval rating isn’t reflective of what the majority of Salvadorans truly think.
Persons: Carlos Zaragoza's, Nayib Bukele's, , “ Bukele, Juan Pappier, Bukele, Zaragoza, José Miguel Cruz, El, Cruz, Iris Lara Cubias, Juntos, Joe Biden’s, Donald Trump ., Biden, Norma Torres, Torres, ” Torres, Yesenia Portillo, Portillo, " Portillo, Benedicto Benavides, ” Benavides Organizations: ANGELES, Human Rights Watch, El Salvador Foundation, U.S, Florida, Caribbean Center, University of Central, Salvadoran, ., El, National Assembly, Barrio, Twitter, United States Government, Salvadoreños, Democrat, Democratic, NBC, Facebook Locations: El Salvador, Zaragoza, Los Angeles, Americas, U.S, Salvadoran, Houston, Long, America, University of Central America, Biden’s, Bukele, Long Island, California, Guatemalan, Salvadoran American, Central
- The Brotherhood said it is was committed to bringing political change in Egypt through non-violent and democratic means. Although it remained banned under Mubarak, the Brotherhood operated openly within limits that varied at the whim of the authorities. - Sisi branded the Brotherhood a terrorist group and said it poses an existential threat to Egypt, an allegation it denies. * REPRESSION AND UPRISING:- While the Brotherhood was able to function under Mubarak, it was also a target of repression. Police routinely arrested Brotherhood members, including senior leaders, and held them indefinitely without charge.
Persons: solgans, Amr Abdallah Dalsh, Long, Hosni Mubarak, Abdel Fattah al, Mohamed Mursi, Hassan al, Banna, Gamal Abdel Nasser, Anwar Sadat, Mubarak, Tayyip Erdogan, Donald Trump, Michael Georgy, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: Press Syndicate, REUTERS, Security, Human Rights Watch, Brotherhood, United, Gulf, AK, of Turkish, Turkish, Hamas, Police, Thomson Locations: Saudi Arabia, Cairo, Egypt, Egypt's, Suez, Ismailia, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Qatari, U.S, Syria
ISTANBUL, July 29 (Reuters) - Turkish and German foreign ministers argued over a range of issues in a tense and drawn-out news conference on Friday, trading barbs over disputes between Ankara and Athens, jailed Turkish philanthropist Osman Kavala and Kurdish militants. Turkey's Mevlut Cavusoglu said Germany had lost its impartiality in mediating between Turkey, Greece and Cyprus, adding that it should listen to all sides without prejudice. Baerbock later turned attention to philanthropist Kavala and called on Turkey to implement rulings by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). "Why do you constantly bring up Osman Kavala? Because you are using Osman Kavala against Turkey.
Persons: Osman, Turkey's Mevlut Cavusoglu, Germany's Annalena Baerbock, Baerbock, Cavusoglu, Ali Kucukgocmen, Maria Sheahan, Ezgi Erkoyun, Catherine Evans, Grant McCool Organizations: Cypriot, Kavala, European, of Human Rights, ECHR, of Europe, Osman Kavala, Turkey, European Union, Kurdistan Workers Party, Thomson Locations: ISTANBUL, Ankara, Athens, Turkish, Osman Kavala, Kurdish, Germany, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, Istanbul, Kavala, Norway, Berlin
HONG KONG—The United Nations Human Rights Committee urged Hong Kong to repeal its National Security Law, expressing concern about its “overly broad interpretation” and consequences for groups and individuals in the city. The committee raised concerns that the law, which was imposed on the city in June 2020, had led to an excessive number of trade unions and student unions relocating or ceasing operations as well as the arrest of more than 200 people, including 12 children. Hong Kong should refrain from using the law, which lacked clarity in defining national security, the committee said in its findings published Wednesday.
Organizations: United Nations Human Rights, National Security Locations: HONG KONG, Hong Kong
About 14,000 people were killed there between 2014 and 2022, according to OHCHR, including 3,106 civilians. Ukraine's economy will contract by 45% in 2022, according to the World Bank and International Monetary Fund. * RUSSIAThe war has been expensive for Russia too - though Russia does not disclose the costs, which are state secrets. read moreStill the impact on Russia's economy is severe - and not yet fully clear. Shortly after Russia's invasion of Ukraine, international oil prices spiked to their highest levels since the records of 2008.
Persons: William Burns, Denys Shmyhal, Goldman Sachs, Pierre, Olivier Gourincha, Guy Faulconbridge, Angus MacSwan Organizations: Press, State Emergency Service of, REUTERS LONDON, United Nations, Human Rights, CIA, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Monetary Fund, IMF, United, European Commission, European Union, Thomson Locations: Russian, Ukraine, Toretsk, Donetsk region, State Emergency Service of Ukraine, Handout, ukraine, Russia, U.S, Afghanistan, Ukraine's, Crimea, Europe, Poland, Germany, UKRAINE, wastelands, RUSSIA, Soviet Union, Saudi Arabia, Italy, United States, States, Britain
Haitian children who escaped violence in the town of Cite-Soleil are seen as they take refuge at a school, in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, July 22, 2022. REUTERS/Ralph Tedy ErolPORT-AU-PRINCE, July 28 (Reuters) - A string of recent arms-trafficking scandals in Haiti, including the discovery of weapons in a shipping container labeled as church donations, has ignited anger over a steady flow of U.S. guns that are fueling rampant gang violence. He said most of the weapons are smuggled from the United States to Port-au-Prince. According to local media reports, Pierre-Louis was until recently a staff member for Justice Minister Berto Dorce. The National Commission for Disarmament, Dismantling and Reintegration, a government agency created to address gun violence, in 2019 estimated that there were some 500,000 illegal weapons in Haiti.
Persons: Ralph Tedy Erol PORT, Guns, Ronald Lareche, Lareche, Pierre Esperance, Samuel Madistin, Michelet Virgile, Robinson Pierre, Louis, Pierre, Berto Dorce, Dorce, Gary Desrosiers, Jean Rebel Dorcenat, Harold Isaac, Brian Ellsworth, Matt Spetalnick, Christian Plumb, Alistair Bell Organizations: REUTERS, Episcopal, of, United Nations, Human Rights Defense Network, Reuters, School, Paix, Haiti's Federation of Bar Associations, Haiti's National Police, of Bar Associations, National Police, U.S . State Department, Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Commission for Disarmament, Thomson Locations: Cite, Port, Prince, Haiti, U.S, United States, of Haiti, Miami, Washington
(Reuters) The chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee said he would place a hold on US security assistance to Rwanda in Congress over concerns about the Rwandan government's human rights record and role in the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In a letter to US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Senator Robert Menendez called for a comprehensive review of US policy towards Rwanda. A hold is a Senate procedure that prevents a motion from reaching the floor for a vote. The M23 rebel group began a major offensive in Congo's eastern borderlands with Rwanda at the end of March. Congo has accused Rwanda of backing M23, which Kigali denies.
Persons: Antony Blinken, Robert Menendez, Menendez, Read Organizations: US Senate Foreign Relations, Democratic, Rwanda, Rwandan, UN Locations: Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo, Kigali
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