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He’s on a hunger strike demanding the United Nations grant him a meeting, so he can address the issue of human rights in Cuba. Rocha is a native Spaniard, but he has family in Cuba and feels inextricably linked to what has taken place there. The human rights group Cubalex recorded approximately 800 detentions as demonstrators were arrested for speaking out. The U.S. and European and Latin American countries have denounced the lack of human rights and democracy on the island. “It doesn’t have to be with [United Nations Secretary-General] António Guterres; it doesn’t have to be with [United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights] Michelle Bachelet.
Persons: Nacho Rocha, it's, ” Rocha, he’s, Rocha, Fidel Castro, Cubalex, António, Michelle Bachelet, , , José Martí, they’re, Ingrid Rodríguez, Alex Tabet, she’s, He’s Organizations: United Nations, Cuban, Human, United Nations Human Rights, NBC, General, New York police, Facebook, Twitter Locations: Cuba, Sarasota , Florida, New York City, U.S, New, Central Park, Spain
The grave of murdered ex-KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko is seen at Highgate Cemetery in London, Britain, January 21, 2016. REUTERS/Toby MelvilleLONDON, Sept 21 (Reuters) - The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday that Russia was responsible for the 2006 killing of ex-KGB officer Alexander Litvinenko who died an agonising death after he was poisoned in London with Polonium 210, a rare radioactive isotope. In its ruling, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) concluded Russia was responsible for the killing. A lengthy British inquiry concluded in 2016 that Russian President Vladimir Putin probably approved a Russian intelligence operation to murder Litvinenko. "The court found it established, beyond reasonable doubt, that the assassination had been carried out by Mr Lugovoy and Mr Kovtun," the ruling said.
Persons: Alexander Litvinenko, Toby Melville LONDON, Litvinenko, Litvinenko’s, imputable, Vladimir Putin, Andrei Lugovoy, Dmitry Kovtun, Mr Lugovoy, Mr Kovtun, Mr Litvinenko, Guy Faulconbridge, Michael Holden, Kate Holton Organizations: Highgate Cemetery, REUTERS, European, of Human, of Human Rights, Russia’s Federal Security Service, Thomson Locations: Highgate, London, Britain, Russia, Moscow, Russian
(CNN) Russia was responsible for killing Alexander Litvinenko, a former Russian agent turned Kremlin critic who died in London by polonium poisoning in 2006, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) said Tuesday. The ruling found that "Russia was responsible for assassination of Aleksandr Litvinenko in the UK." "The Court found in particular that there was a strong prima facie case that, in poisoning Mr Litvinenko, Mr Lugovoi and Mr Kovtun had been acting as agents of the Russian State," it said, referring to the names of two Russian agents accused of killing Litvinenko. The court also ruled that Russian authorities "had not carried out an effective domestic investigation capable of leading to the establishment of the facts and, where appropriate, the identification and punishment of those responsible for the murder." This is a developing story ... more to come
Persons: Alexander Litvinenko, Aleksandr Litvinenko, Mr Litvinenko, Mr Lugovoi, Mr Kovtun, Litvinenko Organizations: CNN, of Human Rights Locations: Russia, Russian, London, Russian State
A police officer stands at a cordon around the bench where former Russian intelligence agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found after they were poisoned, in Salisbury, Britain March 14, 2018. Haydon also said Petrov and Boshirov were really named Alexander Mishkin and Anatoliy Chepiga, and that Fedotov's true identity was Denis Sergeev. All three men were now believed to be in Russia, with whom Britain has no extradition treaty and the Russian authorities had so far offered no cooperation, Haydon added. read moreBritish police say Petrov and Boshirov carried out the Skripal attack while Fedotov met them several times over the weekend of March 2-4 when the poisoning occurred. After they were accused by Britain, Boshirov and Petrov appeared on Russian TV to say they were tourists who had travelled to Salisbury to do some sightseeing.
Persons: Sergei Skripal, Yulia, Henry Nicholls, Alexander Petrov, Ruslan Boshirov, Skripal, Nick Bailey, Dean Haydon, Sergey Fedotov, Haydon, Petrov, Boshirov, Alexander Mishkin, Anatoliy Chepiga, Denis Sergeev, Britain, Alexander Litvinenko, Fedotov, Michael Holden, Guy Faulconbridge Organizations: REUTERS, British, UK's, Terrorism, European, of Human Rights, Salisbury Cathedral, Thomson Locations: Salisbury, Britain, Russian, Russia, Moscow, English, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, London, It's, Europe
Central American migrants cross the border between Mexico and Guatemala, after being expelled by U.S. and Mexican officials, in El Ceibo, Guatemala August 15, 2021. Some of the migrants stuck in Tapachula entered Mexico illegally while others are seeking asylum. Mexican officials argue much of the chaos stems from the dismantling of asylum protections under former U.S. President Donald Trump, and during the coronavirus pandemic. To discourage migration, over the summer the United States started sending flights of detained migrants into southern Mexico, including Tapachula. Lopez Obrador says he wants the migrants to remain in southern Mexico, arguing those who go north risk falling foul of criminal gangs.
Persons: Luis Echeverria TAPACHULA, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Joe Biden, Jairo Gonzalez, Gonzalez, Lopez Obrador, Mexico's, Donald Trump, Biden's, Alejandro Diaz, Derisma, they're, Dave Graham, Frank Jack Daniel, Alistair Bell Organizations: U.S, REUTERS, Central, Migration Institute, Human Rights Watch, U.S . Department of Homeland Security, White, State Department, Commission, Refugee Assistance, Thomson Locations: Mexico, Guatemala, El Ceibo, U.S, South, Tapachula, Del Rio , Texas, Guatemalan, Nicaraguan, Mexico City, United States, Chiapas, Washington, United
The British authorities said on Tuesday that they were charging a third man in connection with the attempted murder of the former Russian spy Sergei V. Skripal, who was poisoned in England in 2018. In the 2018 case, the British police said they had charged Denis Sergeev in the attempted assassination of Mr. Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. The pair were found slumped on a bench in the city of Salisbury in southern England, and it was later determined that they had been poisoned with a nerve agent, Novichok. Two other men — who traveled under aliases — have already been charged. The British police for the first time confirmed their real names as Anatoliy Chepiga and Alexander Mishkin.
Persons: Sergei V, Skripal, Alexander V . Litvinenko, Denis Sergeev, Mr, Yulia, , Anatoliy Chepiga, Alexander Mishkin Organizations: European, of Human Rights, British Locations: Russian, England, Russia, London, Salisbury
Burundi grenade blasts kill five, health worker says
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Five people were killed and about 50 injured, a health worker helping to care for the injured told Reuters on Tuesday. Like the witnesses, the health worker asked for anonymity for fear of reprisals for talking to media. A man in a bus hit by a grenade explosion said it killed at least three people including a woman. An airport worker confirmed there had been an attack on the Bujumbura airport on Saturday. Congo-based rebel group Red Tabara claimed responsibility for the airport attack in a statement on Twitter.
Persons: Red Tabara, Burundians, Giles Elgood Organizations: Reuters, Police, Gitega, United Nations General Assembly, Human Rights Watch, United Nations, Nairobi, Thomson Locations: NAIROBI, Burundi's, Bwiza, Congo, New York, Burundi
Live U.N. Live Updates: Biden Pledges to Work Toward ‘Peaceful, Prosperous Future For All’ Covid-19 and climate change are dominating the start of the General Assembly gathering. President Biden called for an era of international cooperation in tackling global threats in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly as president. “Our security, our prosperity and our very freedoms are interconnected, in my view as never before,” Mr. Biden said. The event is a major test of credibility for Mr. Biden, who was among the first to address the 193-member General Assembly. Many officials who had welcomed the election of President Biden — and his pledge that “America is back” — are now expressing concerns.
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NAIROBI, Sept 20 (Reuters) - Four police officers and a police informer have a case to answer in the killing of a human rights lawyer, a Kenyan judge ruled on Monday, a rare move in a nation where rights groups have accused the police of hundreds of extrajudicial killings. Days later, their bodies - along with their taxi driver Joseph Muiruri - were recovered from a river outside Nairobi. Four police officers - Frederick Leliman, Leonard Mwangi, Stephen Cheburet and Silvia Wanjiku - and informer Peter Ngugi have a case to answer in the case, judge Jessie Lessit said. The accused in this case will present their defence on Sept. 27 in the next step of the trial. ACCUSATIONSKenyan police frequently face accusations of brutality and extrajudicial killings from civilians and rights groups, but officers are rarely charged and almost never convicted.
Persons: Willie Kimani, Mwendwa, Joseph Muiruri, Frederick Leliman, Leonard Mwangi, Stephen Cheburet, Silvia Wanjiku, Peter Ngugi, Jessie Lessit, Kimani, Monday's, Alex Monson, Ayenat, Gareth Jones Organizations: Kenyan, Nairobi ., International Justice Mission, Thomson Locations: NAIROBI, Nairobi, British
Video footage showed Border Patrol cracking whips at Haitian migrants near the US-Mexico border. Thousands of Haitian migrants have sought to enter the US as their country faces endemic poverty and violence on top of and political turmoil. The incident occurred over the weekend near Del Rio, Texas, as Haitian migrants sought to wade across the Rio Grande. "We have seen a significant influx of Haitian migrants in Del Rio, TX. Border Patrol chief Raul Ortiz during a press conference on Sunday said 3,300 migrants had been relocated in the past few days.
Persons: Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Omar, Al Jazeera, Jovenel Moïse, Alejandro Mayorkas, Mayorkas, We've, Raul Ortiz Organizations: Service, Privacy, Democratic, Border Patrol, Customs, Del Rio . Homeland Security, Sunday Locations: Mexico, Del Rio , Texas, Rio Grande, Haiti, Del Rio ., Del Rio, Del Rio , TX
Yalda Ali is the anchor of "Good Morning," which airs between 7 to 9 each day on Afghanistan's TOLO TV channel. NBC NewsAfter two decades of working under laws that defended freedom of expression, Afghan journalists face an uncertain future under the harsh new regime. Meanwhile, the number of women journalists working in Afghanistan has plummeted. “Women journalists are in the process of disappearing from the capital,” non-profit group Reporters Without Borders warned on Aug. 31. Last year, there were around 700 female journalists in Kabul, according to a joint survey by the group and the Center for the Protection of Afghan Women Journalists.
Persons: Yalda Ali, Ali, , , ” Yalda, weren't, they’ve, Patricia Gossman, ” Ali, ” Richard Engel, Marc Smith, Ahmed Mengli, Saphora Smith Organizations: NBC News, NBC, Human Rights, Asia, , Center for, Afghan Women Journalists, TOLO Locations: KABUL, , Afghanistan, U.S, Kabul, London
A Food and Drug Administration advisory group on Friday voted against calling for all adults to get a Covid-19 booster shot, after President Joe Biden announced last month that booster shots would be made widely available starting Sept. 20. The idea of ramping up booster shots has come under sharp criticism from scientific authorities around the globe, including the director-general of the World Health Organization and leading journals such as Nature and Science, due to extreme global vaccine inequity and the unclear benefits of providing booster shots on such a wide scale. The U.S. has countered criticism by pointing to efforts to increase vaccine manufacturing capacity abroad and focusing on long-term financial investments. Meanwhile, when fully vaccinated Americans get Covid, those without additional risk factors overwhelmingly experience only mild versions of the disease. The Biden administration must shift from a widespread domestic booster campaign to a more targeted one — focusing on providing booster shots to vulnerable individuals in the United States such as the immunocompromised or elderly, and emphasize providing efficient and widespread coverage abroad.
Persons: Joe Biden, Biden, Organizations: Drug Administration, Moderna, Pfizer, World Health Organization, Science, White, FDA, Centers for Disease Control, United Nations Locations: U.S, Africa, East, Asia, Somalia, Burkina Faso, United States
United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi gestures as he speaks during a news conference in Islamabad, Pakistan September 17, 2021. REUTERS/Waseem KhanISLAMABAD, Sept 17 (Reuters) - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Filippo Grandi said on Friday he found that the Taliban have space for discussion and engagement on human rights issues, including women and minorities rights. "There is space for discussion and engagement about these matters," Grandi told reporters in a news conference in Islamabad after he concluded his visit to Afghanistan, saying he took up the issues with various Taliban authorities. With growing reports of human and civil rights violations, various groups and countries have urged international bodies to engage with the Taliban. Since the Taliban took over on Aug. 15, several street protests led by women have been broken up.
Persons: Filippo Grandi, Waseem Khan, Grandi, Asif Shahzad, Aurora Ellis Organizations: Nations, Refugees, REUTERS, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Islamabad, Pakistan, Waseem, Waseem Khan ISLAMABAD, Afghanistan
El Salvador President Nayib Bukele speaks during a news conference in San Salvador, El Salvador, June 6, 2021. REUTERS/Jose CabezasSAN SALVADOR, Sept 17 (Reuters) - Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele said on Friday a raft of constitutional reforms the government will send soon to Congress will not contain decriminalization of abortion, legalization of same-sex marriage or steps to permit euthanasia. El Salvador has some of the strictest anti-abortion laws in the Americas. The president's announcement on same-sex marriage and abortion was swiftly flagged by his critics. Reporting by Nelson Renteria; Editing by Mark PorterOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
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REUTERS/Baz RatnerSummary Thousands of Eritrean refugees caught in north Ethiopian warRefugees distrusted and abused by both sides' fighters'Clear war crimes' committed, says rights groupNAIROBI, Sept 16 (Reuters) - Eritrean soldiers and Tigrayan militias raped, detained and killed Eritrean refugees in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray, an international rights watchdog said on Thursday. Tens of thousands of Eritrean refugees live in Tigray, a mountainous and poor province of about 5 million people. Tigrayan forces marched fleeing refugees back to Hitsats, shooting some stragglers, refugees reported to HRW. In the northernmost camp, Shimelba, Eritrean forces killed at least one refugee, raped at least four others and killed local residents, HRW said. Tigrayan forces took over those camps in June and refugees have reported killings and looting.
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The "Wall of the Disappeared" which also features interviews with camp survivors about alleged forced sterilisation stands outside the United Nations in Geneva where a month-long session of the Human Rights Council opened this week. "It was important for us to bring faces to represent the statistics," said Zumretay Arkin whose uncle is featured in the exhibit. The United States gave a financial grant for the exhibit which will later travel to Brussels and Berlin, the World Uyghur Congress told Reuters. Earlier this week, the U.S. mission in Geneva displayed it at a diplomatic reception, according to sources who attended. China said that the human rights situation in Xinjiang was "pretty good".
Persons: Zumretay Arkin, Denis Balibouse GENEVA, sterilisation, Donald Trump, Jiang Duan, Washington, Benjamin Moeling, Michelle Bachelet, Emma Farge, Emelia Sithole Organizations: Uyghur, United Nations, REUTERS, Human Rights Council, United, Uyghur Congress, Reuters, Thomson Locations: United States, Xinjiang, China, Geneva, Switzerland, U.S, Beijing, Washington, United, Brussels, Berlin, Tibet, Hong Kong, Germany, Britain
CAIRO — Within days of each other, the United States and Egypt announced moves this week that, for the first time in years, would put human rights on the agenda in Egypt, a country that has become notorious for jailing activists, targeting journalists and squashing free speech. On Tuesday, the State Department notified Congress that it was withholding $130 million in military aid until Egypt meets specific human rights benchmarks. Biden administration officials said it was the first time that a secretary of state had refused to issue a formal national security waiver to provide the aid. Three days earlier, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt announced a new human rights strategy, laying out a plan to protect human rights for the first time in his seven years in power, apparently in response to international pressure.
Persons: Abdel Fattah el Organizations: State Department, Congress, Biden Locations: CAIRO, United States, Egypt
InsiderThe Responsible Sourcing Network is getting global brands to improve supply-chain sustainability. It convinces companies to use sustainable raw materials and boycott producers who use slave labor. Patricia Jurewicz, founder and CEO of Responsible Sourcing Network (RSN), is helping to champion human rights in the mining and harvesting of raw materials used in our clothes and electronics. Jurewicz pointed out that responsible sourcing measures need to be done in alliances — it's very difficult for lone actors to change supply chains. Making the organization approachable, not scaryNow, many of the brands the Network works with have corporate responsibility plans in place.
Persons: Patricia Jurewicz, Jurewicz, We've, I've, they've, We're Organizations: Adidas, Apple, Costco, Partners, Service, Democratic, Network, Securities and Exchange Commission, SEC, Retail, KnowTheChain Locations: Democratic Republic of, Congo, DRC, Central Asia, Uzbek, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, what's, Santa
REUTERS/Denis BalibouseGENEVA, Sept 16 (Reuters) - A U.S.-backed Uyghur photo exhibit of dozens of people who are missing or alleged to be held in camps in Xinjiang, China, opened in Switzerland on Thursday, prompting Beijing to issue a furious statement accusing Washington of "low political tricks". "It was important for us to bring faces to represent the statistics," said Zumretay Arkin, whose uncle is featured in the exhibit. The United States gave a financial grant for the exhibit, which will later travel to Brussels and Berlin, the World Uyghur Congress told Reuters. In a statement sent to journalists late on Thursday, China's diplomatic mission in Geneva said Washington was "trying to reap benefits from spreading disinformation about China. read more"The U.S. is ... advised to act as a decent power and invest its resources in improving the welfare and human rights of the American people, rather than violating the human rights of people in other countries and playing low political tricks," it continued.
Persons: Dolkun Isa, Denis Balibouse GENEVA, Washington, sterilisation, Zumretay Arkin, Donald Trump, Jiang Duan, Benjamin Moeling, Michelle Bachelet, Emma Farge, Chris Reese, Sonya Hepinstall Organizations: Uyghur, United Nations, REUTERS, Human Rights Council, United, Uyghur Congress, Reuters, Exchanges, Thomson Locations: United States, Xinjiang, China, Geneva, Switzerland, U.S, Beijing, United, Brussels, Berlin, Tibet, Hong Kong, People's Republic of China, Washington
Ms. Valiñas said the panel is continuing to investigate the crimes identified in that report, but added that the second report, which it will present to the Human Rights Council next week, focused on the workings of Venezuela’s judicial system and conducted a detailed analysis of 183 detentions. The panel based its conclusions on 177 interviews with current and former judges, prosecutors and others within the judicial system, as well as with lawyers for the victims of abuse. Of the 86 judges, prosecutors and defense lawyers the panel interviewed, virtually all — 98.2 percent of them, the panel said — reported that political cases were not investigated or prosecuted in accordance with the law. “The actions and omissions of judges hearing torture allegations had devastating consequences on victims, including continued torture and deteriorating health,” the panel said. But resistance by judges, prosecutors and lawyers to political interference is also risky, the panel concluded.
Persons: Valiñas, Organizations: Human Rights
He met briefly with Hungary's populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, whose hardline policies on refugees, clash with Francis'. The prime minister has also maintained that Jews should feel safe under his government, which he said had "zero tolerance" for antisemitism. Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban's refugee policies clash with the popes. John Thys / Pool via Reuters fileAfter meeting Francis, Orban wrote on Facebook that he had asked him "not to let Christian Hungary perish." The organization said Jews in Europe were feeling "increasingly unsafe," in the midst of reports of synagogues being defaced and attacked.
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Spain and Belgium, for instance, offer group homes where immigrants receive social work support and have their basic needs met while pursuing immigration status. A Salvadoran woman staying in Belgium told me she’d headed there because she knew from friends and family what awaited her in the States. Still, even through the Trump years, the United States employed other alternatives to detention that could be instituted easily and swiftly at scale. As of August, roughly 117,000 people were enrolled in Alternatives to Detention. They would probably still be alive today had they been released into an alternative program.
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So the credentialing of a country’s ambassador to speak on its behalf is enormously important. Verifying who represents each country at the United Nations falls to the Credentials Committee, a nine-member group appointed at the beginning of each year’s General Assembly. The process gets more complicated when the legitimacy of the envoy’s government is at issue, and disputes sometimes are referred to the General Assembly. How quickly the committee will make decisions remains unknown — it could be weeks or months. But many diplomats and U.N. experts expect that for now, the committee will defer any decisions concerning Myanmar and Afghanistan, leaving in place the Myanmar ambassador, U Kyaw Moe Tun, and the Afghan envoy, Ghulam M. Isaczai, both of whom were chosen by now deposed governments.
Persons: ” Rebecca Barber, Kyaw Moe Tun, Ghulam M Organizations: Nations, World Health Organization, Human Rights, United Nations, Assembly, General, University of Queensland, European, of International, Afghan Locations: Myanmar, Afghanistan
Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Sri Lanka People's Front party presidential election candidate and former wartime defence chief looks on as he arrives at a news conference in Colombo, Sri Lanka October 15, 2019. REUTERS/Dinuka LiyanawatteCOLOMBO, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Political detainees in Sri Lanka are being tortured while in police and military custody, a human rights lawyer who wrote a report on alleged abuses said on Friday, days ahead of a U.N. human rights summit. The alleged victims, who fled Sri Lanka are now seeking asylum in Britain, all took part in interviews over the course of several days with lawyers and human rights investigators. UN SCRUTINYThe report has been released ahead of a session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC), which begins on Monday and will look at Sri Lanka. The United Nations has given its human rights boss, Michelle Bachelet, a mandate to collect evidence of crimes against humanity committed during the civil war.
Persons: Gotabhaya Rajapaksa, Liyanawatte, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, Yasmin Sooka, Sri Lanka, Michelle Bachelet, Bachelet, Rambukwella, Rajapaksa, Alasdair Pal, Robert Birsel Organizations: Sri Lanka People's Front, REUTERS, Justice, Tamil, Reuters, Liberation Tigers, United Nations Human Rights, The United Nations, Nations Human Rights, Thomson Locations: Sri Lanka, Colombo, Liyanawatte COLOMBO, Tamil Eelam, Britain, U.N, California, U.S, New Delhi
Victims' families, their lawyers and human rights groups say many of the deaths are driven by heavy-handed policing. Investigations into the death of six other protesters, including Cristhian, are still in an initial stage of inquiries, the attorney general's office said. "The military justice system lacks independence and has a long record of covering, rather than investigating, abuses in Colombia," said Jose Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch. He said Vargas has pushed for better human rights standards this year and delicate cases would be handled by the police's top internal investigator. The police will ask the advice of the U.N. to help strengthen its human rights policies and work toward open communication with communities, the new police director of human rights, Luis Alfonso Novoa, said in a statement on Wednesday after taking up his post.
Persons: Luisa Gonzalez SOACHA, Carolina Hurtado, Cristhian, Cristhian Hurtado, Javier Ordonez, Ivan Duque's, Duque, Jorge Vargas, general's, Vargas, Maria Elena, Temblores, Jose Miguel Vivanco, Fabio Espitia, Luis Alfonso Novoa, Dilan Cruz, Ordonez, , Juan Lloreda, Santiago Murillo, Milena Meneses, Oliver Griffin, Daniel Flynn, Julia Symmes Cobb, Rosalba O'Brien Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, European Union, Reuters, Twitter, Investigations, Colombian, Police, Defense Ministry, Human Rights Watch, Thomson Locations: Bogota, Colombia, Carolina, Americas, Ibague
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