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Myanmar's State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi attends Invest Myanmar in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, January 28, 2019. Suu Kyi, 75, is due to face trial on Monday on charges of breaching coronavirus regulations while campaigning for the election she won last November and also for possession of unlicensed walkie-talkies. Her legal team have denied any wrong doing by Suu Kyi and her chief lawyer Khin Maung Zaw called the most recent corruption charges "absurd". Phil Robertson, Deputy Asia Director, Human Rights Watch, said in a statement the charges Suu Kyi faced "are bogus, and politically motivated" and "should be dropped, resulting in her immediate and unconditional release." The junta has branded a rival National Unity Government set up by supporters of Suu Kyi as a terrorist group and blamed it for bombings, arson and killings.
Persons: Suu, Ann Wang, Myanmar’s, Aung San Suu Kyi, Suu Kyi, Nobel, Khin Maung Zaw, Phil Robertson, Suu Kyi's, Che Guevara, Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Bachelet Organizations: Invest Myanmar, REUTERS, Human Rights, Asia, Assistance Association for Political, United Nations, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, Myanmar's, National Unity Government, Reuters, Karen National Defence Organisation, Thomson Locations: Myanmar's, Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Yangon, American
Ex-head of Myanmar's COVID-19 vaccination programme arrested
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
The former head of Myanmar's COVID-19 immunisation programme has been arrested and faces charges of high treason for colluding with opponents of the military authorities, state media reported on Monday. The Global New Light of Myanmar said Htar Htar Lin had been arrested on June 10 and she was also accused of working with an underground National Unity Government (NUG). "According to her confession, she not only joined the CDM and formed the CDM Core Group together with other CDM doctors and staff but also colluded with terrorist NUG," it said. The arrest of Htar Htar Lin and other doctors was condemned by U.S.-based Physicians for Human Rights. The 373 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Sunday was the highest since Feb. 3, just before testing collapsed in the wake of the coup.
Persons: Myanmar's, Aung San, Aung San Suu Kyi, Htar Htar Lin, NUG, Suu Kyi, Htar, Jennifer Leigh Organizations: National Unity Government, CDM, Reuters, U.S, Human Rights, Thomson Locations: Aung San Suu, Myanmar
Egypt upholds death sentence for 12 senior Muslim Brotherhood figures
  + stars: | 2021-06-14 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.99   time to read: +2 min
Muslim Brotherhood's senior member Mohamed El-Beltagi sits behind the bars during a court session in Cairo, Egypt, December 2, 2018. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh/File PhotoEgypt's highest civilian court on Monday upheld death sentences against 12 senior Muslim Brotherhood figures over a 2013 sit-in which ended with security forces killing hundreds of protesters, judicial sources said. In September 2018, an Egyptian criminal court sentenced 75 people to death and issued varying jail terms for more than 600 others. Thirty-one had their sentences changed to life in prison, while death sentences were upheld for 12 others. A final defendant, the senior Muslim Brotherhood leader Essam el-Erian, died in prison in Cairo in August 2020.
Persons: Brotherhood's, Mohamed El, Beltagi, Amr Abdallah Dalsh, Abdel Fattah al, Abdul Rahman Al, Osama Yassin, Mohamed Mursi, retrials, Monday's, Essam el, Egypt's, Mohamed Badie, Osaama, Human Rights Michelle Bachelet Organizations: REUTERS, Cassation, Muslim, Human Rights, Thomson Locations: Cairo, Egypt, Rabaa, Erian
Fugitive Chilean colonel arrested in Argentina on human rights violations
  + stars: | 2021-06-13 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.98   time to read: +1 min
Human rights activists with images of people who went missing during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, attend a march and protest ahead of the anniversary of the country's 1973 military coup on September 11, in Santiago, Chile September 9, 2018. REUTERS/Ivan AlvaradoPolice in Argentina arrested a retired Chilean army colonel in Buenos Aires on Saturday after he fled neighboring Chile, where he was convicted of human rights violations committed during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet, Chilean authorities and local media reported. "Walter Klug Rivera was apprehended outside the ... hotel where he was staying, which he intended to leave in the next few hours in order to continue evading justice," Chile's police said on Twitter. More than 3,000 people died or disappeared in political violence during Pinochet's military regime from 1973 to 1990. The secret service and the army also tortured and drove into exile thousands of dissidents and leftists, truth commissions and police investigations have shown.
Persons: Augusto Pinochet, Ivan Alvarado, Walter Klug Rivera, Pinochet, Salvador Allende, Julián Ercolini Organizations: REUTERS, Ivan Alvarado Police, Chilean, Twitter, Thomson Locations: Santiago , Chile, Argentina, Chilean, Buenos Aires, Chile, Argentine
President Biden urged G7 leaders to collectively rebuke China over forced labor. Some G7 leaders with trade ties to Beijing expressed concern about calling out human-rights abuses. President Joe Biden this weekend worked to rally the Group of Seven to offer a collective rebuke to China over forced labor, human-rights abuses, and other "non-market" practices. The administration said Biden had urged other G7 members to speak out about China's "practices that are harmful and distorted to the global economy." Some senior UK officials, for example, have sought to keep human-rights abuses in China off the table, partly because the UK has worked to build up trade with China, Politico reported.
Persons: Biden, Joe Biden, Patrick Semansky, Saturday's, Mario Draghi, Emmanuel Macron Organizations: US, EU, Initiative, Italian, Politico, The New York Times, Washington Post, Reuters Locations: China, Beijing, Xinjiang, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, St . Ives, England, Carbis Bay, The, London
In 2014, Deondre Moore, who was 19 at the time, decided to get an HIV test while he and his friends were at a nightclub in Houston. Moore, I'm sorry to tell you, but our test confirmed that you do have HIV,’” he recalled. Stigma surrounding HIV is persistent, and the virus disproportionately affects gay and bisexual men of color, particularly Black men, due to inequality in a variety of areas. Misinformation and stigma persist in part because of poor sex education across the country, said J. Maurice McCants-Pearsall, director of HIV and health equity at Human Rights Campaign. Among the most common is that HIV is a death sentence, and it is not, McCants-Pearsall said.
Persons: Deondre Moore, Moore, , , ’ ” Moore, ‘ Mr, I'm, ’ ”, It’s, Kathleen Wingate, didn’t, ’ I've, ” Wingate, J, Maurice McCants, Pearsall, McCants, aren’t, It's, ” McCants, Thom Kam, hadn't, ” Kam, Anthony Fauci, Fauci, who's Organizations: Sam Houston State University, HIV, Centers for Disease Control, Human Rights, CDC, Young, , National Institute of Allergy, NBC News, Twitter, Facebook Locations: Houston
A prominent opponent of Belarus' authoritarian president Roman Protasevich attends an opposition rally in Minsk, Belarus, Sunday, March 25, 2012. Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko emerges from the polling booth after marking his ballot in Belarus' national referendum in Minsk, Belarus. But the August elections proved to be an inflection point of massive consequence for Protasevich, Lukashenko, and the future of Belarus. In this Sunday, July 19, 2020, file photo, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, candidate for the presidential elections, reacts during a meeting with her supporters in Minsk, Belarus. In this Aug. 10, 2020, file photo, protesters carry a wounded man during clashes with police in Minsk, Belarus.
Persons: Alexander Lukashenko, Roman Protasevich, Lukashenko, Rachel Denber, Protasevich, Sofia Sapega, Franak, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, Viačorka, Sapega, Weeks, Denber, Hanna Liubakova, Protasevich's, wasn't, Oleg Nikishin, Sergei Tikhanovsky, Tikhanovskaya, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Sergei Grits, Tikhanovskaya's, Vladimir Putin, Putin, He's Organizations: Human Rights, Central Asia Division, Ryanair, Passengers, KGB, Twitter, Telegram, New York Times, AP, European Union, Commission, Coordination, Tikhanovskaya, Rights, EU, US Foreign Relations, Viačorka, Belarus — Locations: Eastern Europe, Belarus, Europe, Athens, Greece, Vilnius, Lithuania, Minsk, Belarusian, Sapega, Poland, Warsaw, NEXTA, Soviet, United States, Korea, EU
It's been five years since a gunman killed 49 people at Pulse, a gay nightclub in Florida. Years after the shooting, Florida has still not made any drastic changes to its gun control laws, the Orlando Sentinel reported. "Today I am thinking of the 49 who we lost—49 human beings, 49 dreams, 49 futures, 49 families missing a loved one. The Pulse shooting on June 12, 2016, stands as the second-deadliest mass shooting in US history. Human-rights and anti-gun organizations, however, say lawmakers aren't doing enough to enact gun control in the wake of the shooting's anniversary.
Persons: It's, Joe Biden, Val Demings, Omar Mateen, Mateen, Ron DeSantis, Abigail Spanberger, Scott Peters of, couldn't, We've, Carlos Guillermo Smith Organizations: Lawmakers, Orlando Sentinel, Police, Florida Gov, Twitter, Saturday, Senate, Human Rights, Rights, HRC, Safety, GOP Locations: Florida, Virginia, Scott Peters of California, Las Vegas, Tallahassee
G7 reaches consensus on China dumping, human rights abuses -U.S. official
  + stars: | 2021-06-12 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.73   time to read: +1 min
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, U.S. President Joe Biden, France's President Emmanuel Macron, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in attend a working session during G7 summit in Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, June 12, 2021. Leon Neal/Pool via REUTERSG7 leaders have reached consensus on the need for a shared approach to China selling exports at unfairly low prices and to human rights abuses, a senior official in the U.S. President Joe Biden's administration said on Saturday. "I would say there was unanimity in terms of a willingness to call out human rights abuses and violations of fundamental freedoms that invoke our shared values," the official said. "There was commitment to take action in response to what we're seeing." The official said the G7 had moved far from three years ago when the final communique made no mention of China.
Persons: Boris Johnson, Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron, Justin Trudeau, Scott Morrison, Angela Merkel, Cyril Ramaphosa, Moon Jae, Leon Neal, Joe Biden's Organizations: British, Canadian, Australia's, REUTERS, Seven, World Trade Organization, Thomson Locations: U.S, German, Carbis Bay, Cornwall, Britain, China, United States
G7 reaches consensus on China dumping, human rights abuses: U.S. official
  + stars: | 2021-06-12 | by ( ) www.cnbc.com sentiment -0.87   time to read: +1 min
G7 leaders have reached consensus on the need for a shared approach to China selling exports at unfairly low prices and to human rights abuses, a senior official in the U.S. President Joe Biden's administration said on Saturday. The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the leaders of the Group of Seven world's largest advanced economies had also agreed on the need to coordinate on supply chain resilience to ensure democracies are supporting each other. "I would say there was unanimity in terms of a willingness to call out human rights abuses and violations of fundamental freedoms that invoke our shared values," the official said. "There was commitment to take action in response to what we're seeing." The official said the G7 had moved far from three years ago when the final communique made no mention of China.
Persons: Angela Merkel, Ursula von der Leyen, Emmanuel Macron, Yoshihide Suga, Queen Elizabeth II, Justin Trudeau, Boris Johnson, Mario Draghi, Charles Michel, Joe Biden, Joe Biden's Organizations: Canadian, British, European, United, The, Seven, World Trade Organization Locations: Italian, The Eden, St Austell , Cornwall, England, China, U.S, United States
Of this year’s 28 known transgender victims, 20 were trans women of color (16 of them Black trans women), and 14 were killed in the South. The disproportionate violence trans Americans face in the South, and more specifically the Southeast, is due to a combination of issues, according to advocates. Hill said trans people's inability to safely access public spaces without fear of discrimination — and the issues being debated in state legislatures aimed at rolling back the rights of trans people — have created a climate that has “dehumanized” the trans community. That combined with a lack of legal protections such as nondiscrimination ordinances leaves trans people vulnerable and easy targets of violence. Trans United Leading Intersectional Progress, or TULIP, is a nonprofit collective creating housing solutions for trans and gender-nonconforming people in Louisiana.
Persons: Hill, Austin Johnson, ” Johnson, Eric A, Stanley, ” Stanley, , Bostock, , ” Hill, Alphonso David, ” David, Biden, , Jaida Peterson, Remy Fennell, Ash Williams, Williams, ” Williams, Barry Chin, Kayla Gore, Tulip, Tulip Johnson, they've Organizations: Southern Equality, Campaign, NBC News, Human Rights, Ohio’s Kenyon College, University of California, Movement Advancement, HRC, of Housing, Urban Development, Education Department, Charlotte Uprising, Boston Globe, Getty, NBC, Trans, Twitter, Facebook Locations: Berkeley, Alabama , Louisiana, Mississippi, Clayton County , Georgia, , South Carolina, Alabama, Florida , Mississippi, Tennessee, Atlanta, Charlotte , North Carolina, Boston, Memphis , Tennessee, Memphis, New Orleans, Louisiana
UN rights commissioner warns of escalating violence in Myanmar
  + stars: | 2021-06-11 | by ( ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +4 min
U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet attends a news conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, December 9, 2020. REUTERS/Denis BalibouseThe United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said on Friday of that violence in Myanmar is intensifying and condemned the army's "outrageous" use of heavy weapons, while urging a wider diplomatic effort to pressure the ruling generals. Michelle Bachelet said the junta had shown no willingness to implement a five-point consensus it agreed with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in April to halt violence and start dialogue with its opponents. "There appear to be no efforts towards de-escalation but rather a build-up of troops in key areas, contrary to the commitments the military made to ASEAN to cease the violence," Bachelet said in a statement. The state-run Global New Light of Myanmar newspaper gave a breakdown on Friday of offences committed since the military took power.
Persons: Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Denis Balibouse, Michelle Bachelet, Bachelet, Aung, Min Aung Organizations: Human Rights, United Nations, REUTERS, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN, United, People's Defence Forces, Association for Political, Myanmar, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Myanmar, Kayah State, China, Japan, United Nations
El Salvador President Nayib Bukele speaks during a news conference in San Salvador, El Salvador, June 6, 2021. Far from the media spotlight and with few resources, he publicized his work on social media. In San Salvador, he gained prominence for his social and cultural focus and for donating his salary to scholarships. DECISIVEBukele joined forces with the right-wing Gran Alianza por la Unidad Nacional (GANA) in his campaign for the presidency, which was driven by social media. "He uses the press and social media to threaten, intimidate and persecute people who could be adversaries," said Jose Miguel Vivanco, Americas director for Human Rights Watch.
Persons: Nayib Bukele, Jose Cabezas, Bukele, bitcoin, Biden, Marti, Jose Miguel Vivanco, Salvadorans, Eduardo Samayoa Organizations: El Salvador, REUTERS, El, Monetary Fund, Twitter, Salvadoran, Liberation Front, Gran Alianza por la Unidad Nacional, Spanish, El Pais, Human Rights Watch, Thomson Locations: San Salvador , El Salvador, American, El Salvador, Nuevo Cuscatlan, San Salvador ., San Salvador, Americas
But when Sawyer tried to call her last month with the good news that she would be allowed into the United States, she couldn’t reach her – Jasibi had been kidnapped again. Biden has filled many key immigration advisory positions with high-profile migrant advocates, including some opponents of the Title 42 border restrictions. Since Biden took office, U.S. border authorities have recorded more than 300,000 expulsions under Title 42. U.S. officials have said the Title 42 border restrictions are partly needed to protect government workers. In recent weeks the United States began admitting asylum seekers whom migrant advocates had identified as being especially vulnerable in Mexico.
Persons: Jasibi, Callaghan O'Hare, Joe Biden, Ariana Sawyer, Sawyer, Biden, Andrea Flores, Flores, Donald Trump, ” Flores, , Joseph Amon, Del Organizations: WASHINGTON, REUTERS, Trump, Reuters, Human Rights Watch, Publicly, Biden, American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU, National Security Council, U.S, Department of Health, Human Services, Central Americans, U.S . Centers for Disease Control, Prevention, Drexel University, CDC, DHS, United, Human Rights Locations: Honduras, Texas, U.S, United States, Mexico, Jasibi, Honduran, Del Rio , Texas, Ciudad Acuna, Del Rio
However, a Wall Street Journal analysis of government and company data shows that, over the past decade, increases in female workers have plateaued and even fallen back at some companies. Women are put off by the industry, say female workers and recruiters, citing a lack of flexibility in a career that can include months away from home at isolated sites. Only construction has a lower percentage of female workers than mining, according to a 2019 survey by the World Economic Forum that looked at 16 major industries. The proportion of female workers varies across miners. In the U.S., the proportion of women working in construction, at 13.3%, has barely moved since 2010.
Persons: , Amanda Lacaze, Jason Economidis, Katalyn Grenfell, Amber Croft, Marie Yeager, , Tara Diamond, , Ms, Diamond, Athalie Williams, Lacey Filipich, Filipich, Fortescue, Marian Boatemaa, weren’t, Boatemaa, Arianna Schwiem, Kaila Sanders, Karen Hincks, Hincks, Donna Sheeks, Alistair MacDonald, Rhiannon Hoyle Organizations: BHP Group Ltd, BHP, Rio Tinto RIO, McMoRan, Australia, drillers, South32 Ltd, Cripple, World Economic, Barrick Gold Corp, Fortescue Metals Group, Australian Mines and Metals Association, McKinsey & Co, Newmont Corp, Newmont, Australian Human Rights Commission, Miners Locations: Rio, Freeport, Cripple, U.S, Australia, Canada, Europe, Chile, Western Australia, Perth, Port Hedland, Ghana, Colorado, alistair.macdonald
Opinion | I Shouldn’t Have to Choose Between My Judaism and My Queerness
  + stars: | 2021-06-10 | by ( Molly Meisels | ) www.nytimes.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +1 min
I was at a festive Shabbat dinner with other undergraduates at Yeshiva University, a few months into my freshman year at its Stern College for Women. “He’s a fag,” I overheard a student in a spiffy suit say to the woman seated next to him. The discrimination wasn’t just from fellow students: Administrators denied us the right to form a recognized L.G.B.T.Q. violated the New York City Human Rights Law by denying us the right to form an official L.G.B.T.Q. student group.
Persons: , Organizations: Yeshiva University, Stern College for Women, Modern, Yeshiva, New, Human Rights Locations: earshot, Brooklyn, New York City, New York County, New York
Despite the dangerous conditions, many of Myanmar's journalists continue to deliver vital information to the public and the rest of the world. He was held in Insein Prison before being sent back to Tokyo in May. Nathan Maung (left) and Hanthar Nyein (right) are being held in Insein Prison. But they survived, and were transferred to Myanmar's main prison, Insein. Relatives wait for a bus carrying prisoners to be released outside Insein Prison in Yangon on April 17.
Persons: Danny Fenster, Fenster, Min Aung, Aung Kyaw, Zaw, Buddy Fenster, Nathan Maung, , Hanthar Nyein, Yuki Kitazumi, Robert Bociaga, , Nathan Maung Nathan Maung's, Nyein, Daniel Fenster, Blinken, Antony Blinken, Insein, Aung San Suu Kyi, Bo Kyi, Suu Kyi's, Kitazumi, Kay Zon Nway, Kay Zon, it's, Michelle Obama's, It's, Danny, Rose Fenster, Biden Organizations: Yangon International Airport, CNN Business . Frontier, Association for Political, ASEAN, Democratic, of Burma, Mizzima, CNN Business, Kamayut, Media, Human Rights Watch, US State Department, Rights Watch, CNN, Embassy Locations: United States, Yangon, Myanmar's, CNN Business . Frontier Myanmar, Insein, Myanmar, Thailand, Tokyo, Vienna, Japanese, States
(Reuters) - A shareholder proposal for Thomson Reuters Corp to review human rights issues emerging from its U.S. government contracts gained increased investor support but failed to win approval at the company’s annual meeting on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: The Thomson Reuters logo is seen on the company building in Times Square, New York, U.S., January 30, 2018. The shareholder proposal came from a British Columbia labor union and focused on Thomson Reuters work with government agencies including ICE. Wednesday’s resolution called for the company’s board to produce a “human rights risk report” describing potential issues it faces and comparing risk-control procedures against those of other technology companies. Asked about the vote result, Thomson Reuters’ Moran said that “As we review best practices for identifying and mitigating human rights risks, we always welcome feedback from our shareholders and will continue in our dialogue with our investors as part of our shared commitment to human rights.”
Persons: Andrew Kelly Thomson, Dave Moran, Moran, Thomson, David Thomson, Trump, Stephanie Smith, “ Thomson, Steve Hasker, , , Thomson Reuters ’ Moran Organizations: Reuters, Thomson Reuters Corp, Thomson Reuters, REUTERS, Andrew Kelly Thomson Reuters, U.S . Immigration, Customs Enforcement, ICE, Woodbridge Co, “ Thomson Reuters Locations: Square , New York, U.S, British Columbia
BUCARAMANGA, Colombia — An international monitoring group on Wednesday accused police officers in Colombia of responsibility for the deaths of 20 people and other violent actions against protesters during recent civil unrest, including sexual abuse, beatings and arbitrary detentions. It says Human Rights Watch has received “credible information” reporting a total of 68 deaths during the protests, 34 of which it was able to confirm, including two police officers. The country’s human rights ombudsman, meanwhile, reported late Monday that it had confirmed 58 deaths related to the protests. Of the 170 police officers under disciplinary investigation, only two have been suspended, according to Human Rights Watch. “Colombia is not a country that violates human rights, we have difficulties, but we face them with justice,” presidential counselor for human rights, Nancy Patricia Gutiérrez, told reporters Tuesday.
Persons: , José Miguel Vivanco, Iván Duque, Kevin Agudelo, Witnesses, , Agudelo, Duque, Nancy Patricia Gutiérrez Organizations: Colombia —, Rights Watch, Colombian, , Human Rights Watch, Authorities, Police, NBC, Facebook, Twitter Locations: BUCARAMANGA, Colombia, Cali
Japan, Australia raise concerns about reported abuses in China
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( ) www.reuters.com sentiment -0.96   time to read: +2 min
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi (R) and Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi remove their protective masks as they attend a video conference with Australian Foreign Minister and Minister for Women Marise Payne and Australian Defense Minister Peter Dutton (not in picture), at Foreign Ministry in Tokyo, Japan June 9, 2021. "We share serious concerns about reported human rights abuses against Uyghur and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang," Japan and Australia said in a joint statement after a meeting of the defence and foreign ministers of both countries. "We call on China to grant urgent, meaningful and unfetteredaccess to Xinjiang for independent international observers, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights." Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defence Minister Nobuo Kishi met their Australian counterparts, Marise Payne and Peter Dutton, via video conferencing. In Beijing, the foreign ministry said it strongly objected to the two nations playing up the "China threat" and smearing the country maliciously.
Persons: Toshimitsu Motegi, Nobuo Kishi, Women Marise Payne, Peter Dutton, Eugene Hoshiko, Marise Payne, Wang Wenbin, Hong Organizations: Australian Foreign Minister, Women, Australian Defense, Foreign Ministry, REUTERS, UN, Human Rights, Australian, East China, Thomson Locations: Tokyo, Japan, REUTERS Japan, Australia, China's, Xinjiang, Beijing, United States, Britain, Canada, China, East, Taiwan Strait, Myanmar
Systemic failures behind Colombia police rights abuses - HRW
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( Oliver Griffin | ) www.reuters.com sentiment -1.00   time to read: +2 min
Brutal abuses by Colombia's police during recent anti-government protests are not isolated incidents but part of extensive failings by state security forces, advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report on Wednesday. HRW said it has also documented beatings, sexual abuse and arbitrary detention of protesters and bystanders by security forces. "These brutal abuses are not isolated incidents by rogue officers, but rather the result of systemic shortcomings of the Colombian police," Jose Miguel Vivanco, Americas director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement. Duque has repeatedly insisted that most Colombian police respect the human rights of civilians, and he has said that any cops who act illegally will be punished. read moreRepresentatives from the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) arrived in the country over the weekend for a three-day visit to gather information about possible rights abuses during the protests.
Persons: Ivan Duque, Jose Miguel Vivanco, Duque Organizations: Human Rights Watch, HRW, Colombian, Human Rights, Inter, American, Thomson Locations: Americas
Colombia protests lose steam, but their economic toll rises
  + stars: | 2021-06-09 | by ( Nelson Bocanegra | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
Demonstrators gather outside a local hotel where representatives of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (CIDH) and union leaders meet, in Bogota, Colombia June 9, 2021. REUTERS/Nathalia AngaritaAnti-government protests in Colombia were sparsely attended on Wednesday, but the economic fall-out of the six-week-old demonstrations is far from over, officials said. Road blockades associated with protests have caused shortages throughout the country, interrupted exports, and hit oil and mining production. The government estimates blockades and protests have cost the economy some 11 trillion pesos, equivalent to more than $3 billion. The government says 21 people have died in connection with the protests, though advocacy groups say the toll is much higher.
Persons: Francisco Maltes, Rodolfo Zea, we've, Energy Minister Diego Mesa, Mesa Organizations: Inter, American, Human Rights, REUTERS, Mines, Energy Minister, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Bogota, Colombia, Buenaventura
15 brands that are giving back for Pride Month 2021
  + stars: | 2021-06-08 | by ( Dan Avery | Shop Today | ) www.nbcnews.com + 0.00   time to read: +13 min
Skittles Pride PacksFor the second Pride season running, Skittles has given up the rainbow in a tip of its hat to the LGBTQ community. The old-school cool shoe brand is keeping it simple for Pride 2021, giving its classic 1461 oxford a rainbow flag on the heel tab and a rainbow Airwair heel-loop. Vans’ Pride 2021 Collection goes to the dark side — with slick black Sk8-Hi boots with a thin rainbow stripe. Ten percent of the profits from all Pride collection items will be donated to InterPride. Ranging from $18 to $148, Levi’s 2021 Pride Collection “All Pronouns.
Persons: , Sarah Kate Ellis, Alphonso David, Shira Kogan, there’s, we’ve, Matthew Ashton, Edward Granger, ” Granger, , Skittles, Sarah Long, ” Long, Famiglie, Andrea O’Donnell, tutu, PetSmart, Martens, Trevor, Demna Gvasalia, ” Gvasalia, I’m, HBO’s, NYX, EFFEN, Sam Kirk, Acacia Rodriguez, Kyle Lasky, Daniel Quasar, Levi’s, Sara Bittorf Organizations: Brands, GLAAD, Companies, Human Rights, HRC, LEGO, Old Navy, Navy, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Mars Wrigley, Walmart, Target, Disney, Walt Disney Company, Pacific Pride Foundation, Mattel, Vogue, Tokyo, LA LGBT, Arts, Pride, AIDS, NBC, Twitter, Facebook Locations: United States, Mars Wrigley North America, Spain, Italy, Japan, U.S, Cali, oxford, Georgia, Chicago
U.N. Security Council backs Guterres for second term
  + stars: | 2021-06-08 | by ( Michelle Nichols | ) www.reuters.com + 0.00   time to read: +3 min
REUTERS/Maxim ShemetovThe United Nations Security Council backed Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Tuesday for a second term, recommending that the 193-member General Assembly appoint him for another five years starting Jan. 1, 2022. Much of Guterres' first term was focused on placating Trump, who questioned the value of the United Nations and multilateralism. Portugal put forward Guterres for a second term, but no one else had the backing of a member state. "Guterres's first term was defined by public silence regarding human rights abuses by China, Russia, and the United States and their allies," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric said Guterres has a "strong stance on defending human rights, speaking up against abuses."
Persons: Antonio Guterres, Sergei Lavrov, Maxim Shemetov, Estonia's U.N, Sven Jürgenson, Guterres, Ban, Donald Trump, placating Trump, Joe Biden, Kenneth Roth, Stephane Dujarric Organizations: Russian, REUTERS, United Nations Security Council, U.S, United Nations, Trump, Ethiopia's, Rights, Human Rights Watch, Thomson Locations: Moscow, Russia, United States, Portugal, Syria, Yemen, Myanmar, Ethiopia's Tigray, New York, Belarus, China
CNN has repeatedly reached out to Egypt, the UAE and Saudi Arabia for comment on the extraditions and has not received a response. In Saudi Arabia between 2018 and 2020, at least one Uyghur Muslim was allegedly detained and deported after performing the Umrah pilgrimage in Islam's holiest cities. In a 2019 open letter, more than a dozen Muslim-majority countries — including the UAE, Iran, Egypt and Saudi Arabia — publicly endorsed China's policies in Xinjiang. The pandemic prompted Saudi Arabia to close its airports just as Hamdullah was performing his pilgrimage, leaving him stranded in Saudi Arabia. But in recent years, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan -- who once championed Uyghur rights — has toned down his criticism of China's Xinjiang policy, in an apparent bid to boost relations with Beijing.
Persons: Amannisa Abdullah, Ahmad Talip, Ahmad, Amannisa, tugged, Amina, Abdullah, Azhar, Musa, CNN's, Xi Jinping, Abduweli, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu, Saudi Arabia —, Ali al, Dhaheri, Wang, Egypt Maryam Muhammad, Muhtar, Maryam, Rozi, Maryam Muhammad, Muhtar Rozi, Al Azhar, , Jamal Khashoggi, Nuriman Veli, Hamdullah Abduweli, Nuriman, Hamdullah, Osman Ahmed, Osman, Ilminur Osman, Ayub, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Abduweli Ayup Organizations: CNN, United, Islamic, Al, Dubai ., Rights Watch, Authorities, UAE's Foreign Ministry, Inter, US State Department, Communist Party, United Arab, UN Human Rights, Human Rights Watch, Human Rights, Azhar University, Egyptian Interior Ministry, China's Ministry of Public Security, Embassy, Saudi, Crown, State, China's, Turkish, Migration Management Locations: Istanbul, Turkey, Dubai, China, United Arab Emirates, UAE, Abu Dhabi, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Islam's, Xinjiang, Beijing, Oslo, East, Iran, Middle, Lebanon, UN's, Egyptian, Cairo, Jordan, Saudi, Mecca, Medina, Turks, Turkish, Tajikistan
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