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Evacuees crowd the interior of a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft, carrying some 640 Afghans to Qatar from Kabul, Afghanistan August 15, 2021. A photograph showing the Afghan civilians - some clutching luggage, others bottle-feeding infants - on the C-17 cargo aircraft has gone viral on social media. A U.S. official told Reuters about 640 people clambered onto the flight from Kabul on Sunday, when thousands of people desperate to flee the country surged to the airport in the Afghan capital. read moreFor some observers, the image inside the C-17 plane was seen as a sign of hope and the bravery of the evacuation crew. "We need many more such planes," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of non-governmental organisation Human Rights Watch.
Persons: Blake Herzinger, Kenneth Roth, John Geddie, Raju Gopalakrishnan, Janet Lawrence Organizations: U.S . Air Force, REUTERS, Taliban, U.S, Reuters, Boeing, Qatar, United States, Human Rights Watch, Thomson Locations: Qatar, Kabul, Afghanistan, U.S, Singapore
Protests are rare in Cuba where the government keeps a tight control over all aspects of life and dissent is not tolerated. The government had restricted access to social media and messaging platforms including Facebook and WhatsApp, making it difficult to piece together what was happening throughout the island. Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, tweeted Wednesday that the sign of an "out-of-touch government" was to cut social media so people couldn't talk to each other. Celebrities in the U.S., including Puerto Rican singers Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin and Residente, also offered support for those demonstrating, using the #SOSCuba hashtag that has trended on social media. Erika Guevara-Rosas, the Americas director of Amnesty International, tweeted an edited version of a video that has circulated on social media showing security forces breaking into a house and apparently shooting a man.
Persons: Willy Chirino, Kenneth Roth, Dina Stars, Van Van, Chucho Valdés, Marc Anthony, Ricky Martin, Martin, Erika Guevara, Rosas, , ” Guevara, Ned Price, , we’ve, Bruno Rodriguez Organizations: Union City , New Jersey —, Cuban, Palmetto, NBC News, “ libertad, Facebook, Human Rights, Amnesty International, Amnesty, European Commission, Spanish, ABC, State, U.S, Cuban Foreign, of Public Health, NBC, Twitter Locations: Cuba, Miami, Cuban American, U.S, Orlando , New York City, Union City , New Jersey, Spain, Mexico, , Cuban, Havana, Caribbean, United States, News, Spanish, Puerto Rican, Americas
Xi Jinping delivered a chest-thumping speech warning other countries against bullying China. The speech marked the 100th anniversary of the founding of China's Communist Party. Xi said China has never oppressed other countries, while ignoring human rights abuses at home. The Chinese leader's remarks effectively whitewashed China's ongoing human rights abuses within the country's borders. The Biden administration has confronted China on a range of issues, and slapped sanctions on Chinese officials over human rights abuses, among other moves.
Persons: Xi Jinping, Xi, Kenneth Roth, Joe Biden, Biden Organizations: China's Communist Party, Service, Human Rights Watch, Chinese Communist Party Locations: China, Hong Kong, Xinjiang, Taiwan, South China
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. "In the meantime, the office continues to deepen its analysis and assessment of the alleged patterns of human rights violations in Xinjiang," she said on Tuesday. "There is no formal U.N. assessment of what is happening in Xinjiang and we need that given Beijing's denial," Kenneth Roth, head of Human Rights Watch, told reporters last week. Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International this year documented what they said could constitute crimes against humanity being committed in Xinjiang. Sarah Brooks, China expert at the International Service for Human Rights, said: "All that remains is for High Commissioner Bachelet to step up - China's cooperation must not be misinterpreted as a precondition to doing her job."
Persons: Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Denis Balibouse, Bachelet, Ken Roth, Michelle Bachelet, U.N, Kenneth Roth, Sarah Brooks, Stephanie Nebehay, Alex Richardson Organizations: Human Rights, United Nations, REUTERS, Human Rights Watch GENEVA, Human Rights Council, Rights Watch, Amnesty International, International Service for Human Rights, High, Thomson Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, Xinjiang, China, Beijing, Canada, United States, Venezuela, Kashmir, Turkey
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
Critics say Biden's approach undermines his pledge to prioritize human rights. How can they credibly claim to stand for human rights?" "U.S. credibility depends on an even-handed application of human rights rules and international law for everyone, allies and enemies alike," Charbonneau said. Human rights groups are also raising concerns about Biden's uncritical approach, particularly due to the fact the US gives Israel roughly $3.8 billion in military aid per year. "We should be standing unequivocally and consistently on the side of human rights," Omar said.
Persons: Biden, Israel, Joe Biden, Biden hasn't, Abdel Kareem Hana, Associated Press Biden, Rashida Tlaib, Tlaib, Benjamin Netanyahu, Netanyahu, Alexandria Ocasio, Cortez, The New York Democrat excoriated, Louis Charbonneau, " Charbonneau, Kenneth Roth, Qusay Dawud, Philippe Nassif, Ilhan Omar, Omar Organizations: CBS, Gaza Health Ministry, Amnesty, Associated Press, Democratic, Rep, Biden, The New York Democrat, UN, US, Human Rights, Getty Images Democratic, U.S Locations: Israel, Gaza, Beit Lahiya, East Jerusalem, Washington, Al Jazeera, Alexandria, United States, Gaza City, East, North Africa, U.S, Minnesota
REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Suhaib SalemThe building watchman spoke on his mobile intently, pacing up and down a quiet street in Gaza. The building that had residential apartments and Hamas offices, which Israel said included intelligence and military operations, was evacuated. First, small missiles struck the block in Gaza City's Rimal district, then boom, the building crumpled, footage showed. Gaza residents and other Palestinians say Israeli actions are more indiscriminate and aim to punish communities, not just militants. "Once you are home and safe, a minute later you run for your life, this is how Israel wants Gaza to be," she said.
Persons: Abu Mustafa, Suhaib, Jamal Nasman, Israel, Nasman, Kenneth Roth, Giora, Shimrit Meir, Nawal Khader Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, Hamas, Human Rights, Twitter, Israel's, Thomson Locations: Gaza City, Suhaib Salem, Gaza, Rimal, Israel
"We will keep standing up and speaking out until China's government stops its crimes against humanity and the genocide of Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Linda Thomas-Greenfield told the virtual event. Western states and rights groups accuse Xinjiang authorities of detaining and torturing Uyghurs and other minorities in camps. read moreThe event was organized by Germany, the United States and Britain and co-sponsored by Canada, Australia, New Zealand and several other European nations. She called for China to allow "immediate, meaningful and unfettered access" to U.N. human rights chief Michelle Bachelet.
Persons: Linda Thomas, Greenfield, Mike Segar, Thomas, Agnes Callamard, China's U.N, U.N, Christoph Heusgen, Barbara Woodward, Michelle Bachelet, Kenneth Roth, Bachelet, Roth Organizations: U.S, United Nations, . Security, REUTERS, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, Thomson Locations: U.N, New York, U.S, Xinjiang, Beijing, China, Germany, United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand
Israeli airstrikes have leveled multiple residential buildings in Gaza, videos show. The Israeli military leveled multiple apartment buildings in Gaza with airstrikes this week amid escalating violence that's killed dozens of Palestinians, marking the worst fighting in the region since the 50-day war in 2014. Israel has said it's targeting buildings where Hamas — the militant group that controls Gaza — stores weapons or has offices. Videos shared on social media showed the buildings collapsing as a result of the Israeli strikes. In 2014 as well, Israel targeted and destroyed large buildings in Gaza and was criticized as a result.
Persons: Israel, Benny Gantz, Gantz, — Al, Kenneth Roth, Benjamin Netanyahu, they've, Sheikh Organizations: Hamas, Gaza, Israeli, Reuters, Street, Human Rights, Rockets, UN, Israel's, NBC Locations: Gaza, Israel, — Al Jazeera, Hamas, Palestine, Jerusalem
The solution isn't to weaken laws for counterterrorism operations or to diminish the role of civilian agencies in peace building but to take the military out of those roles. That's the premise of a new article in Military Review by Army Lt. Gen. Charles Pede and Col. Peter Hayden. Instead, the US military should get out of the counterterrorism and nation-building business and stick to the battlefield where it belongs. This means acknowledging that those operations require adherence not to the law of war at all, but to human rights law. On the one hand, it has required an expansion of war law restrictions, causing officers like Pede and Hayden to chafe over fears of defeat on "Battlefield Next."
Persons: Charli Carpenter, Charles Pede, Peter Hayden, Pede, Hayden, Goran Tomasevic Pede, Barack Obama, Azad Lashkari, insurrectionists, Libya —, Lucas Jackson, Page Fortna, Lise Howard, Donald Trump, Kenneth Roth, Rahkeem Francis, Bob Strong, George W, Bush Organizations: University of Massachusetts, Army, REUTERS, Hague, ISIS, United Nations Charter, UN, NATO, Interpol, US Army, Staff, Amherst Locations: Amherst, Afghanistan, Iraq, An Afghan, Makkor, Kabul, Geneva, Bashiqa, Mosul, America, Kosovo, Libya, , Nangarhar province, Saudi Arabia, Helmand Province, U.S
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro has tried to sabotage efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 in his country and pursued policies that undermine the rights of Brazilians, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: Brazil President Jair Bolsonaro looks on as he adjusts his protective face mask during a ceremony launching a program to expand access to credit at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, August 19, 2020. HRW said Bolsonaro has also undermined women’s rights, lashed out at reporters and civil society groups, and stigmatized and bullied independent Brazilian media. “The Supreme Court and other institutions have helped to protect Brazilians and to block many, although not all, of Bolsonaro’s anti-rights policies. “Bolsonaro is one of those friendly autocrats that (President Donald) Trump cozied up to,” said HRW executive director Kenneth Roth.
Persons: Jair Bolsonaro, Adriano Machado, Joe Biden, Bolsonaro, lockdowns, HRW, , , Anna Livia Arida, Donald, Trump, Kenneth Roth Organizations: Reuters, Human Rights Watch, REUTERS, European Union, U.S, HRW’s Locations: BRASILIA, COVID, Brazil, Brasilia, Washington, United States, HRW’s Brazil, London
Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, attends an interview with Reuters in Geneva, Switzerland, January 12, 2021. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse(Reuters) - China had an “appalling year” for human rights in 2020, a leading advocacy group said on Wednesday, with a crackdown on dissent in Hong Kong, repression of Muslim Uighurs and the silencing of people reporting on the coronavirus outbreak. “To crack down on whistleblowers and citizen-journalists at this particular moment ... helps highlight to the rest of the world what the consequences of violations inside China can be,” Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch (HRW), said after the release of the group’s World Report 2021. Richardson, speaking at a webinar, compared the Uighurs’ plight to that of Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar but noted a much weaker international response. “Putting a dent in the Chinese government’s sense of impunity for serious human rights violations is a real priority, we think, for governments and for institutions like the UN,” she said.
Persons: Kenneth Roth, Denis Balibouse, Uighurs, ” Sophie Richardson, Xi Jinping, , Richardson, Organizations: Human Rights Watch, Reuters, REUTERS, Reuters Television, European Union, UN Locations: Geneva, Switzerland, China, Hong Kong, Wuhan, Beijing, Uighurs, Xinjiang, Myanmar
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will find it harder to advocate for democracy and rule of law abroad after the assault on the U.S. Capitol unless it grapples with President Donald Trump’s role in the violence, current and former U.S. diplomats said. FILE PHOTO: An explosion caused by a police munition is seen while supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. “It was easier to do that a week ago than it is today,” the former diplomat said. “Putin and Xi Jinping push the supposed stability of their dictatorships over the messiness of democracy,” he said. It’s that we have a system that is capable of correcting its imperfections,” said Democratic Representative Tom Malinowski.
Persons: Donald Trump’s, Donald Trump, Leah Millis, ” “, ” Michael Kozak, , Joe Biden, Trump, Kozak, , “ It’s, Biden, ” Kenneth Roth, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Putin, Xi, Roth, Tom Malinowski, Malinowski, impeaching Organizations: WASHINGTON, U.S, Capitol, REUTERS, Trump, Washington, State Department, Western Hemisphere, Reuters, Republican, Twitter, Human Rights, Global Times, Democratic, impeaching Trump Locations: United States, Washington , U.S, Guatemala, Iran, South Vietnam, U.S
Citizen journalist Zhang Zhan, 37, was sentenced to four years in prison on Monday for her work reporting on the early days of the coronavirus outbreak from Wuhan, China. A Chinese court sentenced a citizen-journalist to four years in prison on Monday for her work reporting from Wuhan during the coronavirus outbreak's early days. The South China Morning Post explained that the charge is "broadly defined" and "often used by police to stifle dissent." In a tweet on Monday, the United Nations Human Rights office said it is "deeply concerned" by Zhang's sentence. Chen Qiushi disappeared that same month, and is now under close surveillance and will not speak publicly, according to the South China Morning Post.
Persons: Zhang Zhan, Zhan, Shao Wenxia, Zhang's, Ren Quanniu, Ms Zhang, Quanniu, Zhang Keke, Kenneth Roth, Roth, Fang Bin, hasn't, Chen Qiushi, Li Zehua Organizations: China Morning Post, UN, Rights, Pudong New, Associated Press, AP, — UN, Wuhan, Wuhan Institute of Virology, Reuters, United Nations Human Rights, NBC News, Human Rights, China Morning, NBC Locations: Wuhan, China, Shanghai,
FILE PHOTO: Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed waits for the arrival of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen before their meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia December 7, 2019. The envoys were due to meet Abiy at 11 a.m. (0800 GMT), Redwan Hussein, spokesman of the government’s State of Emergency Task Force for the Tigray conflict, said. TRENCHESThere was no indication that the Ethiopian military had entered the city of Mekelle. “Warnings don’t absolve the Ethiopian military of the duty to protect civilians during military operations in urban areas,” Roth tweeted on Thursday. Abiy accuses Tigrayan leaders of starting the war by attacking federal troops at a base in Tigray three weeks ago.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Ursula von der Leyen, Redwan Hussein, Cyril Ramaphosa, Abiy, Ahmed Shide, , France24, Kenneth Roth, ” Roth, Tigrayan, Tigrayans Organizations: Ethiopian, Ethiopia's, REUTERS, Tiksa, United Nations, Abiy, Emergency, Force, Reuters, Finance, Human Rights Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mekelle, government’s, South, Eritrea, Horn of Africa, Sudan
ADDIS ABABA/NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed’s government will protect civilians in the northern region of Tigray, he told African peace envoys on Friday, a day after he announced the military was beginning the “final phase” of an offensive there. FILE PHOTO: Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed waits for the arrival of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen before their meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia December 7, 2019. Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, said such efforts were not akin to protecting civilians from harm. In September, before the Tigray hostilities began, the U.N. migration agency IOM said conflict had displaced more than 1.2 million Ethiopians around the country. Abiy accuses Tigrayan leaders of starting the war by attacking federal troops at a base in Tigray three weeks ago.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed’s, Abiy Ahmed, Ursula von der Leyen, Abiy, Ellen Johnson, Joaquim Chissano, Mekelle, Ahmed Shide, , France24, Kenneth Roth, Tigrayan Organizations: Ethiopian, Ethiopia's, REUTERS, Tiksa, Union, United Nations, Reuters, Human Rights, Twitter, IOM Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Tigray, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Mekelle, Liberia, Mozambique, Kgalema, South Africa, Eritrea, Horn of Africa, Sudan, Ethiopia’s Tigray
Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed greets an African Union (AU) envoy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia November 27, 2020, in this picture obtained from social media. Federal forces have captured Wikro “and will control Mekelle in a few days”, Lieutenant-General Hassan Ibrahim said in a statement. Reuters was not immediately able to reach the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) for comment, or to verify the statement. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed accuses Tigrayan leaders of starting the war by attacking federal troops at a base in Tigray on Nov. 4. His government also put senior Tigrayan officials on trial for crimes such as corruption, torture and murder.
Persons: Abiy Ahmed, Wikro “, Hassan Ibrahim, Tigrayan, Abiy, Ellen Johnson, Joaquim Chissano, Ahmed Shide, , France24, Kenneth Roth, Pope Francis Organizations: Ethiopian, African Union, Federal, Reuters, Union, United Nations, Human Rights, Twitter Locations: ADDIS ABABA, NAIROBI, Wikro, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, Tigray, Liberia, Mozambique, Kgalema, South Africa, Eritrea, Horn of Africa, Sudan, Mekelle, Ethiopia’s Tigray
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