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    BOGOTÁ, Colombia – More than 100 human rights activists have reportedly died in Colombia so far this year in escalating violence fueled by emboldened Marxist guerilla groups, benefitting from the 2016 peace deal the nation’s former president won the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. The latest massacre resulted in the discovery of three young men on the road outside the city of Ocaña, located close to the country’s eastern border with Venezuela. On Saturday, six people were also killed in Tumaco, a port city near the southern border with Ecuador; three people were shot dead near Medellín; and another three were murdered in the eastern region of Arauca. The killings add up to seven massacres in the space of two weeks; there have been more than 46 massacres (defines as the murder of three or more people at once) so far this year. Among those most severely affected by the violence...
    J.K. Rowling is returning an award she received in 2019 from Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights (RFKHR) after the foundation’s president renounced Rowling’s transphobic statements. Hide At the beginning of August, RFKHR President Kerry Kennedy (who is also the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy) released a lengthy statement about Rowling’s activity on Twitter (that included both tweets posted and a post liking opposition to a bill banning conversion therapy) and the manifesto that she posted during LGBTQ Pride Month. Hide Kennedy said that she previously spoke with Rowling, who received the Ripple of Hope in December, about her disappointment over Rowling using her platform to “create a narrative that diminishes the identity of trans and nonbinary people.” Kennedy, citing partnerships with organizations such as Sexual Minorities Uganda and La Red Lésbica Cattrachas Honduras, as well as its ongoing lawsuit against Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, as examples of RFKHR’s history...
    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) — The United Nations human rights chief is calling for a quick investigation into death threats against Congolese Nobel Peace Prize laureate Dr. Denis Mukwege. Michelle Bachelet on Friday said Mukwege is a “true hero” for his work as a human rights defender. The doctor founded a hospital in eastern Congo that is renowned for its work treating survivors of sexual violence. “His life seems to be at serious risk,” she said of Mukwege, who survived an assassination attempt in 2012 and has faced death threats before. U.N. human rights office spokesman Rupert Colville said “it’s difficult to say at this point exactly who is behind these death threats.” He noted that Mukwege has repeatedly denounced human rights violations in Congo, adding: “The threats appear linked more to his advocacy.” Congolese President Felix Tshisekedi has made a public commitment to ensure Mukwege’s security....
    Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng will speak at the Republican National Convention on Wednesday to endorse US President Donald Trump for re-election, indicating increasing efforts by the party to portray the Democrats as too weak on Beijing. Chen’s scheduled appearance was announced by the Trump campaign, describing him as a victim of persecution by Chinese authorities “for exposing the depravity of the Chinese Communist Party”. Chen, a legal activist who campaigned for the rights of workers and farmers, left China with the help of American diplomats in 2012, after he had escaped house arrest and taken refuge at the US embassy. Chinese state media at the time launched a vitriolic attack against then-US ambassador Gary Locke over the affair, calling him a “guide dog” for assisting Chen, who is visually impaired. Beijing said the US’ actions violated Chinese law and constituted interference in China’s affairs. But Chen is a divisive figure...
    Two top White House officials criticized the National Basketball Association players’ decision to boycott playoff games Wednesday over the situation in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, said on CNN that he didn’t expect the administration to specifically comment on the situation, but added that the players boycotting over the police shooting of Jacob Blake — and the subsequent violence that has rocked Kenosha — is “absurd and silly” while the league continues its “nonspeaking out against China’s continued abuse.” “If they want to protest, I don’t think we care,” Short continued. “I think at this point if they want to say we’re not going to play any more games I don’t think that’s a position we’ll speak out on one way or another.” (RELATED: Trump Is Sending ‘Federal Law Enforcement And The National Guard’ To Police Riots In Kenosha, Wisconsin) He added, when...
    Hong Kong (CNN)A Chinese human rights activist brought to the United States by the Obama administration appeared at the Republican National Convention Wednesday, where he praised President Donald Trump and accused his predecessor of a "policy of appeasement" towards Beijing. Chen Guangcheng, a human rights activist known for his work fighting against forced abortions under China's one child policy, faced years of harassment by the authorities before he fled to the US Embassy in Beijing in April 2012, ahead of a visit by then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Following a month of tense negotiations, Chen was eventually permitted to leave the China and fly to the US, where he has lived ever since. While he expressed gratitude at the time, Chen has emerged as a frequent and fierce critic of the Obama administration and Democratic politics in general -- with critics accusing him of espousing ring-wing views and conspiracy...
    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States on Wednesday hit back at a U.N. women's rights panel that said some U.S. states limited access to abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic, rejecting its interference and the notion of "an assumed right to abortion". "The United States is disappointed by and categorically rejects this transparent attempt to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to assert the existence of such a right," the U.S. mission in Geneva said in a release posted on Twitter. "This is a perversion of the human rights system and the founding principles of the United Nations," it said, citing an Aug. 11 letter it sent to the U.N. experts responding to the "spurious allegations". The U.N. working group on discrimination against women and girls said on May 27 that some U.S. states "appear to be "manipulating the COVID-19 crisis to curb access to essential abortion care"....
    By Stephanie Nebehay GENEVA, Aug 26 (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday hit back at a U.N. women’s rights panel that said some U.S. states limited access to abortions during the COVID-19 pandemic, rejecting its interference and the notion of “an assumed right to abortion”. “The United States is disappointed by and categorically rejects this transparent attempt to take advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic to assert the existence of such a right,” the U.S. mission in Geneva said in a release posted on Twitter. “This is a perversion of the human rights system and the founding principles of the United Nations,” it said, citing an Aug. 11 letter it sent to the U.N. experts responding to the “spurious allegations”. The U.N. working group on discrimination against women and girls said on May 27 that some U.S. states “appear to be “manipulating the COVID-19 crisis to curb access to essential...
    Iranian state media reported on Tuesday that a “group of Iranian scholars” has written a letter to the United Nations demanding an investigation of “systemic racism” in the United States. The brutal Iranian regime made an identical effort to take political advantage of the shooting of George Floyd in June. “The murder and harassment of black Americans is not an exceptional case, rather it stems from a social racist mentality according to which a small group enjoys a very high status, but the rest are not entitled to lowest degree of civil rights,” the new Iranian letter to the United Nations read. “In the course of the establishment of the new American system, history bears testimony to widespread genocides and deterritorialization as well as systematic social discrimination against the real owner of America. Those who were considered a kind of ‘others or aliens,’ included the native Americans, black Americans,...
    “Our group is part of a democratization process, it is a space for freedom of expression,” he told Reuters. “By doing this, Facebook is cooperating with the authoritarian regime to obstruct democracy and cultivating authoritarianism in Thailand.” After careful review, Facebook has determined that we are compelled to restrict access to content which the Thai government has deemed to be illegal. Requests like this are severe, contravene international human rights law, and have a chilling effect on people’s ability to express themselves. Facebook said it planned a legal challenge. “After careful review, Facebook has determined that we are compelled to restrict access to content which the Thai government has deemed to be illegal,” Facebook said in a statement to TechCrunch. “Requests like this are severe, contravene international human rights law, and have a chilling effect on people’s ability to express themselves.” Over recent weeks, thousands of protesters have taken to...
    Democrat vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris passionately claimed in her acceptance address Wednesday night that “every human being is of infinite worth,” yet during her entire career she has been an ally and protector of Planned Parenthood and supporter of abortion at any time during pregnancy. Harris painted a picture of her “vision” of America as “a beloved community — where all are welcome, no matter what we look like, where we come from, or who we love.” “A country where we may not agree on every detail, but we are united by the fundamental belief that every human being is of infinite worth, deserving of compassion, dignity, and respect,” she added. 2020 Democratic National Convention / YouTube For Harris, however, that designation of being of “infinite worth” and “deserving of compassion, dignity, and respect” has never extended to unborn children. Upon Biden’s announcement of Harris as his running mate,...
    GENEVA (Reuters) - The case of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny is "very worrying" and he must receive all necessary medical treatment, the U.N. human rights office said on Friday. Allies of Navalny accused Russian authorities of thwarting his medical evacuation to Germany on Friday, saying the decision placed his life in mortal danger because the Siberian hospital treating him was under-equipped. U.N. human rights spokesman Liz Throssell, asked at a U.N. briefing in Geneva about reports that Navalny did not have access to his personal physician, said: "Reports of what has happened to Alexei Navalny are very concerning and very worrying ... It is important that he get all adequate care that he needs to be able to make a recovery." (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Alison Williams) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    What Americans care about in the upcoming election is no different than what Americans care about every day. Americans want to feel safe and live in secure communities. Americans want access to quality education and good-paying jobs to support their families. And they want the opportunity to live the American dream. The choice between President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden this November is clear, and nothing elucidates that choice more than their respective records on China. Remember when in May 2019 Biden downplayed the threat from Communist China? “China is going to eat our lunch? Come on, man” said the man the Democratic Party nominated to handle the most important geopolitical confrontation of this century. STATE DEPARTMENT RENEWS SCRUTINY OF CHINA AMID REPORT OF UIGHUR INFANTICIDE, FORCED ABORTIONS Ironically, China has been eating Biden’s lunch for decades. He went on to say that “they’re not competition for us.” It’s...
      7 SPORT and politics are never easy bedfellows, especially when it comes to the Olympics. But following the despicable Chinese communist coronavirus cover-up, the disturbing crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong and the country’s inhumane treatment of Uighur Muslims, the thought of us supporting and celebrating the Beijing Winter Games in 2022 makes me feel sick. 7The thought of celebrating the 2022 Winter Games in China makes me sick.Credit: Alamy Live News 7Why should we support a regime that covered up Covid-19?Credit: EPA While a full boycott might be considered unfair on our athletes, it’s a tempting prospect given winter pursuits like curling and the skeleton are hardly where we tend to excel on the medals table. But at the very least government ministers, MPs, diplomats, public officials and members of the Royal Family should have nothing to do with these tainted Games. That would mean replicating the stance...
    For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters. If you missed Michele Obama’s powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention last night, catch it here. She vividly summed up “the story of America” by anchoring it in the lives of “all those folks who sacrificed and overcame so much.” “The story of America” is an expansive phrase that calls up endless places, people, and subplots, and it’s the subject of Mark Ruffin’s brilliant short-story collection about justice and equality in baseball and music. Bebop Fairy Tales is his first book in his 40-year career as a radio broadcaster, most recently a SiriusXM host, and it’s a detail-rich work of historical fiction that sets real athletes and artists in imagined circumstances. One climactic story, “The Sidewinder,” alludes to Lee Morgan’s 1964 album and brings us to Philly, where a 12-year-old explores his passions for baseball...
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean magistrate Tuesday barred Beatrice Mtetwa, a top human rights lawyer, from representing a jailed journalist and ordered that she be prosecuted for comments posted on a Facebook page run by an American filmmaker. Magistrate Ngoni Nduna also said he will forward his ruling to the Law Society of Zimbabwe for possible further punishment of the lawyer. Mtetwa was representing Hopewell Chin’ono, an investigative journalist who has reported alleged government corruption on Twitter and has been in jail for more than three weeks on accusations of mobilizing an anti-government protest. Prosecutors in Chin’ono’s bail case last week asked the magistrate to order Mtetwa to step down, arguing that she had posted on a Facebook page called “Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law” proceedings that were held in camera. The allegedly offensive posts called on the international community to speak out against Chin’ono’s imprisonment. Chin’ono...
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — A Zimbabwean magistrate Tuesday barred Beatrice Mtetwa, a top human rights lawyer, from representing a jailed journalist and ordered that she be prosecuted for comments posted on a Facebook page run by an American filmmaker. Magistrate Ngoni Nduna also said he will forward his ruling to the Law Society of Zimbabwe for possible further punishment of the lawyer. Mtetwa was representing Hopewell Chin’ono, an investigative journalist who has reported alleged government corruption on Twitter and has been in jail for more than three weeks on accusations of mobilizing an anti-government protest. Prosecutors in Chin’ono’s bail case last week asked the magistrate to order Mtetwa to step down, arguing that she had posted on a Facebook page called “Beatrice Mtetwa and the Rule of Law” proceedings that were held in camera. The allegedly offensive posts called on the international community to speak out against Chin’ono’s imprisonment....
    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Yellowstone County employee insurance plan discriminates against transgender employees because it excludes coverage for surgery, hormone treatment and counseling for people diagnosed with gender dysphoria, the Montana Human Rights Bureau has ruled. A hearing officer said under the Montana Human Rights Act, and based on a June U.S. Supreme Court hearing, the prohibition against sexual discrimination makes it illegal to discriminate against someone based on their transgender status. “We believed all along that the Montana constitution guaranteed the rights to individual dignity and that nobody can be denied those rights. It was great to see that solidified today,” Alex Rate, an attorney with the ACLU of Montana, said Friday. The decision came in a case filed in September 2018 by Eleanor Maloney, a former senior deputy attorney in Yellowstone County, after the county's health insurance program denied coverage for facial feminizing surgery and counseling to...
    A gay pride flag was found torched on a Westchester homeowner’s property over the weekend, drawing scorn from county human rights and pride groups. Westchester County officials issued a statement on Sunday, Aug. 16, after a rainbow flag was found burned outside a home in Rye in an “act of hatred.” “The Westchester County Human Rights Commission and the Westchester County LGBTQ+ Advisory Board denounce and condemn the act of hatred committed by a perpetrator who cowardly burned a pride rainbow flag on a homeowner’s private property in Rye earlier this weekend,” officials wrote in a statement. Officials said that this is the second recent instance in Westchester where private property was burned “based on hate.” “Hate has no place in Westchester County,” they stated. “The Westchester County Human Rights Commission and the LGBTQ+ Advisory Board call on everyone in the community to speak out against all forms of...
    In 2013, the India government classified dolphins as non-human persons with their own specific rights. Because of this declaration, keeping dolphins in captivity has been banned in India. The country was the first to do so in the world, causing many people to ask questions and learn more about dolphins. Many were confused about the title “non-human persons.” Does this mean dolphins are people? Well, no. Granting dolphins personhood just gives them the same protections that basic human rights allow us. The Nonhuman Rights Project, an organization devoted to fighting for personhood rights for animals, explains that the goal of granting animals basic human rights is to”…change the common law status of at least some nonhuman animals from mere “things,” which lack the capacity to possess any legal right, to “persons,” who possess such fundamental rights as bodily integrity and bodily liberty, and those other legal rights to which evolving...
    Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield still intends on kneeling for the national anthem. Mayfield sent shockwaves through the NFL back in June when he promised to kneel during the anthem this upcoming season. Now, it sounds like he’s not changing course at all, and is as committed as ever to the cause. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football) Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield says he’ll kneel during the national anthem. pic.twitter.com/xyq9J2WZg3 — David Hookstead (@dhookstead) June 13, 2020 Mayfield said the following about kneeling during the national anthem, according to Cleveland.com: Right is right, and wrong is wrong. There is a human rights issue that has been going on for a long time, and I believe in that…It’s nothing against military or anybody who served. Anybody that knows my history knows that I completely support military and the people that serve our country...
    Baker Mayfield isn’t shying away from his determination to take a knee this fall. The Browns quarterback beforehand mentioned he “completely” deliberate to kneel in the course of the nationwide anthem this season to help protests of racism, social injustice and police brutality. Friday, he mentioned he had no regrets about his determination and provided a suggestion to those that could also be criticizing him for it. “Proper is true, and incorrect is incorrect,” Mayfield informed reporters. “There’s a human rights challenge that has been occurring for a very long time, and I imagine in that. It’s nothing in opposition to army or anyone who served. Anyone that is aware of my historical past is aware of that I utterly help army and the people who serve our nation for the correct causes and do it for justice. “The people who have no idea that, that’s OK – simply...
    SANTIAGO (Reuters) - The Office of the United Nations' High Commissioner for Human Rights confirmed on Saturday that it had sent a fact-finding team to Chile's restive Araucania region where a jailed indigenous Mapuche leader has spent more than 100 days on hunger strike over his detention during the coronavirus pandemic. The OHCHR said in a communique that its team had visited the hospital in the regional capital Temuco where Celestino Cordova was being treated as well as prisons where at least 20 other Mapuche convicts are on hunger strike. It said it had met police, prosecutors and business representatives, and indigenous leaders who laid allegations of forced evictions from council property, excessive or unnecessary use of force by the authorities and racial discrimination. The Mapuche are famous for their fierce resistance to the Spanish conquest of Chile and have for decades been fighting for what they deem their ancestral...
    On Thursday night, human rights activist Oscar Peña died in a Miami hospital after battling the Coronavirus. The Cuban exile living in Miami for several years chaired the Cuban Committee for Human Rights, which would lead him to be considered by the United Nations as one of the most prominent Cuban human rights activists of all time. On one occasion, he was invited to visit the headquarters of the Human Rights Commission in Geneva and participated in one of its assemblies. But since he lived on the island, he stood out for his oppositional ideas to the Castro regime, being one of the initiators of the Cuban Movement for Human Rights and Democracy. For those who had studied Political Science, Philosophy and History at the University of Havana, it was easy 15 years later to pursue a degree in journalism at the University of Miami. After graduating in...
    San José, Aug 14. . .- The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) condemned the Ecuadorian State for the rape of which the girl Paola del Rosario Guzmán Albarracín was a victim at her school, which led her to commit suicide in 2002 at her 16 years old. The Inter-American Court of Human Rights, based in Costa Rica, found the State guilty of violating the rights to life, personal integrity, the protection of honor and dignity, education, judicial guarantees and protection judicial. “Paola del Rosario Guzmán Albarracín was subjected, for a period of more than one year, to a situation that included harassment, abuse and carnal access by the vice-rector of her school, which led to the exercise of serious acts of sexual violence against her in the educational institutional environment “, indicates the sentence. The judges determined that the events occurred within the framework of “taking advantage of a...
    Cuban journalist and human rights activist Oscar Peña died as a result of complications from the coronavirus. “We have never been the obstacle in Cuba, we have never been the barrier, it has been the regime,” Peña once said. Whenever he had the opportunity, Oscar Peña raised his voice to condemn the lack of human rights in Cuba, although his positions, especially from the pages of the Herald, generated not a few controversies. “With respect we are telling you General Raúl Castro, we have viable proposals,” Peña said on one occasion. The opponent chaired the Cuban Committee for Human Rights and on several occasions asked the Castro regime to make reforms to improve the lives of Cubans. Peña died last night in a Miami hospital after complications derived from the coronavirus, who shared with him the fight for freedom and democracy in Cuba,...
    Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield indicated Friday he may kneel during the national anthem before games this season and defended those who also decide to do it. Mayfield made his comments in a video conference call with reporters. FLASHBACK: BROWNS' BAKER MAYFIELD PLANS ON KNEELING DURING NATIONAL ANTHEM: 'IF I LOSE FANS, THAT’S OK' “It's a human rights issue. There's right and there's wrong,” Mayfield said, adding that kneeling during the anthem didn’t mean you were against or disrespecting the military and that he supports those who serve. Mayfield reiterated his support for those who kneel during the anthem. He said in June, in the wake of the police-involved death of George Floyd, he would kneel with his teammates. JERRY JONES: COWBOYS WILL PLAY IN FRONT OF FANS, SHOW 'GRACE' ON NATIONAL ANTHEM ISSUE A fan asked Mayfield on Instagram not to kneel, but the quarterback replied by saying, “Pull...
    Legislators say it’s not needed; Montgomery decries ‘stonewalling’ Putnam legislators on Aug. 7 rejected a proposal to create a human rights commission, saying the county has too few problems to justify it and that it would duplicate state anti-bias efforts.  The 9-3 vote came during a meeting held by audio connection that had been rescheduled from earlier in the week due to power outages caused by Tropical Storm Isaias. The proposal was endorsed by County Executive MaryEllen Odell, a Republican, and championed by Nancy Montgomery, the only Democrat on the Legislature, who represents Philipstown. The commission would be asked to “inquire into incidents of tension and conflict among or between various racial, religious and nationality groups” and recommend solutions, according to the resolution presented to the Legislature. In a letter dated July 17, Odell told representatives of Putnam Pride, Putnam Progressives and Putnam County Patriots for Immigration Reform that she...
    BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai authorities arrested a student leader on Friday over an anti-government protest last month, a rights group said, just a few days before a big demonstration scheduled for Sunday. Student groups have rallied almost daily around the country since July 18, calling for an end to military influence over Thai politics after a disputed election last year kept junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha as prime minister five years after he first took power in a 2014 army coup. Parit "Penguin" Chiwarak, 22, was arrested on the outskirts of Bangkok while traveling to a protest, a video posted on his Facebook page showed. "I would like to invite you to go to the investigating officers responsible for this case," said a man who identified himself as a member of the Bangkok Metropolitan Police in the video, citing a court's arrest warrant before at least four other men physically carried...
    Despite pledges from top Hong Kong officials that China's draconian national security law, which contains 66 articles and criminalizes succession and subversion, to terrorism and collusion, would only impact a small fraction of its 7 million residents, almost every facet of the once independent enclave – from education to civil society to technology – has been radically transformed in just over a month. Annie Boyajian, director of advocacy at Freedom House, told Fox News that things in Hong Kong have been developing so rapidly that it is "hard to keep track of all the flagrant violations of rights. "And things have gotten worse by the day," she said. "Authorities are undertaking an intense and widespread crackdown on pro-democracy voices and expressions of dissent, and there is also widespread self-censorship. As time progresses and Beijing further tightens its grip in Hong Kong, we will see Hong Kong look much more like...
    SAN JOSE -- Following the death of George Floyd, 22-year-old Kiana Simmons attended the first protest staged in San Jose. Protests can be long with demonstrations lasting hours. Now a San Jose nonprofit named HERO Tent aims to help those risking their lives to end systemic racism.HERO stands for Human, Empowerment, Radical Optimism. The nonprofit organization strives to guarantee that all protesters and the surrounding community are provided with proper sustenance to continue their efforts for equality and social justice. "We've fed and given water to thousands of people at this point," HERO Tent Board Secretary Jesilyn Faust shares. "We have over 70 volunteers out here helping us." While Simmon's supply and volunteer resources grow, so do her future plans for HERO Tent."I'd like to see it transform to different movements," Simmons explains. "What we offer can translate to any movement and we want to help the people of that...
    BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Lack of access to clean water is leading to alarmingly high levels of child mortality and malnutrition among Colombia’s largest Indigenous group — problems that could grow worse as a result of the pandemic, a human rights group warned Thursday. The death rate of Wayuu children under the age of 5 in rural areas of the La Guajira department has been steadily increasing even as the nation’s overall figures decline, according to the report by Human Rights Watch based on government figures. “Unfortunately, the children of La Guajira were left behind,” said Dr. Alia Sunderji, a pediatric emergency physician with John Hopkins University, which collaborated with Human Rights Watch on the study. The researchers compared the limited potable water availability – just 4% of the Wayuu population in rural areas has access – and other basic services to parts of Africa, despite Colombia’s much higher levels...
    DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — A prominent Iranian human rights lawyer has begun a hunger strike seeking better prison conditions and the release of political prisoners amid the pandemic, her husband said Thursday. Reza Khandan told The Associated Press his wife Nasrin Sotoudeh began the strike Tuesday and he feared it would exacerbate her chronic gastrointestinal and foot problems. Iran has the highest number of virus-related deaths in the region with 19,162 after 174 died since Wednesday. The country reported more than 336,000 confirmed cases as of Thursday. Sotoudeh, a mother of two, was arrested in 2018 on charges of collusion and propaganda against the system and eventually was sentenced to 38 years in prison and 148 lashes. Under the law she must serve at least 12 years, said Khandan. He said Sotoudeh told authorities she would begin a hunger strike to protest the “lawless atmosphere” in Iran’s prisons....
    GENEVA (Reuters) - The United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday condemned the use of violence by Belarusian authorities to peaceful protests after President Alexander Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory in Sunday's election. Bachelet said police were reported to have used excessive force, firing rubber bullets, using water cannons and throwing stun grenades. "Reports suggest that more (than) approximately 6,000 people have been detained in the last three days, including bystanders, as well as minors, suggesting a trend of massive arrests in clear violation of international human rights standards," she said in a statement. Even more disturbing are the reports of ill-treatment during and after detention", she said, calling for the release of all those unlawfully detained and for investigations into abuses. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay; Editing by Gareth Jones) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    5 THAT’S it, my diet gets much easier from today, because I’ve decided NEVER to eat a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream again. The virtue-signalling wokery coming from the US corporate giant towards Home Secretary Priti Patel because she is attempting to stop the inhumane and criminal trafficking of migrants in the Channel is as sickening as an over-priced tub of Chunky Monkey. 5I will never buy a Ben & Jerry's again after their virtue-signalling wokery.Credit: Rex Features Yesterday the British social media team of the American junk food company tweeted: “Hey Priti Patel we think the real crisis is our lack of humanity for people fleeing war, climate change and torture.” Where to start with such a misleading, damaging and biased statement from a company that should clean up its own appalling record of exploiting immigrant workers in the US before lecturing the UK government. 5For a few...
    LONDON — The use of facial recognition technology by British police has violated human rights and data protection laws, a court said Tuesday, in a decision praised as a victory against invasive practices by the authorities. In a case trumpeted as the first of its kind, Britain’s Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday in the case of civil rights campaigner Ed Bridges, who argued that South Wales Police caused him “distress” by scanning his face as he shopped in 2017 and as he attended a peaceful anti-arms protest in 2018. The appeals judges ruled that the way the system was being used during tests was unlawful. The decision does not necessarily mean that facial recognition cannot be used at all, but that authorities should take greater care in how they deploy it. The judges said they faced two question about how the technology is applied: who is captured in the video...
    LONDON — Using facial recognition know-how by British police has violated human rights and knowledge safety legal guidelines, a courtroom stated Tuesday, in a call praised as a victory towards invasive practices by the authorities. In a case trumpeted as the primary of its variety, Britain’s Courtroom of Enchantment dominated Tuesday within the case of civil rights campaigner Ed Bridges, who argued that South Wales Police triggered him “misery” by scanning his face as he shopped in 2017 and as he attended a peaceable anti-arms protest in 2018. The appeals judges dominated that the way in which the system was getting used throughout exams was illegal. The choice doesn’t essentially imply that facial recognition can’t be used in any respect, however that authorities ought to take higher care in how they deploy it. The judges stated they confronted two query about how the know-how is utilized: who’s captured within...
    LONDON — The use of facial recognition technology by British police has violated human rights and data protection laws, a court said Tuesday, in a decision praised as a victory against invasive practices by the authorities. In a case trumpeted as the first of its kind, Britain’s Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday in the case of civil rights campaigner Ed Bridges, who argued that South Wales Police caused him “distress” by scanning his face as he shopped in 2017 and as he attended a peaceful anti-arms protest in 2018. The appeals judges ruled that the way the system was being used during tests was unlawful. The decision does not necessarily mean that facial recognition cannot be used at all, but that authorities should take greater care in how they deploy it. The judges said they faced two question about how the technology is applied: who is captured in the video...
    BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union on Wednesday began to reimpose customs duties on certain exports from Cambodia in response to what it said are concerns about the Southeast Asian country’s human rights record. The European Commission, which supervises trade deals and relations on behalf of the 27 member nations of the world’s biggest trading bloc, said the duties would be put on clothes, footwear and travel goods. The commission announced in February that it planned to withdraw key tariff preferences amounting to about one-fifth of the 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) worth of Cambodian exports that go to the EU each year due to “serious and systematic concerns related to human rights.” Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan said the EU gave Cambodia opportunities to develop its export industry and create jobs, and that the bloc would continue to provide help to combat the impact of the coronavirus in the...
    By DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press LONDON (AP) — The use of facial recognition technology by British police has violated human rights and data protection laws, a court said Tuesday, in a decision praised as a victory against invasive practices by the authorities. In a case trumpeted as the first of its kind, Britain’s Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday in the case of civil rights campaigner Ed Bridges, who argued that South Wales Police caused him “distress’’ by scanning his face as he shopped in 2017 and as he attended a peaceful anti-arms protest in 2018. The appeals judges ruled that the way the system was being used during tests was unlawful. The decision does not necessarily mean that facial recognition cannot be used at all, but that authorities should take greater care in how they deploy it. The judges said they faced two question about how the technology is applied:...
    Human trafficking is one of the world’s most rampant human rights violations and, sadly, one of its most profitable crimes. A select group of countries is making efforts to fight the scourge -- among them is Bahrain, which has implemented an oper-door policy for its citizens to report suspected human trafficking crimes. “Human trafficking is exploiting vulnerabilities, and we needed to understand the scope of the problem we are facing. So, we opened our hearts and opened our doors, and we decided that everyone who will contact us will be helped,” Ausamah Al Absi, who has led the charge in the kingdom, told Fox News. Al Absi has led Bahrain’s Labor Market Regulatory Authority (LMRA) and National Anti-Human Trafficking Committee. Ausamah Al Absi, seen here in the foreground, has led Bahrain's efforts to battle human trafficking. According to the recent 2020 State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, nearly 25 million people around the...
    By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Lawyers for a jailed Zimbabwean journalist have asked a court to force prison authorities to stop the “blatant and malicious stripping away” of his rights, including lack of access to appropriate food and warm clothing. The efforts to improve jail conditions for Hopewell Chin'ono come as South African envoys are in Zimbabwe to investigate reports of widespread arrests and human rights abuses. Chin’ono has been in prison for about three weeks after being accused of mobilizing anti-government protests. He has been denied bail twice. Opposition politician Jacod Ngarivhume was also arrested at the same time for allegedly organizing the anti-government demonstrations, which were foiled by police and military on July 31. The two have been moved to Chikurubi Maximum Prison, a jail for dangerous criminals known for its harsh conditions, the lawyers said. Some government critics denied bail by the courts...
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Lawyers for a jailed Zimbabwean journalist have asked a court to force prison authorities to stop the “blatant and malicious stripping away” of his rights, including lack of access to appropriate food and warm clothing. The efforts to improve jail conditions for Hopewell Chin’ono come as South African envoys are in Zimbabwe to investigate reports of widespread arrests and human rights abuses. Chin’ono has been in prison for about three weeks after being accused of mobilizing anti-government protests. He has been denied bail twice. Opposition politician Jacod Ngarivhume was also arrested at the same time for allegedly organizing the anti-government demonstrations, which were foiled by police and military on July 31. The two have been moved to Chikurubi Maximum Prison, a jail for dangerous criminals known for its harsh conditions, the lawyers said. Some government critics denied bail by the courts are also jailed at Chikurubi....
    The United States is broaching the topic of human rights issues with China at the United Nations whenever it can, U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Kelly Craft told "The Story" Monday night. Craft joined host Martha MacCallum hours after Chinese authorities arrested pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai and raided the newsroom of the tabloid Apple Daily. Also Monday's China's Foreign Ministry said it would impose sanctions against top Republican lawmakers, including Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Tom Cotton of Arkansas, Marco Rubio of Florida and Josh Hawley of Missouri. HONG KONG MEDIA TYCOON ARRESTED, NEWSROOM RAIDED UNDER CHINA'S NEW SECURITY LAW "What a disappointment that Chief Executive Carrie Lam, who also enjoyed the freedoms that were allowed for Hong Kongers for decades ... then she allowed China to come in and suppress, to take the liberty and the freedom away from the Hong Kongers," Craft told MacCallum. "We owe it to the 1.4 billion Chinese citizens who...
    It’s a Hollywood blockbuster premise rooted in our not-so-distant future. For decades, robot thrillers such as “The Terminator,” “Blade Runner” and “Westworld” have warned viewers that our reliance on artificial intelligence is a real threat to civilization. Now, real-life researchers with the Human Rights Watch are sounding the alarm on potentially world-ending “killer robots,” according to a new report. The message comes as part of their Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, which calls for a global ban on “fully autonomous weapons.” In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator: Hasta la vista, baby. “Removing human control from the use of force is now widely regarded as a grave threat to humanity that, like climate change, deserves urgent multilateral action,” said Mary Wareham, advocacy director of the arms division at Human Rights Watch, in a press release on HRW.org, whose campaign is pushing for “an international ban treaty” on AI-operated weapons....
    It’s a Hollywood blockbuster premise rooted in our not-so-distant future. For decades, robot thrillers such as “The Terminator,” “Blade Runner” and “Westworld” have warned viewers that our reliance on artificial intelligence is a real threat to civilization. Now, real-life researchers with the Human Rights Watch are sounding the alarm on potentially world-ending “killer robots,” according to a new report. The message comes as part of their Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, which calls for a global ban on “fully autonomous weapons.” In the words of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Terminator: Hasta la vista, baby. “Removing human control from the use of force is now widely regarded as a grave threat to humanity that, like climate change, deserves urgent multilateral action,” said Mary Wareham, advocacy director of the arms division at Human Rights Watch, in a press release on HRW.org, whose campaign is pushing for “an international ban treaty” on AI-operated weapons. Their...
    (CNN)Zimbabweans are staging solo protests on social media to challenge human rights abuse in the southern African country. Award-winning author and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga posted an image on her Twitter page calling on protesters to make a placard with the viral #ZimbabweanLivesMatter hashtag on it.The image also added that solo protesters should take pictures with the Zimbabwe flag and placard to post online for awareness. Friends, if youre feeling brave, do a 1 person demo as outlined below. Thank you!If youre not feeling so brave, you can take a pic inside or in the yard. You can cover your face, too. Thank you!So lets do this for the next 4 days to show everyone ALL #ZimbabweanLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/LWvjMNAgJT— Tsitsi Dangarembga (@efie41209591) August 5, 2020 The move comes amid growing police brutality and opposition crackdown in the country.Many Zimbabweans participated in the solo demos which began Thursday. Read MoreSome protesters covered their...
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union urged respect for human rights and freedom of expression in Hong Kong on Monday, after the arrest of pro-democracy media tycoon Jimmy Lai. "The recent arrests of Jimmy Lai, members of his family and other individuals, and the raid on the offices of newspaper Apple Daily, under allegations of collusion with foreign forces, further stoke fears that the National Security Law is being used to stifle freedom of expression and of the media in Hong Kong," European Commission foreign affairs spokesman Peter Stano said in a statement. "The European Union recalls that the respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms is a central element of the Basic Law and the 'one country, two systems' principle." (Reporting by Foo Yun Chee; Editing by Kevin Liffey) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    China said it will impose retaliatory sanctions against a group of U.S. citizens after after the Trump administration slapped penalties on 11 key government officials involved in implementing the Chinese Communist Party’s “national security law” in Hong Kong. Eleven people, including lawmakers, were targeted, but not anybody from the Trump administration. Sens. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton, and Pat Toomey; Rep. Chris Smith; Human Rights Watch executive director Kenneth Roth; National Endowment for Democracy president Carl Gershman; and Michael Abramowitz, the president of Freedom House, will all be subject to sanctions, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian announced at a briefing in Beijing on Monday, according to Bloomberg News. “In response to the U.S.’s wrong behaviors, China has decided to impose sanctions on those individuals who behaved badly on Hong Kong-related issues,” Zhao said. He did not specify what form the sanctions will take. Tensions between the U.S. and...
    GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. human rights office voiced deep concern on Monday at the arrest of Hong Kong media tycoon Jimmy Lai and others under the new security law and urged authorities to ensure that the legislation is not being misused. Jeremy Laurence, spokesman for the office of U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, said in an email reply to Reuters: "We urge the authorities to review these cases to ensure that the arrests do not impinge on the exercise of rights protected by the international human rights law and Hong Kong's Basic Law. "We repeat our calls for the authorities to monitor and review the operation of the security law and to amend it if necessary to ensure there is no scope for its misuse to restrict human rights guaranteed by international law and the Basic Law of Hong Kong," he said. (Reporting by Stephanie Nebehay;...
    Steven Donziger, gestures during a press conference on March 19, 2014 in Quito, Ecuador.Rodrigo Buendia/Getty For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis and more, subscribe to Mother Jones' newsletters.This piece was originally published in Canada’s National Observer and appears here as part of our Climate Desk Partnership. Last September, I travelled from Western Canada to New York City to see the human rights lawyer Steven Donziger. Donziger cannot travel. He cannot even stroll the hallway of his Upper West Side apartment building on 104th Street without special court permission. He remains under house arrest, wearing an ankle bracelet. Eight years ago, Donziger and a team of Ecuadorian lawyers, on behalf of Indigenous and farmer plaintiffs, won the largest human rights and environmental court judgment in history, a $9.5-billion US verdict against the Chevron Corporation for massive oil pollution in Ecuador’s Amazon basin. Following the trial, Chevron removed its assets from Ecuador,...
    MINSK (Reuters) - At least one person was killed after being knocked over by a police prisoner van and dozens were injured in clashes between police and protesters after the Belarus presidential election, a representative of the rights group Spring 96 said on Monday. "There are at least 120 detainees, but this is initial data," Valentin Stefanovic also told Reuters. Thousands of people took to the streets on Sunday in protest after strongman President Alexander Lukashenko looked set to win a sixth term in an election which his opponents say was rigged in his favour. (Reporting by Andrei Makhovsky; Writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Jacqueline Wong) Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.
    Flattery will get you everywhere in Chechnya —  where the country’s brutal, dictatorial ruler is paying thousands of dollars to kids who write poems praising his family, the BBC reports. Ruler Ramzan Kadyrov this June awarded thousands of dollars in prizes to ten finalists who best articulated their adoration for his mother, Ayman, according to the outlet. The first-place winner took home $6,700, while the runner-up scored $4,000 and third place won $2,700. The next seven finalists took home smartphones. The controversial leader of the Russian republic is now hosting a similar contest this week for his mother’s 67th birthday. He does spread the wealth — in 2017, he challenged the country’s creative writers with a poetry competition praising his own ruler, Vladimir Putin. Kadyrov is known for his virulent homophobia, human rights abuses and absurd, violent statements. The Trump administration sanctioned him this summer for what it described...
    by  Shelley Inglis, University of Dayton In pushing for religion to be given more prominence in U.S. foreign policy concerns, could Secretary of State Mike Pompeo be acting in bad faith? That’s what many human rights groups believe. In a letter dated July 30, a coalition of faith-based and secular civil liberty groups and leaders accused Pompeo of acting out of “personal political and religious beliefs.” It coincided with the last day of public consultation on a draft report by the Pompeo-appointed Commission on Unalienable Rights that prioritizes religious freedom over other human rights. As a scholar of human rights and the law, I understand these concerns. Valuing one human right over another undermines efforts to protect everyone’s rights, including the freedom of religion. The 60-page draft report draws upon “biblical teachings” and “classical liberalism” to conclude that “foremost among the unalienable rights that government is established to secure, from the...
    In a report titled “The World is Watching,” Amnesty International USA revealed on Tuesday that U.S. police violated the human rights of protesters, medics, journalists, and other people at least 125 times in the first weeks of the current U.S. racial justice uprising. Between May 26 and June 5, police in 40 states and Washington, D.C. responded to protests with “shocking amounts of excessive force,” according to (pdf) the organization. Amnesty recorded the widespread “use of militarized equipment [and] excessive force including the use of batons, kinetic impact projectiles, and tear gas and pepper spray.” BREAKING: We documented the human rights violations by US federal, state, and local law enforcement against Black Lives Matter protesters, legal observers, journalists, and medics. See for yourself: https://t.co/6p5T1yWkN7#WorldIsWatching pic.twitter.com/3mX3sxETth — Amnesty International USA (@amnestyusa) August 4, 2020 Demonstrations over the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and countless other Black Americans by...
    Harare, Zimbabwe (CNN)Zimbabwe's President Emmerson Mnangagwa has promised to "flush out bad apples" trying to divide the country as pressure mounts on the government to stop human rights violations.In a defiant speech on Tuesday, Mnangagwa, who has come under global pressure to stop the arrest, torture and abduction of opposition activists, accused foreign forces of attempting to destabilize the southern African nation."Those who promote hate will never win," said the 77-year-old leader in a surprise address, broadcast live on state-owned television. "The bad apples that have attempted to divide our people and to weaken our systems will be flushed out, Good shall triumph over evil"My administration has faced many hurdles since its inauguration and these include the divisive elements of some opposition elements, the illegal economic sanctions, cyclones, drought and most recently the deadly COVID 19 pandemic. We will defeat the attack and bleeding on our economy," he added. Read...
    Police in the U.S. committed 125 human rights violations in response to George Floyd protests, according to a new report from Amnesty International. In the report published Tuesday, Amnesty alleges the violations occurred in 40 states during demonstrations following the May 25 police killing of Floyd in Minneapolis. In examining the police response to protests between May 26 and June 5, Amnesty found that law enforcement agencies violated protesters’ rights to peaceful assembly and association through intimidation involving the use of militarized equipment; excessive force including the use of batons, kinetic impact projectiles, and tear gas and pepper spray; and the targeting of activists, journalists, legal observers and street medics. Among the alleged human rights violations are incidents such as the use of pepper balls and smoke canisters to clear protesters from Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C., ahead of a June 1 photo opportunity for President TrumpDonald John TrumpWhite House...
    China’s abuse of human rights and intensifying crackdown on Hong Kong will provoke a major international backlash, according to one of Beijing’s closest partners in Europe. “If China sticks to its new course, the Western world will react more decisively,” Swiss Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis told local media. That rebuke may carry outsized symbolic significance given that Switzerland was the first European country to establish diplomatic ties with the Chinese Communist Party after the regime came to power in 1949. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi touted Beijing’s relationship with Switzerland as “a model for friendly exchanges” between China and democratic nations, but Cassis’s comments suggest that the heightened focus on Beijing’s totalitarian policies has taken a toll. "The rule of law and human rights have always been part of our dialogue," he said. "Now we realize that the story is more turbulent than we thought. Human rights...
    Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York City New York’s real estate professionals can now have their licenses revoked for violating the Human Rights Law. In an effort to further reinforce New York’s commitment to combat housing discrimination, Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation that grants the Department of State the authority to discipline real estate professionals found to have violated provisions of the state Human Rights Law by revoking or suspending their license. The new law strengthens the abilities of the Secretary of State to discipline licensed professionals for discriminatory behavior while also complementing the Department’s existing regulations, which authorize the Secretary to discipline licensed agents and brokers that have engaged in any unlawful discriminatory practice. “We have zero tolerance for discrimination of any kind in New York and the sheer scope and breadth of the unscrupulous and discriminatory real estate practices uncovered...
    NBA officials and teams are “coming around” to recognizing the human rights abuses committed by the Chinese Communist Party, according to the State Department’s lead official for religious liberty. “The NBA is making some proper steps,” Ambassador Sam Brownback told the Washington Examiner. “I didn’t like some of their early steps, but these things take time in a democratic country.” That’s a gentler tone than NBA officials have learned to expect from Republican lawmakers and officials in recent months, as the league has become a political lightning rod by embracing the Black Lives Matter movement while flinching from condemning the repression of the Chinese Communist Party. Last month, the league announced that it had severed ties with basketball academies in Xinjiang, the region where Beijing has established “reeducation camps” for Uighur Muslims on a scale that has drawn comparisons to the Holocaust. “They’re coming around,” Brownback said....
    I overheard them as they left the store: “Requiring a mask is an attack on my freedom.” It was fairly early in the pandemic, and it was my first curbside pick-up at the lumberyard. They walked by my car as I negotiated this new way of shopping. I was wearing a mask. Immediately, I thought of my partner. For nearly 20 years, she was the faculty adviser for a campus Amnesty International student group. Amnesty International (AI) is the human rights organization supporting prisoners of conscience: people imprisoned for exercising their fundamental human rights. There are many ways to think about freedom, but an international human rights perspective grounds your thoughts in the realities of freedoms denied. Members of Amnesty engage in the rituals of human rights work with the humblest of weapons: pen, paper, and emails. Over many decades, with many friends, we have written thousands of letters and...
    By FARAI MUTSAKA, Associated Press HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe's military and police are arresting scores of opposition members and activists after authorities thwarted an anti-government protest last week, according to rights groups. More than 60 people have been arrested so far in the continuing clampdown, said Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, which is providing lawyers for the arrested people. Last week internationally known author Tsitsi Dangarembga was arrested for a peaceful protest and spent a night in police cells before being released on bail. Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the MDC Alliance, says dozens of its officials have been arrested or have gone into hiding. If state agents do not find the person they want to arrest, they often vandalize their homes and harass their relatives, said opposition spokesman Tendai Biti. Human rights groups accuse President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration of clamping down on dissent under the guise of enforcing anti-COVID-19...
    HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe’s military and police are arresting scores of opposition members and activists after authorities thwarted an anti-government protest last week, according to rights groups. More than 60 people have been arrested so far in the continuing clampdown, said Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights, which is providing lawyers for the arrested people. Last week internationally known author Tsitsi Dangarembga was arrested for a peaceful protest and spent a night in police cells before being released on bail. Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the MDC Alliance, says dozens of its officials have been arrested or have gone into hiding. If state agents do not find the person they want to arrest, they often vandalize their homes and harass their relatives, said opposition spokesman Tendai Biti. Human rights groups accuse President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s administration of clamping down on dissent under the guise of enforcing anti-COVID-19 lockdown rules. The...
    On this weekend’s broadcast of Fox News Channel’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo hammered Communist China for its human rights abuses. Those included slave labor, forced sterilizations and forced abortions, according to Pompeo. “The risk to the people in that region has been great,” he said. “I have talked about this as the greatest human rights violation of this century to date. And what we have attempted to do is make clear to China, if you want to participate on the world stage, you can’t engage in behavior like this. So, we have begun to impose sanctions on the individuals and businesses involved there. This most recent set of sanctions put out by the Department of Treasury will put the businesses operating there on notice they have got to change their behavior.” “They have got to stop using slave labor, Pompeo continued. “They have got to stop...
    The High Court has ruled against convicted terrorist Mohammed Zahir Khan who demanded to be released early from prison after he claimed that the government’s new rule which mandates terrorists serve the majority of their sentences was a breach of his human rights and discriminated against Muslims. Parliament passed emergency legislation in late February that ended the automatic release of terrorists halfway through standard time-limited sentences. Instead, terrorists must serve at least two-thirds of their sentence in jail before being considered for parole. The Parole Board will only consider release before the end of their sentence if the terrorist is deemed not a risk to society. The legislation was passed after two jihadists who had been released early from prison went on to commit acts of terror. In November 2019, Usman Khan killed two and injured others in a stabbing attack on London Bridge after he had been released halfway through...
    The United States has increased its pressure on the Chinese government to stop the reported human rights abuses being committed against the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region of China by hitting them with more sanctions. “The Chinese Communist Party’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang, China against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities rank as the stain of the century,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Friday. “The Trump Administration has led the world’s effort to impose tangible costs on the PRC's continuous campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, intrusive surveillance, forced labor, forced population control, involuntary collection of biometric data, and genetic analyses targeted at these groups,” he added. CHINA CALLS US ACCUSATIONS OF HACKING TO STEAL CORONAVIRUS VACCINE DATA 'PURE SLANDER' The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) a paramilitary organization for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and an...
    The Trump administration has announced further sanctions cracking down on Chinese Communist Party officials whom the United States believes have been involved in carrying out human rights abuses against Uighur Muslims in western China. The Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control revealed on Friday that it is leveling sanctions against the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, described as “a paramilitary organization” that is “subordinate” to the Chinese Communist Party and which operates in the Xinjiang Uighur Auton omous Region with the purpose of “enhancing internal control over the region by advancing China’s vision of economic development in XUAR that emphasizes subordination to central planning and resource extraction.” The Treasury Department sanctions will also hit the XPCC’s former political commissar Sun Jinlong as well as Deputy Party Secretary and XPCC Commander Peng Jiarui. “The entity and officials are being designated for their connection to serious human rights abuse...
    Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoSenators urge Justice Department to open investigation into TikTok, Zoom Pompeo praises EU over sanctions targeting cyberattacks from China, Russia Overnight Defense: Pompeo pressed on move to pull troops from Germany | Panel abruptly scraps confirmation hearing | Trump meets family of slain soldier MORE announced new sanctions on Friday against Chinese officials and a government entity over Uighur human rights abuses he called the “stain of the century.” The latest sanctions come amid spiraling relations between the U.S. and China, with the Trump administration stepping up actions against Beijing on multiple fronts in an attempt at changing the behavior of the Chinese Communist Party.  The sanctions target the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) and two of its officials, Pompeo said in a statement.  The XPCC, a paramilitary organization that operates under the control of the Beijing government, has been criticized as being...
    Dr. Anthony Fauci and Colin Kaepernick will be awarded in their respective field this winter. (Photo: Getty Images) Colin Kaepernick and Dr. Anthony Fauci will be honored with a prestigious award to acknowledge their accomplishments in social justice and public health. Kaepernick and Fauci may work in different realms but each of them has been lauded for their contributions to humanity. Kaepernick, a former NFL player, advanced the cause of racial and social justice through kneeling when the National Anthem was being played. Read More: Despite virus threat, Black voters wary of voting by mail Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and advisor to six U.S. presidents, has been at the forefront of the coronavirus pandemic. He’s provided expert information even when it hasn’t been well received by the Trump administration or the public. Colin Kaepernick looks on during his NFL workout held...
    ESPN ran earlier this week an explosive story about human rights abuses that allegedly took place at the NBA's training academies in China, but viewers of CNN and MSNBC have been kept in the dark about it. The bombshell report alleged that the young participants in the NBA program were physically beaten by Chinese instructors and were not provided proper schooling, despite commissioner Adam Silver's previous commitment that education would be "central" to the program. "A former league employee compared the atmosphere when he worked in Xinjiang to 'World War II Germany,'" ESPN reported. It's no surprise that L.A. Lakers All-Star LeBron James or Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, both of whom are known to be outspoken about politics and social justice causes, have been silent about ESPN's report. Whay some viewers found surprising is that journalists at CNN and MSNBC did not mention the controversy at all. MARSHA BLACKBURN TARGETS NBA AFTER REPORT SAYS LEAGUE...
    Americans’ negative views toward China have reached a “new historic high” amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report published by the Pew Research Centre on Thursday. “Around three-quarters (73 per cent) of Americans have an unfavourable view of China today – the most negative reading in the 15 years that Pew Research Centre has been measuring these views,” wrote the authors of the report, Laura Silver, Kat Devlin and Christine Huang. “The percentage who say they have a very unfavourable view of China is also at a record high of 42 per cent, having nearly doubled since the spring of 2019, when 23 per cent said the same.” Amid repeated accusations of espionage, consulate closures in Houston and Chengdu, and continued finger pointing in Washington and Beijing over which country deserves more blame for Covid-19, Pew’s survey is the latest piece of evidence in an impossible-to-miss trend: distrust of...
    More than 70% of Americans hold unfavorable views toward China, a record disapproval rating as many fault Chinese authorities for failing to contain the coronavirus, according to the latest survey conducted by the Pew Research Center.   The same survey found more than 3 of every 4 Americans – Democrats and Republicans alike – believe the U.S. should try to promote human rights in China even at the cost of economic ties between the two countries.  The survey results released Thursday are based on telephone interviews of U.S. adults ages 18 and older between June and July. Changes in U.S. public opinion toward China from 2005 to 2020, according to the latest survey by the Pew Research Center.The latest Pew report comes as the U.S. government, led by President Donald Trump, has toughened its stance toward Beijing and questions concerning China are emerging as key to the early November presidential...
    TEARFUL Amanda Staveley blamed the Premier League and rival clubs for the collapse of her bid to buy Newcastle. Staveley, Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) and the Reuben brothers dramatically pulled the plug on their £300million takeover. 3It was claimed Ashley tried to hike up the price of the deal at the last minuteCredit: PA:Press Association It came amid rumours Magpies owner Mike Ashley tried to up the asking price at the last minute. And the finger of blame was also pointed at Prem rivals Liverpool and Tottenham, who felt threatened by Newcastle’s potential. An emotional Staveley cried and said: “The reason the deal failed is because of the Premier League. “They had a chance, they say we have not answered all the questions and we have done so. “But the other clubs in the Premier League didn’t want it to happen. “I am absolutely heartbroken for the club,...
    China has spent years cracking down on the freedoms of its Uighur Muslim minority. And as the rest of the world starts to take notice, China has ramped up propaganda efforts to hide just what it’s doing, a report published Thursday from the Uighur Human Rights Project reveals. The United Nations estimates more than a million Uighurs have been held in concentration and re-education camps, while others face constant surveillance and imprisonment for anything deemed suspicious. Uighurs’ forced labor has reportedly been used to produce masks that ended up in the U.S. and products for several American brands. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists revealed a lot of this in its November 2019 “China Cables” report based on Chinese government leaks, which Beijing responded to with “outright denial,” the ICIJ says. Around the same time the China Cables were published, the Uighur Human Rights Project noticed a “huge uptick in...
    Azimjon Askarov pictured before and during his imprisonment. Supplied by Sherzod Askarov Award-winning journalist Azimjon Askarov died on July 25 in the prison where he was serving a life sentence.  Askarov was jailed after reporting on ethnic violence in Jalalabad, Kyrgyzstan.  In 2010 Askorov set out to report on the death of a police officer, but was instead accused of inciting the crime.  The UN previously found that the accusations were unfounded. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Award-winning journalist Azimjon Askarov died in prison on July 25. The 69-year-old reporter and human rights activist was sentenced to life 10 years ago. He had set out to report on the death of a police officer, but was then accused of inciting the crime.  Despite appeals and rallying cries for his release, Kyrgyzstan authorities refused to release Askarov, and last week he succumbed to deteriorating health, according to...
    Human rights abuses have taken place at the NBA’s training academies in China, a bombshell report alleges. ESPN reported on Wednesday that the young participants in the NBA program were physically beaten by Chinese instructors and were not provided proper schooling, despite commissioner Adam Silver’s previous commitment that education would be “central” to the program. “A former league employee compared the atmosphere when he worked in Xinjiang to ‘World War II Germany,’” ESPN reported. ESPN’s report detailed how the NBA training academies, which were launched in 2016, appeared to be largely under the control of the Chinese government with one coach who worked for the program calling it “a sweat camp for athletes.” “We were basically working for the Chinese government,” one former coach told ESPN. Multiple NBA employees filed complaints to the league about how they witnessed Chinese coaches “strike teenage players” and the lack of education the...
    Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund withdrew its bid to buy English Premier League club Newcastle on Thursday after the process was stalled by concerns about piracy by the kingdom and human rights complaints. The league has spent four months considering whether to approve the 300 million pound ($392 million) takeover that would have seen Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund gain an 80% take in the northeast club. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM The Premier League faced calls to block the takeover by Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of murdered journalist and Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi. The assassination and dismemberment of Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in late 2018 has been linked to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who oversees the fund. The British-based Reuben brothers and financier Amanda Staveley were also part of the PIF bid, planning to each buy the remaining 10% stakes to...
    At a time when the relationship between the World Health Organization (WHO) and China is under intense scrutiny, human rights activists and health experts also are questioning the organization's stance on Beijing’s questionable organ donation program. Earlier this year, the London-based China Tribunal determined that, “beyond a reasonable doubt,” hearts, lungs, kidneys and livers were being harvested from ethnic and religious minorities – sometimes while still alive and otherwise healthy. In this Feb. 24 photo, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), addresses a press conference about the update on COVID-19 at the World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. (Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP, File) Despite denials from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), the government acknowledged using prisoners of conscience for decades to harvest organs for its estimated $1 billion industry. In 2015, it announced that its official policy had changed, and only voluntary donors would have organs extracted after...
    Washington (CNN)More than two hundred human rights, social justice, faith-based organizations and individual experts signed a letter rejecting the findings of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's Commission on Unalienable Rights."We believe that the work you have produced will undermine American commitments to human rights and provide cover for those who wish to narrow certain categories of rights protections, resulting in a weakening of the international human rights system and its protections in the process," the 230 signatories wrote in the letter addressed to commission head Mary Ann Glendon and copied to Pompeo and State Department Director of Policy Planning Peter Berkowitz.The signatories, who include former State Department officials, said they rejected the findings of the draft report from the commission, which was unveiled two weeks ago. In remarks at a Philadelphia event marking the report's release, Pompeo argued against a "proliferation" of human rights, claiming that "more rights does not...
    (CNN) — Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick are being honored as 2020 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope award laureates. The award is given out to leaders who use their platforms for good and demonstrate a commitment to social change, the organization’s website says. The announcement comes after Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has become one of the leading voices in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Kaepernick, who famously began kneeling during the national anthem prior to the start of NFL games in 2016, receives the award as athletes around the US continue to kneel in protest against racial injustice. He is now a human rights activist and the co-founder of the multi-city civil rights program Know Your Rights Camp. “In 2017, I was in the audience honoring Mr. Harry Belafonte as...
    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Complaints by at least 20 former Australian gymnasts about physical and mental abuse during their careers has prompted Gymnastics Australia to ask a human rights group to investigate. The gymnasts, including Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medalists, have recently spoken of a toxic culture within the sport. They also used social media platforms to detail fat-shaming and other forms of abuse. Gymnastics Australia has asked the Australian Human Rights Commission to examine the sport’s culture and practices. The identities of the athletes were not disclosed. “Over the last couple of weeks athletes have shared their personal experiences ... many of those experiences are, quite simply, not acceptable,” Gymnastics Australia chief executive officer Kitty Chiller said Thursday. “They reinforce the need for more to be done to change the culture of gymnastics.” Chiller said the human rights commission would review all aspects of the sport. “The review...
    MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Complaints by at least 20 former Australian gymnasts about physical and mental abuse during their careers has prompted Gymnastics Australia to ask a human rights group to investigate. The gymnasts, including Olympic and Commonwealth Games gold medalists, have recently spoken of a toxic culture within the sport. They also used social media platforms to detail fat-shaming and other forms of abuse. Gymnastics Australia has asked the Australian Human Rights Commission to examine the sport’s culture and practices. The identities of the athletes were not disclosed. “Over the last couple of weeks athletes have shared their personal experiences … many of those experiences are, quite simply, not acceptable,” Gymnastics Australia chief executive officer Kitty Chiller said Thursday. “They reinforce the need for more to be done to change the culture of gymnastics.” Chiller said the human rights commission would review all aspects of the sport. “The review...
    The NBA is facing intense backlash after a bombshell report alleges its training academies in China are plagued with human rights abuses. ESPN reported on Wednesday that the young participants in the NBA program were physically beaten by Chinese instructors and were not provided proper schooling, despite commissioner Adam Silver's previous commitment that education would be "central" to the program. "A former league employee compared the atmosphere when he worked in Xinjiang to 'World War II Germany,'" ESPN reported. New York Times sports reporter Kevin Draper called the exposé "incredibly, incredibly damning for the NBA." Times' NBA writer Sopan Deb similarly said it's "a massive black eye" for the league. NBA TRAINING ACADEMIES IN CHINA PLAGUED WITH HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES, BOMBSHELL REPORT CLAIMS Sports commentator Tony Bruno praised ESPN for "exposing the truths the @NBA has tried to protect and cover up for a long time." "Wonder what #AdamSilver @KingJames @SteveKerr and other outspoken critics of US...
    Human rights abuses have taken place at the NBA's training academies in China, a bombshell report alleges. ESPN reported on Wednesday that the young participants in the NBA program were physically beaten by Chinese instructors and were not provided proper schooling, despite commissioner Adam Silver's previous commitment that education would be "central" to the program. "A former league employee compared the atmosphere when he worked in Xinjiang to 'World War II Germany,'" ESPN reported. ESPN's report detailed how the NBA training academies, which were launched in 2016, appeared to be largely under the control of the Chinese government with one coach who worked for the program calling it "a sweat camp for athletes." CNN'S WOLF BLITZER AVOIDS MENTIONING CHINA DURING LENGTHY INTERVIEW WITH NBA COMMISSIONER "We were basically working for the Chinese government," one former coach told ESPN. Multiple NBA employees filed complaints to the league about how they witnessed Chinese coaches "strike teenage players" and the lack of education the...
    Sen. Marsha Blackburn urged the National Basketball Association to use profits from the league's relationship with China to create a foundation dedicated to protecting human rights around the world. "If Adam Silver does not extricate himself from the Chinese Communist Party, then the NBA is going to become the National Beijing Association in about 10 years," Blackburn said in a video posted to her Twitter account on Wednesday. Blackburn, one of the most prominent critics of China in Congress, sent a letter to Silver, the NBA commissioner, late last month questioning the league's relationship with the country. "While the NBA has worked hard to raise awareness of social issues at home, there is concern that the league has turned a blind eye to human rights abuses committed abroad—even bowing down to pressure last year," Blackburn's letter said. "The actions of the NBA and some players have created...
    NEW YORK -- The country's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, and former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick are among this year's recipients of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award.Dolores Huerta, founder and president of the Dolores Huerta Foundation and co-founder of United Farm Workers of America, Dan Schulman, president and chief executive officer of PayPal and Dan Springer, chief executive officer of DocuSign are also slated to receive the award."Our country is yearning for leadership, for moral fortitude, for common decency and kindness, and this year's Ripple of Hope laureates give us great hope for the future," Kerry Kennedy, president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, said in an announcement on Monday. "Their work for equal justice touches every corner of society, sometimes at great personal cost. We are deeply honored to celebrate these changemakers, who have set forth countless ripples of hope...
    More than 180 human rights groups and labor unions have called on major apparel brands to end the use of forced labor in Xinjiang, China — an accusation that the most popular brands, including Nike and Amazon, have denied.  More than 100 civil society organizations and labor unions joined 72 Uighur rights groups in urging brands to cut ties with suppliers that use materials produced in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where numerous reports have revealed Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are being forced to work in factories, often also while being being indoctrinated with ideological and behavioral reeducation, Politico reported.  “The Chinese government has rounded up an estimated 1 to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Turkic and Muslim people in detention and forced-labour camps, the largest interment of an ethnic and religious minority since World War II,” the statement by End Uyghur Forced Labour said.  Chinese paramilitary policemen...
    The COVID-19 pandemic has forced many New Yorkers to work from home and rely on technology more than ever to do their jobs, which has led to an environment of increased age discrimination, according to the NYC Commission on Human Rights. The commissioner issued guidance on Tuesday for companies to avoid running afoul of the law and to recommend good practices. “Every person in the workforce deserves to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of age,” said Carmelyn Malalis, chair and commissioner of the NYC Commission on Human Rights. “This guidance serves as a reminder that harmful stereotypes about age abound in our society, and that age discrimination remains prevalent because of these pernicious stereotypes, impacting workers at a time when workplace rights are critical.
    (CNN)Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci and former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick are being honored as 2020 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope award laureates.The award is given out to leaders who use their platforms for good and demonstrate a commitment to social change, the organization's website says.The announcement comes after Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has become one of the leading voices in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. Mike Ditka says kneeling athletes should get the hell out of the countryKaepernick, who famously began kneeling during the national anthem prior to the start of NFL games in 2016, receives the award as athletes around the US continue to kneel in protest against racial injustice. He is now a human rights activist and the co-founder of the multi-city civil rights program Know Your Rights Camp."In 2017, I was in...