Tag: Human Rights and Human Rights Violations

Trump’s Deference to Saudis in Setting Terms for How U.S. Should Respond to Attacks Touches a Nerve

WASHINGTON — After oil installations were blown up in Saudi Arabia over the weekend, President Trump declared that the United States was “locked and loaded,” a phrase that seemed to suggest he was ready to strike back. But then he promised to wait for Saudi Arabia to tell him “under what terms we would proceed.” […]

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Moroccan Journalist on Trial for an Abortion She Says She Never Had

RABAT, Morocco — This weekend was supposed to have been a celebration of love. The invitations had been sent, the flowers and cake ordered. Family and friends were getting ready to witness the wedding of a young Moroccan political reporter and a Sudanese university professor she met at a human-rights conference. Instead, Hajar Raissouni and […]

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Transgender Woman Found Burned Beyond Recognition in Florida, Officials Say

ImageOfficials said they were investigating the death of Bee Love Slater as a homicide but said that it was too early to say if it was a hate crime. The body of a black transgender woman, said by the authorities to have been burned beyond recognition, was found inside an abandoned car in Florida. The […]

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Mexico Says It Has Cut the Number of Migrants Heading to U.S.

MEXICO CITY — Under pressure from the Trump administration, Mexico’s foreign minister announced Friday that the country had reduced the flow of migrants heading to its northern border by more than 50 percent in the previous three months, an effort meant to keep damaging tariffs at bay. Through the deployment of its newly formed National […]

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The Crown Prince’s Digital Iron Fist

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia makes no secret of his desire to transform his country. Since he began consolidating power in 2015, he has marketed himself to domestic and international audiences as a force of modernity, touting an agenda of cultural liberalization and economic reform. In 2016, he outlined his would-be revolution […]

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As Hong Kong Protesters Push On, No Sign of More Concessions by Government

HONG KONG — A day after Hong Kong’s leader said she would withdraw the extradition bill that set off months of protests, she gave no sign on Thursday that more concessions would be forthcoming, even as dissatisfied protesters planned to hold more demonstrations. The city’s chief executive, Carrie Lam, said she was optimistic that pulling […]

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What’s at Stake in the Hong Kong Protests

Hong Kong’s hot summer of street protests has entered its 13th week, the demonstrations’ intensity only increasing with hundreds of arrests, clouds of tear gas and volleys of rubber bullets. With every passing week, what began as a popular protest against a proposed extradition law has hardened into a struggle for the soul of Hong […]

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Joshua Wong and Alex Chow: The People of Hong Kong Will Not Be Cowed by China

HONG KONG — “If we burn, you burn with us.” A famous line in the movie “The Hunter Games: Mockingjay” has been given a new life in Hong Kong’s summerlong protests: It has come to represent the spirit unleashed by hundreds of thousands of protesters. As many commentators have pointed out, the massive, leaderless resistance […]

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In Hong Kong, Playing Tennis With Tear-Gas Grenades

HONG KONG – President Trump has called the pro-democracy protests here “riots,” and China has in effect denounced participants as terrorists. Yet even when chaos reigns during clashes with the police, protesters clean up litter from the battlefield. Medics stand by to assist those injured. Crowds part like the Red Sea to let ambulances through. […]

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World Bank to Investigate if China Loan Funded Muslim Detention Camps

WASHINGTON — The World Bank is investigating whether a $50 million loan it granted in 2015 for an education project in China’s Xinjiang region has been used to fund Muslim detention camps. The review comes amid growing global concern that China has detained one million or more Muslim Uighurs and placed them in “re-education” camps […]

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Tensions Over Kashmir Rise as India Tightens Security

NEW DELHI — The Indian government imposed fresh restrictions on the disputed Kashmir region on Friday, telling people to stay off the streets as the crisis there dragged into its fourth week. According to reports in the Indian media — foreign journalists have been barred from entering Kashmir — security forces set up barricades, more […]

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To Gain Leverage in China Trade Talks, Trump Shows Solidarity With Hong Kong

WASHINGTON — President Trump has shifted his stance on the unrest in Hong Kong in recent days to show greater solidarity with the pro-democracy protesters after coming to view the issue as a point of leverage in trade negotiations with China. For months, Trump administration officials described the Hong Kong uprising as an internal matter […]

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2 Years Ago, They Fled Into Danger and Squalor. Myanmar Still Looks Worse.

When things go wrong, those in power often promise to make it right. But do they? In this series, The Times investigates to see if those promises were kept. NGA KHU YA, Myanmar — Rusting behind barbed wire, rows of trailers at a repatriation center sit empty and uninviting, evocative of a prison awaiting its […]

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European Companies Get Rich in China’s ‘Open Air Prison’

BERLIN — Many people around the world may just now be learning that around a million Uighur Muslims and other minorities have been locked up in extrajudicial internment camps in the region of Xinjiang, in western China. There is a reason for that: Xinjiang is remote and the Chinese government has expended considerable effort to […]

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Salvadoran Court Acquits Woman Charged With Homicide After Stillbirth

MEXICO CITY — A Salvadoran judge on Monday acquitted a woman who was accused of homicide after giving birth to a stillborn baby, a decision hailed as a victory for women’s rights advocates fighting against the harsh application of one of the world’s strictest abortion bans. In ruling that the woman, Evelyn Hernández Cruz, 21, […]

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Salvador Court Acquits Woman Charged With Homicide After Stillbirth

MEXICO CITY — A Salvadoran judge on Monday acquitted a woman who was accused of homicide after giving birth to a stillborn baby, a decision hailed as a victory for women’s rights advocates fighting against the harsh application of one of the world’s strictest abortion bans. In ruling that the woman, Evelyn Hernández Cruz, 21, […]

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Critic of China’s Detention Camps Is Free, but Silence May Be the Price

HONG KONG — An activist who drew attention to the plight of Muslims held in Chinese indoctrination camps has been freed after months of detention in Kazakhstan, but his lawyer refused to sign his plea deal, saying she believed he had been threatened into accepting it. The activist, Serikzhan Bilash, walked out of a courtroom […]

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With Trump as President, the World Is Spiraling Into Chaos

Earlier this week, Pakistan’s ambassador to the United States, Asad Majeed Khan, visited The New York Times editorial board, and I asked him about the threat of armed conflict between his country and India over Kashmir. India and Pakistan have already fought two wars over the Himalayan territory, which both countries claim, and which is […]

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