Tag: Human Rights and Human Rights Violations

Hong Kong Protests: How Does This End?

After nearly six months of escalating protests, Hong Kong is a mess, its reputation for efficiency in tatters, its economy in recession, its roads and rails often blocked. And there is no end in sight. That poses a quandary for those who admire and support the protest movement, but who recoil at the notion of […]

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5 Takeaways From the Leaked Files on China’s Mass Detention of Muslims

HONG KONG — Internal Chinese government documents obtained by The New York Times have revealed new details on the origins and execution of China’s mass detention of as many as one million Uighurs, Kazakhs and other predominately Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region. The 403 pages reveal how the demands of top officials, including President Xi […]

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Women in Gambia Describe Torture After Ex-President Called Them Witches

SINTET, Gambia — Matty Sanyang was at a baby naming ceremony when the soldiers arrived in Sintet, a farming town not far from the West African coast, pulled her neighbors from their homes and announced that the president had made a decision: The people of her village were witches, and they would need to be […]

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U.K. Minister Apologizes for Case of Teen With Autism Kept in Seclusion

LONDON — Bethany is 18 years old. She also lives with autism. And, for most of the last three years, she has been locked away in tiny rooms of psychiatric hospitals across Britain, with almost no human contact. Matt Hancock, Britain’s health secretary, publicly apologized to her on Saturday “for the things that have gone […]

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‘It’s Mutilation’: The Police in Chile Are Blinding Protesters

By BRENT McDONALD, MIGUEL TOVAR and ARMANDO DE LA CRUZ | Nov. 10, 2019 | 6:25 Our correspondent goes inside an eye trauma unit in Chile that’s responding to “an epidemic” of protesters who have been shot in the eye by police pellet guns.

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Spyware Maker NSO Promises Reform but Keeps Snooping

MUMBAI, India — Bela Bhatia, a human rights lawyer in the Indian state of Chhattisgarh, is accustomed to surveillance. She works in a region prone to both guerrilla violence and government reprisals, and the authorities do not like many of her clients. Still, Ms. Bhatia said she was shocked to learn her phone had been […]

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The Rage in Latin America

Latin Americans are furious. Aware that they don’t live in real democracies, the people of Venezuela, Nicaragua and Bolivia are taking to the streets. In Chile, Ecuador and Haiti, citizens are angry about social inequality and the lack of economic opportunity. Meanwhile, Argentina’s government is turning back to the Peronist-Kirchnerian left, and Mexico’s drug-related violence […]

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With a Smile, Southeast Asian Nations Protect an Authoritarian

BANGKOK — ASEAN, or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, is not an acronym that tends to excite. Founded on notions of consensus-building and noninterference, the 10-nation group issues pronouncements drowning in careful and bland language. This week, though, regional governments have banded together to use ASEAN’s principles to justify a startling act: blocking Cambodian […]

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What Poses a Greater Privacy Threat Than Facebook? Spyware

Facebook is under fierce scrutiny for its decisions about political advertisements and consumer privacy, and its foray into developing a new cryptocurrency. So it makes sense that the company would try to drum up a little positive publicity and remind people that there are tech firms out there that pose much greater threats to privacy, […]

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15 Killed in Southern Thailand, in the Worst Violence in Years

BANGKOK — Gunmen killed at least 15 people at a security checkpoint in southern Thailand on Tuesday night, the worst outbreak of violence in years in the country’s insurgency-plagued border region. The attackers stormed several spots around the checkpoint, in the Muang Yala District in Yala Province. The post was guarded by a mix of […]

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Israel to Expel Human Rights Worker, Citing Anti-Boycott Law

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday that a senior official of the advocacy group Human Rights Watch must leave the country within 20 days, invoking a contentious law that bars entry to foreigners who have publicly called for a boycott of Israel or its settlements in the occupied West Bank. The ruling upheld […]

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Chile Is in Danger of Repeating Its Past

In the past two weeks, the worst unrest Chile has seen since the return of democracy in 1990 has forced President Sebastián Piñera to reverse course on a proposed transit increase, and dismiss eight cabinet members. But for Chileans both in Chile and in the diaspora, the government’s violent response to the protesters evokes memories […]

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In China, FIFA’s Focus Is Soccer, Not Human Rights

SHANGHAI — FIFA, the international body governing global soccer, has come under heavy criticism in recent years for awarding two World Cups in a row to authoritarian countries, Russia in 2018 and Qatar in 2022. Stung by criticism and scandal related to those decisions, the organization responded by requiring human rights reviews to be part […]

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China Holds #MeToo Activist Who Wrote About Hong Kong Protests

BEIJING — The Chinese authorities have detained a journalist who was a leading figure in the country’s #MeToo movement and had recently written about the antigovernment protests in Hong Kong, her friends said on Thursday. The activist, Huang Xueqin, was detained last week in the southern city of Guangzhou, according to friends who asked not […]

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India Fails to Release Full Data on Hate Crimes

NEW DELHI — When India released its annual crime report this week, more than a year behind schedule, certain pieces of data were conspicuously missing. Officials in the administration of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had tracked many types of crimes, but they selectively released results, choosing to share figures about attacks committed by left-wing extremists […]

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As Putin Era Begins to Wane, Russia Unleashes a Sweeping Crackdown

PSKOV, Russia — After a teenager blew himself up inside a branch of Russia’s secret police near the Arctic Circle late last year, a freelance journalist hundreds of miles to the south drew what she thought was “an obvious and banal” conclusion in her weekly radio commentary. Her conclusion — that relentless repression by Russia’s […]

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YouTube Is Erasing History

Video Under pressure to remove “extremist content,” platforms are purging vital human rights evidence.CreditCreditThe New York Times Video by Leah Varjacques and Adam Saewitz In war zones, evidence captured on smartphones can provide a path to justice — but platforms like YouTube and Facebook are getting in the way. In the Video Op-Ed above, the […]

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Hong Kong Protesters Plan to March Despite Attacks and Police Ban

Video As violence escalates between demonstrators and the police in Hong Kong, protesters have started writing “last letters” to their loved ones, in case they don’t return. These notes chronicle the mental and emotional state of frontliners coming to terms with risking death for their beliefs.CreditCreditOrlando de Guzman/The New York Times HONG KONG — Protesters […]

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Trump Takes Incoherence and Inhumanity and Calls It Foreign Policy

It was just five years ago that an American president, faced with a crisis on Syria’s border, acted decisively and honorably. Barack Obama responded with airstrikes and a rescue operation in 2014 when the Islamic State started a genocide against members of the Yazidi sect, slaughtering men and forcing women and girls into sexual slavery. […]

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