Tag: Human Rights and Human Rights Violations

Fiji Will Lead U.N. Rights Body, Over Russian and Chinese Opposition

GENEVA — The Pacific island nation of Fiji won election on Friday as president of the United Nations’ top human rights body, ending a shadowy proxy battle waged by China, Russia and Saudi Arabia seeking to strengthen their influence by installing a more compliant candidate. Fiji won decisively, with support from 29 countries in a […]

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Facebook and Twitter Face International Scrutiny After Trump Ban

LONDON — In Sri Lanka and Myanmar, Facebook kept up posts that it had been warned contributed to violence. In India, activists have urged the company to combat posts by political figures targeting Muslims. And in Ethiopia, groups pleaded for the social network to block hate speech after hundreds were killed in ethnic violence inflamed […]

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Dozens Die in Ethnic Massacre in Troubled Ethiopian Region

At least 80 people were killed on Tuesday when unidentified gunmen stormed through a village in western Ethiopia in the latest of a series of ethnically driven massacres in the area, the Ethiopian Human Rights Commission and witnesses said on Wednesday. The massacre in Benishangul-Gumuz region, along the border with Sudan, is the latest challenge […]

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U.S. Bans All Cotton and Tomatoes From Xinjiang Region of China

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Wednesday announced a ban on imports of cotton and tomatoes from the Xinjiang area of China, as well as all products made with those materials, citing human rights violations and the widespread use of forced labor in the region. The measure could have sweeping implications for makers of apparel […]

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U.S. Rush to Declare Houthis Terrorists Threatens to Halt Aid to Yemen

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration’s rush to declare Houthi rebels in Yemen a terrorist organization leaves humanitarian aid workers and commercial importers vulnerable to criminal penalties, officials said Monday, risking future shipments of food, medical supplies and other assistance to the impoverished country. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who announced the terrorism designation late Sunday, […]

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Northern Ireland Is Sued for Lack of Abortion Access

A human rights group in Northern Ireland is taking legal action against the government over its failure to provide abortion access, the group announced on Monday, highlighting the continuing struggle for safe abortions more than a year after the procedure was legalized in the region. The organization, the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, cited deep […]

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What Did Museum Sign Up For: Exhibition or Investigation?

Ms. Landres said in an interview that she suggested converting the exhibition into virtual programming but was turned down, an assertion Ms. Carvajal denied. Some of the $120,000 in grant money from the Knight Foundation was then used, with the foundation’s blessing, to create a different online experience, “I Remember Miami,” in which people shared […]

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Bobi Wine Petitions The Hague, Citing Human Rights Violations

NAIROBI, Kenya — Uganda’s leading opposition figure has filed a complaint with the International Criminal Court against the country’s president and nine security officials, accusing them of authorizing a wave of violence and human rights abuses that has intensified in the run-up to next week’s general election. The complaint, filed in The Hague on Thursday […]

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Chinese Solar Companies Tied to Use of Forced Labor

Xiaojing Sun, a senior research analyst at Wood Mackenzie, said solar companies were starting to investigate their exposure to Xinjiang and reconfigure their supply chains to avoid the region if possible. In a note to investors in October, analysts at Roth Capital Partners said the solar sector faced a “heightened risk of disruption” because of […]

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Loujain al-Halthloul, Saudi Rights Activist, Gets Prison Sentence

Women in Saudi Arabia have been allowed to drive since the kingdom lifted the ban in June 2018, one of the historic social reforms inaugurated over the last few years by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince and de facto ruler, Mohammed bin Salman. Under the crown prince, the kingdom has encouraged women to work and loosened […]

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Refugees Come Under Fire as Old Foes Fight in Concert in Ethiopia

As tensions rose between Mr. Abiy and the T.P.L.F., Mr. Isaias saw an opportunity to settle old scores and to reassert himself in the region, said Martin Plaut, author of “Understanding Eritrea” and a senior research fellow at the University of London. “It’s typical Isaias,” said Mr. Plaut. “He seeks to project power in ways […]

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Trump’s Most Disgusting Pardons

Gen. Raymond Odierno, then the commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, wrote to Ali’s mother, “In the face of your family’s own personal tragedy, your act of kindness and compassion for grieving American families is truly remarkable.” Until Tuesday, the American system worked to give Ali’s family a modicum of justice. Blackwater settled with the […]

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How Does an 83-Year-Old Jesuit End Up in Prison?

More striking — and more telling of the attitude of the authorities — was a much shorter document, running to about a page and half, released to the press on Nov. 29. It was issued weeks after Father Swamy’s lawyers went to court asking that he be provided with the inexpensive objects he needs at […]

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Police Took Their Son Away. Then the Merchants of Hope Showed Up.

AWKA, Nigeria — In the small family portrait gallery hanging above the television in the cozy home of the Iloanya family, only two framed photographs remain that include the youngest son, Chijioke. He disappeared eight years ago. His parents, Hope and Emmanuel, last saw him in handcuffs in a police station run by the feared […]

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A Brazen Police Shooting Caught on Video Sparks Anger in the Philippines

MANILA — A video of a police officer shooting a woman and her adult son at close range on Sunday has spread rapidly across social media in the Philippines, provoking a wave of outrage directed at the government and a police force that many say acts with impunity. Officials said the shooting was the result […]

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Zoom Executive Accused of Disrupting Calls at China’s Behest

In a novel case, federal prosecutors on Friday brought criminal charges against an executive at Zoom, the videoconferencing company, accusing him of engaging in a conspiracy to disrupt and censor video meetings commemorating one of the most politically sensitive events in China. Prosecutors said the executive, Xinjiang Jin, who is based in China, fabricated reasons […]

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‘Nightmare’ Australia Housing Lockdown Called Breach of Human Rights

MELBOURNE, Australia — The sudden lockdown this summer of nine public housing towers in Melbourne that left 3,000 people without adequate food and medication and access to fresh air during the city’s second coronavirus wave breached human rights laws, an investigation found. The report, released on Thursday by the ombudsman in the state of Victoria, […]

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Court Finds Evidence of Crimes Against Humanity in the Philippines

MANILA — The International Criminal Court issued a preliminary report on Tuesday in which it said there was evidence to show crimes against humanity had been committed in the Philippines under President Rodrigo Duterte, whose bloody drug war has left thousands dead since 2016. The report was issued by Fatou Bensouda, the chief prosecutor of […]

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‘Free Papua Movement’ Intensifies Amid Escalating Violence

BANGKOK — It has been 59 years since separatists in the Indonesian territory of West Papua raised their red, white and blue flag and declared independence. The region has been in conflict ever since. This month, the United Nations Human Rights Office called on all sides to reduce escalating violence in the territory, which has […]

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Pentagon Weighs Sharp Drawback in Support for C.I.A.

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is considering whether to pull back military support for the C.I.A., including potentially taking back much of the drone fleet the C.I.A. uses, according to current and former officials. The shift could sharply curtail the agency’s counterterrorism efforts that were greatly expanded after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. The administration […]

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Executed Nigerian Farmers Were Caught Between Boko Haram and the Army

ZABARMARI, Nigeria — For years, the farmers had an agreement with Boko Haram militants: They could tend their fields in peace, as long as they did not report the fighters’ presence to the Nigerian Army. But just over a week ago, that deal was broken. The Islamist group killed more than 70 farmers from Zabarmari, […]

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‘On Social Media, There Are Thousands’: In Cuba, Internet Fuels Rare Protests

What started as anger over the arrests morphed into conversations among the artists about their frustration with limits to free expression on the island. They commiserated over their fear of government censorship or outright repression because of the art, theater or movies they produce. “I want to do free art, without state security parked on […]

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Biden Says He Wants to Stand Up for Democracy. Here’s Where to Start.

President-elect Joe Biden has pledged to put democracy back on the agenda after four years of President Trump’s unapologetic coddling of dictators. Mr. Biden has promised to host a gathering of the world’s democracies to demonstrate his commitment to democratic values both abroad and at home. But will Mr. Biden go beyond rhetoric and gestures […]

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Rohingya Refugees in Bangladesh Moved to Remote Island

The clump of silt in the Bay of Bengal could be inundated by a single strike from a cyclone. Before this year, no one lived there. But on Friday afternoon, seven Bangladeshi naval boats carrying more than 1,640 Rohingya Muslims landed on the low-slung island of Bhasan Char, as part of the Bangladeshi government’s plan […]

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Decades Later, Liberian Warlord Faces War Crimes Trial in Switzerland

Mr. Kosiah has been detained by Swiss authorities since his arrest in Bern in November 2014 on allegations of war crimes committed in the first Liberian civil war. He had moved to Switzerland and acquired permanent residence in 1997 but was detained after a complaint to the Swiss attorney general’s office by the Swiss-based group […]

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Biden Wants America to Lead the World. It Shouldn’t.

Unfortunately, even Mr. Biden’s advisers — who are multilateralists by American standards — have trouble imagining cooperation without dominance. “Whether we like it or not, the world simply does not organize itself,” Mr. Blinken has said. But the United States has discovered what happens “when some other country tries to take our place or, maybe […]

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Supreme Court Seems Ready to Limit Human Rights Suits Against Corporations

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court, which has placed strict limits on lawsuits brought in federal court based on human rights abuses abroad, seemed poised on Tuesday to reject a suit accusing two American corporations of complicity in child slavery on Ivory Coast cocoa farms. The case was brought by six citizens of Mali who said […]

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Gasser Abdel-Razek, Egyptian Human Rights Activist, Is Jailed

CAIRO — On bad days — and, in recent years, there seemed to be more bad days than ever — Gasser Abdel-Razek, captain, counselor and friend to nearly everyone in Egypt’s shrinking human rights community, tended to counter the tension and stress with food. So it was, in August 2014, during the worst of Cairo’s […]

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‘Trump Is Better’: In Asia, Pro-Democracy Forces Worry About Biden

BANGKOK — A dissident once branded Enemy No. 1 by the Chinese Communist Party is spreading conspiracy theories about vote-rigging in the American presidential election. Pro-democracy campaigners from Hong Kong are championing President Trump’s claims of an electoral victory. Human rights activists and religious leaders in Vietnam and Myanmar are expressing reservations about President-elect Joseph […]

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Nike and Coca-Cola Lobby Against Xinjiang Forced Labor Bill

WASHINGTON — Nike and Coca-Cola are among the major companies and business groups lobbying Congress to weaken a bill that would ban imported goods made with forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region, according to congressional staff members and other people familiar with the matter, as well as lobbying records that show vast spending on the […]

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Plan to Hold Corporations Liable for Violations Abroad Fails in Switzerland

ZURICH — A proposal in Switzerland to make multinational companies headquartered in the country liable for human rights violations and environmental damage committed by their subsidiaries abroad failed in a referendum on Sunday. The initiative won a narrow majority among voters, with 50.7 percent backing it, but failed because a majority of the country’s cantons, […]

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