Tag: Human Rights and Human Rights Violations

Anyone Can Hire a Team of Spies

The plan was simple: give the government of Uzbekistan the ability to monitor everyone’s communications. I first heard the story about five years ago from an American defense consultant. I had spoken to him over the years about arms sales, particularly those involving the former Soviet Union. He had been involved in overseeing foreign military […]

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U.S. Imposes Sanctions on Iraqi Militia Leaders and Ex-Governors

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is imposing economic sanctions on two former provincial governors and two militia leaders in Iraq, it announced on Thursday, citing human rights abuses in the north of the country. American officials had determined that three of the four Iraqis were involved in acts of corruption, extortion and intimidation in Nineveh […]

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Shutting the Door on Asylum Seekers

ImageMigrants were driven to a processing center after they were taken into custody by Border Patrol agents earlier this month.CreditJohn Moore/Getty Images More from our inbox: To the Editor: Re “Trump Moves to Block Another Road to Asylum” (front page, July 16): An unprecedented new rule instituted by the Trump administration shuts the door (with […]

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Trump’s Ominous Attempt to Redefine Human Rights

For the Trump administration to establish a “Commission on Unalienable Rights” to examine the meaning of human rights, as it did this month, is a little like Saudi Arabia forming a commission on multiparty democracy or North Korea a commission on how to end famine. It would be hilarious if it weren’t so ominous. Announcing […]

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U.N. Rights Council to Investigate Killings in Philippine Drug War

GENEVA — The United Nations’ top human rights body voted on Thursday to examine thousands of alleged extrajudicial police killings linked to President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs in the Philippines, a campaign that rights groups around the world have denounced as a lawless atrocity. The United Nations’ 47-member Human Rights Council supported a resolution […]

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In South Korea, Gay Soldiers Can Serve. But They Might Be Prosecuted.

SEOUL, South Korea — The army lieutenant knew his career was irrevocably damaged when military investigators visited him in 2017, demanding that he admit having had sex with another male soldier — a crime in South Korea’s military. When the investigators put him on a video call with his ex-lover, who admitted to the relationship, […]

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China Rebuked by 22 Nations Over Xinjiang Repression

GENEVA — A group of 22 countries have issued a statement urging China to stop the mass detention of ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims in its western Xinjiang region, the first concerted international challenge to a policy China has vigorously defended at the United Nations. In a letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for […]

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U.N. Rights Head ‘Shocked’ by Treatment of Migrant Children at U.S. Border

GENEVA — The United Nations human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, condemned on Monday how the United States is treating migrant children arriving from Mexico, saying she was “shocked” at the conditions they faced in detention centers when they crossed the border. “As a pediatrician, but also as a mother and a former head of state, […]

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State Department Creates Advisory Panel on Human Rights

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday the creation of a commission to review “the role of human rights in American foreign policy,” and consider questions about the intended meaning of the concept that was memorialized in a 1948 United Nations declaration. “What does it mean to say or claim that something […]

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New York Named a Bridge After Him. Now, Kosciuszko Is Getting His Due at Home.

KOSAVA, Belarus — Thomas Jefferson hailed him as the “purest son of liberty I have ever known.” New York named a bridge, a street and swimming pool after him to celebrate his role in the American War of Independence. Poland reveres him as the leader of a late-18th-century revolt against the Russian empire. So what […]

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Kashmiris Call for Investigation of Torture Accusations Against India

RAWALPORA, Kashmir — Mohammad Ishaq Lone got a call from the Indian Army one February night, ordering him to meet soldiers at an outpost near his house in Kashmir. It was only after he was hauled off to a brightly lit room, bound and beaten that he discovered why. A soldier began by punching him […]

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Venezuela Forces Killed Thousands, Then Covered It Up, U.N. Says

GENEVA — Venezuelan special forces have carried out thousands of extrajudicial killings in the past 18 months and then manipulated crime scenes to make it look as if the victims had been resisting arrest, the United Nations said on Thursday in a report detailing wide-ranging government abuses targeting political opponents. Special Action Forces described by […]

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Norway Politician Forced Sex on Asylum Seekers, Court Finds

One of Norway’s most prominent politicians has been convicted of abusing his power to force three young men seeking asylum in the country to have sex with him. Svein Ludvigsen, a former fisheries minister and a regional governor, was sentenced to five years in prison for exploiting the men’s vulnerability and compelling them to have […]

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A Clash of Worldviews as Pope Francis and Putin Meet Again

ROME — Officials in Italy locked down the capital, closed public parks and diverted traffic on Thursday before a state visit by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, whose most-anticipated meeting was with Pope Francis, viewed by many European liberals as the greatest moral voice against the resurgence in populism. But for many European nationalists […]

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It’s the Cruelty, Stupid

There are tanks in the nation’s capital and concentration camps on its border. The slide of this nation into a nearly unrecognizable state continues unabated. Donald Trump is recreating America in his own image: an abominable one. He brags about trading valentines with the ruthless North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, saying at a political rally […]

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Who’s Attacking Thailand’s Democracy Activists? The Authorities Aren’t Saying

BANGKOK — Sirawith Seritiwat, a democracy activist, was running to catch a bus when the men attacked, battering his head until his eye socket was fractured, his nose was broken and his eyes were bathed in blood. Sitting near his hospital room in Bangkok, with the glare of fluorescent lights and the reek of disinfectant […]

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The Government Cut Their Internet. Will Abuses Now Remain Hidden?

RATHEDAUNG, Myanmar — The security forces, with their geriatric rifles, formed a wary patrol, scanning the forested hills where members of an ethnic insurgency roam. A crater on the pitted road attested to the rebels’ skill at fashioning explosive devices. Rakhine State, a ribbon of marsh and mountain on the western coast of Myanmar, is […]

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China Vowed to Safeguard Hong Kong’s Freedoms. Some See a Wolf at the Door.

July 1997: Handover.CreditTorsten Blackwood/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images June 2019: Protest.CreditLam Yik Fei for The New York Times Promises are the currency of power. In this series, The Times is going back to the scene of major news events to see how well they have been kept. HONG KONG — When Britain returned Hong Kong […]

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Why Many in China Oppose Hong Kong’s Protests

Cecilia Zhang is the sort of Chinese person who you might think would be sympathetic to the protesters in Hong Kong. She went to a prestigious American university, gets her news from foreign media and has no plan to move back to the mainland from Hong Kong, where she has worked in the financial industry […]

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