Tag: Human Rights and Human Rights Violations

New E.U. Measures Set to Restrict Asylum Rights at the Belarus Border

BRUSSELS — The European Union on Wednesday proposed new measures that would allow Poland and other member states bordering Belarus to suspend some protections for asylum seekers, raising concerns that they may undermine the ability of migrants to seek refuge in the bloc. The proposal from the European Commission, the bloc’s executive arm, would extend […]

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E.U. Interpreter Says Greece Expelled Him to Turkey in Migrant Roundup

ATHENS — For years, Greek officials have denied complaints from human rights groups that the country’s border agents have brutalized migrants and forcibly pushed them back into Turkey. They have dismissed the allegations as fake news or Turkish propaganda. Now a single case may force a reckoning. A European Union interpreter says that in September, […]

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Dozens of Former Afghan Security Forces Dead or Missing Under Taliban, Report Says

More than 100 former members of the Afghan security forces in four provinces have been killed or disappeared by the Taliban in the first two and a half months of the militants’ rule, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. The deaths are part of a string of assassinations and summary executions, largely […]

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In Latest Assault on Dissent, Egypt Convicts a Human Rights Activist

CAIRO — An Egyptian court on Monday convicted a prominent human rights advocate and lawyer of spreading false news and insulting a government authority, adding another name to a growing list of activists, journalists and dissidents whom the state has aggressively targeted and sought to silence for years. The penalty imposed on the lawyer, Hossam […]

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In Their 80s, and Living It Up (or Not)

  Credit…Matthew Monteith for The New York Times To the Editor: Re “Living My Life Again,” by Katharine Esty (Opinion guest essay, Sunday Review, Nov. 21): Dr. Esty, who is 87, put her social life on hold for most of the pandemic, but now she goes out often, plans to attend parties and has been to […]

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Abuses Under Gambia’s Ex-Ruler Should Be Prosecuted, Inquiry Says

BANJUL, Gambia — Documenting wide-ranging atrocities under the autocratic former president of Gambia, Yahya Jammeh, an investigative panel on Thursday recommended multiple prosecutions. But the Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission did not make public either its report or the names of people it had recommended for prosecution, leaving it unclear whether Mr. Jammeh, who governed […]

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Maj. Ian Fishback, Who Exposed Abuse of Detainees, Dies at 42

Ian Fishback, an Army whistle-blower whose allegations that fellow members of the 82nd Airborne Division in Iraq routinely beat and abused prisoners prompted the Senate to approve anti-torture legislation in 2005, died on Nov. 19 in Bangor, Mich. He was 42. His family, which announced the death in a statement, said the cause had not […]

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India’s Arrest of Kashmiri Activist, Khurram Parvez, Is Criticized

NEW DELHI — A prominent Kashmiri human rights activist, Khurram Parvez, was arrested by Indian security forces on Monday and charged under a strict antiterrorism law, his family said, amid growing concerns that the Indian authorities are abusing the law to quash dissent. The arrest was widely condemned, including by rights groups and a rapporteur […]

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Trying to Blur Memories of the Gulag, Russia Targets a Rights Group

MOSCOW — In the days after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the upheaval and uncertainty that gripped Russia were accompanied by a liberating climate of openness, in which free expression, historical examination and political dissent could flourish. But in the two decades since Vladimir V. Putin took power, the government has steadily rolled back […]

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Concern and Anger Build Over Peng Shuai’s Sexual Assault Allegations

There has never been a case like this in China: a prominent athlete making such significant allegations against one of the country’s major political figures. Though Simon received an email from Peng this week, Simon has cast doubt on its authenticity and insisted that the tour wants verifiable proof that Peng is safe. He has […]

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Where Is Peng Shuai?

China’s playbook when confronted with criticism is neither crafty nor subtle: Deny, lie, play dumb, hope it goes away and, when all else fails, strike back ferociously. It’s all happening again in the case of Peng Shuai, the Chinese tennis star who crossed swords with the state by publicly accusing a former senior Politburo member […]

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U.S. Is ‘Considering’ Diplomatic Boycott of Beijing Olympics, Biden Says

WASHINGTON — President Biden said on Thursday that the United States was considering a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, as pressure grows to hold China accountable for human rights abuses. A boycott would mean that government officials would not attend the Games, which are slated to begin in February, though it […]

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Biden Says U.S. ‘Considering’ Diplomatic Boycott of the Beijing Olympics

President Biden said on Thursday that the United States was considering a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing amid growing pressure to hold China accountable for human rights abuses. The boycott would mean that no U.S. government officials would attend the Games, which are slated to begin in February, though it would not […]

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How the U.S. Hid an Airstrike That Killed Dozens of Civilians in Syria

The Times investigation found that the bombing had been called in by a classified American special operations unit, Task Force 9, which was in charge of ground operations in Syria. The task force operated in such secrecy that at times it did not inform even its own military partners of its actions. In the case […]

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Sara Duterte and Ferdinand Marcos Jr. May Join Forces in Philippines

Ferdinand Marcos Jr., the son of the former dictator of the Philippines, claimed a major boost on Saturday in his effort to become the country’s next president, saying that the daughter of its current leader, Rodrigo Duterte, would effectively be his running mate. Sara Duterte, Mr. Duterte’s daughter, had yet to confirm that she was […]

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In Border Crisis, Europe’s Unsavory Migration Deals Come Home

In one sense, the border crisis between Poland and Belarus is a tit-for-tat geopolitical conflict in which refugees and migrants just happen to be the weapons. Belarus, in May, forced down a civilian airliner to arrest a dissident on board. The European Union, as punishment, imposed economic sanctions on Belarus. Now, in apparent retaliation, Belarus […]

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U.S. Holocaust Museum Says China ‘May Be Committing Genocide’ Against Uyghurs

The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum said in a report issued on Tuesday that China had escalated its crimes against the Muslim community of Uyghurs in the northwestern region of Xinjiang and that it was “gravely concerned” that the government “may be committing genocide.” The report, “‘To Make Us Slowly Disappear’: The Chinese Government’s Assault on […]

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Palestinians Were Targeted by Israeli Firm’s Spyware, Experts Say

JERUSALEM — International hacking experts said on Monday that Palestinians belonging to rights groups recently outlawed by Israel had been targeted by spyware made by the Israeli technology firm NSO Group. The accusations put the relationship between the Israeli government and the company, recently blacklisted by the United States, under renewed scrutiny. The findings were […]

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In Nicaragua Election, Ortega Crushes Dissent

MANAGUA, Nicaragua — Daniel Ortega became a hero in Nicaragua for helping overthrow a notorious dictator. Now, 40 years later, he has become the kind of authoritarian leader he once fought against. After methodically choking off competition and dissent, Mr. Ortega has all but ensured his victory in presidential elections on Sunday, representing a turn […]

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Veteran U.S. Diplomat Comes Under Criticism for a Trip to Myanmar

Bill Richardson, the American ex-diplomat, has made numerous trips to Myanmar since the 1990s. He has negotiated with the generals who ruled it, then and now. He has been an ally and later a critic of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, its most popular politician, who is once again a prisoner of the army. Mr. […]

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Uyghurs Seek Emotional Help as Families in China Suffer

Organizers of the mental health initiatives say they have so far seen a positive, if cautious, response from diaspora Uyghurs. One big challenge, they say, has been overcoming the cultural stigma of therapy, pervasive in Uyghur and many other cultures. Linguistic barriers are also a problem; relatively few professionally trained mental health counselors speak Uyghur. […]

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India’s Treatment of Muslims Erodes Its Moral High Ground

NEW DELHI — The mob rampaged for days, burning homes, breaking into temples and clashing with police, leaving several dead. The victims were minority Hindus living in Bangladesh, a majority-Muslim nation grappling with increasing extremism, and the violence drew an outcry from politicians in neighboring India. As the region’s traditional center of gravity, India has […]

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Rights Groups Urge Singapore Not to Execute Man With Mental Disability

Human rights groups are urging Singapore to halt an execution next week of a Malaysian man convicted of smuggling heroin into the city-state, arguing that he should be exempt under international law because he has an intellectual disability. Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, 33, was caught in 2009 with about 1.5 ounces of heroin strapped to his thigh […]

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Israel is Silencing Palestinian Civil Rights Organizations

As a consequence of these groups’ work, the Israeli authorities have been raiding offices and harassing the staffs of these and other organizations for years. Just this past July, Israeli soldiers raided D.C.I.P.’s office in the West Bank city of Al-Bireh, seizing computers, hard drives and client files related to the Palestinian child detainees whom […]

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The Stain of Guantánamo: Torture

To the Editor: In “Military Jurors Rebuke Torture as Moral Stain” (front page, Nov. 1), you report that seven out of eight senior American military officers dispatched to Guantánamo Bay to sentence a terrorist, Majid Khan, sent a clemency letter denouncing the torture he suffered in custody as “a stain on the moral fiber of […]

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Atrocities on All Sides in Ethiopia’s War, U.N. Says as Rebels Advance

NAIROBI, Kenya — As the conflict in Ethiopia stretches into its second year and Africa’s second most populous nation continues to fracture, a report by the top U.N. human rights body released on Wednesday offered evidence that all sides in the war had committed gross human rights violations, including killings of civilians, sexual violence and […]

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How Latin American Women Can Keep Fighting for Abortion Rights and Win

Equally important as legal action has been the movement’s efforts to break the stigma against abortion and help people understand the realities women and girls face when they’re forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term. In 2016, Planned Parenthood Global and others began the Niñas, No Madres (Girls, Not Mothers) campaign to inform and […]

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Egypt Poised to Expand Security Powers of President and Military

CAIRO — Egypt is poised to expand the national security powers of the president and military with legislation that will strengthen the hand of the country’s authoritarian government, just as it had appeared to relax its grip last week with the lifting of a longstanding state of emergency. The House of Representatives approved new amendments […]

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To Protest Iran’s Anti-Gay Abuses, an Artist Painted a Dictator’s Car

The Paykan was the first car manufactured in Iran. Produced from 1967 to 2015, it started life as a licensed copy of an outmoded British vehicle, the Hillman Hunter, but it nevertheless became a symbol of national pride, priced for middle-class Iranians. Paykans eventually became ubiquitous on the streets of Tehran, serving as sedans, wagons, […]

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Another Attempt to End ‘Remain in Mexico’ Immigration Policy

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration is making another attempt to end a Trump-era immigration program that a court ordered be reinstated, offering a more detailed description about the “benefits and cost” of forcing some asylum seekers to wait in Mexico while their cases are pending. “I have concluded that there are inherent problems with the […]

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Gangs Rule Much of Haiti. For Many, It Means No Fuel, No Power, No Food.

The government’s withering authority is a consequence of its own shortsighted strategy to use gangs to achieve its objectives, human rights advocates say. Early this month, Pastor Jean Ferrer Michel had parked outside of his church when armed, masked men jumped out of a justice ministry vehicle and bundled him away, his daughter, Farah Michel, […]

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