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Activist Plans to Risk Prison
for Father Jailed in Bahrain
Sep 14, 2023 4:55 PM CDT
Activist Plans to Risk Prison for Father Jailed in Bahrain
Maryam al-Khawaja says government's promise of prison reform is a ruse timed to US visit
- In early August, more than 800 prisoners launched Bahrain's largest-ever hunger strike, demanding access to life-saving medical care and other improved conditions in the country's largest prison. That strike was paused Monday—two days before Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa's scheduled visit to Washington—as...
UN Official: North Koreans
Are Hungry, Desperate
Aug 17, 2023 6:30 PM CDT
UN Official: North Koreans Are Hungry, Desperate
Militarization, economic situation add to the toll, Security Council hears
- North Korea is increasing its repression of human rights, and people are becoming more desperate and reportedly starving in parts of the country as the economic situation worsens, the United Nations rights chief said Thursday. Volker Türk told the first open meeting of the UN Security Council since 2017...
She Made a
Visit to Guantanamo
Jun 28, 2023 9:55 AM CDT
She Made a First-of-Its-Kind Visit to Guantanamo
Independent UN monitor was permitted to visit the detention center
- Since its 2002 opening, no UN human rights investigators had been permitted to visit Guantanamo Bay. That changed in February, when Irish law professor Fionnuala Ni Aolain was granted access—and what she found was "cruel, inhuman, and degrading treatment." The UN special rapporteur spent four days at...
Don't Ignore the Suffering
in America's Prisons
Sep 11, 2022 5:00 PM CDT
Don't Ignore the Suffering in America's Prisons
Writing for 'Philly Inquirer,' Cheryl Smith slams 'soul-chilling inhumanity' toward incarcerated
- The Eighth and 14th Amendments are meant to prevent cruel and unusual punishment, as well as discrimination and unequal treatment—including for the incarcerated. But that's not what's being applied in America's prisons, Cheryl Smith writes for the
, where she lays out the "soul-chilling...
Biden Offers Prince a Fist Bump
Jul 15, 2022 2:19 PM CDT
Biden Offers Prince a Fist Bump
President meets with controversial Prince MBS, though they avoid a handshake
- President Biden settled for a fist bump when meeting Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia on Friday, avoiding the possibility of being photographed in a friendly handshake with the leader of a state he had promised to ostracize. Biden had his fist formed as he walked toward the...
Biden's First Middle East Trip
Raises Some Eyebrows
Jun 14, 2022 8:43 AM CDT
Biden's First Middle East Trip Raises Some Eyebrows
President will meet with Crown Prince Mohammed in Saudi Arabia, which he once called a 'pariah'
- President Biden will make his first trip to the Middle East next month with visits to Israel, the West Bank, and Saudi Arabia, the White House announced Tuesday. The decision to pay a call on Saudi leaders during the July 13-16 trip comes after Biden as a Democratic presidential candidate...
AC Is a Human Right,
and Big Opportunity
May 10, 2022 6:39 PM CDT
AC Is a Human Right, and Big Opportunity
Authors see an opportunity to promote climate justice and renewable energy
- Currently, there are 2 billion air-conditioning units in use around the world, and the International Energy Agency expects 4 billion more by 2050. There’s a big problem baked into those numbers, but it’s also a big opportunity, according to Rose Mutiso and coauthors, who argue in
Billionaire's Uighur Remarks
Do Not Go Over Well
Jan 18, 2022 1:27 PM CST
Billionaire's Uighur Remarks Do Not Go Over Well
Chamath Palihapitiya walks back 'don't care' comments made on his podcast
- While discussing concerns over China's treatment of Uighurs, billionaire investor Chamath Palihapitiya didn't even feign interest. "The rest of us don't care," he said on Saturday's episode of his podcast, per CNBC . Palihapitiya said he had more important things to worry about than reports...
In Russia, Verdicts on Human
Rights Groups a 'Painful Coda'
Dec 29, 2021 9:05 AM CST
In Russia, Verdicts on Human Rights Groups a 'Painful Coda'
Court orders closure of Memorial Human Rights Center, a day after parent company is shuttered
Moscow City Court on Wednesday shuttered one of Russia's most well-known human rights groups, just one day after its parent company saw the same fate from the nation's highest court. The Memorial Human Rights Center, like Memorial International, saw its closure after being accused by prosecutors of...
Saudi Activist Sues
Aided UAE Hacking
Dec 10, 2021 4:05 PM CST
Saudi Activist Sues Americans Who Aided UAE Hacking
Loujain al-Hathloul, who led push for women to drive, was imprisoned and tortured
- Three former US intelligence and military officers have admitted in a separate case that they helped the United Arab Emirates with hacking operations. Now they're being sued by a Saudi women's rights activist who says the assistance of the three men led to her iPhone being hacked by...
Nov 25, 2021 5:00 PM CST
Russia Looks at Abolishing Human Rights Organization
Supreme Court takes up case in crackdown against government opponents
- The Russian Supreme Court on Thursday took up a prosecutor's request to permanently shut down a leading human rights group, another step in a crackdown against government opponents. The International Memorial Society documents executions and the imprisonment of dissidents during the Soviet era, the
reports. The Memorial...
Report: US Officials
to Turn Their Backs
on Winter Olympics
Nov 17, 2021 10:50 AM CST
Report: US Officials to Turn Their Backs on Winter Olympics
Sources say diplomatic boycott of Beijing Games has been formally recommended to Biden
- The Biden administration is likely planning a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Olympics in February in response to human rights abuses in China, according to a report. Several sources tell
columnist Josh Rogin that a formal recommendation has been made to President Biden that the US refrain from...
Speech to UN
Sep 21, 2021 10:45 AM CDT
Key Lines From Biden's Speech to UN General Assembly
'We are not seeking a new Cold War'
- President Biden used his first address before the UN General Assembly on Tuesday to declare that the world stands at an "inflection point in history" and must move quickly to address the issues of the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and human rights abuses. Some highlights, via the AP and...
He Went to China to Play
Basketball, Was Locked
in Room for 8 Months
Jun 23, 2021 12:55 AM CDT
He Went to China to Play Basketball, Was Locked in Room for 8 Months
Jeff Harper ended up in nightmarish residential detention system
- American basketball player Jeff Harper went to China for a tournament last year hoping to get a playing contract. He ended up locked in a room for eight months, held in the country's nightmarish "residential surveillance in a designated location" system, the
Wall Street Journal
reports. Harper was...
Secretary of State
Alters US Approach
to Human Rights
Mar 31, 2021 3:07 PM CDT
Secretary of State Alters US Approach to Human Rights
Antony Blinken reverses some Trump administration policies
- Secretary of State Antony Blinken criticized Trump administration policies Tuesday in revealing the State Department's annual report on human rights, which was drafted under the previous administration. "Some have argued that it's not worth it for the US to speak up forcefully for human rights—or that...
Open Letter Asks
Feb 3, 2021 2:56 PM CST
Open Letter Asks Governments to Boycott 2022 Olympics
180 groups call for boycott over human rights abuses
- A coalition of 180 rights group on Wednesday called for a boycott of next year's Beijing Winter Olympics tied to reported human rights abuses against ethnic minorities in China, reports the AP . The games are to open in one year, on Feb. 4, 2022, and are set to go...
Incendiary Weapons Have
Taken Horrific Toll on Civilians
Nov 9, 2020 3:42 PM CST
Incendiary Weapons Have Taken Horrific Toll on Civilians
Human Rights Watch calls for the closing of treaty loopholes
- A new report released Monday documents the use of incendiary weapons and their horrific human cost on civilians over the past decade in conflict zones like Afghanistan, the Gaza Strip, and Syria, with Human Rights Watch and Harvard’s human rights clinic calling on nations to close loopholes in international...
Hong Kong Launches
Nov 5, 2020 9:03 AM CST
Hong Kong Launches Snitching Hotline
Human rights activists push back on way to report alleged violations of national security law
- The Hong Kong police really want to know if there's anyone in your neighborhood who's violating the national security law put in place earlier this year to stop secessionist, subversive, or terrorist activity. Toward that end, there's now a hotline that people can call to effectively tattle...
Scathing Report Details
Atrocities in Venezuela
Sep 16, 2020 1:00 PM CDT
Scathing Report Details Atrocities in Venezuela
Experts allege crimes against humanity have been committed there since 2014
- Independent experts commissioned by the UN’s top human-rights body have alleged the government of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has committed crimes against humanity since 2014. The experts issued a scathing, in-depth report on Wednesday that said the people responsible for crimes that include extrajudicial executions, enforced disappearances, arbitrary detentions,...
Sanctions on Huawei
Jul 15, 2020 1:10 PM CDT
Pompeo Announces Sanctions on Huawei
Certain employees of Chinese tech companies to face visa restrictions
- The State Department accused the world's largest telecommunications equipment manufacturer of human right abuses Wednesday, saying it would impose visa restrictions on employees of China's Huawei. The announcement came a week after the State Department accused China of human rights abuses and a day after the UK said...
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