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    "Asylum seekers from Honduras wait at a bus station after they were released from U.S. immigration authorities on February 08, 2021 in Brownsville, Texas." The Biden administration’s continued use of an anti-asylum policy cooked up by noted white supremacist Stephen Miller has pushed already vulnerable people into further danger, a leading human rights organization said this week. Human Rights First said in a report released...
    Taliban control in Afghanistan has exacerbated concerns about the future of human rights in the country — particularly for women and ethno-religious minorities — and rights violations are already taking place under the Islamist militant group’s rule. Waheedullah Hashimi, a senior member of the Taliban, told Reuters last week that the newly declared Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan will not adopt...
    U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris raised human rights issues with Vietnamese leaders during a visit aimed at bolstering strategic ties with the country, she said in Hanoi on Thursday. Harris said she specifically discussed the release of political dissidents but did not disclose the results, saying only at a news conference the U.S. must “continue to speak up, when necessary,...
    Vice President Harris said that issues of human rights and political dissent were discussed with government officials during her visit to Vietnam, adding that the U.S. will not shy away from difficult conversations with the country. “We're not going to shy away from difficult conversations.  Difficult conversations often must be had with the people that you otherwise may have a...
    HANOI — U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris turned her attention to issues surrounding worker rights and civil liberties Thursday as she closed out her visit to Southeast Asia, elevating activists in a region of the world known for its challenges and restrictions to human rights. In Vietnam, Harris participated in what her team billed as a "changemakers" event with activists...
    HANOI (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris will elevate issues surrounding worker rights and civil liberties Thursday as she closes out her visit to Southeast Asia, elevating activists in a region of the world known for its challenges and restrictions to human rights. Harris will participate in what her team is billing as a “changemakers” event in Vietnam with civil...
    A group representing over 30 whistleblower and anti-corruption groups around the world is urging the United Nations secretary-general to protect Emma Reilly, a U.N. human rights lawyer who risked her career by reporting undue Chinese influence at the U.N.  Reilly fears she will be fired for her efforts. She alerted her bosses at the U.N. Human Rights office that – at...
    Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Washington Examiner Tuesday that she believes the U.N. may recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan, citing the organization's "horrendous track record" of legitimizing "the world's worst regimes." Haley, who served as ambassador to the U.N. under the Trump administration, told the Washington Examiner that she...
    (CNN)Fear is mounting for women and girls in Afghanistan after the Taliban told working women to stay at home, admitting they were not safe in the hands of the militant group's soldiers.Taliban spokesperson Zabiullah Mujahid said at a news conference on Tuesday that women should not go to work for their own safety, undermining the group's efforts to convince international...
    Chinese Ambassador to the UN Chen Xu attends a Human Rights Council session in Geneva, Switzerland in 2020. Denis Balibouse/REUTERS China said the US and its allies must be held accountable for human rights violations in the war in Afghanistan, per Reuters. China's UN ambassador said these countries caused "great suffering" while "under the banner of democracy and...
    The U.N. Human Rights Council (UNHRC) held a special session on Afghanistan on Tuesday and remarkably failed to condemn the Taliban, document its abuses, or create a commission for further inquiry. The draft UNHRC resolution, reportedly written by Pakistan, did not mention the Taliban by name. The resolution expressed “deep concern for the displacement in Afghanistan that has caused...
    Following President Joe Biden's plan for the US military forces to withdraw from the 20-year war in Afghanistan, it's worth reminding ourselves that war and the devastating impacts of it are not only represented by boots on the ground and the presence of military. Days before the exodus began, the United Nations Human Rights Council issued a statement calling on...
    The actress started on Instagram with a letter from a young woman in Afghanistan. Angelina Jolie is recognized for being a humanitarian activist. Reaching nearly eight million followers in just four days, Angelina Jolie He opened his Instagram with a message about the situation in Afghanistan. The 46-year-old actress has posted a letter from a young woman in the...
    The CEO of Open Doors USA, a human rights organization that focuses on lending aid to persecuted Christians around the world, urged corporate sponsors of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics to reconsider their ties to the event. The Beijing Olympics, set to begin on February 4, have prompted outrage throughout the human rights community due to the extensive evidence of extreme...
    Travis Tritt is not pleased with the rising trend of vaccination requirements. As the coronavirus pandemic rages on, cases are again spiking and the deadly delta variant is becoming more prominent, leading many businesses and events to elect to require vaccinations for their customers and participants. The trend has made its way into the realm of music with concert promoter...
    Angelina Jolie finally joined Instagram in an official capacity – and is using her enormous reach to share the voices of those who are facing the crisis in Afghanistan head-on. In the "Maleficent" star's first-ever post to the popular platform, Jolie shared a letter she said she received from a teenage girl in Afghanistan. "Right now, the people of Afghanistan...
    A month ago the City Council approved an Administrative Code amendment to the New York City Human Rights Law, which would force people who hire domestic workers to guarantee certain protections and not discriminate based on disability, race, religion, age and nationality. And, now, Mayor Bill de Blasio advances in hearings to sign it in a matter of days, in...
    DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Bangladesh on Wednesday disputed a Human Rights Watch investigation into disappearances of government critics and others as built on questionable, uncorroborated allegations that security forces were involved. The government has long denied allegations of forced disappearances, and its latest denial followed a report the rights group released Monday that identified 86 people who remain missing after...
    Family members and relatives attend the funeral ceremony of 13 year-old Sai Wai Yan, who was shot dead while playing outside his house in Yangon, Myanmar Stringer/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images 1,006 people have been killed in Myanmar since the military took control of the country in February. The Assistance Association for Political Prisoners tracks police-related deaths and...
    Despite significant advances made by governments around the world in humanizing drug control systems since the turn of the century, human rights abuses still seem to be taking place in the course of enforcing drug prohibitions in recent years and, in some cases, have only gotten worse. The United States continues to imprison hundreds of thousands of people for drug...
    International Human Rights attorney Kimberly Motley explained how the current situation in Afghanistan has allegedly turned into a “human rights nuclear bomb,” especially for women, amid the Taliban’s takeover of the country. Motley explained during an interview on CNN’s “New Day” with host Brianna Keilar that following the Taliban’s advancement on Kabul and newly established control over the weekend, many...
    United Nations Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield boasted Tuesday the U.S. had used a "very strongly worded press statement" from the U.N. Security Council to tell the repressive Taliban it must respect women's rights and humanitarian law. As reports of violent repression against women and U.S. allies by the Taliban alarm the globe, Thomas-Greenfield told CNN's Wolf Blitzer the U.S. would be...
    The Biden administration’s ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday the organization had directed a “very strongly-worded” statement at the Taliban about women’s rights. “We are hearing from people in Afghanistan that they are getting threats from the Taliban,” Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield noted in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “And we have expressed in no uncertain terms here at the United Nations...
    KABUL, AFGHANISTAN - AUGUST 18: Afghans continue to wait at Kabul International Airport as thousands of Afghans rush to flee the Afghan capital of Kabul, on August 18, 2021.Anadolu Agency | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images LONDON — The European Union has suspended development funding to Afghanistan after the Taliban seized control of the war-torn country .  The news comes...
    More than two dozen independent experts appointed by the United Nations' Human Rights Council on Monday called for countries around the world to take swift diplomatic action "to prevent the slaughter of civilians, the destruction of essential civilian infrastructure, and the undoing of decades of human rights, rule of law, and gender equality work" in Afghanistan. "The work undertaken in...
    As a chaotic situation unfolds in Afghanistan with the Taliban taking Kabul, human rights activist Malala Yousafzai is expressing concern about the fate of women and minorities in her country.The Taliban has taken over the Presidential Palace in Kabul as the U.S. military uses Afghan airspace for evacuations. President Joe Biden on Monday defended his decision to withdraw U.S. troops,...
    The return of the radical Islamist Taliban to power in Afghanistan on Sunday, which has brutally persecuted LGBT people throughout its history, calls into question President Joe Biden’s commitment to that community, which his administration has repeatedly touted. Biden signed a memorandum in February, shortly after his inauguration, “directing all U.S. government departments and agencies engaged abroad to ensure that U.S....
    UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The U.N. Security on Monday called for an immediate end to violence in Afghanistan following the Taliban takeover of the country and inclusive talks to form a new Afghan government that includes women. In its first statement since the Taliban a day earlier ousted the U.S.-backed President Ashraf Ghani, who has since fled Afghanistan, the...
    New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has begged the Taliban to uphold women's rights after the Islamists toppled the government in Kabul amid fears that the country will once again become 'a breeding ground for terror.'  'I would just again implore those who made these moves in recent days to acknowledge what the international community has called for - human...
    While Afghanistan was falling to Taliban terrorists, the Biden White House prioritized the LGBT agenda in foreign policy, flying the rainbow flag above the U.S. Embassy in Kabul to mark Pride Month. “The month of June is recognized as (LGBTI) Pride Month,” the embassy posted on Twitter in June. “The United States respects the dignity & equality of LGBTI people...
    The United States Department of the Treasury announced on Friday sanctions against two authorities of the Cuban Ministry of the Interior and a military unit for the actions of the Cuban government in response to the popular protests of July 11. The Department said that it sanctioned Romárico Vidal Sotomayor García and Pedro Orlando Martínez Fernández, as well as the...
    The U.S. Treasury Department said on Friday it was imposing sanctions on two Cuban Ministry of Interior officials and a military unit over the Cuban government's crackdown on protesters last month. The department said it was sanctioning Romarico Vidal Sotomayor Garcia and Pedro Orlando Martinez Fernandez and the Tropas de Prevencion of the Cuban Ministry of Revolutionary Armed Forces. "Today's...
    Hamas's indiscriminate rocket fire aimed at Israel this spring amounted to a war crime because they targeted civilian areas, Human Rights Watch announced on Thursday. Hamas, the Gaza-based U.S.-designated foreign terrorist organization, launched thousands of rockets at Israel during a flare-up of tension in May that lasted about two weeks. While a significant majority of the rockets aimed at Israel...
    GENEVA (AP) — Human rights experts working with the United Nations on Thursday called on countries to pause the sale and transfer of spyware and other surveillance technology until they set rules governing its use, to ensure it won’t impinge upon human rights. The experts, speaking out in the wake of new Pegasus spyware revelations, expressed concern that “highly...
    JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Human rights groups welcomed Indonesia’s decision to stop abusive “virginity tests” on female army recruits seven years after the World Health Organization declared they had no scientific validity. Army Chief of Staff Gen. Andika Perkasa said the army will no longer subject women to invasive tests in which the inspectors used their fingers to assess whether...
    The mayor of a town in New Jersey where Ben & Jerry's owner Unilever is headquartered has blasted the ice cream firm for its vow to stop selling ice cream in the West Bank to boycott Israeli settlements.  Ben & Jerry's has been embroiled in an ongoing saga of boycotts and criticism after the company released a statement on July...
    The Indonesian Army will no longer conduct "virginity tests" on female cadets, the army's chief of staff said Wednesday. The test, which the World Health Organization determined has "no scientific merit or clinical indication," involves someone placing their fingers into a cadet's vagina to supposedly assess whether they have had sex. Human Rights Watch exposed the use of these tests...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Sergei Kovalev, a renowned human rights advocate and dissident who had campaigned against the Kremlin since Soviet times, died in Russia on Monday at age 91, his son Ivan said on Facebook. A prolific biophysicist, Kovalev was part of the first independent human rights association in the Soviet Union, co-authored a chapter of Russia’s constitution and...
    President Joe Biden stiffened sanctions on Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko’s regime on Monday, answering opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya’s appeal for political reinforcements in conjunction with the United Kingdom and Canada. “These steps are a further consequence to the Belarusian authorities’ continued flagrant disregard for human rights and Belarus’s failure to comply with its obligations under international human rights law,” Secretary...
    The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has hired an outside law firm to look into its president’s involvement in helping Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoTop aide to Cuomo resigns Cuomo investigation returns spotlight to workplace harassment Cuomo accuser in first public interview says 'what he did to me was a crime' MORE (D-N.Y.) in his response to allegations of sexual harassment made...
    The nation’s largest LGBTQ rights advocacy group is investigating Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David’s role in helping Gov. Andrew Cuomo discredit accusers, the organization announced Monday. “This board-led investigation, with which David is cooperating, will take no longer than 30 days, and will help shed light on the events that unfolded and guide the Boards on any necessary...
    (CNN)President Joe Biden issued a sweeping executive order Monday to target those in the Belarusian regime involved in the repression of human rights and democracy in the former Soviet state.The executive order was released on the one year anniversary of Belarus' election, which was declared fraudulent by the United States and sparked widespread protests throughout the country."One year ago today,...
    Nike CEO John Donahoe appeared to defend the company's progressive "values" in a new interview, while dodging a question about its business with China amid the ruling Communist Party's human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. In a Thursday interview on CNBC, host Sara Eisen asked whether Nike has to "sacrifice its values" to continue doing business in China, given...
    (CNN)The Indonesian army has hinted that it will end mandatory "virginity tests" for female recruits, in a move that has been welcomed by human rights groups.For decades, the army has subjected female recruits -- as well as, in some instances, the prospective wives of male soldiers -- to the "abusive, unscientific, and discriminatory" tests, Human Rights Watch said in a...
    Nike CEO John Donahoe fawned on Thursday over his company’s “incredible” connection with Chinese consumers, arguing in an interview with CNBC’s Sara Eisen that Nike’s operations in the country were “very aligned” with its values. Eisen broached the issue, saying, “Some are wondering, John, why you have not been more vocal as a company about some of the human rights abuses in...
    Indonesian Director Edwin Talks Sex, Violence and Dictatorship in ‘Vengeance Is Mine’ Shares of Indonesian e-commerce company Bukalapak jump 25% in stock market debut The International Olympic Committee and chairman Thomas Bach skirted a question about human rights concerns in China on Friday. During a news conference in Tokyo, Associated Press reporter Stephen Wade asked Bach if he would...
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