Danny Fenster, U.S. Journalist, Told to Stay in Myanmar Prison

Danny Fenster, who has become an international symbol of the military’s crackdown, was ordered on Monday to remain in confinement.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #danny-fenster, #defense-and-military-forces, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #prisons-and-prisoners

‘Hotel Rwanda’ Dissident Is Found Guilty of Forming a Terrorist Group

The trial of Paul Rusesabagina, whose story was portrayed in the Oscar-nominated movie, drew widespread attention and international condemnation.

#hotel-rwanda-movie, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kagame-paul, #political-prisoners, #rusesabagina-paul, #rwanda

Biden Threatens New Ethiopia Sanctions as Tigray War Widens

In an executive order, President Biden targeted all sides of the widening conflict in Africa’s second most populous country, demanding an end to fighting and safe passage for aid.

#ahmed-abiy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #ethiopia, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #humanitarian-aid, #obasanjo-olusegun, #politics-and-government, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

U.S. and Egypt Put Improving Egypt’s Human Rights on the Agenda

Both countries took steps aimed at improving Egypt’s poor human rights record, but rights advocates found them short of the mark.

#egypt, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #united-states-international-relations

Sri Lankan Minister Accused of Abusing Political Prisoners Resigns

Claims that the minister in charge of prison affairs had barged into jail while drunk and forced Tamil inmates to kneel at gunpoint come amid U.N. discussions on the country’s human rights record.

#bachelet-michelle, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #liberation-tigers-of-tamil-eelam, #political-prisoners, #rajapaksa-gotabaya, #sri-lanka

Apple Security Update Closes Spyware Flaw in iPhones, Macs and iWatches

Researchers at Citizen Lab found that NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company, had infected Apple products without so much as a click.

#ahmed-azam, #amnesty-international, #apple-inc, #citizen-lab, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #defective-products, #hubbard-ben, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iphone, #israel, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #nso-group, #privacy, #signal-open-whisper-systems, #software, #text-messaging, #university-of-toronto

The Legacy of America’s Post-9/11 Turn to Torture

Twenty years after the attacks, the United States is still grappling with the consequences of brutal interrogations carried out in the name of national security.

#bush-george-w, #central-intelligence-agency, #confessions, #detainees, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #interrogations, #mauritania, #military-tribunals, #senate-committee-on-intelligence, #september-11-2001, #slahi-mohamedou-ould, #terrorism, #torture, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-politics-and-government

Quandary at U.N.: Who Speaks for Myanmar and Afghanistan?

Governments of the two countries have been toppled by pariah regimes. Will they get seats at the world’s biggest diplomatic table anyway?

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #general-assembly-un, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #isaczai-ghulam-m, #kyaw-moe-tun, #myanmar, #politics-and-government, #united-nations

The Taliban’s New Government Shows Us They Haven’t Changed

The West must not mistake tactical flexibility for real change.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #haqqani-sirajuddin, #helmand-province-afghanistan, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #september-11-2001, #taliban, #terrorism

When Dictators Find God

We’re in an era of post-religious holy wars.

#autocracy, #china, #christians-and-christianity, #democracy, #europe, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #liberalism-us-politics, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #religion, #united-states

Shelters on the Mexico-U.S. Border Welcome L.G.B.T.Q. Migrants

A community in Tijuana is a model of a physically and psychologically safe place for vulnerable migrants.

#asylum-right-of, #children-and-childhood, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #immigration-and-emigration, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Prison Fire in Indonesia Kills at Least 41 People

The blaze at the facility west of Jakarta highlighted the problems of the country’s overburdened correctional system.

#accidents-and-safety, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #fires-and-firefighters, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #indonesia, #jakarta-indonesia, #prisons-and-prisoners, #tangerang-indonesia

Belarus Opposition Leader Sentenced to 11 Years in Prison

The convictions of Maria Kolesnikova, a fierce opponent of President Aleksandr Lukashenko, and a colleague are part of a crackdown on dissent following a disputed election last year.

#belarus, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kolesnikova-maria, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #political-prisoners, #tikhanovskaya-svetlana

‘Everyone Is on the List’: Fear Grips Nicaragua as It Veers to Dictatorship

A crackdown on opposition by President Daniel Ortega leaves Nicaraguans to wonder: Who is next?

#elections, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #immigration-and-emigration, #managua-nicaragua, #nicaragua, #ortega-daniel, #political-prisoners

Threats and Fear Cause Afghan Women’s Protections to Vanish Overnight

As the Taliban advanced, safe houses for women closed, and the staff sheltered girls at home as relatives released from prison threatened to kill them.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #domestic-violence, #group-homes-and-supportive-housing, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #shariah-islamic-law, #taliban, #women-and-girls, #women-for-afghan-women, #womens-rights, #womens-shelters-and-safe-houses

Afghans With Ties to U.S. Who Could Not Get Out Now Live in Fear

Thousands did not make it onto U.S. military evacuation flights. Many of them are now in hiding, worried for their safety and their future.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-first, #human-rights-watch, #humanitarian-aid, #international-refugee-assistance-project, #muslims-and-islam, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #visas, #women-and-girls

How the U.S. Made War Humane and Endless

The withdrawal from Afghanistan is a final step in the transformation of American warfare into something sanitized and edited out of view.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #bush-george-w, #central-intelligence-agency, #civilian-casualties, #deaths-fatalities, #detainees, #drones-pilotless-planes, #guantanamo-bay-naval-base-cuba, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #vietnam

Will the World Formally Recognize the Taliban?

The extremist group back in charge of Afghanistan has been a pariah to much of the world for its legacy of brutality, and the prospects for greater acceptance remain unclear.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #al-qaeda, #foreign-aid, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #humanitarian-aid, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban, #terrorism, #womens-rights

‘I Helped Destroy People’

Terry Albury, an idealistic F.B.I. agent, grew so disillusioned by the war on terror that he was willing to leak classified documents — and go to prison for doing it.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #content-type-personal-profile, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #muslim-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #september-11-2001, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #terrorism, #terry-albury, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #wiretapping-and-other-eavesdropping-devices-and-methods

European Court Faults Russia in Murder of Natalya Estemirova

The European Court of Human Rights ruled that Russia failed to investigate the abduction and murder of Natalya Estemirova, a human rights researcher, but did not directly implicate the state in her killing.

#chechnya-russia, #estemirova-natalya, #european-court-of-human-rights, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #russia, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Exile or Jail: The Grim Choice Facing Russian Opposition Leaders

Experts say the current exodus of journalists and dissidents is the biggest wave of political emigration in the country’s post-Soviet history.

#freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #immigration-and-emigration, #navalny-aleksei-a, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #sobol-lyubov, #zhdanov-ivan-y

As the Taliban Tighten Their Grip, Fears of Retribution Grow

Taliban leaders have promised amnesty to Afghan officials and soldiers, but there are increasing reports of detentions, disappearances and even executions.

#afghan-national-police, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #amnesty-international, #central-intelligence-agency, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #ghani-ashraf, #ghazni-province-afghanistan, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #inter-services-intelligence, #kabul-afghanistan, #kandahar-afghanistan, #pakistan, #politics-and-government, #quetta-pakistan, #taliban

U.S. Says 1,500 Americans in Afghanistan as Withdrawal Deadline Nears

The State Department is frantically trying to track down U.S. citizens. Tens of thousands of Afghan allies will all but certainly be left behind.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #blinken-antony-j, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #kabul-afghanistan, #mujahid-zabiullah, #taliban, #terrorism, #women-and-girls

Zhang Zhan, Chinese Citizen Journalist, Is Ailing From Hunger Strike

Zhang Zhan was sentenced to four years for videos about failures in handling the virus. She now weighs less than 90 pounds, her former lawyer says.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #hunger-strikes, #political-prisoners, #prisons-and-prisoners, #wuhan-china, #zhang-zhan

‘Our Goal Is to Keep the Regime on Its Toes’: Inside Belarus’s Underground Opposition

Despite a government campaign of terror and arbitrary arrests, thousands of activists are working clandestinely to spread dissent and undermine the government.

#belarus, #deaths-fatalities, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g

Seeking Global Recognition, Taliban Take a New Approach: Making Nice

The group’s head-spinning claims of moderation follow a common playbook for rebel-held governments, with mixed lessons for Afghanistan’s future.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #foreign-aid, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mao-zedong, #rubin-barnett-r, #taliban, #womens-rights

Memory of Migrant Crisis Haunts Europe as First Afghan Refugees Land

With elections looming in Germany and France, European politicians are terrified of another mass movement of migrants. But experts say the comparison with 2015 is flawed.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #asylum-right-of, #border-barriers, #borrell-fontelles-josep, #draghi-mario, #europe, #germany, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #laschet-armin, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #meloni-giorgia-1977, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #salvini-matteo, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #weidel-alice

Women in Afghanistan Wait for US Protection, as Promised

Afghan women who worked with the U.S. or international groups are frantically erasing any trace of those links for fear that they will be targeted by the Taliban.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #foreign-aid, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kabul-international-airport, #mayorkas-alejandro, #politics-and-government, #security-council-un, #state-department, #taliban, #terrorism, #united-states-agency-for-international-development, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Taliban Promise Peace, but Doubt and Fear Persist

In their first statement since taking control, the Taliban hinted at a rule unlike their brutal regime a generation ago, trying to placate skeptics.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kabul-afghanistan, #kandahar-afghanistan, #taliban, #womens-rights

Women in Afghanistan Fear Return to a Repressive Past Under Taliban

In the years since the U.S. invasion toppled the Taliban, women and girls have done things that would have been unimaginable under their rule. But will those gains hold?

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #taliban, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Malala: The Taliban Have Taken Over. I Fear for Afghanistan’s Women.

In the last two decades, millions of Afghan women and girls received an education. Now the future they were promised is in imminent danger.

#afghanistan, #education, #education-k-12, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #pakistan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #taliban, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

The Cheap & Easy Sanctimony of Ben & Jerry

The godfathers of “Woke Inc.” stumble in the Middle East. 

#benjerrys-homemade-inc, #boycotts, #corporate-social-responsibility, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #ice-cream-and-frozen-desserts, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #palestinians, #unilever-nv

Is Taiwan Next?

In Taipei, young people like Nancy Tao Chen Ying watched as the Hong Kong protests were brutally extinguished. Now they wonder what’s in their future.

#china, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #taiwan, #trump-donald-j, #tsai-ing-wen, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

Who Discriminates in Hiring? A New Study Can Tell.

Applications seemingly from Black candidates got fewer replies than those evidently from white candidates. The method could point to specific companies.

#corporations, #discrimination, #economics-theory-and-philosophy, #hiring-and-promotion, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kline-patrick, #labor-and-jobs, #race-and-ethnicity, #research, #rose-evan, #university-of-california-berkeley, #university-of-chicago, #walters-christopher

In Stinging Rebuke, China Tells U.S. Diplomat That Its Rise Can’t Be Stopped

Beijing accused Washington of a “thinly veiled attempt to contain and suppress China,” in remarks released before talks with a visiting U.S. diplomat had ended.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #microsoft-corp, #politics-and-government, #sherman-wendy-r, #state-department, #tianjin-china, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #wang-yi, #world-health-organization, #xi-jinping

Ethiopia Leader, Stung by World Condemnation, Denies Troops Were Defeated

A day after his troops withdrew from the Tigray region, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed defended the military campaign but said it was no longer bearable.

#ahmed-abiy, #ethiopia, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Jubilant Tigray Capital Greets Insurgents After Ethiopian Retreat

The capture of the capital, Mekelle, by Tigrayan forces was a major blow to Ethiopia’s leader, eight months into a war that has resulted in widespread famine and one of the world’s worst humanitarian crises.

#ahmed-abiy, #eritrea, #ethiopia, #famine, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #tigray-ethiopia, #tigray-peoples-liberation-front, #tigrayans-ethnic-group, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Hong Kong’s Security Law: One Year Later, a City Remade

Neighbors are urged to report on one another. Children are taught to look for traitors. Officials are pressed to pledge their loyalty.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #freedom-of-the-press, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #luo-huining, #xi-jinping

U.N. Report Calls for Sweeping Action to Root Out Racism

The report draws on evidence from 60 countries and urges nations to take action to root out systemic racism against people of African descent.

#human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #united-nations, #united-nations-human-rights-council

Confident in Its Impunity, the Myanmar Junta Ignores Diplomacy

The generals who seized power five months ago have shown no inclination to heed international pleas to reverse themselves, even as Myanmar slides into a failed state.

#assn-of-southeast-asian-nations, #aung-san-suu-kyi, #china, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #general-assembly-un, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #min-aung-hlaing, #myanmar, #thant-myint-u, #united-nations

Is the Forced Contraception Alleged by Britney Spears Legal?

The United States has a dark history of court-sanctioned sterilization, but more recent rulings and legislation suggest it would violate a basic right.

#birth-control-and-family-planning, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #spears-britney, #spears-jamie-1952, #sterilization-reproductive, #supreme-court-us, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-science

U.S. Bans Chinese Imports of Solar Panel Materials Tied to Forced Labor

Much of the world’s polysilicon, used to make solar panels, comes from Xinjiang, where the United States has accused China of committing genocide through its repression of Uyghurs.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #muslims-and-islam, #solar-energy, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xinjiang-china

U.S. to Allow Some Asylum Seekers Rejected Under Trump to Reopen Cases

The move could provide tens of thousands of people enrolled in a program that sent applicants to wait in Mexico a way to return to the United States to pursue their claims again.

#asylum-right-of, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #homeland-security-department, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexico, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

Saudi Operatives Who Killed Khashoggi Received Paramilitary Training in U.S.

The training, approved by the State Department, underscores the perils of military partnerships with repressive governments.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #cerberus-capital-management, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #khashoggi-jamal, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #mohammed-bin-nayef, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-post

A Roadblock for Iran’s President-Elect: He’s on the U.S. Sanctions List

Ebrahim Raisi, who is accused of grave human rights violations, has also been penalized by the European Union.

#content-type-personal-profile, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #iran, #islamic-revolutionary-guards-corps, #politics-and-government, #raisi-ebrahim

Iran Election: Ebrahim Raisi Is Headed to Presidency as Rivals Concede

Rival candidates conceded the election to Mr. Raisi, Iran’s judiciary chief, a close ally of the supreme leader who has a record of grave human rights violations.

#elections, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #guardian-council-iran, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #politics-and-government, #raisi-ebrahim, #rouhani-hassan, #suleimani-qassim, #united-states-international-relations, #voting-and-voters

Supreme Court Limits Human Rights Suits Against Corporations

Six citizens of Mali had sued Nestlé USA and Cargill, accusing the companies of profiting from child slavery on Ivory Coast cocoa farms.

#alien-tort-statute-1789, #cargill-inc, #decisions-and-verdicts, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-trafficking, #nestle-sa, #supreme-court-us, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Biden and Putin Express Desire for Better Relations at Summit Shaped by Disputes

After their first summit meeting, the two leaders described each other with respect but resolved none of the disagreements that have sent U.S.-Russian ties to their lowest level since the Cold War.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #europe, #geneva-switzerland, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

Hungary Adopts Child Sex Abuse Law That Also Targets LGBT Community

Legislation increasing sentences for pedophiles was changed to include restrictions on portrayals of homosexuality and transgender people that young people might see.

#advertising-and-marketing, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #elections, #fidesz-party, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #hungary, #law-and-legislation, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #sex-crimes, #television

FIBA President Hamane Niang Steps Aside Amid Sexual Abuse Investigation

Hamane Niang, the leader of basketball’s global governing body known as FIBA, led Mali’s federation at a time of systemic exploitation of female players, activists say. FIBA announced an investigation.

#africa, #athletics-and-sports, #bamako-mali, #coaches-and-managers, #hamane-niang, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #international-basketball-federation, #national-basketball-assn, #olympic-games, #olympic-games-2012, #sex-crimes, #women-and-girls, #womens-national-basketball-assn, #world-cup-basketball