In El Salvador, Bitcoin Is Nothing More Than Authoritarian Propaganda

The country’s cryptocurrency paradise is a mirage.

#bitcoin-currency, #bukele-nayib, #credit-and-debt, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #el-salvador, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #poverty

Mickelson and LIV Golf Attract Fans and Anger to Oregon

Participants in the Saudi-backed event “have turned their backs on the crime of murder,” one critic said. But spectators just wanted to see their favorite players.

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I’m Held Hostage in Iran. President Biden, End This Nightmare.

Iran will release its captives only if offered sufficient incentives. Critics reject this solution without providing viable alternatives.

#evin-prison, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iran, #iranian-americans, #political-prisoners

Colombia’s Truth Commission Is Highly Critical of U.S. Policy

Its report estimates that 450,000 people were killed in the decades-long internal conflict — more than twice the number previously thought.

#central-intelligence-agency, #colombia, #defense-and-military-forces, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia

Commonwealth’s Fissures Exposed at Week of Meetings

This year’s summit for the group of nations came as they grappled with the place of the monarchy, and as many were forging connections with powers like China and Russia.

#barbados, #charles-prince-of-wales, #commonwealth-of-nations, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #jamaica-west-indies, #kagame-paul, #rwanda

‘We Are Not Safe’: Ethiopians Flee Massacre that Killed Hundreds

The massacre in Oromia, the nation’s largest region, came as the country grappled with a grueling civil war and the worst drought in decades.

#ahmed-abiy, #amhara, #ethiopia, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #oromia-ethiopia, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Red Flags for Forced Labor Found in China’s Car Battery Supply Chain

Ties to potentially coercive labor practices could prove a problem for an industry that is heavily dependent on China, once a new law barring Xinjiang products goes into effect.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #china, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lithium-metal, #mines-and-mining, #nickel, #supply-chain, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group

Charles Kernaghan, Scourge of Sweatshops, Is Dead at 74

He specialized in taking down high-profile brands that used low-wage labor, including a line of clothing licensed by Kathie Lee Gifford.

#deaths-obituaries, #fashion-and-apparel, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kathie-lee-gifford, #kernaghan-charles, #labor-and-jobs, #national-labor-committee, #sweatshops, #the-gap, #walmart, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

A Caravan of Migrants Is Heading Toward the U.S. Border

Some 6,000 migrants, many of them from Venezuela, set off from southern Mexico last week as leaders from across the Americas met in Los Angeles to discuss issues including migration.

#human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #venezuela

Philippines Struggles to Save Monument of Heroes Museum

Organizers at the Monument of Heroes in the Philippines are racing to preserve documents related to the Marcos regime before the dictator’s son takes office.

#demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #marcos-ferdinand-e, #marcos-ferdinand-jr, #monuments-and-memorials-structures, #museums, #new-peoples-army, #philippines, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #torture

In the Philippines, a Doctor Unearths a Drug War’s True Toll

Raquel Fortun, one of only two forensic pathologists in the Philippines, is using her skills to show how other doctors falsely claimed some victims of the country’s drug war had died natural deaths.

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Thousands Swept Up as Kremlin Clamps Down on War Criticism

The arrests are a stark gauge of how the Kremlin has intensified repression of critics. At least 50 people now face years-long prison sentences.

#freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #political-prisoners, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Refugees in Australia Learn to Live Again After 9 Years Detained

Australia suddenly released migrants held under its tough approach to asylum seekers. While the worst of their ordeal is over, their future remains precarious.

#asylum-right-of, #australia, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

In Mali, a Massacre With a Russian Footprint

Civilian deaths have spiked in Mali since Russian mercenaries of the Wagner Group began operating alongside the military. In late March, hundreds were executed in the village of Moura.

#civilian-casualties, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mali, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #prigozhin-yevgeny-v, #putin-vladimir-v, #wagner-group

Global Brands Seek Clarity on Xinjiang

Companies that sourced cotton from the region in China are weighing evidence of forced labor, a lack of visibility into operations and new regulation.

#bachelet-michelle, #cotton, #eileen-fisher-inc, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #patagonia-inc, #shopping-and-retail, #supply-chain, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china

A Cafe in Philippines is Devoted to Duterte’s Drug War Victims

Served along with the lattes are personal stories from the staff, who are relatives of those who died in some of the thousands of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #duterte-rodrigo, #duterte-sara, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #marcos-ferdinand-jr, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #philippines, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings

China Spins U.N. Human Rights Chief’s Visit as Propaganda

Michelle Bachelet’s tour includes Xinjiang, where China has been accused of genocide. The terms of her visit are unclear, and critics say Beijing is using her for propaganda.

#bachelet-michelle, #china, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #muslims-and-islam, #propaganda, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #wang-yi, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

How Ukraine’s Greatest Novelist Is Fighting for His Country

Andrey Kurkov has spent his life writing about realities so absurd they defy satire. It was perfect preparation for this moment.

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In Iran, a New Wave of Repression Hits Acclaimed Filmmakers

The authorities in the Islamic Republic like to take credit for the country’s achievements in film, but are warning those who make them not to cross red lines at home.

#abbasi-ali-film-director, #cannes-international-film-festival, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #documentary-films-and-programs, #farhadi-asghar, #freedom-of-the-press, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iran, #panahi-jafar, #rasoulof-mohammad

Biden to Host Southeast Asian Leaders as He Tries to Return Focus to China

The leaders at the two-day summit in Washington will discuss a variety of topics, but the president plans to use it to show a united front against Beijing.

#assn-of-southeast-asian-nations, #china, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #south-china-sea, #territorial-disputes, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

How Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot Escaped From Russia

After more than a decade of activism, Maria Alyokhina disguised herself as a food courier to evade the police — and a widening crackdown by President Vladimir Putin.

#alyokhina-maria, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fugitives, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iceland, #kjartansson-ragnar, #lithuania, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #pop-and-rock-music, #pussy-riot, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

In Egypt’s Big Ramadan TV Drama, the President Is the Hero

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi says “The Choice” tells the truth about his rise. Critics say it’s a rewriting of recent history from an industry increasingly cowed under his rule.

#aboul-fotouh-abdel-moneim, #actors-and-actresses, #egypt, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #middle-east-and-north-africa-unrest-2010, #morsi-mohamed, #muslim-brotherhood-egypt, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #ramadan, #sisi-abdel-fattah-el, #television

In Ukraine War, a Long Journey Begins in Prosecuting Rape

U.N. officials and human rights investigators are rushing more resources to authorities in Ukraine to help prosecute sex crimes.

#human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-criminal-court, #kharkiv-ukraine, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sex-crimes, #ukraine, #united-nations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

On the Trail of Russian War Crimes

Lyudmyla Denisova, Ukraine’s top human rights official, is determined to right historical wrongs and make sure Russians are held to account.

#bucha-ukraine, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-criminal-court, #kyiv-ukraine, #lyudmyla-denisova, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sex-crimes, #ukraine, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Minneapolis Officers Found to Engage in Racist Policing

Minnesota’s Department of Human Rights found instances of shockingly racist and misogynistic language, as well as patterns of discrimination in arrests and use of force.

#black-people, #floyd-george-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #minneapolis-minn, #minnesota, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn, #race-and-ethnicity

Singapore Executes Drug Smuggler Despite Concerns Over Mental Disability

Defense lawyers had argued that the Malaysian man should not be executed because he was not fully capable of understanding his actions and had been coerced.

#capital-punishment, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #intellectual-disabilities, #singapore, #smuggling

En Colombia hay una nueva generación de grupos armados

El histórico acuerdo de paz se firmó hace más de cinco años. Pero el vacío de poder y la falta de oportunidades impulsan el surgimiento de nuevos grupos armados.

#civilian-casualties, #colombia, #comandos-de-la-frontera, #defense-and-military-forces, #duque-ivan, #gangs, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia

Deep in Colombia, a New Generation of Armed Groups Battles for Control

The country signed a historic peace deal more than five years ago. But a power vacuum is fueling the rise of new armed groups.

#civilian-casualties, #colombia, #comandos-de-la-frontera, #defense-and-military-forces, #duque-ivan, #gangs, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia

Myanmar’s Health System Is in Collapse, ‘Obliterated’ by the Regime

The country is also now one of the most dangerous places in the world to be a medical worker. At least 30 doctors have been killed since the coup, a rights group says.

#assistance-assn-for-political-prisoners, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #defense-and-military-forces, #doctors, #hospitals, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #vaccination-and-immunization

The World’s Broken Promise of Asylum

Britain’s new plan to send thousands of asylum seekers to Rwanda exposes the fragile nature of the global refugee compact, which has always fallen prey to domestic politics.

#asylum-right-of, #great-britain, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

What to Know About 2022 World Cup Travel to Qatar

Tickets are on sale for the world’s most popular sporting event, but concerns over worker exploitation and laws against homosexuality have complicated the decision to attend for some fans.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #doha-qatar, #foreign-workers, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-federation-of-association-football-fifa, #qatar, #qatar-airways, #soccer, #stadiums-and-arenas, #transit-systems, #travel-and-vacations, #vaccination-proof-and-immunization-records, #world-cup-2022-soccer

Some U.F.C. Fighters Have Ties to a Chechen Leader Loyal to Putin

Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya, is facing U.S. sanctions and accused of brutal abuses. Yet some fighters and others who work with the U.F.C. have kept ties with him.

#chimaev-khamzat, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kadyrov-ramzan, #mixed-martial-arts, #treasury-department, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

U.S. Report Describes a Global Retreat on Human Rights

Secretary of State Antony Blinken says repressive governments “are growing more brazen” and reaching across borders to target their critics.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #state-department, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Supply Chains Tainted by Forced Labor in China, Panel Told

Human rights activists and others urged the Biden administration to cast a wide net to stop imports of products made with forced labor in Xinjiang.

#china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #law-and-legislation, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states, #xinjiang-china

For a Ukrainian Journalist, War Evokes Scars From Captivity

Stanislav Aseyev, a 32-year-old journalist, had documented his abuse in a prison run by Russian-backed separatists. Now, the war reminds him of why Ukrainians are fighting for their lives.

#bucha-ukraine, #content-type-personal-profile, #donetsk, #donetsk-ukraine, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kyiv-ukraine, #prisons-and-prisoners, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #stanislav-aseyev, #torture, #ukraine

Turkey Transfers Khashoggi Murder Trial to Saudi Arabia

The move will almost certainly end the last trial aimed at serving justice for a heinous crime that caused global outrage.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #istanbul-turkey, #khashoggi-jamal, #politics-and-government, #saudi-arabia, #turkey

El Salvador’s New Law on Gangs Raises Censorship Fears

A measure punishing the sharing of information about gangs is so vague, critics say, that virtually anyone can be arrested for speaking or writing about them, putting journalists in the cross hairs.

#bukele-nayib, #el-salvador, #freedom-of-the-press, #gangs, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #politics-and-government

Sri Lanka Protesters Call for President to Resign After Cabinet Shuffle

The country’s Rajapaksa dynasty is facing its toughest challenge yet as protesters demand that the president step down amid a devastating economic crisis.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #immunity-from-prosecution, #rajapaksa-gotabaya, #rajapaksa-mahinda, #sri-lanka, #sri-lanka-easter-bombings-april-2019, #sri-lanka-freedom-party, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

N.B.A. Basketball Returns to Chinese TV After a Long Absence

China Central Television stopped showing the games in 2019 after a Houston Rockets executive expressed support for pro-democracy demonstrators in Hong Kong.

#basketball, #china, #china-central-television, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kanter-enes, #morey-daryl, #national-basketball-assn, #politics-and-government, #silver-adam-1962, #tencent-holdings-ltd, #united-states

Myanmar Junta Holding 10,000 Political Prisoners

Most are held in deplorable conditions and face certain conviction at trial. Rights groups say the Southeast Asian nation now has the worst human rights conditions in the region.

#assistance-assn-for-political-prisoners, #aung-san-suu-kyi, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #detainees, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #national-league-for-democracy-myanmar, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #prisons-and-prisoners, #torture, #win-myint

Enes Kanter Freedom and the Consequences of Speaking Out

Enes Kanter Freedom has condemned human rights abuses in Turkey for years. Now he claims the N.B.A. is blackballing him as he focuses on abuses in China.

#basketball, #boston-celtics, #carlson-tucker, #china, #content-type-personal-profile, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #fox-broadcasting-co, #greenwich-village-manhattan-ny, #houston-rockets, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #james-lebron, #jordan-michael, #kaepernick-colin, #kanter-enes, #kasparov-garry, #lin-jeremy, #national-basketball-assn, #silver-adam-1962, #stevens-brad-1976, #turkey, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #university-of-kentucky

U.N. Investigator Accuses Israel of Apartheid, Citing Permanence of Occupation

Strongly denied by Israel and its supporters, the claim is the first time that a U.N.-appointed rapporteur has accused Israel of apartheid in such an unequivocal way.

#amnesty-international, #apartheid-policy, #btselem, #east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #united-nations, #united-nations-human-rights-council, #west-bank

Myanmar’s Military Committed Genocide Against Rohingya, U.S. Says

Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the official designation. More than 9,000 people were killed in the violence.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #myanmar, #rakhine-state-myanmar, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #tigray-ethiopia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

U.S. to Declare That Myanmar’s Military Committed Genocide

The Biden administration had been weighing the legal designation for the bloody campaign against members of the Rohingya, a minority ethnic group.

#aung-san-suu-kyi, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #rohingya-ethnic-group, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

U.S. Says Russia Committed War Crimes, but Consequences Are Unclear

A day after President Biden’s remark, Secretary of State Antony Blinken said he agreed. Experts warned of hurdles to a successful prosecution.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #blinken-antony-j, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-court-of-justice-un, #international-criminal-court, #putin-vladimir-v, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Peru’s Top Court Reinstates Pardon for Former President Alberto Fujimori

The court issued a ruling to release Mr. Fujimori from prison, where he has served less than 15 years of a 25-year sentence for committing human rights abuses.

#amnesties-commutations-and-pardons, #castillo-pedro-1969, #corruption-institutional, #fujimori-alberto-k, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #inter-american-court-of-human-rights, #kuczynski-pedro-pablo, #peru

Cambodia Convicts 19 Opposition Politicians on ‘Incitement’ Charges

Critics called the trial a “witch hunt,” and the latest effort by Prime Minister Hun Sen to eliminate the last vestiges of dissenting political voices in what was already a virtually one-party state.

#cambodia, #cambodia-national-rescue-party, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #decisions-and-verdicts, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #hun-sen, #politics-and-government, #sam-rainsy

What Is Our Moral Obligation in Ukraine?

The U.S. should supply aid to Ukraine. But we must be more consistent in determining who deserves humanitarian intervention.

#human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #humanitarian-aid, #kosovo, #politics-and-government, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #rwanda, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe to Fly Home From Iran, U.K. Lawmaker Says

The arrest and detention of the British-Iranian charity worker in 2016 roiled relations between Britain and Iran and was denounced by rights groups.

#great-britain, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #iran, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #ratcliffe-richard, #thomson-reuters-foundation, #zaghari-ratcliffe-nazanin

Saudi Arabia Executes 81 People

It was the kingdom’s largest mass execution in years. In many cases, the charges involved “not a drop of blood,” a rights activist said.

#capital-punishment, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #saudi-arabia