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

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Should U.S. Condition Aid to Israel on Reducing Conflict?

American taxpayers don’t have much influence over Hamas, but they do have influence over Israel. 

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #civilian-casualties, #defense-and-military-forces, #east-jerusalem, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #human-rights-watch, #israel, #middle-east, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #sarraj-eyad-el-1943-2013

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Dubai’s Ruler Is Entangled in a Kentucky Derby Controversy

Essential Quality could win the Kentucky Derby. Activists concerned about Sheikha Latifa, the owner’s daughter, don’t think the horse should run at all.

#churchill-downs-inc, #dubai-united-arab-emirates, #horse-racing, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #kentucky-derby, #kentucky-horse-racing-commission, #lexington-ky, #maktoum-latifa-bint-mohammed-al, #maktoum-mohammed-bin-rashid-al, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations

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Rights Group Hits Israel With Explosive Charge: Apartheid

Human Rights Watch is the latest watchdog to accuse Israel of perpetuating a version of the racist legal system that once governed South Africa. Israel says the charge is baseless.

#anti-semitism, #apartheid-policy, #btselem, #boycott-divestment-and-sanctions-bds, #boycotts, #east-jerusalem, #human-rights-watch, #israel, #jerusalem-israel, #jews-and-judaism, #palestinian-authority, #palestinians, #politics-and-government, #roth-kenneth, #shakir-omar, #south-africa, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #west-bank

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5,000 Flee as Venezuela Launches Largest Military Campaign in Decades

The Venezuelan government has long tolerated armed groups trafficking drugs and contraband near its border with Colombia. Now it has lashed out at one of them, driving thousands of civilians into flight.

#colombia, #defense-and-military-forces, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #ntn24-tv-network, #revolutionary-armed-forces-of-colombia, #venezuela

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Insurgents Seize Mozambique Town, Killing Several People; Fate of Hundreds Unknown

The attack by hundreds of suspected Islamist insurgents trapped nearly 200 people, including foreign workers, in a hotel in Palma, Mozambique, site of a major gas project.

#africa, #civilian-casualties, #human-rights-watch, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mozambique, #terrorism, #total-sa

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The Taliban’s Secret Prisons: A Reporter’s Perilous Trip

A perilous trip to find out more about these brutal incarcerations led to a wrenching interview and something extremely rare on this job: a hug.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #badakhshan-province-afghanistan, #buzkashi-afghan-game, #human-rights-watch, #kabul-afghanistan, #new-york-times, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #terrorism

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‘I Wake Up and Scream’: Secret Taliban Prisons Terrorize Thousands

A potential U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, coupled with a weak Afghan security force, mean the Taliban will likely continue to capture, condemn and torture thousands.

#afghan-national-security-forces, #afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #human-rights-watch, #politics-and-government, #taliban, #torture

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Groups Put French State on Legal Notice Over Police Racism

In a first, six nongovernmental organizations are taking legal steps to force an overhaul of the country’s policing.

#amnesty-international, #discrimination, #france, #human-rights-watch, #police, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #racial-profiling

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Fiji Will Lead U.N. Rights Body, Over Russian and Chinese Opposition

The vote ended a proxy battle waged by China, Russia and Saudi Arabia, which sought to strengthen their influence by installing a more compliant candidate.

#fiji, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #international-relations, #roth-kenneth, #russia, #saudi-arabia, #united-nations-human-rights-council, #united-states-international-relations

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Bhutan Becomes Latest Asian Nation to Dial Back Anti-Gay Laws

Lawmakers in the Himalayan country voted this week to amend a 2004 law that criminalizes “sexual conduct that is against the order of nature,” previously treated as a reference to gay sex.

#bhutan, #constitutional-amendments, #discrimination, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #human-rights-watch

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‘On Social Media, There Are Thousands’: In Cuba, Internet Fuels Rare Protests

Artists gathered by the hundreds in Cuba’s largest protest in decades after seeing videos of police detentions that were filmed on cellphones and circulated online.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #cuba, #culture-arts, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #facebook-inc, #havana-cuba, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #social-media, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #whatsapp-inc, #youtube-com

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Decades Later, Liberian Warlord Faces War Crimes Trial in Switzerland

In a step hailed by rights advocates, a Swiss court has charged former rebel leader Alieu Kosiah with murder, rape, recruiting child soldiers and cannibalism.

#human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #switzerland, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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At G-20, Saudi Arabia and Human Rights Activists Fight Over Kingdom’s Image

As the summit’s host, the kingdom hopes to showcase its advances, while critics see an opportunity to pounce. But the virtual event will have a lower profile.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #group-of-twenty, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #mohammed-bin-salman-1985, #political-prisoners, #riyadh-saudi-arabia, #womens-rights

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In Azerbaijan, a String of Explosions, Screams and Then Blood

Caught in an Armenian rocket attack, a New York Times reporting team captures the agony of an expanding, dirty war.

#armenia, #azerbaijan, #barda-azerbaijan, #civilian-casualties, #cluster-munitions, #human-rights-watch, #nagorno-karabakh, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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For Indian Women Working as Cooks and Nannies, No #MeToo Moment

A new study by Human Rights Watch found that poor Indian women who work in the informal jobs sector are routinely subjected to sexual harassment and abuse despite a groundbreaking law.

#metoo-movement, #human-rights-watch, #india, #sexual-harassment, #women-and-girls, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Abductions, Censorship and Layoffs: Pakistani Critics Are Under Siege

Recent abductions of a journalist and an activist have underscored Pakistan’s worsening rights conditions as the country’s security forces pressure the news media and human rights groups.

#amnesty-international, #committee-to-protect-journalists, #dawn-pakistani-newspaper, #defense-and-military-forces, #geo-tv, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #khan-imran, #news-and-news-media, #news-sources-confidential-status-of, #newspapers, #pakistan, #pakistan-tehreek-e-insaf, #political-prisoners, #rehman-mir-shakil-ur, #sharif-nawaz, #unemployment

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Over 180 Bodies Found Dumped in Burkina Faso Town, Report Says

For months, terrified residents of Djibo, a town in the West African nation, kept discovering corpses of men who had been shot, blindfolded and bound. They blame the military.

#burkina-faso, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #sahel-africa

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Duterte Signs Antiterrorism Bill in Philippines Despite Widespread Criticism

Human rights groups say the new law will give the police and military forces more powers to stifle dissent.

#bachelet-michelle, #duterte-rodrigo, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #muslims-and-islam, #philippines, #terrorism, #torture, #united-nations

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Pentagon Ordered National Guard Helicopters’ Aggressive Response in D.C.

The high-profile episode, after days of protests in Washington, was a turning point in the military’s response to unrest in the city.

#defense-department, #esper-mark-t, #helicopters, #human-rights-watch, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #washington-dc

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Western Countries Leave Children of ISIS in Syrian Camps

The children are living in squalid detention camps lacking schools, health care and clean water, and where disease and jihadist ideology are rampant.

#children-and-childhood, #detainees, #europe, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #paris-france, #politics-and-government, #syria

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Duterte’s Shutdown of ABS-CBN Network Leaves Void in Coronavirus Crisis

Critics of the Philippine president say the move was yet more evidence of an increasingly domineering government using a crisis like the pandemic to crack down on dissent.

#abs-cbn-corp, #committee-to-protect-journalists, #duterte-rodrigo, #human-rights-watch, #news-and-news-media, #philippines, #rappler, #ressa-maria, #television

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Should People Without Coronavirus Antibodies Be Second-Class Citizens?

Let’s stop and think before we start issuing “immunity passports.”

#antibodies, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #human-rights-watch, #mount-sinai-medical-center, #quarantines, #tests-medical, #vaccination-and-immunization, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

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Iran, Devastated by Coronavirus, Says U.S. Sanctions Are Taking Lives

Iran, devastated by the coronavirus, is asking the U.S. to lift sanctions on humanitarian grounds. U.S. officials say sanctions aren’t to blame; Iran is.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #epidemics, #european-union, #house-of-representatives, #human-rights-watch, #humanitarian-aid, #international-crisis-group, #international-monetary-fund, #iran, #khamenei-ali, #medical-devices, #murphy-christopher-scott, #politics-and-government, #pompeo-mike, #sanders-bernard, #state-department, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ventilators-medical, #zarif-mohammad-javad

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