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Human rights concerns in QatarThe first World Cup match took place Sunday, with Qatar losing to Ecuador. There was plenty of pageantry for the opener, but plenty of controversy in the days leading up to it.
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Iran committed human rightsUkraine International Airlines Flight 752 was shot down shortly after takeoff from Tehran on Jan. 8, 2020.
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Otto Warmbier's Mom SaysOtto Warmbier died soon after being sent home from North Korea in a coma
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Vietnam: Drop Charges Against Human Rights Defenders

Human Rights Watch - 5 Apr 2018 05:25
Expand Top (left to right): Le Thu Ha, Nguyen Bac Truyen, and Nguyen Trung Ton Bottom (left to right): Nguyen Van Dai, Truong Minh Duc, and Pham Van Troi © Private (New York) - Vietnam should... drop all charges against rights campaigners Le Thu Ha, Nguyen Bac Truyen, Nguyen Trung Ton, Nguyen Van Dai, Pham Van Troi, and Truong Minh Duc and release them immediately, Human Rights Watch said today. The People's Court of Hanoi is scheduled to hear their case on April 5, 2018. The six activists were charged with "carrying out activities that aim to overthrow the people's administration" under article 79 of the penal code. "The only crime that these activists have committed is to campaign tirelessly for democracy and defend victims of human rights abuses," said Brad Adams, Asia director. "The...
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China is hosting a global human rights forum as part of energetic new drive to showcase what it considers the strengths of its authoritarian political system under President Xi Jinping. …
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Philippines: Duterte Threatens Human Rights Community

Human Rights Watch - 18 Aug 2017 02:56
Expand Activists hold placards as they protest against what they say are drug-related extrajudicial killings, during the International Human Rights Day in Manila, Philippines December 10, 2016. ©... 2016 Ezra Acayan / Reuters (New York) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte's call for police to shoot human rights activists who are "obstructing justice" places all members of the country's human rights community in grave danger, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 16, 2017, Duterte instructed Philippine National Police personnel to "shoot those who are part of [drug activity]. If they [members of human rights organizations] are obstructing justice, you shoot them." Duterte should immediately withdraw his statement or be investigated for possibly instigating or inciting violence...
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A court in Istanbul ordered six human rights activists -- including Amnesty International's Turkey director -- formally arrested Tuesday pending a trial over accusations that they aided an armed... terror …
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Buddhist demonstrators have protested the arrival of the U.N. human rights envoy to Myanmar for an information-gathering trip in troubled Rakhine state, where security forces have been accused of... rights …
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Theresa May Will Change U.K.Recent terror attacks have brought security issues to the fore as election nears
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Watch Live: Nikki Haley toThe U.S. believes there's "anti-Israel bias"
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France: A Human Rights Agenda for President Macron

Human Rights Watch - 24 May 2017 07:00
(Paris) - French President Emmanuel Macron should ensure that human rights are central to his policies, both within France and globally, Human Rights Watch said today in a public letter to the... president with a proposed human rights agenda. Expand Emmanuel Macron, candidate in France's 2017 French presidential election, attends a campaign rally in Paris, France on April 17, 2017. © 2017 Reuters With Macron's inauguration over and his government nominated, it is important for them to familiarize themselves with the key human rights issues in France and in the world, and to show their willingness to engage on them. "President Macron stated in his inaugural speech that 'France will always make sure to be on the side of ... human rights,' and he should now translate his words into action,"...
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On the first day of his first overseas visit, President Donald Trump presided over a nearly $110 billion sale of military equipment to Saudi Arabia that made clear his administration …
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Canada's government decided Wednesday to create legislation to expand the country's international sanctions law to target gross human rights violators, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland told... Parliament. A Parliament committee agreed …
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The United States and other countries criticized Poland at the U.N.'s Human Rights Council on Tuesday for new laws that are seen as limiting the independence of the judiciary and …
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China puts leading humanXie Yang has been accused of conspiring to overthrow China's political system and faces a possible five years in prison A leading Chinese human rights lawyer has been put on trial for allegedly... conspiring to overthrow China's political system, just days after the United Nations slammed Beijing's ongoing offensive against human rights defenders. Xie Yang, a 44-year-old attorney who was among the best-known targets of a sweeping crackdown dubbed China's "war on law", went on trial at 9.30am in the central city of Changsha, according to Xinhua, the Communist party-controlled news agency.
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Trump administration dropsUS state department told Congress it would abandon Obama-era demands for Gulf state to step back from crackdown on dissidents The Trump administration has told Congress it plans to approve a... multibillion-dollar sale of F-16 fighter jets to Bahrain without the human rights conditions imposed by the Obama administration. If finalised, the approval would allow the Gulf island to purchase 19 of the jets from Maryland-based Lockheed Martin Corp, plus improvements to other jets in Bahrain's fleet. Though Congress has opportunities to block the sale, it is unlikely it will act to do so, given the Republican majority's strong support.
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UK police confirm criminalNational Crime Agency says it is pursuing a number of lines of inquiry into Phil Shiner, who was struck off last month A criminal investigation into a disgraced lawyer who brought false claims against... Iraq war veterans has a number of "lines of inquiry", the National Crime Agency (NCA) has said. A file on Phil Shiner, who was struck off last month for dishonestly pursuing torture and murder claims against British troops, has been passed to the agency by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA).
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UN Chief Warns That Women'sIn a speech to the Commission on the Status of Women on Monday night, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that women’s rights are being threatened on a global scale. According... to Time, Guterres warned that women around the world are facing “new assaults on their safety and dignity.” He did not name any specific governments or groups, but he spoke of “challenges that arise from violent extremism, human rights violations, xenophobia and other threats.” The speech appeared to be aimed at President Donald Trump and his proposed refugee and immigrant ban, as well as extremist group ISIS and Russia’s recent legislation decriminalizing domestic violence. Guterres also acknowledged men’s role in making the world a safer place for...
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Olympics: Host City Contract Requires Human Rights

Human Rights Watch - 28 Feb 2017 07:04
(New York) - The move by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to incorporate human rights principles in its Host City Contract could help prevent major abuses by future Olympic hosts, the Sport... and Rights Alliance (SRA) said today. The revised Host City Contract, developed with recommendations from a coalition of leading rights, transparency, and athletes' organizations, was finalized in January 2017 and will first apply to the 2024 Summer Olympics. For the first time, the IOC has included explicit reference to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP), which outline the human rights responsibilities of businesses, as well as references to anti-corruption standards. The Guiding Principles explain how commercial enterprises should assess human rights...
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Israel: Human Rights Watch Denied Work Permit

Human Rights Watch - 24 Feb 2017 07:00
(Jerusalem) - Israeli authorities denied Human Rights Watch's application for a work permit for its Israel and Palestine director on the grounds that it is not a real human rights group, the... organization said today. In its February 20, 2017 letter denying a work permit for Omar Shakir, the Interior Ministry cited an opinion received from the Foreign Ministry that Human Rights Watch's "public activities and reports have engaged in politics in the service of Palestinian propaganda, while falsely raising the banner of 'human rights.'" The denial comes as the authorities seek to limit the space for local and international human rights groups to operate in Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories. Related Content Letter of Denial of Israeli Work Permit to Human Rights Watch "This...
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Jewish Human Rights GroupA leading Jewish human rights organization called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to create a special task force to investigate the bomb threats targeting Jewish Community Centers around the nation.... In a letter sent Monday, Rabbi Marvin Hier and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, dean and associate dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, wrote of their “growing alarm” over the waves of threats since January. They urged Sessions to establish a task force“with the assignment of identifying and capturing the culprit or culprits who are now terrorizing American Jewry.” At least 11 JCCs in 10 states received threatening phone callson Monday. It was the fourth series of such messages since the start of the new year, raising the total number of incidents to about 70 aimed at almost 60...
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Syria: Make Human Rights Priority of Geneva Talks

Human Rights Watch - 21 Feb 2017 07:00
(Geneva) - Participants in the February 23, 2017, UN-sponsored Syria peace talks in Geneva should prioritize five key human rights issues during negotiations, 40 human rights and other organizations... said today. The priorities are to end unlawful attacks, ensure aid access and safe passage for fleeing civilians, detainee rights, justice, and security sector reform. Achieving respect and promotion for human rights during any transition and post-conflict will require key legislative and constitutional amendments to enshrine rights protection in law, the groups said. This should include a constitutional amendment that states that all ratified international treaties and law are binding in Syria. The transformation of Syria into a state that respects human rights and upholds the rule of law...
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Air pollution crisis 'plagues''Silent pandemic' of air pollution affects UK children and no indication current protection against toxic waste will be retained after Brexit Air pollution is a crisis that "plagues" the UK,... particularly children, according to the UN's special rapporteur on hazardous substances and wastes. Baskut Tuncak, who was appointed by the UN human rights council and completed a 15-day mission to the UK on Tuesday, said there was an "urgent need for political will by the UK government to make timely, measurable and meaningful interventions".
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Germany Says the Human RightsAn internal Foreign Ministry memo described migrants facing torture and execution at detention camps in Libya
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The United Nations is calling on Burundi's government to reverse its decision to ban the African country's oldest human rights organization. Burundi's Ministry of Interior issued the ban this week,...
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