The families of a dissident journalist and his girlfriend, held after a plane was diverted to Belarus, have spoken of their concern for their safety.
Tag: Human rights
How the UN Can Help End Israeli Apartheid and Persecution
As usual, Israeli airstrikes in heavily populated areas of Gaza have claimed the most victims, although Hamas rockets launched into Israel have also killed and injured civilians.
Jerusalem to Gaza, Israeli Authorities Reassert Domination
Latest Escalation Highlights Reality of Apartheid, Persecution for Millions of Palestinians
Omar Shakir Israel and Palestine Director
Human Rights Watch: A Threshold Crossed
Human Rights Watch’s 27 April report, A Threshold Crossed: Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution could also have been entitled Better Late Than Never.
The Day the UN Buried its Report on Apartheid in Israel
When the UN’s Beirut-based Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), released a landmark 2017 report on “apartheid” in Israel, the United Nations disassociated itself with the study and left it to die— unceremoniously and unsung.
World Press Freedom in an age of remoteness
Edmund Burke called the press the fourth estate, the fourth pillar of democracy, with an oversight role on the remaining three pillars – the legislature, executive and the judiciary.
World Press Freedom Day 2021
WORLD PRESS FREEDOM DAY: a reminder to governments of their commitment to press freedom. This year’s World Press Freedom Day theme: “Information as a Public Good.”
Brazil’s Indigenous People, Leader, Sonia Face Persecution
On April 26, the week following the Leaders Summit on Climate, Brazilian Indigenous leader Sonia Guajajara was summoned to testify by Brazilian Federal Police under the accusation of libel against the Bolsonaro.
Abusive Israeli Policies Form Apartheid, Persecution Crimes
Israeli authorities are committing crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.
Filipina Maria Ressa 2021 World Press Freedom Prize laureate
Investigative journalist and media executive Maria Ressa of the Philippines has been named as the 2021 laureate of the UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize
Spyware Threatens Press Freedom’s Privacy Imperative
Spyware’s repeated use to target journalists and those close to them poses an existential threat to the privacy required for press freedom to flourish.
World’s first corporal punishment case goes to the UN
A teenage Sri Lankan girl has lodged a case at the United Nations Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) against the use of corporal punishment.
HRC wants cessation of Israeli settlement activities in OPT
The United Nations Human Rights Council on 24 March demanded that Israel, the occupying Power, immediately cease all settlement activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT).
Don’t Arm Robots in Policing
Elected officials and local authorities across the United States and around the world should consider replicating an innovative legislative proposal that would prohibit police from arming robots used in their law enforcement operations.
Human Rights Groups for ending Myanmar Crackdown on Journos
Amnesty International and the Committee to Protect Journalists say Myanmar’s military has intensified its assault on freedom of expression by closing media outlets.
Corporal punishment powered by ignorance, driven by insanity
The poor victim in this instance was Sabbir Hossain, a student of Rowjatul Uloom madrasa in Rasulbagh Majhipara area.
Myanmar asks India to return defected police officers
Myanmar has asked neighbouring India to return several police officers who crossed the border seeking refuge after refusing to carry out orders.
Editors’ Council calls for immediate review of DSA
The Editors’ Council on Saturday demanded an immediate review of the Digital Security Act (DSA) in line with the law minister’s statement.
Stop Myanmar military assault on civilians: Refugees Int’l
While the people of Myanmar continue to protest en masse, risking their lives, the international community has been unable to unify in even calling the violence what it is.
Russia: Crackdown Ahead of Pro-Navalny Protests – HRW
Russian authorities are harassing, intimidating, and detaining activists and students ahead of protests planned for January 23, 2021 in solidarity with the detained opposition leader Alexey Navalny, Human Rights Watch said.
In Zimbabwe there is ‘no Freedom After the Speech’
A long-running gag says “in Zimbabwe, there is freedom of speech, but no freedom after the speech”. But for journalists and activists who have been forced to endure nights in the country’s overcrowded and filthy holding cells, this is no laughing matter as prison inmates have no personal protective equipment to guard against COVID-19.
Pompeo failure to call attacks on Rohingya genocide deplored
Secretary Pompeo has declined to make a … finding of genocide against the state of Myanmar for its vicious mass attacks against the Rohingya
Israel is non-democratic apartheid regime, says rights group
Embassy spokesperson rejects ‘false claims’ in a report that alleges policies perpetuate supremacy of Jews over Palestinians Israel is not a democracy but an “apartheid regime” that enforces Jewish supremacy over all the land it controls, a leading domestic rights…
Advocate Tasmiah new country director, ‘Global Peace Chain’
Dhaka, Jan 11 – The United States-based advocacy group ‘Global Peace Chain’ has appointed young Bangladeshi lawyer Advocate Tasmiah Nuhiya Ahmed as its Country Director for Bangladesh.
Freedom ends if someone spreads falsehood, hurts others: Joy
Dhaka, Jan 9 – Prime Minister’s ICT Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy has said everyone has the right to freedom of speech, but that freedom ends when someone spreads falsehoods that ends up hurting others.
President Trump, Backers in Congress should Accept poll Loss
Washington, DC – United States President Donald Trump and his supporters in Congress should immediately acknowledge Joe Biden’s win in the November presidential election and cease their attack on US democratic processes, Human Rights Watch said today.
Snowden welcomes rejection of Assange extradition
Moscow, Jan 4 – Fugitive US whistleblower Edward Snowden said Monday he hoped the British refusal to extradite Julian Assange would mark “the end” of attempts to see the WikiLeaks founder face espionage charges in the United States. A British…
Give highest importance to human rights, rule of law: PM
Dhaka, Jan 3 – Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday asked members of the police force to attach the highest importance to basic rights, human rights and rule of law while discharging their professional duties.
Tune Food, Nature, Human Rights to Offset Ecological Crises
The COVID-19 pandemic, global warming and the dramatic loss of biological diversity are clear manifestations of the ecological crises that threaten humanity and the planet. The 2020 issue of the Right to Food and Nutrition Watch entitled, “Overcoming ecological crises:…