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Monday, July 15, 2019
Expand Volunteers tend to a man in a wheelchair and his partner, after they were rescued during flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey in Orange, Texas, Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017. © 2019 AP Photo/Gerald Herbert The United Nations Human Rights Council made history on Friday when it adopted a resolution on climate change and the rights of people with disabilities. The resolution calls on governments to adopt a disability-inclusive approach when taking action to address climate change. The impacts of climate change disproportionately affect people with disabilities. They are frequently in situations… (Full Story)
Monday, July 15, 2019
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) is saddened to learn that two Somali journalists were among the 26 fatal victims of an attack by the Islamist militant group Al-Shabaab on a hotel in Kismayo, in southern Somalia, on 12 July.It was the first time that Al-Shabaab has managed to carry a terrorist attack of this scale in Kismayo – long one of its (Full Story)
Monday, July 15, 2019
Expand Natalia Estemirova in Nozhai-Yurt district of Chechnya. © 2007 Tanya Lokshina/Human Rights Watch (Moscow) – Russian authorities have failed to bring to justice those responsible for the murder 10 years ago of Natalia Estemirova, Chechnya’s most prominent rights defender, Human Rights Watch said today in a joint statement with Russian and international human rights groups. “We are still waiting for the Russian government to carry out an effective investigation into the murder of our friend and colleague, Natalia Estemirova,” said Tanya Lokshina, associate Europe and Central Asia director… (Full Story)
Friday, July 12, 2019
July 12, 2019 Immigrant Rights Groups: Congress Must Investigate Separation & Suffering Caused by Trump ‘Remain-in-Mexico’ Policy Recent Stories Demonstrate Great Harm to Children on Both Sides of Border WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ahead of a congressional hearing today about family separation and the mistreatment of migrant children, a group of immigrant rights organizations working on behalf of asylum seekers released a statement and stories of families separated by the Trump administration’s “Remain-in-Mexico” policy:   The following statement is from Al Otro Lado, Center for Gender & Refugee… (Full Story)
Friday, July 12, 2019
July 11, 2019   Paulo Abrão  Executive Secretary Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)  1889 F Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20006    Re: Request for a thematic hearing on reparations as a remedy for human rights violations against Afro-descendants in the United States during the 173rd Period of Sessions    Dear Executive Secretary Abrão:    The Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at Howard University School of Law, along with twenty-nine co-sponsoring organizations], submit this request for a thematic hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (“Commission”) for… (Full Story)
Friday, July 12, 2019
Expand Afghan special forces attend their graduation ceremony after a 6-month training program in Kabul. © 2018 Rahmat Gul/AP Photo (Kabul) – Afghan special forces raided a medical clinic in Wardak province on the night of July 8-9, 2019, and executed four civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. Afghan authorities should promptly and thoroughly investigate the attack and appropriately prosecute those responsible. Witnesses told Human Rights Watch that security forces entered the clinic in the Day Mirdad district. They killed a family caregiver and then detained and bound staff and family… (Full Story)
Friday, July 12, 2019
Expand Crimean Tatar activists protest politically motivated arrests of terrorism charges in Moscow’s Red Square on July 10, 2019, with posters saying “The Fight with Terrorism in Crimea is a Fight against Dissent”; “Stop Ethnic and Religious Repression in Crimea”; and “Our Children Aren’t Terrorists.”  © 2019 Alexandra Krylenkova (Berlin) – Russian authorities have brought unfounded terrorism charges against 24 Crimean Tatars, 20 of whom were arrested during heavily armed raids on their homes in the spring of this year, Human Rights Watch said today. Security officers tortured four of the… (Full Story)
Friday, July 12, 2019
(Berlin, July 12, 2019) – Russian authorities have brought unfounded terrorism charges against 24 Crimean Tatars, 20 of whom were arrested during heavily armed raids on their homes in the spring of this year, Human Rights Watch said today. Security officers tortured four of the men, denied lawyers access to search sites, planted evidence, and later briefly detained two activists who spoke out on behalf of the arrested men. Crimean Tatars are a Muslim ethnic minority indigenous to the Crimean Peninsula. Many openly oppose Russia’s occupation, which began in 2014.The crackdown in the spring of 2019… (Full Story)
Friday, July 12, 2019
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Friday, July 12, 2019
Expand Rohingya refugees walk in the rain during monsoon season in Jamtoli refugee camp, Bangladesh, June 26, 2018.   © 2018 AP Photo   (New York, July 12, 2019) – Rohingya refugees in crowded camps in Bangladesh are at serious risk of displacement and injury from monsoon flooding and landslides, Human Rights Watch said today. Since early July 2019, flooding and landslides have displaced nearly 6,000 refugees in the camps near Cox’s Bazar, damaged over 3,500 shelters, and killed two people, including a child. The International Organization for Migration reported over 400 landslides, 60 windstorms,… (Full Story)
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