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Human Rights Observatory
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Thousands of stranded people were waiting for rescue Saturday as relentless monsoon floods batter the south Indian state of Kerala, where more than 170 have died in a little more than a week and much of the state is at least partially submerged. More than 300,000 people have taken shelter in more than 1,500 state-run relief camps, officials said. But authorities and local media outlets said they were being inundated with calls for assistance. “We are receiving multiple repetitive... (Full Story)
Saturday, August 18, 2018
California Gov. Jerry Brown announced Friday he pardoned three former prisoners facing the threat of deportation to Cambodia, including one who became a youth pastor after serving six years in the 1990s for murdering a rival gang member. The three were among 36 pardons granted by Brown in the past week. He’s also commuted the sentences of 31 current inmates who can now seek speedier paroles. Deportation to Cambodia Among the pardons are Cambodian refugee Vanna In, who entered the... (Full Story)
Saturday, August 18, 2018
A federal judge Friday called on the U.S. government and the American Civil Liberties Union to come up with a plan to address the rights of parents and children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border to seek asylum. The request was made during a hearing a day after U.S. District Judge Dana Sabraw extended a freeze on deportations of recently reunified families, giving a reprieve to hundreds of children and their parents who want to remain in the United States. In issuing the order, Sabraw... (Full Story)
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former adviser to President Trump, has been in the public's eye this week with secret recordings of conversations she had with White House officials, including with the President himself. The scandal has brought to light new revelations that the Trump administration requires its staff to sign non-disclosure agreements, something almost unheard of in previous administrations. Here's more from VOA's White House Correspondent Patsy Widakuswara. (Full Story)
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Nicaragua's four-month-old political crisis has led to a rise in unemployment, a drop in tourism, deserted streets and empty schools. Voice of America reporter Iacopo Luzi has a update on the economic impact from Managua. (Full Story)
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Turkey's currency this month has suffered heavy falls triggered by U.S.-Turkish tensions over the ongoing detention of an American pastor. Washington's threat to impose new economic sanctions sparked another steep currency drop Friday. Dorian Jones reports on the economic fall out for people in Istanbul. (Full Story)
Friday, August 17, 2018
Expand A woman carries her child in the rain along the railroad tracks after crossing the Hungary border from Serbia, heading towards the Roszke collection point where they will board a bus to a temporary detention camp. September 10, 2015. © 2015 Zalmaï for Human Rights Watch In the coming months, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be pressed to make two critical decisions that will determine whether the United States will retreat further from its global role in protecting refugees. First, with President Donald Trump predisposed to drastically reduce refugee resettlement numbers, Secretary… (Full Story)
Friday, August 17, 2018
On Friday, the identity matching services bill will be discussed at a hearing by the parliamentary intelligence and security committee. It has serious implications for human rights. Should the government be able to track your every move when you walk down the street, join a protest, or enter your psychiatrist’s building? Facial recognition technology may make that a reality for Australians. Parliament should refuse to expand its use until the government can demonstrate it won’t be used to violate human rights or turn us all into criminal suspects. The bill would create a nationwide database of… (Full Story)
Friday, August 17, 2018
August 10, 2018 The Honorable Judge William H. Pryor, Jr.  Chair  United States Sentencing Commission Office of Public Affairs One Columbus Circle, NE Suite 2-500, South Lobby Washington, DC, 20002-8002 Re: Public Comment on Commission’s Proposed Priorities for 2018-2019 Amendment Cycle (Document Citation: 83 FR 30477)  Dear Judge Pryor: On behalf of the undersigned coalition of civil rights, criminal justice reform, and human rights groups, we write to provide comments on the Sentencing Commission’s Proposed Priorities for 2018-2019Amendment Cycle published in the Federal Register on June 28,… (Full Story)
Friday, August 17, 2018
The reigning Miss America says she has been bullied, manipulated and silenced by the pageant's current leadership, including Gretchen Carlson. In a letter sent Friday to former Miss Americas, Cara Mund says she decided to speak out despite the risk of punishment. Her letter is reminiscent of the movie Mean Girls, in which characters Gretchen and Regina bully the heroine and make her life miserable. That's what happened to her in real life, Mund wrote. Carlson is chairwoman of... (Full Story)
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