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Human Rights Observatory
Sunday, October 25, 2020
Click to expand Image People work amidst massive piles of cotton in China's Xinjiang province.  The Better Cotton Initiative (BCI), an independent organization that promotes sustainably grown and responsibly harvested cotton, announced last week it would cease all its activities in Xinjiang, the region of northwest China where millions of Turkic Muslims are subjected to serious human rights violations, including significant risk of forced labor.  BCI has concluded that Xinjiang is “an increasingly untenable operating environment.” This is similar to decisions made recently by other independent… (Full Story)
Amnesty International - Sunday, October 25, 2020
Witness testimonies, satellite imagery and videos analysed and authenticated by Amnesty International confirm that defense and security forces in Guinea have used live ammunition against protesters after the 18 October disputed presidential election. (Full Story)
Saturday, October 24, 2020
Click to expand Image Managing Director Kristalina Georgieva participates in a panel discussion on post Covid-19 recovery and resilience during the 2020 Annual Meetings at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC, October 13, 2020.   © 2020 IMF Photo/ Cory Hancock This was a year like no other for the International Monetary Fund (IMF)-World Bank Annual Meetings, which took place virtually earlier this month. A crush of panels, briefings, and townhalls painted a searing picture of the havoc the Covid-19 pandemic has wrecked on the global economy: Poverty is rising for the first… (Full Story)
Friday, October 23, 2020
Media reports say the US government is seeking to discredit the work of Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Oxfam, organizations dedicated to enabling people worldwide to live in freedom and dignity, Human Rights Watch said today. The US State Department, attempting to silence watchdogs that challenge an ally’s human rights record, is considering a false accusation of anti-Semitism against them.   Human Rights Watch opposes discrimination in all forms around the world, including anti-Semitism, systemic racism, Islamophobia, sexism, and homophobia. The US State Department and US embassies regularly rely… (Full Story)
Friday, October 23, 2020
Click to expand Image Tens of thousands of people rallied in central Moscow Russia, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, for the third consecutive weekend to protest the exclusion of opposition and independent candidates from the Russian capital's city council ballot. © 2019 AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko (Moscow) – Prosecutors have ordered a university in Moscow to submit detailed information on students and faculty who participated in mass protests and had contacts with foreign groups, Human Rights Watch said today. The order is part of an inspection of the university by a local prosecutor’s… (Full Story)
Friday, October 23, 2020
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Iraqi authorities not to execute a warrant for the arrest of Suadad Al-Salhy, a Baghdad-based reporter for the Middle East Eye news website, and urges the judicial system to drop the charge brought against her.Al-Salhy has learned that she could be arrested at any time as a result of a yesterday’s decision (Full Story)
Friday, October 23, 2020
NewsThe United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is on the verge of finalizing a draft rule that would toughen visa regulations for foreign journalists working in the country. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the DHS to drop this worrying proposal, which would endanger the ability of foreign journalists to report independently. This move takes place against the broader backdrop of a deteriorating press freedom climate in the US in the run-up to the November 3 elections. RSF again urges candidates to sign the #PressFreedomPact as a first step towards turning this worrying situation… (Full Story)
Friday, October 23, 2020
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about a threat to funding for the protection of journalists in Mexico, which continues to be one of the world’s deadliest countries for media personnel. This threat to future funding could put many journalists in danger.As part of a series of big budget cuts to address major economic difficulties resulting from the Covid-19 pandemic and to focus on combatting the pandemic, Mexico’s government has decided to (Full Story)
Friday, October 23, 2020
Click to expand Image © RuslanDashinsky/Getty Images (Washington, DC) – Many plans by local, state, and federal authorities in the United States to respond to heat extremes and climate change miss the threat that extreme heat poses to pregnancy, particularly for low-income and Black and brown people, Human Rights Watch and partners said today. Authorities should promote racial and reproductive justice and address stark racial disparities in health outcomes. “We reviewed more than 100 heat and climate change adaptation plans or associated documents but found only a couple of references… (Full Story)
Friday, October 23, 2020
Click to expand Image A shop containing toilets, tiles and other housewares burns in Stepanakert on the night of October 3, 2020 after the city is shelled.  © 2020 Union of Informed Citizens. Azerbaijan has repeatedly used widely banned cluster munitions in residential areas in Nagorno-Karabakh, Human Rights Watch said today. During an on-site investigation in Nagorno-Karabakh in October 2020, Human Rights Watch documented four incidents in which Azerbaijan used cluster munitions. Fighting between Azerbaijan and Armenia and the de-facto authorities in Nagorno-Karabakh dramatically escalated… (Full Story)
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