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Sunday, May 31, 2020
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Saturday, May 30, 2020
NewsThe heated debate triggered by Twitter’s decision to put fact-check warnings on Donald Trump’s tweets and the US president’s retaliation in the form of an “Executive Order on Preventing Online Censorship” needs to be refocused on the structural causes of the online information chaos, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says.On 26 May, Twitter began fact-checking Trump’s tweets for the first time and appended “Get the facts” links to two of his tweets claiming that use of mail-in ballots in the 2020 presidential electi (Full Story)
Friday, May 29, 2020
Just days after the arrest in France of Félicien Kabuga, one of the Rwandan genocide’s alleged masterminds, came the announcement that the remains of another – Augustin Bizimana, the minister of defense at the time of the killings – were identified in a grave in Pointe-Noire, Republic of Congo. Click to expand Image Augustin Bizimana. Source : United States Department of State That Bizimana will not face his day in court is a loss for survivors and relatives of victims of the genocide. He is thought to have died around August 2000. In 1998, Bizimana was indicted on 13 counts of… (Full Story)
Friday, May 29, 2020
Click to expand Image Raquel, 25, holds her daughter Heloisa in Areia, Paraíba state, Brazil. Raquel gave birth to twin daughters with Zika syndrome in April 2016. “I want to give my best to my daughters,” she said in an interview with Human Rights Watch.  © 2017 Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters As Covid-19 dominates headlines, the Zika virus silently continues to put women and children at grave risk in Brazil, and the country has not taken nearly enough steps to combat the mosquito-borne disease or help the families impacted by it. Brazil’s Ministry of Health identified 579 new suspected cases… (Full Story)
Friday, May 29, 2020
Click to expand Image In this file photo, members of the Baha'i faith protest in Sanaa, Yemen, during a hearing in the case of a fellow Baha'i man suspected of contacts with Israel and charged with seeking to establish a base for the community in Yemen, April 3, 2016. Arabic writing on the poster reads, "Baha'is are demanding justice and law in the case of Hamed." © 2016 AP Photo/Hani Mohammed Houthi authorities in Yemen continue to detain several members of the Baha’i religious minority group despite a senior Houthi leader having ordered their release in March. The detainees are being… (Full Story)
Friday, May 29, 2020
Click to expand Image 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 People with disabilities are at increased risk of the adverse impacts of climate change – including threats to their health, food security, water, sanitation, and livelihoods – the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said in a recent report. The report, the result of a historic resolution adopted by the Human Rights Council last July, examines the impacts… (Full Story)
Friday, May 29, 2020
Click to expand Image Photo courtesy of  the Association of Victims of the Crimes of Hissène Habré  © 2020 (Dakar) – The victims of the former Chadian dictator Hissène Habré have yet to receive any reparations four years after his historic atrocity conviction in Senegal, human rights advocates said today. On May 30, 2016, Habré was convicted of crimes against humanity, war crimes, and torture, including sexual violence and rape, by an African Union-backed Senegalese court and sentenced to life in prison. In a separate trial in Chad, a court on March 25, 2015, convicted 20 Habré-era security… (Full Story)
Friday, May 29, 2020
Click to expand Image © 2019 Brian Stauffer for Human Rights Watch The meatpacking industry in Germany, like the meatpacking industry in the United States, has recently seen outbreaks of Covid-19 at multiple facilities across the country, and hundreds of migrant workers from Eastern Europe have become infected. But the government’s response in Germany has been dramatically different. In the US, President Donald Trump signed an executive order that threatens to keep meatpacking plants open even as thousands of workers have become infected. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention… (Full Story)
Friday, May 29, 2020
Click to expand Image Reverend Robert Turner of the historic Vernon African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church, damaged in the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, leads a reconciliatory pilgrimage of sorts from Mount Vernon AME to Tulsa City Hall every Wednesday, demanding “reparations now.” © 2019 Ian Maule/Tulsa World Summary Methodology The Greenwood Massacre and its Legacy The Massacre The Massacre’s Aftermath Obstacles to Rebuilding Greenwood Rebuilds, Subsequent Decline Redlining “Urban Renewal” Tulsa Today Poverty, Race, and Geography Health Nutrition Education Police Funding in Tulsa The Fight… (Full Story)
Friday, May 29, 2020
Click to expand Image Reverend Robert Turner of the historic Vernon African Methodist Episcopal (AME) church, damaged in the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, leads a reconciliatory pilgrimage of sorts from Mount Vernon AME to Tulsa City Hall every Wednesday, demanding “reparations now.” © 2019 Ian Maule/Tulsa World (Washington, DC) – State and local authorities in Tulsa, Oklahoma should provide reparations for the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, when a white mob killed several hundred black people and destroyed a prosperous black neighborhood, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. They… (Full Story)
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