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Amnesty International - Saturday, May 2nd 2020
“This is not the first time we have seen prisoners in Venezuela suffer terrible violations of their right to life. The grotesque images that are now being broadcast around the world should serve as a reminder that all those responsible for this atrocity must be brought to justice. The authorities’ lethal response must be thoroughly investigated and analysed so that these international crimes do not go unpunished.” (Full Story)
Saturday, May 2nd 2020
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Saturday, May 2nd 2020
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Saturday, May 2nd 2020
NewsBy Shirin Ebadi, Christophe Deloire, Hauwa Ibrahim, Maria Ressa, Amartya Sen, Joseph Stiglitz, Mario Vargas Llosa and the other members of the International Commission on Information and Democracy (Full Story)
Amnesty International - Saturday, May 2nd 2020
In the context of World Press Freedom Day, Amnesty International, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Article 19 are sending an open letter to President Miguel Diaz-Canel urging him to take immediate measures to guarantee press freedom and protect independent journalists in Cuba. (Full Story)
Friday, May 1st 2020
Expand Police take position outside the Villa Devoto prison where inmates riot to protest authorities not doing enough to prevent the spread of coronavirus inside the jail in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on April 24, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko The recent transfer from prison to house arrest of hundreds of people allegedly at high risk of complications from Covid-19 has sparked a heated debate about whether the pandemic should lead to detainee releases and, if so, who should be freed and how. The unsanitary, overcrowded prisons in Argentina, as in most of Latin America, offer prime… (Full Story)
Friday, May 1st 2020
Expand Chinese paramilitary police wear face masks in Beijing, May 1, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo As Covid-19 continues to cut a grim path across the globe, debates continue to rage about who is to blame. In one of his many moves to shift accountability for his own inept response to the crisis, US president Donald Trump said he would place a hold on funding for the World Health Organization, alleging that the agency “willingly took China’s assurances to face value” and “pushed China’s misinformation.” But the truth is that everyone—the US government, the WHO, journalists, public health officials,… (Full Story)
Friday, May 1st 2020
Expand An Indian Muslim watches a policeman instructing a family riding on a scooter on social distancing on the first day of the holy month of Ramadan at the old quarters of New Delhi, India, Saturday, April 25, 2020.  © 2020 AP Photo/Manish Swarup “My mother has been asking me about detention centers,” my friend recently told me on the phone. “She has been very worried.” My first reaction was shame. She is Muslim and I am Hindu. That never meant anything to us when we first met, studied together and hung out in New York. When her mother came to visit, I was always excited because it meant… (Full Story)
Friday, May 1st 2020
Dear U.S. State Department Commission on Unalienable Rights: As human rights organizations, scholars, defenders and activists, we the 167 undersigned, write to express our grave concern about the work of the U.S. State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights and any potential report or output that undermines the international human rights system and purports to reinterpret its respective treaties and monitoring bodies. In particular, we urge the Commission to reject the prioritization of freedom of religion as a cloak to permit violations of the human rights of women, girls, and lesbian,… (Full Story)
Friday, May 1st 2020
The United States State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights should uphold international human rights commitments and not use freedom of religion as a cloak to permit violations of the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQ people, 167 leading human rights activists and groups from 28 countries said today in a letter to the Commission. Related Content Letter from 167 Groups and Individuals Expressing Grave Concern Regarding the Commission on Unalienable Rights The Commission on Unalienable Rights is an advisory body created by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in July 2019 to advise on human rights… (Full Story)
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