“Donald Trump is a gift to all tin-pot dictators on the African continent. He is giving currency and legitimacy to rigging because if it can exist in America, it can exist anywhere,” said an opposition leader in Zimbabwe.
Friday, September 9th marks the 45th anniversary of the Attica prison riot New York state, and inmates and inmates rights groups across the country have planned demonstrations to highlight the deplorable conditions in prisons today.
“If we don’t stand with men and women suffering in anonymity, then what do we stand for? If we don’t give voice to the voiceless, then why bother to speak?”–Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking to foreign ministers at the U.N. General Assembly about the crimes against humanity in North Korean prison camps.
By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — It was the phone call that 11-year-old Peter Gao of Sunnyvale had been awaiting for years: The chance to reconnect with his dad and tell him about geography, science, and other subjects he had been studying in school across the ocean. Most of all, he wanted to […]
By Shashank Bengali, Los Angeles Times MUMBAI, India — Thailand’s military rulers detained hundreds of people without charges, tortured some prisoners and systematically stifled dissent since seizing power in a May coup, a leading human rights watchdog reported Thursday. Amnesty International said that although most prisoners were released within a week, they remain at risk of […]
From growing up on a sharecropper’s farm to helping lead the civil rights movement and serving 13 terms in Congress, U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) has lived an iconic American life. Now Lewis, along with co-author Andrew Aydin and award-winning artist Nate Powell, is retelling his journey through an epic graphic novel trilogy: March. In the following excerpt from […]
By Serene Assir Badriyah (Iraq) (AFP) — U.S. warplanes and drones carried out 15 air strikes on Monday against Islamic State (IS) militants battling for control of a major dam in northern Iraq, the military said. Fighter jets, bombers, and unmanned planes destroyed nine IS positions and eight vehicles around the Mosul dam, where insurgents […]
Honolulu (AFP) – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged China and other Asian countries to bolster democracy and human rights in a region at the top of America’s agenda. “The United States is an Asian-Pacific nation, and we take our enduring interests there very seriously,” Kerry said at the East-West Center in Honolulu, on […]
By Laura King, Los Angeles Times A leading international human rights group asserted Tuesday that Egyptian authorities likely committed crimes against humanity in the deaths of hundreds of demonstrators last August, most of them supporters of deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood. Egypt sharply disputed the findings of New York-based Human Rights […]
By Jim Wyss, The Miami Herald BOGOTA, Colombia — The U.S. State Department Wednesday imposed travel and visa restrictions on Venezuelan government officials accused of human rights violations during widespread protests that have left more than 40 dead. “With this step we underscore our commitment to holding accountable individuals who commit human rights abuses,” State […]
Dubai (AFP) – Bahrain’s foreign ministry said Monday that U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, Tom Malinowski, is “unwelcome” in the Sunni-ruled kingdom and should “leave immediately.” The ministry accused Malinowski of “meddling in Bahrain’s internal affairs” by meeting “with a particular party to the detriment of other interlocutors”, in […]
By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times DETROIT — It has been six weeks since the city turned off Nicole Hill’s water. Dirty dishes are piled in the sink of her crowded kitchen, where the yellow-and-green linoleum floor is soiled and sticky. A small garbage can is filled with water from a neighbor, while a bigger […]
Geneva (AFP) – U.N. rights experts on Wednesday slammed struggling U.S. city Detroit for violating the basic human rights of its citizens by disconnecting thousands of people from water services over unpaid bills. Cash-strapped Detroit, which last July became the largest U.S. city to ever file for bankruptcy protection, has recently begun disconnecting water services […]
GENEVA — The recent rise in xenophobic rhetoric from EU politicians could pave the way for violence and human rights violations, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay warned Tuesday in Geneva. At the opening of the U.N. Human Rights Council’s summer session, Pillay said the xenophobic, racist and religiously intolerant discourse could undermine […]
By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times Ugandan Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa, who is set to take over the presidency of the United Nations General Assembly on Wednesday, has a decades-long legacy of corruption, military aggression and human-rights abuses, according to opponents of his selection as ceremonial head of the world body. The 65-year-old career […]
By Julie Makinen, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — On the 25th anniversary of the crackdown culminating at Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, the White House on Wednesday called on Chinese authorities to account for those killed, detained or missing in connection with the military assault on pro-democracy demonstrators. The tally of dead, injured, jailed, executed and missing […]
Austin American-Statesman AUSTIN, Texas—Former President Jimmy Carter said that although much progress has been made on human rights in the United States and around the world, much still needs to be done. Speaking to LBJ Presidential Library Director Mark Updegrove at the Civil Rights Summit, the 39th president said women’s issues — including wage disparity, […]
By Robin Millard London (AFP) – The number of known executions worldwide rose to at least 778 last year following a surge in Iraq and Iran, Amnesty International said Thursday, but China remains the world’s biggest state executioner by far. Beijing is thought to have killed thousands of its own citizens, more than the rest […]
By Laura King, Los Angeles Times CAIRO — An Egyptian court convened another mass trial Tuesday with more than 680 defendants, a day after being vehemently denounced by human rights groups and legal organizations for simultaneously condemning 529 others to death. The proceedings again took place in Minya, in the Nile River Valley about 150 […]