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17.08.2020

UNHCR applauds Canada’s commitment to grant permanent residency to asylum-seekers working on COVID-19 frontlines

UNHCR applauds Canada’s commitment to grant permanent residency to asylum-seekers working on COVID-19 frontlines

UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, welcomes Canada’s announcement to open pathways to permanent residency for asylum-seekers in the healthcare sector who have worked on the frontlines of the country’s COVID-19 response. “This is an exemplary act of solidarity which recognises the service and dedication of some of the most marginalized… »

15.08.2020

An earthquake shook Tanzania. A new law prohibits citizens from speaking about it online.

An earthquake shook Tanzania. A new law prohibits citizens from speaking about it online.

New online content regulations prohibit certain topics without government approval When a major earthquake of 6.0 on the Richter scale shook coastal East Africa at around 8:15 on August 12, Tanzanians quickly took to Twitter to report on the unusual natural event that momentarily swayed chandeliers, shattered windows and cracked… »

15.08.2020

Why are more small boats crossing the English Channel – and why are border forces struggling to stop them?

Why are more small boats crossing the English Channel – and why are border forces struggling to stop them?

The number of migrants crossing the English Channel in small boats has increased significantly – up to 4,343 this year compared with 857 in the same period last year. The number of lurid headlines calling for action has also increased significantly but the issue is not always well understood. Calls to… »

14.08.2020

Egypt: Survivors of sexual violence and online abuse among prosecuted women TikTok influencers

Egypt: Survivors of sexual violence and online abuse among prosecuted women TikTok influencers

The Egyptian authorities must immediately put an end to their crackdown on women TikTok influencers prosecuted on absurd charges of “indecency” and “violating family principles and values”, Amnesty International said today. Women who reported sexual assault, violations of their right to privacy and online abuse are among social media influencers… »

13.08.2020

Poland Punishes LGBT Rights Activist with Pretrial Detention

Poland Punishes LGBT Rights Activist with Pretrial Detention

Authorities Should Release Margot Szutowicz in Line with Calls by European Parliament and Council of Europe Warsaw police have arrested a nonbinary activist, Margot Szutowicz, who has been placed in pretrial detention, in the latest example of Polish authorities’ anti-LGBT actions. Forty-eight other people, from a crowd of LGBT rights… »

09.08.2020

75 Years Ago the US Destroyed Japanese Culture

75 Years Ago the US Destroyed Japanese Culture

In dropping nuclear weapons on Nagasaki just three days after having bombed Hiroshima, the US knew exactly what would be the level of destruction and the extent of the humanitarian disaster. Less than a second after the detonation, the northern end of the city was destroyed and 35,000 people had died. »

05.08.2020

Hungary: Health Care Failures Endanger Lives

Hungary: Health Care Failures Endanger Lives

Ensure Access to Adequate, Quality Health Care, Provide Sufficient Resources Longstanding neglect by the government has left the Hungarian public healthcare system under-prepared to handle the Covid-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch found poor conditions in hospitals, including a lack of hand soap, sanitizer,… »

05.08.2020

A Queer Cry for Freedom: Meet the LGBTQ Palestinians Demanding Liberation

A Queer Cry for Freedom: Meet the LGBTQ Palestinians Demanding Liberation

It happened all at once, without any coordination. Suddenly, all 150 protesters were on the street — lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgender, queers, and their allies. All proudly Palestinian, marching from Haifa’s German Colony to the Baha’i Gardens. “A queer cry for freedom,” they chanted. Courageous and beautiful, the demonstration, which… »

04.08.2020

Journalists under threat: August’s 10 most urgent cases

Journalists under threat: August’s 10 most urgent cases

Every month, the One Free Press Coalition draws attention to unresolved cases of crimes against journalists. This month, the list includes the cases of Omar Radi, Solafa Magdy and Maria Ressa. 1. Austin Tice (Syria)  This month marks eight years since freelance American photojournalist Austin Tice went missing while reporting… »

02.08.2020

Belarus: Crackdown on Political Activists, Journalists

Belarus: Crackdown on Political Activists, Journalists

Arrests, Criminal Charges, Police Beatings Ahead of August 9 Presidential Vote Police in Belarus have arbitrarily arrested journalists, bloggers, and political activists ahead of the August 9, 2020 presidential election and pressed charges against two potential candidates, Human Rights Watch said today. The arrests raise concerns about interference with and violations… »

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