Human Rights

‘Get Your Knee Off Our Necks’: On 57th Anniversary of Historic Civil Rights Rally, Tens of Thousands March on Washington

An estimated 50,000 people are expected to attend the “Get Your Knee Off Our Necks” March in Washington, D.C. on Friday as racial justice advocates gather to mark the 57th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s speech at the 1963 March on Washington and commit to fighting for meaningful criminal justice reform. The name …

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‘Unconscionable, But Unsurprising’: Trump Border Officials Proposed ‘Heat Ray’ Weapon to Deter Migrants

Reporting by the New York Times Wednesday that Customs and Border Protection officials floated in 2018 the idea of using a “heat ray”weapon to deter migrants at the border was seized upon by the president’s critics as more evidence of the Trump administration’s cruelty-driven immigration policies. “It’s unconscionable that this was even considered,” the ACLU …

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As Prisons Across US Report Surge in Covid-19 Cases, Supreme Court Rules Jail Does Not Have to Provide Basic Protections to Inmates

As prisons and jails across the country continue to report Covid-19 outbreaks among inmates and staff, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled late Wednesday that a county jail in California does not have to provide its population with basic sanitary and protective equipment or test symptomatic inmates. Responding to an emergency application by officials at Orange …

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Global Witness Reveals 2019 Was ‘Deadliest Year on Record’ for Eco-Defenders, With 212 Murdered Worldwide

“In 2019, Global Witness recorded 212 murdered land and environmental defenders—making it the deadliest year on record for people defending their homes, forests, and rivers against climate-destructive industries.” That’s according to Defending Tomorrow: The climate crisis and threats against land and environmental defenders (pdf), an annual report released Wednesday by the watchdog group, which has …

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120 Rights Groups Demand ICE Immediately ‘Release All Detained Families Together’

Led by Amnesty International USA, 120 rights groups on Friday urged the Trump administration to release all families being held in immigrant detention centers as it complies with a recent court order to release children from these facilities due to concerns about the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “We strongly object to any plan to place a …

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Pompeo Panel Pushes ‘Radical, Isolationist, Anti-Rights, Anti-Scientific, Religious Agenda’ With Human Rights Report

Human rights advocates denounced as “dangerous” a draft report released Thursday by the U.S. State Department’s controversial Commission on Unalienable Rights that paints property rights and religious liberty as “foremost among the unalienable rights that government is established to secure” while casting doubt on other liberties, including reproductive freedom. “Make no mistake: this report was …

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In Dead-of-Night Ruling, Supreme Court’s Right-Wing Majority OKs First Federal Execution in 17 Years

The Trump administration carried out the first execution of a federal death row inmate since 2003 on Tuesday morning, killing Daniel Lewis Lee by lethal injection just hours after the U.S. Supreme Court’s right-wing majority issued an overnight, unsigned decision vacating a lower court’s order temporarily halting his execution due to concerns about the government’s …

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Citing Likelihood of ‘Extreme Pain and Needless Suffering,’ US Judge Halts Resumption of Federal Executions

This is a developing story… Please check back for possible updates… A U.S. district judge on Monday temporarily blocked the Trump administration from resuming federal executions after a 17-year informal break—a decision that came mere hours before inmate Daniel Lewis Lee was set to be killed by lethal injection at the prison in Terry Haute, …

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Citing ‘Unconscionable and Irresponsible Omission,’ ACLU Demands Equal Covid-19 Protections for Immigrants

The ACLU on Thursday launched a new digital ad campaign calling on the U.S. Senate to correct an “unconscionable” omission in the nation’s coronavirus testing strategy, demanding that all immigrants be made eligible for Covid-19 testing and treatment in any upcoming legislation. “It is your responsibility to make sure everyone has access to health care …

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With Demand ‘Echoing Across the World,’ UN Chief Calls on Israel to Abandon Illegal Annexation Plan

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres on Wednesday urged the Israeli government to abandon a developing plan to annex about a third of the occupied West Bank, which “has alarmed Palestinians, many Israelis, and the broader international community.” “I hope that this voice of reason that is not only mine, it is echoing across the world, …

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Arara People of Brazilian Amazon ‘Very Worried’ as Vulnerable Tribe Faces Highest Known Covid-19 Infection Rate in Region

As criticism of far-right Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s response to the coronavirus pandemic continues to stack up, global Indigenous rights advocates and the Arara people are raising new concerns that the crisis could devastate the recently-contacted tribe in the Xingu basin of the Amazon rainforest. “We’re very worried,” an Arara man told Survival International, a …

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‘This Is Mass Murder’: Covid-19 Deaths in US Prisons Have Risen by 73% the Past Month

After months of warnings that the coronavirus pandemic has turned U.S. detention facilities into “ticking time bombs” and a “nightmare waiting to happen,” the New York Times reported Tuesday that deaths related to Covid-19 in prisons across the country have soared by 73% since mid-May. “The number of prison inmates known to be infected has …

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New Report Details How Tear Gas Used to ‘Crush Peaceful Protests’ Around the World

Amnesty International on Thursday presented the findings of a year-long study of the global tear gas trade, which the group says is fueling human rights violations all over the world with little oversight and regulation. Along with an interactive website, the report comes as the use of tear gas to disperse protesters is under particular …

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Families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, and Philando Castile Join 600+ Groups Urging UN Probe of US Police Violence

Relatives of four black Americans killed by police—George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Michael Brown, and Philando Castile—joined with over 600 rights groups Monday to demand a United Nations probe into racist policing and law enforcement’s violent suppression of ongoing mass protests against police brutality and systemic racism in the United States. “I want people across the …

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#SayHerName: On Breonna Taylor’s 27th Birthday, Advocates Demand Justice in Shooting Death by Louisville Police

Racial justice advocates are demanding the three Louisville police officers who shot Breonna Taylor to death in March be fired immediately and criminally charged for her murder. Friday would have been Taylor’s 27th birthday. Along with the killings of George Floyd by four Minneapolis police officers and Ahmaud Arbery by a former officer in Georgia, …

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No—Argue Noam Chomsky, Roger Waters, Monia Mazigh, and 100+ Others—Canada Does Not Deserve UN Security Council Seat

As Canada vies for a temporary seat on the United Nations Security Council an open letter published Tuesday argues the Ottawa government—despite a more rosy reputation compared to its powerful U.S. neighbor—should be seen for what it more accurately is: a powerful international force in its own right that continues to play a negative role …

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Right-Wing Hungarian Government Pulls Nation ‘Back Towards Dark Ages’ by Ending Legal Recognition of Trans People

Human rights defenders in Hungary and around the world on Tuesday condemned legislation pushed through the European country’s parliament by its extreme right-wing ruling party which would end legal recognition of transgender people. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz Party passed Article 33, part of a new omnibus bill, over the objections of the United Nations’ top human rights expert, the …

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Trump Accused of ‘Weaponizing’ Pandemic as Administration Weighs Extending Ban on Border Asylum Claims Indefinitely

A reported move by the White House to indefinitely extend restrictions on crossing the border is generating accusations that President Donald Trump is “weaponizing” the coronavirus pandemic crisis to pursue the most radical elements of his anti-immigration agenda.  An order under review by the administration would extend Centers for Disease Control (CDC) restrictions on nonessential …

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‘Absurdity and Cruelty’ of US Healthcare System, Says Sanders, ‘Should Now Be Apparent to All’

Former Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders took to the opinion section of the New York Times on Sunday to make the case that in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and an economic meltdown, “it’s imperative that we re-examine some of the foundations of American society, understand why they are failing us, and fight …

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100+ Lawmakers Demand Moratorium on Utility Shutoffs to Ensure Access to Services ‘Essential to Survive’ During Coronavirus Crisis

Over 100 federal lawmakers on Wednesday demanded a nationwide moratorium on utility shutoffs with a letter to congressional leadership demanding the freeze be part of the next coronavirus relief package to ensure Americans have access to services that are “essential to survive during this health crisis.” Spearheaded by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Reps. Peter …

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Big Brother in the Age of Coronavirus: 100+ Groups Warn Against Exploiting Pandemic to Permanently Expand Surveillance State

As the number of COVID-19 cases climbed toward a million worldwide on Thursday, over 100 human rights groups issued a joint statement warning that governments’ response to the coronavirus pandemic “must not be used as a cover to usher in a new era of greatly expanded systems of invasive digital surveillance.” “Now more than ever, …

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