Human Rights

United States | U.S.-Hosted Event on Human Rights Abuses in Venezuela

United States (STL.News) – On March 19, the United States co-sponsored an event with Albania, Argentina, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Georgia, Hungary, Israel, Romania, and the United Kingdom at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland to highlight the dire human rights situation in Venezuela. Deputy Assistant Secretary for Western Hemisphere Affairs Carrie Filipetti led … Continue reading United States | U.S.-Hosted Event on Human Rights Abuses in Venezuela

United States | Repression of Human Rights in Nicaragua

United States (STL.News) – The United States condemns the Ortega regime’s continued violence and repression toward the Nicaraguan people, including the arbitrary detention of hundreds of peaceful protestors and violence against independent media on March 16. The United States will continue to urge accountability for those who have demonstrated blatant disregard for human rights and … Continue reading United States | Repression of Human Rights in Nicaragua

United States | Remarks on the Release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

United States – SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. Since America’s founding, the concept of individual rights has been woven into the national fabric. As my friend and scholar Mary Ann Glendon has written, it has given weak members of our society, quote, “an instrument to amplify their voices” and also allows us to, quote, “train … Continue reading United States | Remarks on the Release of the 2018 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

GENEVA | UN chief: Human rights are losing ground in the world

GENEVA (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is denouncing a “groundswell of xenophobia, racism and intolerance” and says human rights are losing ground in the world. The U.N. chief kicked off the high-level segment of the Human Rights Council by expressing alarm at “shrinking civic space,” with journalists and activists targeted. Guterres said more than … Continue reading GENEVA | UN chief: Human rights are losing ground in the world

United States | Expert Report From the Moscow Mechanism for Human Rights Abuses in Chechnya

United States – Today the United States welcomes the expert, fact-finding report on human rights violations and abuses in the Russian Federation’s Republic of Chechnya and impunity for them, which we believe to be a particularly serious threat to Russia’s fulfillment of its Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) human dimension commitments. This … Continue reading United States | Expert Report From the Moscow Mechanism for Human Rights Abuses in Chechnya

MARRAKECH, Morocco | At a glance: The new UN migration pact

MARRAKECH, Morocco — A United Nations accord, the “Global Compact on Migration,” adopted Monday by 164 U.N. members, but not the United States, aims to improve the treatment of migrants worldwide. Here, at a glance, are key points and details: WHAT IS IT? A non-binding, voluntary agreement that aims to ensure “safe, orderly and regular … Continue reading MARRAKECH, Morocco | At a glance: The new UN migration pact

United States | Release Human Rights Activist Farhad Meisami

United States – We are deeply concerned about the rapidly deteriorating health of Dr. Farhad Meisami, a human rights activist, whom the Iranian regime arbitrarily arrested for peacefully protesting in support of Iranian women’s rights. Dr. Meisami began a hunger strike four months ago to protest his arrest and detention in the notorious Evin prison, … Continue reading United States | Release Human Rights Activist Farhad Meisami

BEIRUT | UN: Aid mission driver wounded by gunfire in eastern Syria

BEIRUT— Gunmen opened fire at the convoy of a joint humanitarian assessment mission in eastern Syria, the United Nations said Saturday, wounding a local driver in one of the country’s most remote areas where fighting against Islamic State militants has displaced thousands. The attack on Thursday complicated an already dire situation, where a lack of … Continue reading BEIRUT | UN: Aid mission driver wounded by gunfire in eastern Syria

DAMASCUS, Syria | Syrian officials: More than 100 wounded in chemical attack

DAMASCUS, Syria — A Syrian official and the state news agency say more than 100 people have been treated at hospitals after a suspected poison gas attack by rebels in the northern city of Aleppo, updating an earlier toll. Forensic Medicine General Director Zaher Hajo told The Associated Press Sunday that those wounded the night before were … Continue reading DAMASCUS, Syria | Syrian officials: More than 100 wounded in chemical attack

ANKARA, Turkey | EU officials in Turkey to discuss faltering membership bid

ANKARA, Turkey— The European Union’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn are meeting Turkish officials for talks focusing on Turkey’s long-stalled membership bid. Hahn said on Twitter that the two would address priority issues, including rule of law and human rights, during Thursday’s meetings in Ankara, Turkey’s capital. Their visit … Continue reading ANKARA, Turkey | EU officials in Turkey to discuss faltering membership bid

STRASBOURG, France | The Latest: Russia’s arrests of Navalny ruled as political

STRASBOURG, France— The Latest on a European court ruling on Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny says his win at the European Court of Human Rights is important for other political activists in Russia who are targeted by the state. The court in Strasbourg on Thursday … Continue reading STRASBOURG, France | The Latest: Russia’s arrests of Navalny ruled as political

United States | Deterioration of Civil Liberties and Human Rights in Tanzania

United States – The United States government is deeply concerned over escalating attacks and legislative actions by the Government of Tanzania that violate civil liberties and human rights, creating an atmosphere of violence, intimidation, and discrimination. We are troubled by the continued arrests and harassment of marginalized persons, including lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, … Continue reading United States | Deterioration of Civil Liberties and Human Rights in Tanzania

BEIRUT | The Latest: Syria state news agency says 19 held by IS freed

BEIRUT— The Latest on developments in Syria (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Syria’s state news agency says troops have liberated 19 hostages held by the Islamic State group since July in a military operation in central Syria. SANA news agency said in its report Wednesday that the operation occurred in the Hamima area east of … Continue reading BEIRUT | The Latest: Syria state news agency says 19 held by IS freed

BELGRADE, Serbia | Serbian govt criticized for publishing war criminals’ books

BELGRADE, Serbia— A rights group on Saturday sharply criticized the Serbian government after the defense ministry published and promoted books that include the war memories of two former generals convicted of war crimes by a U.N. court. The Youth Initiative for Human Rights said in an open letter to Prime Minister Ana Brnabic that the … Continue reading BELGRADE, Serbia | Serbian govt criticized for publishing war criminals’ books

BEIRUT | Report: Syrian troops shell northern villages, kill 7

BEIRUT — Syrian government forces shelled rebel-held villages in the country’s northwest on Friday, killing seven people in violation of a truce reached by Russia and Turkey last month, opposition activists said. The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said seven people, including three women and three children, were killed in the shelling of Umm … Continue reading BEIRUT | Report: Syrian troops shell northern villages, kill 7

BERLIN  | European court rejects Austrian’s case over prophet slur

BERLIN  — The European Court of Human Rights says an Austrian woman’s conviction for calling the prophet of Islam a pedophile didn’t breach her freedom of speech. The Strasbourg-based ECHR ruled Thursday that Austrian courts had “carefully balanced her right to freedom of expression with the right of others to have their religious feelings protected.” … Continue reading BERLIN  | European court rejects Austrian’s case over prophet slur

PARIS  | Report: Foreign fighters led IS atrocities against Yazidis

PARIS  — An international human rights group says foreign fighters, including many Europeans, were responsible for carrying out the Islamic State group’s atrocities against minority Yazidis. The Paris-based International Federation for Human Rights says the extremist group’s actions amounted to genocide and crimes against humanity. Nadia Murad, a Yazidi who escaped the Islamic State and … Continue reading PARIS  | Report: Foreign fighters led IS atrocities against Yazidis

BEIRUT | Monitor: Blast in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib kills 3

BEIRUT — A Syrian war monitor and an opposition paramedics group say an explosion in the rebel-held northwestern city of Idlib has killed at least three people and wounded others. The Civil Defense, also known as the White Helmets, said Sunday’s blast occurred near a mosque killing three people, including a child. The Britain-based Syrian … Continue reading BEIRUT | Monitor: Blast in Syria’s rebel-held Idlib kills 3

SEOUL, South Korea | Progressives say Seoul caved in denying asylum to Yemenis

SEOUL, South Korea— South Korean progressives accused the government of caving to xenophobic sentiment by rejecting a plea for refugee status by hundreds of asylum seekers from war-ravaged Yemen whose arrival on a resort island earlier this year triggered outrage. Justice Party spokesman Choi Seok said South Korea was neglecting its responsibility as a member … Continue reading SEOUL, South Korea | Progressives say Seoul caved in denying asylum to Yemenis

BANGKOK | Exiled Vietnamese blogger: I’m not alone advocating freedom

BANGKOK — A Vietnamese blogger exiled to the United States says her reunion with her family after two years in prison is proof she isn’t alone in speaking for freedom. Nguyen Ngoc Nhu Quynh was smiling when she emerged from the airport in Houston on Wednesday night. Vietnam freed her on the condition she leave … Continue reading BANGKOK | Exiled Vietnamese blogger: I’m not alone advocating freedom

ISTANBUL | The Latest: Pompeo meets Saudi king over missing Khashoggi

ISTANBUL— The Latest on the disappearance of a Saudi writer who Turkish officials fear was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul (all times local): 12:30 p.m. A Turkish Foreign Ministry official says Turkish authorities will search the residence of the top Saudi diplomat in Istanbul over missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi‘s disappearance. The official did … Continue reading ISTANBUL | The Latest: Pompeo meets Saudi king over missing Khashoggi

NUSA DUA, Indonesia | The Latest: IMF’s Lagarde planning to attend Saudi meeting

NUSA DUA, Indonesia — The Latest on the annual meeting of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank in Bali, Indonesia (all times local): 3:55 p.m. The managing director of the International Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has said she still intends to attend an investment conference in Saudi Arabia later this month despite concerns over … Continue reading NUSA DUA, Indonesia | The Latest: IMF’s Lagarde planning to attend Saudi meeting

HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe arrests protest organizers as economy plunges

HARARE, Zimbabwe — Lawyers say police in Zimbabwe have arrested dozens of trade union members ahead of a planned protest in the capital over the worst economic crisis in a decade. Zimbabwe Lawyers for Human Rights says police arrested Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions members in Harare and the cities of Mutare and Masvingo. There … Continue reading HARARE, Zimbabwe | Zimbabwe arrests protest organizers as economy plunges

BEIRUT | BEIRUT | Car bomb in northern Syria kills 4

BEIRUT— Syrian opposition activists say an explosive device detonated in a northern town held by Turkey-backed opposition fighters killing four people, including two children.   The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Saturday’s car bomb went off at entrance of the industrial district of the town of Azaz. It added that the explosion occurred … Continue reading BEIRUT | BEIRUT | Car bomb in northern Syria kills 4

UNITED NATIONS | Mandela’s widow urges world: put egos aside and end violence

UNITED NATIONS — Nelson Mandela‘s widow challenged world leaders celebrating his life on Monday to put their egos and partisan politics aside and honor his legacy by ending the “senseless violence” plaguing too much of the world. “History will judge you should you stagnate too long in inaction,” Graca Machel told a U.N. “peace summit” … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | Mandela’s widow urges world: put egos aside and end violence

UNITED NATIONS | UN to caution against populism in high-level week

UNITED NATIONS  — Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is expected to paint a grim picture of the state of the world when leaders open their annual meeting on Tuesday, spotlighting the breakdown of trust around the globe and the need to counter unilateralism and reinvigorate international cooperation which is the foundation of the United Nations. U.N. deputy … Continue reading UNITED NATIONS | UN to caution against populism in high-level week

United States | Republic of Korea Chuseok Holiday

United States – On behalf of the Government of the United States of America and the American people, I would like to wish the Korean people a very warm Chuseok holiday. During this time for homecoming and family gatherings, good food, and friendly gifts, we join you in giving thanks for the many blessings of … Continue reading United States | Republic of Korea Chuseok Holiday

MINSK, Belarus | UN reports uptick in civilian casualties in Ukraine

MINSK, Belarus— The United Nations says the number of civilian casualties in the conflict in eastern Ukraine has surged in the past three months. Fighting between Ukrainian government troops and Russia-backed separatists has killed more than 10,000 people since 2014. Hostilities have subsided since both sides signed a truce in 2015 but sporadic fighting persists … Continue reading MINSK, Belarus | UN reports uptick in civilian casualties in Ukraine

United States | Nicaragua’s Independence Day

United States – On behalf of the government of the United States, I send best wishes to the people of Nicaragua on the 197th anniversary of your independence on September 15. The United States stands with the people of Nicaragua as they call for freedom in the face of violent suppression at the hands of … Continue reading United States | Nicaragua’s Independence Day

ATLANTA | Jimmy Carter cautions Democrats not to scare off moderates

ATLANTA — Former President Jimmy Carter sees little hope for the U.S. to change its human rights and environmental policies as long as Donald Trump is in the White House, but he has a warning for his fellow Democrats looking to oust the current administration: Don’t go too far to the left. “Independents need to … Continue reading ATLANTA | Jimmy Carter cautions Democrats not to scare off moderates