Month: August 2020

Nepal must reboot human rights, rule of law

Sometimes it can feel as though Nepal goes through endless cycles that bring us back every time to the place where we started. Maybe we just need more years to look back and see the progress.  

But up close, we seem to stand still. The present moment is like that. Consider these needs that remain urgent, yet have been forgotten:  

– The need for independent commissioners to deal with the demand of conflict victims

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Trump pandemic border policy sends asylum seekers back to Ortega’s Nicaragua

Valeska Alemán, 22, paid a price for that notoriety. She was detained twice. Interrogators pried off her toenails. When she decided to leave the country, the United States seemed a natural destination: The Trump administration has been vocal in its opposition to Nicaragua’s crackdown — and its support of the country’s young protesters.

But by the time Alemán arrived at the U.S. border in July, the administration had launched a pandemic-era policy that sends Nicaraguans

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AJC Urges Government, Civil Society to Act on QAnon Antisemitism

NEW YORK, Aug. 28, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — American Jewish Committee (AJC), in a new position paper on QAnon, is urging government and civil society to strongly respond to the group’s antisemitic pronouncements and conspiracy theories.

“In a time of rising antisemitism and growing distrust and division in the United States, the QAnon worldview must be condemned in the strongest terms,” said Holly Huffnagle, AJC U.S. Director for Combating Antisemitism, who wrote the AJC

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‘The Public Record’ features lives of Louisvillians during COVID-19

Using their smartphones, 60 Louisville residents recorded their emotional and unique daily lives during the spring of 2020.

The result is “The Public Record,” a 37-minute documentary about the personal and political lives of Louisvillians in a time of polarization and isolation during a time of a worldwide health crisis and large-scale protests. 

“This film is unique for many reasons,” said Soozie Eastman, president of the Louisville Film Society, which is presenting the film as

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Rhea Chakraborty is Playing Double Game, Didn’t Even Offer Condolences to Family

Sushant Singh Rajput et al. posing for the camera: Photo Credit: Instagram/@rhea_chakraborty

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Photo Credit: Instagram/@rhea_chakraborty

Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case: With the Special Investigation Team of the CBI going out all guns blazing against all possible angles in the Sushant Singh Rajput case, senior advocate Vikas Singh representing the late actor’s family, slammed Rhea Chakraborty and claimed she “has never cooperated with Sushant’s family and is playing double game”. “Rhea has not cooperated with the family, she didn’t even offer
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Gambia: The Enforcement of Covid-19 Regulations and the Human Rights Commission

A state must have guards and fences aimed at protecting the fundamental rights of the citizens. One of the guards that should be playing a fundamental role in preventing impunity in the enforcement of the law is the National Human Rights Commission. The Commission should have COVID-19 policy and strategic plan. It should be able to conduct advocacy on the role of security forces in the enforcement of the law. People are calling Foroyaa from

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Splaining How Government Works to Young Voters

Name: Ben Sheehan

Age: 35

Hometown: Washington, D.C.

Now Lives: In a two-bedroom condo in the Hancock Park section of Los Angeles, with his fiancée, Jackie, and his dog, Chooch.

Claim to Fame: Until 2016 Mr. Sheehan was the head of talent for the humor site Funny Or Die, in charge of concocting outrageous skits with celebrities, like when Michael Bolton starred as himself in a spoof screen test for “Office Space.” Now he’s using

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A Reward for a Functioning Society

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On July 5, Nationals reliever Sean Doolittle said in the middle of a press conference regarding the restart of Major League Baseball and what would later be known as summer camp, “sports are like the reward of a functioning society.” This sentence was amidst a much longer, thoughtful reply about the societal and health conditions under which MLB players were being brought back. It’s a very similar sentiment to

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De Blasio’s descent: How New York City’s mayor became so unpopular across the political spectrum

While New York City may have flattened the coronavirus curve, swaths of the once vibrant and bustling Big Apple remain boarded up. Crime is running rampant. A mass exodus of both people and businesses has left buildings dark, and the uncertain future of what used to be the seeming center of the world has both the left and right pointing fingers at Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio.

How and why did the 59-year-old mayor become

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Epstein Lawyer Alan Dershowitz Donated to Katherine Fernandez Rundle

When Alan Dershowitz’s name pops up in a news headline or on social media, you never know what you’re going to get. Is Dershowitz, the high-profile defense attorney who helped secure a non-prosecution agreement for the late millionaire sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, arguing that the age of consent is too high? Is he maligning the victims of his former client, or bashing the woman who has accused him of sexual assault when she was a

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Human Rights Clinic team submits amicus brief in Chiquita Brands lawsuit

Chiquita bananas on display in grocery store

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If everything had gone according to schedule, the International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) would have filed an amicus curiae brief in December 2019 in a case against Chiquita Brands International, the world’s largest banana company. The suit, on behalf of families who suffered mass atrocities by paramilitary groups during the Colombian armed conflict, seeks accountability for the reign of terror Chiquita aided and abetted from 1997 to 2004.

However, after several delays and

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Announcing the 2020 British Ecological Society award winners


IMAGE: Top row left-to-right: Mike Begon, Sandra Lavorel, Michel Loreau, Teja Tscharntke, Wendy Foden, David Odee.
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The British Ecological Society (BES) announced today the winners of its annual awards and prizes, recognising eleven distinguished ecologists whose work has benefited the scientific community and society in general.

This year, honorary membership, the highest honour given by

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Political Parties Have Become More Extreme to Get Votes

Political parties in the U.S. have become increasingly polarized in an attempt to get more votes — not because voters themselves are becoming more extremist.

The research team led by Northwestern University found that extremism is a strategy that has worked over the years even if voters’ views remain in the center. Voters are not looking for a perfect representative but a “satisficing,” meaning “good enough,” candidate.

“Our assumption is not that people aren’t trying

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Pakistan: Female lawyer abducted, raped for four days, advisor says Imran Khan has taken notice after video causes outrage online

#JusticeforNasreenAdvocate trends online after a video from Okara so a female lawyer who got abducted and raped circulated online.
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Pakistani tweeps are demanding #JusticeforNasreenAdvocate after a female lawyer was reportedly abducted and raped by three men in the district of Okara, in Pakistan’s Punjab province, on August 15. She was found four days later and her video has caused outrage online.

The victim, Irshad Nasreen, belongs to the city of Haveli Lakha

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Human rights cast shadow over China Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s Netherlands visit

the Netherlands on Wednesday will be all about trade, but human rights threaten to steal some of the spotlight from his planned focus on the second leg of his European tour.” data-reactid=”12″Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s visit to the Netherlands on Wednesday will be all about trade, but human rights threaten to steal some of the spotlight from his planned focus on the second leg of his European tour.

Wang is likely to lobby

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Abruptly canceled, ShanghaiPRIDE could be harbinger for China’s civil society

Annual Pride celebrations are not common in cities across China, but the city of Shanghai is an exception, where Pride events have occurred for a dozen years.

But now organizers say this year’s ShanghaiPRIDE festival is on hold to protect the “safety” of all involved. The rest of this year’s scheduled events in Shanghai are canceled and future events are on indefinite hiatus.

Related: ShanghaiPRIDE went on as planned last month. But the fight for

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America’s got talent, just not political talent | USA

The US presidential elections have the feel of the popular talent competition, America’s Got Talent (AGT).

Like the reality TV show, they are entertaining, emotional and highly competitive, and focus exclusively on the candidates’ talent and character or lack thereof, rather than anything that resembles political substance or agenda.

This is reinforced by the mainstream media’s “horse race journalism”, focusing mainly on the odds, through daily broadcasts of polls throughout.

The elections not only provide

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Mladic Lawyer Says He’s Unfit For Genocide Appeal

A lawyer for former Bosnian Serb military chief Ratko Mladic told a UN court on August 25 that he was at risk of a “miscarriage of justice” because he was mentally unfit to take part in an appeal hearing on his life sentence for genocide.

Mladic has challenged his 2017 conviction and life sentence for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in the civil war in the former Yugoslavia, including the 1995 Srebrenica massacre.

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Jay Rosenzweig on His Jewish Roots, Human Rights Activism and Passion for Equality

Until the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Jay Rosenzweig seemed to be everywhere. Although in theory, based in Toronto, he is the maestro of multi-tasking, appearing in Los Angeles on one day as a producer for a project to save the environment; in New York the next to advise a high tech firm; and then off to Tel Aviv, the U.K. or Dubai, to help firms recruit top talent. The New York Times even interviewed him for

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5 questions for Ronald Bailey on how the world is improving over time | American Enterprise Institute

When one looks at the data, it becomes clear that the
world is dramatically improving over the long term. So why are people so
pessimistic about the future? Ronald Bailey recently joined the Political
Economy podcast to explore this question.

Ronald is the science correspondent for Reason magazine and He’s the co-author — along with Marian Tupy — of the upcoming book, “Ten Global Trends Every Smart Person Should Know: And Many Others You

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