Day: September 17, 2020

Joint Statement: Draft Law on Public Order Violates Women’s Rights

As representatives of organizations working to promote women’s rights and gender equality in Cambodia, we wish to express our deep concern regarding numerous articles within the Draft Law on Public Order (DLPO), provisions of which violate women’s human rights. We therefore also endorse and echo the call made to the Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) in a Joint Civil Society Statement on August 13, 2020, to scrap the draft law.

We acknowledge and commend the RGC for taking positive action to tackle gender inequality through a number of comprehensive policy initiatives, including the upcoming Third National Action Plan to prevent Violence Against Women (NAPVAW III), and the Fifth Strategic Plan for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women in Cambodia (Neary Rattanak V). However, we are disturbed by the DLPO’s potential to subject women to criminal sanctions for dress and behavior that allegedly violate arbitrary and discriminatory social norms related

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Our right to spend time with loved ones is being cruelly violated by the government | Dementia

Just as I sat down to write this piece, my phone rang. The woman’s voice was thick with distress. She didn’t want her name to be public, didn’t want practical help; she just wanted to tell her story to someone and she didn’t know who would listen and who would care.

Her husband, to whom she has been married for 57 years, has dementia and is in a home. Before lockdown, she visited twice a day, spending hours with him, kissing him, hugging and holding him. He is at a stage of his dementia where it can be hard to have a conversation, but, she says, “he understands affective language” – the language of touch, of physical presence and affection. People with dementia lose so much, but they usually do not lose their deep feelings, their love and need.

In March, the doors shut. When at last she was

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‘The Society’ Creator on Netflix’s ‘Upsetting’ Cancellation of the Show

Christopher Keyser, who created “The Society,” found out Thursday that Netflix was suddenly pulling the plug on his show. The streamer, which also canceled “I Am Not Okay With This,” released a statement Friday saying, “We’re disappointed to have to make these decisions due to circumstances created by COVID.”

“We spent the last bunch of months getting ready to go back again, dealing with all the COVID protocols,” Keyser told Variety Monday. “And then I got a call from Netflix saying, ‘We have made this decision.’ It was obviously pretty upsetting and abrupt.” Keyser, whose credits include co-creating “Party of Five,” said he and co-executive producer Pavlina Hatoupis spent the rest of Thursday and Friday calling the cast and crew preparing them before the news broke.

“The Society” premiered on Netflix in May 2019. The show is about a group of high-school students from an affluent (and fictional) Connecticut

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The NPR Politics Podcast : NPR



ALEX: This is Alex (ph)…

COVE: Cove (ph).

ALEX: …And Boy, our German Shepherd, in Springfield, Ore. We’re walking her right now with our masks on.

COVE: Not because there’s anybody nearby, but because ash is raining down on us from the nearby Holiday Farm Fire.

ALEX: Thanks to our local NPR station, we know that the fire’s now over 105,000 acres and still 0% contained.

COVE: This podcast was recorded at…

TAMARA KEITH, HOST:

1:12 p.m. on Friday, September 11.

ALEX: Things might have changed by the time you hear this.

COVE: OK. Here’s the show.

(SOUNDBITE OF THE BIGTOP ORCHESTRA’S “TEETER BOARD: FOLIES BERGERE (MARCH AND TWO-STEP)”)

ASMA KHALID, BYLINE: Wow. It sounds like a really, really rough situation.

KEITH: Everybody stay safe out there. And the fires are exactly what we are talking about today. Hey there. It’s the NPR POLITICS PODCAST. I’m Tamara Keith. I cover

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Ethiopian Opposition Leader Charged With Terrorism, Lawyer Says

(Bloomberg) — Ethiopian authorities charged an opposition party leader and seven other people with terrorism following violent protests that erupted in the capital earlier this year after the killing of a musician.

Eskinder Nega, the leader of the Balderas for Genuine Democracy party, was accused of inciting clashes and seeking to overthrow the government through violent means, according to his lawyer, Henok Aklilu. Four other members of Balderas are among those charged, he said.

“I believe this is politically motivated,” Henok said by phone Thursday. The charges were reported earlier by the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corp.

Authorities arrested more than 9,000 people during the protests in Addis Ababa, which were sparked by the assassination of Haacaalu Hundeessa on June 29. The singer-songwriter was a popular voice during protests by the Oromo, Ethiopia’s biggest ethnic group, for reforms in the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front that led to the

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