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George Bizos, human rights lawyer who fought apartheid in South Africa, dies at 92

George Bizos, a workhorse attorney who campaigned against apartheid in South Africa and defended his lifelong friend Nelson Mandela in court, died in Johannesburg on Wednesday. He was 92.



a close up of a man: George Bizos, a family friend of the late former President Nelson Mandela, listens to speeches during the memorial service for Ahmed Kathrada, at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, who spent 26 years in jail - many of them alongside Nelson Mandela - for working to end South Africa's previous white minority rule, died in Johannesburg on Tuesday morning. He was 87 years old.


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George Bizos, a family friend of the late former President Nelson Mandela, listens to speeches during the memorial service for Ahmed Kathrada, at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg, South Africa, Tuesday, March 28, 2017. Anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada, who spent 26 years

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Human rights group finds violations by federal law enforcement in Portland

A team of experts with Physicians for Human Rights, a New York-based group that documents rights violations, spent seven days in Portland investigating the use of crowd control weapons against protesters and law enforcement violence directed at volunteer medical staff.

That team released its findings Tuesday ahead of a Senate Judiciary subcommittee hearing in Washington, D.C.

“PHR has concluded that the response by federal agents that it documented in Portland was disproportionate, excessive, and indiscriminate,

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heroic South African human rights lawyer with a macabre duty to represent the dead

Advocate George Bizos, who has died at the age of 92, stands in the pantheon of South African human rights lawyers and anti-apartheid activists.

Throughout his lengthy lifetime, he doggedly used the courts as his chosen terrain to fight back against a police state that blatantly violated the rule of law. His lifelong commitment to human rights left a legacy in South Africa’s constitution and bill of rights. He knew that democracy is not a

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3 Reasons The U.S. Should Prioritize Human Rights With China

The U.S.-China relationship is under duress as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues its campaign against universal values and human rights. From the internment of an estimated 1.8 million Uighurs in political reeducation camps to the undermining of freedom in Hong Kong, the CCP is on a mission to consolidate its power and advance its own interests to the detriment of the Chinese people.

The CCP’s actions merit a

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Regime mocks human rights laws

It is a great pleasure to be with you for this international online summit for a free and democratic Iran. I want to send my best wishes to Ashraf 3’s residents in Albania and to the Iranian people.

The regime’s human rights abuses are well documented and sadly continue today with a matter of state policy because of the failure of the international community, including Western democracies, to hold the regime to account. The

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Cops Violated International Human Rights Standards, Domestic Laws During Delhi Riots 2020: Amnesty International



a group of people in uniform: Cops Violated International Human Rights Standards, Domestic Laws During Delhi Riots 2020: Amnesty International


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Cops Violated International Human Rights Standards, Domestic Laws During Delhi Riots 2020: Amnesty International

New Delhi: Six months after the in the North East Delhi violence which claimed the lives of more than 50 people, a majority of them being Muslims, Amnesty International has accused the Delhi Police of failing to prevent riots in between February and 23 and 29.

The investigation conducted by the human rights organisation alleges that there

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Human Rights Watch calls for action against human rights abuses

Kathmandu, Sept. 2 — The Human Rights Watch has called on the government to act on the National Human Rights Commission’s findings to ensure accountability for grave human rights abuses carried out by security forces.

Issuing a statement on Wednesday, the New York-based rights watchdog said that the government should stop reversing the commission’s findings and ensure its independence.

“There are mounting allegations of extrajudicial executions and deaths in custody resulting from torture, yet the

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Apple publishes human rights policy, commits to freedom of information

Apple on Friday published a document detailing its human rights policy and committing to “freedom of information and expression,” among other things.



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Apple publishes human rights policy, commits to freedom of information

“With humility, optimism, and an abiding faith in people, we’re committed to respecting the human rights of everyone whose lives we touch,” the four-page document reads.

At its February annual general meeting a shareholder proposal calling on Apple to

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Belarus: Businesses have the responsibility to respect human rights in the context of the crackdown on protests – Belarus

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC STATEMENT

EUR 49/2916/2020

The precarious human rights situation in Belarus requires businesses, equally foreign and national, to exercise particular diligence when operating in the country. As laid out in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UN Guiding Principles), business enterprises have a responsibility to respect human rights wherever they operate in the world. The UN Guiding Principles require that business enterprises take pro-active steps to ensure that they do

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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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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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Human Rights Clinic team submits amicus brief in Chiquita Brands lawsuit

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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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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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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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UN human rights experts call for justice and accountability in response to Beirut explosion [EN/AR] – Lebanon

GENEVA (13 August 2020) – The colossal deadly explosion in Beirut on 4 August requires a prompt and independent investigation that underscores international human rights obligations, clarifies responsibilities related to the explosion, and leads to justice and accountability, UN human rights experts* said today. They issued the following statement:

“The scale and impact of the lethal explosion are unprecedented. We are deeply concerned about the level of irresponsibility and impunity surrounding human and environmental devastation

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In major shift, state Human Rights Commission broadens LGBT protections statewide – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

The Kansas Human Rights Commission moved Friday to begin considering discrimination claims from LGBT Kansans in employment, public accommodation and housing, a significant ruling that may be challenged in court.

In an email to state legislators Friday, KHRC executive director Ruth Glover said that the move was part of the body’s interpretation of the June Bostock v. Clayton U.S. Supreme Court decision, which ruled that sexual and gender identity were covered under the Civil Rights

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China’s national security law triggering radical transformation of Hong Kong’s human rights

Despite pledges from top Hong Kong officials that China’s draconian national security law, which contains 66 articles and criminalizes succession and subversion, to terrorism and collusion, would only impact a small fraction of its 7 million residents, almost every facet of the once independent enclave – from education to civil society to technology – has been radically transformed in just over a month.

Annie Boyajian, director of advocacy at Freedom House, told Fox News that

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Venezuela: Human rights organizations call on UN Human Rights Council to extend and strengthen Fact-Finding Mission

Today, 84 national and international human rights organizations have launched a call on states at the UN Human Rights Council to renew and strengthen the important mandate of the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Venezuela during the upcoming Council session in September. States should ensure that the Fact-Finding Mission has sufficient funding and is empowered to collect, consolidate, preserve and analyze evidence for future prosecutions or other accountability purposes, including international justice mechanisms, in order

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Untangling the Gun Lobby’s Web of Self-Defense and Human Rights

Every human life has inherent value and dignity, and every person has the right to life, liberty, and personal security. These truths are codified in the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR was historic, with nations coming together to explicitly recognize the need to protect and preserve these fundamental rights, structuring constitutions to explicitly defend their citizens’ human rights, and particularly their rights to life, freedom, and security. The protection of human

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Arbitration Could Resolve ‘Disaster’ Of Human Rights At Sea

Could international arbitration provide a way for victims of human rights abuses at sea to finally seek redress after years of falling under the radar? A new initiative is betting that the answer to that question is yes.

The project is aimed at developing a mechanism to resolve disputes concerning human rights abuses at sea using international arbitration — in matters ranging from enslaved workers forced to toil on fishing vessels with little food and

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