US hits Chinese company over Venezuela internet curbs
Washington (AFP) - The United States on Monday imposed sanctions on a major Chinese electronics and engineering company for assisting Venezuela in curbing dissent on the internet.The US said it was restricting transactions with the China National Electronics Import and Export Corporation (CEIEC) and blocking assets of any firm in which the state-owned company holds 50 percent stake or higher.The Treasury Department said CEIEC provides expertise to Venezuela's state-owned telecom company, which has blocked independent media as well as livestreams by opposition leader Juan Guaido, who is recogni...
Cuban president says artist collective's protest was US plot
Havana (AFP) - Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel said Sunday that a recent protest in Havana by an artists' collective over freedom of expression was "the last attempt" by US President Donald Trump's administration "to overthrow the revolution.""You know they tried to trick us. They set up a media circus," Diaz-Canel told hundreds of young people who took part in a "defense of the revolution" event in a park in the capital. The protest was "the last attempt that the Trumpists and the anti-Cuban mafia (in Miami) could lead." He called it part of an "unconventional war strategy to try to overthr...
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Wherever you look, far-right and ultra-conservative movements are gaining strength – and even taking over governments. The backlash against human rights and social justice is alive and kicking across the world, from Poland to Brazil to the US.Here at openDemocracy, we’re committed to exposing the religious and political movements, dark money and elite networks behind this backlash, and also in documenting resistance to it, in particular from women, LBTIQ groups and feminist media.We’re now looking to expand our coverage of Belarus, Moldova, Ukraine, Russia, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Kazakh...
Demonstrations resume against effective Polish abortion ban
Hundreds of people demonstrated again in Warsaw on Saturday against the tightening of Poland's abortion law.The police asked the demonstrators to leave via loudspeaker and tried to surround them, the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza reported."We have a right to protest," the crowd chanted. The participants carried banners with slogans such as: "Don't tell me how to live" and "Get rid of the misogynist government." The police have taken several people into custody, the PAP news agency reported.Rally organizers symbolically renamed a square in the city centre as "Women's Rights Square."Smaller rallies ...
Egypt rights advocate Hafez Abu Seada dies of coronavirus
Prominent human rights advocate and lawyer Hafez Abu Seada, 55, has died after contracting coronavirus.His wife, also a lawyer and rights advocate, announced his death yesterday:"The love of my life, the father of my children, and the greatest man I've seen and lived with, and my pillar throughout my life, Dr Hafez Abu Seada, the lawyer and human rights advocate, the head of the EOHR, has passed away."One week ago, Seada announced that he had contracted the virus and was admitted to hospital.He was the chairman and cofounder of Egypt's oldest human rights organisation, the Egyptian Organisatio...
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UN human rights commissioner condemns killing of black man in Brazil
UN Human Rights Commissioner Michelle Bachelet on Tuesday called for a transparent and independent investigation into the death of Joao Alberto Silveira Freitas, a black man who was beaten to death by supermarket security guards in Brazil.The killing on the eve of Black Consciousness Day last week in Porto Alegre sparked outrage across the country.The incident followed a confrontation between the 40-year-old and a supermarket employee, who called security. Footage showed two white guards punching Freitas in the face and kneeling on top of him.The killing is "an extreme but sadly all too common...
Azerbaijani ombudsman upbeat about restoration of IDPs’ rights
By Vafa IsmayilovaHuman rights commissioner Sabina Aliyeva has hailed the restoration of rights of all Azerbaijani IDPs and said that Baku will continue working with international rights bodies in the name of human rights and peace, Azertag reported.Aliyeva made the remarks in her video message to the international community on the liberation of Azerbaijani territories and the restoration of rights of about one million IDPs.“We will continue our collaboration with all respective international human rights organizations and human rights institutions in the name of human rights and peace,” Sabin...
Raphael Warnock drops Palestinian rights in bid for US Senate
US Senate candidate Kelly Loeffler, a Republican, is appealing to the fears and simmering hatreds of some white people in Georgia. She intends to paint her Democratic rival, Rev. Raphael Warnock, as an anti-Israel and Black Lives Matter extremist.Loeffler, who was challenged this year over possible financial misconduct, has lambasted the Black Lives Matter movement and has promoted an interview she did with Jack Posobiec, a journalist the Atlanta Journal-Constitution has described as “associated with white supremacy and Nazism.”I joined @JackPosobiec on @OANN to discuss why I had to call out t...
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