2020-11-24: News Headlines

Eliane Brum (2020-11-24). Coronavirus report from Brazil: Yanomami mothers beg for their babies' bodies. peoplesworld.org The indignity with which the Indigenous people are being treated in the COVID-19 pandemic opened a new and appalling chapter in the Brazilian government's violation of the rights of its original inhabitants. Three women are living a nightmare for which it will be necessary to invent a name. They are Sanà∂mas, part of the Yanomami …

MEE staff (2020-11-24). HRW calls on Saudi Arabia to reveal status of detained Uighurs. middleeasteye.net HRW calls on Saudi Arabia to reveal status of detained Uighurs | Aimadoula Waili and Nurmemet Rozi were arrested last week by Saudi authorities and risk deportation and torture in China, rights group says | Tue, 11/24/2020 – 20: 05 | Human Rights Watch has called on Saudi authorities to 'immediately disclose' the status of Hemdullah Abduweli and Nurmemet Rozi (AFP/File photo) | Human Rights Watch has called on…

Evelyn Leopold (2020-11-24). Biden is Facing a Showdown on Iran Sanctions. counterpunch.org President Trump has called the Obama-initiated nuclear agreement for Iran a "horrible one-sided deal" and withdrew from it in 2018. Except he really didn't. This past summer, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a series of appeals to the UN Security Council, saying that the United States was still a member of the deal, based

MEE staff (2020-11-24). Egyptian rights group says jailed director is in 'danger' from inhumane treatment. middleeasteye.net Egyptian rights group says jailed director is in 'danger' from inhumane treatment | The arrest of EIPR staff has triggered rare western condemnation of the Sisi government's crackdown on human rights | Tue, 11/24/2020 – 14: 02 | Gasser Abdelrazek was detained on 19 November, a few days after two of his colleagues were arrested over a human rights seminar their organisation held with western diplomats (EIPR)…

MEE correspondent (2020-11-24). Egypt urged to release two women whose pretrial detention has expired. middleeasteye.net Egypt urged to release two women whose pretrial detention has expired | On 21 November, the two-year pretrial detention limit of Hoda Abdelmonem and Aisha al-Shater ended, making their continued imprisonment unlawful, says rights group | Tue, 11/24/2020 – 13: 40 | Abdelmonem (L) and Shater were held in November 2018 as part of a wave of detentions which targeted nearly 40 human rights w…

Doctors for Assange (2020-11-24). Doctors for Assange Statement. Ongoing Torture and Neglect. globalresearch.ca Sunday 22nd November 2020 marked 12 months since doctors from around the world Since …

news.un (2020-11-24). Protect civilians uphold human rights, UN tells warring parties in Ethiopia. news.un.org The UN's top human rights official has called on the parties to the conflict in Ethiopia's Tigray region to give "clear and unambiguous orders" to their forces not to target civilians, and protect them from assault.

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-24). Human rights organizations demand release of jailed student activists in Myanmar. peoplesdispatch.org Several activists and students, many from the All Burma Federation of Student Unions, have been recently arrested by the Myanmar authorities for protesting against human rights violations in the country's Rakhine and Chin States…

Anthony Cartalucci (2020-11-24). Thailand: Hiding Sedition Behind "Free Speech" thealtworld.com As the US has done around the globe, it is backing groups engaged in propaganda and disinformation aimed at undermining Thailand's leadership including its 700+ year old monarchy, an institution's whose head — the King of Thailand — also serves as the nation's head of state. | US-funded fronts posing as "human rights" advocates claim this propaganda and disinformation — amounting to defamation under the laws of any other nation on Earth — is simply "free speech." | I explain how this is absolutely wrong and how US-funded sedition in Thailand is merely hiding behind "free speech," not "fight…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-24). Persecution of political prisoners and activists intensifies in Egypt. peoplesdispatch.org Imprisoned human rights activist Gasser Abdel-Razek has been subjected to cruel treatment in prison, claimed his lawyers. Meanwhile, on Monday, a criminal court in Cairo designated 28 Egyptians, including prominent activists, as terrorists…

International Human Rights Art Festival (2020-11-24). Saturday 12/12: Virtual Festival Celebration of International Human Rights Day. indybay.org Virtual event…

news.un (2020-11-24). 'Deplorable' killing of Afro-Brazilian man shows need to address racism, discrimination. news.un.org The killing of an Afro-Brazilian man, and the widespread outrage it has sparked, underscores the urgent need for the Government to tackle racism and racial discrimination in South America's largest country, the UN human rights office, OHCHR, said on Tuesday.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-24). Negotiations led to no result; we can nullify sanctions. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 24 (MNA) — Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei says the collective effort, and innovation are the keys to ward off the impacts of the cruel sanctions against the Iranian nation.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-23). Afghan Nat. Security Council urges UN sanctions on Taliban. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 23 (MNA) — The Afghan government has once again called on the UN Security Council to impose tough sanctions on the Taliban.

Ralph Nader (2020-11-23). Trump's Massive, Lawless, and Immoral Legacy to Our Country Will Continue Unless … counterpunch.org Trump has gotten away with almost everything throughout his bankruptcy-driven business career and his corrupt, cruel, and costly political years in the White House. Things changed on November 3, when he was retired by the voters.

MEE staff (2020-11-23). Egyptian officials to face trial over torture and murder of Giulio Regeni. middleeasteye.net Egyptian officials to face trial over torture and murder of Giulio Regeni | After disappearing in Cairo, the 28-year-old doctoral researcher's body was later discovered by the Cairo-Alexandria highway | Mon, 11/23/2020 – 21: 03 | The trial will likely reveal more details about Regeni's horrific death, with his body badly mutilated by torture (AFP/File photo) | Egyptian security officials will likely face trial…

Nadda Osman (2020-11-23). Uighur scholar arrested in Saudi Arabia at risk of deportation to China. middleeasteye.net Uighur scholar arrested in Saudi Arabia at risk of deportation to China | Activists and human rights advocates have raised concerns that Aimadoula Waili may be tortured in a 're-education' camp if sent back to China | Mon, 11/23/2020 – 15: 48 | The scholar fears he could be deported back to China, where Uighurs face persecution (Supplied) | A Uighur Muslim religious scholar was arrested in Saudi Arabia o…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-23). Human rights organizations condemn police repression of protests in Guatemala. peoplesdispatch.org Various national and international human rights organizations rejected the excessive use of force by the Guatemalan state security forces against protesters during an anti-government protest in the capital Guatemala City, on November 21. | The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), through a series of tweets on November 22, condemned the violent police repression of peaceful demonstration. The Family Association of the Detained Disappeared of Guatemala (FAMDEGUA), Impunity Watch Guatemala, Former Guatemalan attorney general, Claudia Paz, and the Human Rights Ombudsman, Jordán Rodas, among others, also…

United Nations Assoc. San Francisco (2020-11-23). Saturday 12/12: Human Rights Day 2020: Racial Justice & Human Rights in the 21st Century. indybay.org Online event…

Fight Back (2020-11-23). A Venezuelan view: Trump the fraudster. fightbacknews.org U.S. role in the world and its election | In spite of its decline as the superpower of the world, the United States continues to be the major imperial power of the planet. Its economic and military power allows the U.S. to influence and to even directly intervene in crucial scenarios of the world. | It is inevitable then, that most major mass media outlets of the world, as well as the world's citizens, closely follow electoral processes in the U.S. In fact, after the November 3, 2020 election, street protests against police killings continue and there is no remedy at hand for the gross human rights violations in…

Amnesty International (2020-11-23). State Department's attack on the BDS Movement Violates Freedom of Expression and Endangers Human Rights Protection. globalresearch.ca Responding to the United States Department of State announcement designating the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement as antisemitic and planning to identify organizations supporting BDS with a view to reviewing and halting their funding, Bob Goodfellow, the Interim …

Fight Back (2020-11-23). A Venezuelan view: Trump the fraudster. fightbacknews.org U.S. role in the world and its election | In spite of its decline as the superpower of the world, the United States continues to be the major imperial power of the planet. Its economic and military power allows the U.S. to influence and to even directly intervene in crucial scenarios of the world. | It is inevitable then, that most major mass media outlets of the world, as well as the world's citizens, closely follow electoral processes in the U.S. In fact, after the November 3, 2020 election, street protests against police killings continue and there is no remedy at hand for the gross human rights violations in…

teleSUR (2020-11-23). Western Union Halts US-Cuba Transfers. telesurenglish.net The U.S. company Western Union Monday halted the transfer of remittances to Cuba, following new sanctions by the U.S. Department of the Treasury (USDOT). | RELATED: | Representing the closure of 407 offices on the island, the Cuban financial company Fincimex agreed with Western Union to suspend the operation. | The decision comes after, the USDOT released in October the draft of a final rule to eliminate the sco…

Pip Hinman (2020-11-23). Protest demands an end to strip searches in NSW. greenleft.org.au Rachel Evans reports on a protest outside Silverwater Correctional Services to demand an end to strip searches on female detainees.

ibasid (2020-11-23). Video: The Day of Democratic Shame. The Berlin November 18 Rally against The Lockdown. Police Repression. globalresearch.ca 18.11.2020 — Tag der demokratischen Schande — Die etwas andere Perspektive. | Police repression is being routinely carried out in response to Germany's Infection Protection Law which denies fundamental rights to oppose the Merkel government's lockdown policies, which have triggered unemployment …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-23). Human Rights tool to put pressure on 'independent' states. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 23 (MNA) — Terming Canada as a human rights violater, Judiciary Chief noted that today, the notion of human rights has become a tool for putting pressure on independent states.

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-23). US sanctions against independent countries failed policy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 23 (MNA) — In a meeting with the Turkish Ambassador, the Iranian Parliament Speaker said that US sanctions against independent countries are a failed policy.

news.un (2020-11-23). UN expert calls for urgent action to end 'pandemic of femicide and violence against women'. news.un.org COVID-19 is overshadowing what has become a "pandemic of femicide" and related gender-based violence against women and girls, said independent UN human rights expert Dubravka ≈ imonoviƒá on Monday, calling for the universal establishment of national initiatives to monitor and prevent such killings.‚Ä&Oslash…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-23). Pompeo says US restricted Iran's access to oil revenues. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 23 (MNA) — The US Secretary of State claimed that US sanctions have prevented Iran from directly accessing 70 billion dollars in oil revenues.

Amanda Marcotte (2020-11-23). Trump's on his way out, but leaves a lasting legacy: The right's open embrace of terrorism. salon.com How did the Kenosha shooter post $2 million in bail? Because conservatives are normalizing right-wing terrorism…

CIRRG (2020-11-22). Saturday 11/21: Town Hall on Indigenous Rights, Sovereignty, and Self Determination. indybay.org Online town hall…

The Canary (2020-11-22). Parties unite to call for Pat Finucane killing public inquiry. thecanary.co Four political parties in the north of Ireland have united to call for a public inquiry into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane. | Mr Finucane, 39, was murdered by loyalist terrorists in front of his family in 1989 amid claims of collusion with state security forces. | In February last year, the Supreme Court ruled that investigations into the fatal shooting of the solicitor have not been effective and fell short of international human rights standards. | BREAKING: Letter from the four parties to Brandon Lewis calling on the British Government to hold a public inquiry into the killing of human rights l…

RT (2020-11-22). 'Soothing statements' by Erdogan won't be enough for Turkey to avoid EU sanctions, French FM warns. rt.com Paris expects 'actions,' not words, from Turkey, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said ahead of the crucial European Council meeting next month where sanctions against Ankara may be adopted. | "Soothing statements that we've heard from President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan over the past two or three days aren't enough, we need actions," Le Drian told Le Grand Jury program, simultaneously broadcast by RTL, Le Figaro, and LCI. | Earlier this week, Erdogan insisted that he wants "stronger cooperation with our European friends and allies" amid a cooldown in relations between Brussels and Ankara over a whole r…

Al-Thawra (2020-11-22). Poverty in Iraq's Basra rises to record 40%. indybay.org The Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) has warned that the Iraqi city and governorate of Basra is suffering from an increasingly high poverty rate, with almost 40 per cent of residents now living below the poverty line.

_____ (2020-11-22). Guaido's Team Told To Comply With UK Court Order In Gold Litigation. popularresistance.org London – According to the London-based legal firm Zaiwalla & Co., Guaido's lawyers sought to argue during an administrative hearing held on Thursday at the London Commercial High Court that they were unable to produce the £400.000 ($529.000) required because of the sanctions in place against Venezuela by the United States. | The BCV counsellor noted that the losing side only raised the issue of the sanctions after the October 20 payment deadline had passed, so judge Sara Cockerill warned them that they should find better excuses, or they will be in "all sort of trouble" for failing to comply with a UK…

Abdul Rahman (2020-11-22). US sanctions on Iran stand as an obstacle to any constructive engagement in West Asia. peoplesdispatch.org The relentless maximum pressure campaign of the Trump administration against Iran which is continuing even after his electoral loss will be tough for a Biden administration to reverse, assuming there is the will to do so…

RT (2020-11-21). US again threatens sanctions on European companies over Nord Stream 2 as Russian-German pipeline project ploughs ahead. rt.com The US State Department has warned of potential retaliation against a number of European companies involved in the construction of a controversial new gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. | According to Hamburg-based news agency DPA, companies involved in the construction of the infrastructure under the Baltic Sea have been given a final warning from Washington. An American government official is quoted in reports as saying "this pipeline will not take place… The US does not want to impose sanctions on European companies. We are making these calls to caution them and give them time to get out." | The Nord St…

RT (2020-11-21). Putin urges G20 leaders to 'limit' protectionism & abandon using unilateral sanctions. rt.com Speaking at the G20 summit on Saturday, Russia's President Vladimir Putin called on world leaders to address the piled-up issues facing international trade, urging them to limit protectionism and abandon sanction practices. | "We have to tackle the urgent problems that have accumulated in international trade. In particular, it is necessary to try and curb protectionism, abandon the practice of unilateral sanctions, and resume supply chains," Putin told the virtual G20 summit. | Russia's leader noted that the reinvigoration of international trade was also discussed during an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (A…

RT (2020-11-21). Russia blacklists 25 British individuals in tit-for-tat move over UK's imposition of 'Magnitsky List' sanctions. rt.com Moscow has imposed sanctions on 25 British individuals, mirroring restrictions rolled out by London earlier this year over the case of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian tax auditor who died in police custody back in 2009. | The announcement was made by Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Saturday. | "In response to the unfriendly actions of the British authorities and on the basis of the principle of reciprocity, the Russian side made a decision to impose personal sanctions against 25 representatives of Britain who are barred from entering Russia," Zakharova said in a statement, without naming th…

MEE and agencies (2020-11-21). Erdogan says Turkey's future 'together with Europe'. middleeasteye.net Erdogan says Turkey's future 'together with Europe' | Turkish president calls for dialogue ahead of possible further EU sanctions and amid rising tensions with Greece over gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean | Sat, 11/21/2020 – 19: 06 | 'We expect the EU to keep its promises, not to discriminate against us,' Turkey's President Erdogan said on Saturday (AFP) | Turkish President Rec…

RT (2020-11-21). Anti-LGBT 'arsonist' requests asylum in Russia claiming he is target of 'extremist' Brazilian gay community. rt.com A Brazilian man accused of attacking a movie company over its depiction of Jesus Christ as homosexual has asked Russia for asylum after being arrested in Moscow in September at the request of Interpol. | Eduardo Fauzi is among five suspects in what prosecutors say is an attempted murder and was detained on behalf of international police in Russia after being added to a wanted list. | Fauzi stands accused of throwing Molotov cocktails at the Portados Fundos movie studio in Rio de Janeiro, endangering the life of a security guard who had been inside the building at the time. The production company had been invol…

MEE correspondent (2020-11-21). Egypt: Female political prisoners beaten during inspection mission. middleeasteye.net Egypt: Female political prisoners beaten during inspection mission | Rights group says Qanatir prison security force attacked number of female prisoners during inspection by a newly appointed official | Sat, 11/21/2020 – 14: 33 | The Qanatir women's prison in Qalyubia governorate holds dozens of female political prisoners (Twitter) | Egyptian officials physically assaulted a number of f…

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-11-21). In 'Tremendous Rebuke' of Trump Appointee, Federal Judge Bars US Media Agency Head From Interfering in News Coverage. commondreams.org "Michael Pack has repeatedly and intentionally violated the First Amendment rights of VOA journalists." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-21). Human rights organizations condemn arrest of Egyptian activists. peoplesdispatch.org Three functionaries of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Gasser Abdel-Razek, Karim Ennarah and Mohammed Basheer, have been arrested over the past week. They have been sent into pre-trial detention…

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-11-21). The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: How to Mislead All Humanity. Using a "Test" To Lock Down Society. globalresearch.ca The misuse of the RT-PCR technique is used as an intentional strategy by some governments, supported by scientific safety councils and by the dominant media, to justify the violation of a large number of constitutional rights, the destruction of the economy with the bankruptcy of entire active sectors of society,…

Almira Tanner (2020-11-21). Five reasons why a moratorium is the right next step in our fight to #CancelAnimalAg. indybay.org If you're reading this, I likely don't need to tell you that something is deeply wrong and unjust about animal agriculture. This industry tortures and kills trillions of animals each year, forces marginalized people to work in unsafe and traumatizing environments, and is a leading contributor of greenhouse gases, ocean dead zones, and pandemic-causing zoonotic diseases. We need to completely abolish animal agriculture and transition to a more just, plant-based food system, but it's not going to happen overnight.

MEE staff (2020-11-20). UN experts warn 50 people face possible executions in Iraq after unfair trials. middleeasteye.net UN experts warn 50 people face possible executions in Iraq after unfair trials | After 21 executions this week, UN experts urge Baghdad to halt mass capital punishment | Fri, 11/20/2020 – 22: 08 | Statement by UN experts notes there are currently about 4,000 prisoners slated for execution (AFP/File photo) | UN human rights experts have said 50 Iraqi prisoners face possible execution next week following convict…

MEE staff (2020-11-20). US senators urge Egypt to take action in case of detained Christian activist. middleeasteye.net US senators urge Egypt to take action in case of detained Christian activist | Legislators ask Cairo to allow fair trial for Ramy Kamel or drop charges and release him | Fri, 11/20/2020 – 19: 02 | Ramy Kamel is prominent Coptic Christian activist and founder of rights group Maspero Youth Union (Twitter) | A pair of bipartisan senators called on the Egyptian government to take action in the case of an imprisone…

_____ (2020-11-20). Trump Plans Series Of Actions Against China Before Biden Inauguration. popularresistance.org The Trump administration is planning a series of hardline actions against China with the aim of making it politically untenable for a Biden administration to reverse the moves, administration officials told Axios. | According to the officials, the administration plans to sanction or restrict trade with Chinese companies, officials, and government entities. The actions will be related to alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, so-called threats to US national security, and China's fishing industry.

WSWS (2020-11-20). Pompeo escalates Iran war threats in trip to Israel. wsws.org The US Secretary of State arrived in the wake of Israeli air strikes against Iranian forces in Syria, and announced yet another round of sanctions against Tehran.

2020-11-23: News Headlines

Ashoka Mukpo (2020-11-23). Bloody Masks and Fevers on Shift: Immigrant Workers Face Abuse in Nebraska Meatpacking Plant. aclu.org Last spring, as people across the globe raced to shut themselves indoors and shelter away from the threat of COVID-19, meatpacking workers in America suddenly found themselves exposed, vulnerable, and

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-23). Afghan Nat. Security Council urges UN sanctions on Taliban. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 23 (MNA) — The Afghan government has once again called on the UN Security Council to impose tough sanctions on the Taliban.

Nadda Osman (2020-11-23). Uighur scholar arrested in Saudi Arabia at risk of deportation to China. middleeasteye.net Uighur scholar arrested in Saudi Arabia at risk of deportation to China | Activists and human rights advocates have raised concerns that Aimadoula Waili may be tortured in a 're-education' camp if sent back to China | Mon, 11/23/2020 – 15: 48 | The scholar fears he could be deported back to China, where Uighurs face persecution (Supplied) | A Uighur Muslim religious scholar was arrested in Saudi Arabia o…

MEE staff (2020-11-23). Egyptian officials to face trial over torture and murder of Giulio Regeni. middleeasteye.net Egyptian officials to face trial over torture and murder of Giulio Regeni | After disappearing in Cairo, the 28-year-old doctoral researcher's body was later discovered by the Cairo-Alexandria highway | Mon, 11/23/2020 – 21: 03 | The trial will likely reveal more details about Regeni's horrific death, with his body badly mutilated by torture (AFP/File photo) | Egyptian security officials will likely face trial…

Ralph Nader (2020-11-23). Trump's Massive, Lawless, and Immoral Legacy to Our Country Will Continue Unless … counterpunch.org Trump has gotten away with almost everything throughout his bankruptcy-driven business career and his corrupt, cruel, and costly political years in the White House. Things changed on November 3, when he was retired by the voters.

news.un (2020-11-23). UN expert calls for urgent action to end 'pandemic of femicide and violence against women'. news.un.org COVID-19 is overshadowing what has become a "pandemic of femicide" and related gender-based violence against women and girls, said independent UN human rights expert Dubravka ≈ imonoviƒá on Monday, calling for the universal establishment of national initiatives to monitor and prevent such killings.‚Ä&Oslash…

International Human Rights Art Festival (2020-11-23). Saturday 12/12: Virtual Festival Celebration of International Human Rights Day. indybay.org Virtual event…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-23). US sanctions against independent countries failed policy. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 23 (MNA) — In a meeting with the Turkish Ambassador, the Iranian Parliament Speaker said that US sanctions against independent countries are a failed policy.

Fight Back (2020-11-23). A Venezuelan view: Trump the fraudster. fightbacknews.org U.S. role in the world and its election | In spite of its decline as the superpower of the world, the United States continues to be the major imperial power of the planet. Its economic and military power allows the U.S. to influence and to even directly intervene in crucial scenarios of the world. | It is inevitable then, that most major mass media outlets of the world, as well as the world's citizens, closely follow electoral processes in the U.S. In fact, after the November 3, 2020 election, street protests against police killings continue and there is no remedy at hand for the gross human rights violations in…

Pip Hinman (2020-11-23). Protest demands an end to strip searches in NSW. greenleft.org.au Rachel Evans reports on a protest outside Silverwater Correctional Services to demand an end to strip searches on female detainees.

ibasid (2020-11-23). Video: The Day of Democratic Shame. The Berlin November 18 Rally against The Lockdown. Police Repression. globalresearch.ca 18.11.2020 — Tag der demokratischen Schande — Die etwas andere Perspektive. | Police repression is being routinely carried out in response to Germany's Infection Protection Law which denies fundamental rights to oppose the Merkel government's lockdown policies, which have triggered unemployment …

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-23). Human rights organizations condemn police repression of protests in Guatemala. peoplesdispatch.org Various national and international human rights organizations rejected the excessive use of force by the Guatemalan state security forces against protesters during an anti-government protest in the capital Guatemala City, on November 21. | The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), through a series of tweets on November 22, condemned the violent police repression of peaceful demonstration. The Family Association of the Detained Disappeared of Guatemala (FAMDEGUA), Impunity Watch Guatemala, Former Guatemalan attorney general, Claudia Paz, and the Human Rights Ombudsman, Jordán Rodas, among others, also…

United Nations Assoc. San Francisco (2020-11-23). Saturday 12/12: Human Rights Day 2020: Racial Justice & Human Rights in the 21st Century. indybay.org Online event…

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-23). Human Rights tool to put pressure on 'independent' states. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 23 (MNA) — Terming Canada as a human rights violater, Judiciary Chief noted that today, the notion of human rights has become a tool for putting pressure on independent states.

Amnesty International (2020-11-23). State Department's attack on the BDS Movement Violates Freedom of Expression and Endangers Human Rights Protection. globalresearch.ca Responding to the United States Department of State announcement designating the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement as antisemitic and planning to identify organizations supporting BDS with a view to reviewing and halting their funding, Bob Goodfellow, the Interim …

Mehr News Agency (2020-11-23). Pompeo says US restricted Iran's access to oil revenues. en.mehrnews.com TEHRAN, Nov. 23 (MNA) — The US Secretary of State claimed that US sanctions have prevented Iran from directly accessing 70 billion dollars in oil revenues.

Amanda Marcotte (2020-11-23). Trump's on his way out, but leaves a lasting legacy: The right's open embrace of terrorism. salon.com How did the Kenosha shooter post $2 million in bail? Because conservatives are normalizing right-wing terrorism…

CIRRG (2020-11-22). Saturday 11/21: Town Hall on Indigenous Rights, Sovereignty, and Self Determination. indybay.org Online town hall…

RT (2020-11-22). 'Soothing statements' by Erdogan won't be enough for Turkey to avoid EU sanctions, French FM warns. rt.com Paris expects 'actions,' not words, from Turkey, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said ahead of the crucial European Council meeting next month where sanctions against Ankara may be adopted. | "Soothing statements that we've heard from President [Recep Tayyip] Erdogan over the past two or three days aren't enough, we need actions," Le Drian told Le Grand Jury program, simultaneously broadcast by RTL, Le Figaro, and LCI. | Earlier this week, Erdogan insisted that he wants "stronger cooperation with our European friends and allies" amid a cooldown in relations between Brussels and Ankara over a whole r…

The Canary (2020-11-22). Parties unite to call for Pat Finucane killing public inquiry. thecanary.co Four political parties in the north of Ireland have united to call for a public inquiry into the murder of Belfast solicitor Pat Finucane. | Mr Finucane, 39, was murdered by loyalist terrorists in front of his family in 1989 amid claims of collusion with state security forces. | In February last year, the Supreme Court ruled that investigations into the fatal shooting of the solicitor have not been effective and fell short of international human rights standards. | BREAKING: Letter from the four parties to Brandon Lewis calling on the British Government to hold a public inquiry into the killing of human rights l…

Abdul Rahman (2020-11-22). US sanctions on Iran stand as an obstacle to any constructive engagement in West Asia. peoplesdispatch.org The relentless maximum pressure campaign of the Trump administration against Iran which is continuing even after his electoral loss will be tough for a Biden administration to reverse, assuming there is the will to do so…

Al-Thawra (2020-11-22). Poverty in Iraq's Basra rises to record 40%. indybay.org The Office of the High Commission for Human Rights (OHCHR) has warned that the Iraqi city and governorate of Basra is suffering from an increasingly high poverty rate, with almost 40 per cent of residents now living below the poverty line.

_____ (2020-11-22). Guaido's Team Told To Comply With UK Court Order In Gold Litigation. popularresistance.org London – According to the London-based legal firm Zaiwalla & Co., Guaido's lawyers sought to argue during an administrative hearing held on Thursday at the London Commercial High Court that they were unable to produce the £400.000 ($529.000) required because of the sanctions in place against Venezuela by the United States. | The BCV counsellor noted that the losing side only raised the issue of the sanctions after the October 20 payment deadline had passed, so judge Sara Cockerill warned them that they should find better excuses, or they will be in "all sort of trouble" for failing to comply with a UK…

MEE correspondent (2020-11-21). Egypt: Female political prisoners beaten during inspection mission. middleeasteye.net Egypt: Female political prisoners beaten during inspection mission | Rights group says Qanatir prison security force attacked number of female prisoners during inspection by a newly appointed official | Sat, 11/21/2020 – 14: 33 | The Qanatir women's prison in Qalyubia governorate holds dozens of female political prisoners (Twitter) | Egyptian officials physically assaulted a number of f…

RT (2020-11-21). Anti-LGBT 'arsonist' requests asylum in Russia claiming he is target of 'extremist' Brazilian gay community. rt.com A Brazilian man accused of attacking a movie company over its depiction of Jesus Christ as homosexual has asked Russia for asylum after being arrested in Moscow in September at the request of Interpol. | Eduardo Fauzi is among five suspects in what prosecutors say is an attempted murder and was detained on behalf of international police in Russia after being added to a wanted list. | Fauzi stands accused of throwing Molotov cocktails at the Portados Fundos movie studio in Rio de Janeiro, endangering the life of a security guard who had been inside the building at the time. The production company had been invol…

MEE and agencies (2020-11-21). Erdogan says Turkey's future 'together with Europe'. middleeasteye.net Erdogan says Turkey's future 'together with Europe' | Turkish president calls for dialogue ahead of possible further EU sanctions and amid rising tensions with Greece over gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean | Sat, 11/21/2020 – 19: 06 | 'We expect the EU to keep its promises, not to discriminate against us,' Turkey's President Erdogan said on Saturday (AFP) | Turkish President Rec…

RT (2020-11-21). Putin urges G20 leaders to 'limit' protectionism & abandon using unilateral sanctions. rt.com Speaking at the G20 summit on Saturday, Russia's President Vladimir Putin called on world leaders to address the piled-up issues facing international trade, urging them to limit protectionism and abandon sanction practices. | "We have to tackle the urgent problems that have accumulated in international trade. In particular, it is necessary to try and curb protectionism, abandon the practice of unilateral sanctions, and resume supply chains," Putin told the virtual G20 summit. | Russia's leader noted that the reinvigoration of international trade was also discussed during an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (A…

RT (2020-11-21). US again threatens sanctions on European companies over Nord Stream 2 as Russian-German pipeline project ploughs ahead. rt.com The US State Department has warned of potential retaliation against a number of European companies involved in the construction of a controversial new gas pipeline from Russia to Germany. | According to Hamburg-based news agency DPA, companies involved in the construction of the infrastructure under the Baltic Sea have been given a final warning from Washington. An American government official is quoted in reports as saying "this pipeline will not take place… The US does not want to impose sanctions on European companies. We are making these calls to caution them and give them time to get out." | The Nord St…

RT (2020-11-21). Russia blacklists 25 British individuals in tit-for-tat move over UK's imposition of 'Magnitsky List' sanctions. rt.com Moscow has imposed sanctions on 25 British individuals, mirroring restrictions rolled out by London earlier this year over the case of Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian tax auditor who died in police custody back in 2009. | The announcement was made by Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Saturday. | "In response to the unfriendly actions of the British authorities and on the basis of the principle of reciprocity, the Russian side made a decision to impose personal sanctions against 25 representatives of Britain who are barred from entering Russia," Zakharova said in a statement, without naming th…

Peoples Dispatch (2020-11-21). Human rights organizations condemn arrest of Egyptian activists. peoplesdispatch.org Three functionaries of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, Gasser Abdel-Razek, Karim Ennarah and Mohammed Basheer, have been arrested over the past week. They have been sent into pre-trial detention…

Dr. Pascal Sacré (2020-11-21). The COVID-19 RT-PCR Test: How to Mislead All Humanity. Using a "Test" To Lock Down Society. globalresearch.ca The misuse of the RT-PCR technique is used as an intentional strategy by some governments, supported by scientific safety councils and by the dominant media, to justify the violation of a large number of constitutional rights, the destruction of the economy with the bankruptcy of entire active sectors of society,…

Almira Tanner (2020-11-21). Five reasons why a moratorium is the right next step in our fight to #CancelAnimalAg. indybay.org If you're reading this, I likely don't need to tell you that something is deeply wrong and unjust about animal agriculture. This industry tortures and kills trillions of animals each year, forces marginalized people to work in unsafe and traumatizing environments, and is a leading contributor of greenhouse gases, ocean dead zones, and pandemic-causing zoonotic diseases. We need to completely abolish animal agriculture and transition to a more just, plant-based food system, but it's not going to happen overnight.

Julia Conley, staff writer (2020-11-21). In 'Tremendous Rebuke' of Trump Appointee, Federal Judge Bars US Media Agency Head From Interfering in News Coverage. commondreams.org "Michael Pack has repeatedly and intentionally violated the First Amendment rights of VOA journalists." | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files…

_____ (2020-11-20). Jewish-Led Groups Condemn Pompeo For Declaring Boycott-Divestment Movement Anti-Semitic. popularresistance.org Jewish peace activists led a wave of stinging rebuke of U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Thursday after he declared the peaceful Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian human rights "anti-Semitic" while visiting an illegal Israeli settler colony built on stolen West Bank land. | Pompeo became the first top U.S. diplomat to visit an Israeli settlement in the unlawfully occupied West Bank of Palestine as he lunched at a winery in Psagot, located on a hill formerly known as Jabel Tawil until Israeli forces conquered it in 1967.

Shatha Hammad (2020-11-20). Palestinians with disabilities battling PA for vital healthcare. middleeasteye.net Palestinians with disabilities battling PA for vital healthcare | Covid-19 has exposed a deeply flawed health insurance system that lets disabled Palestinians down badly | Fri, 11/20/2020 – 16: 17 | Disability rights activists including Abdelrahman Awwad (C) and Shatha Abu Srour (R) have staged a sit-in for nearly three weeks in Ramallah. The banner reads: "We die of coronavirus and we die of medic…

Staff (2020-11-20). "A Huge Blow to Civil Society": Egypt Arrests Leading Human Rights Monitors in Latest Crackdown. democracynow.org In Egypt, the executive director of the country's leading human rights group has been arrested as part of an unprecedented crackdown on activists and journalists. Gasser Abdel-Razek was arrested at his home just days after two other staffers for the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights were also arrested. The move signals a major escalation of repression from the government of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has imprisoned thousands of people since he came to power after the 2013 overthrow of former President Mohamed Morsi. "These arrests are a huge blow to civil society in Egypt," says Sharif Abdel Kouddo…

MEE staff (2020-11-20). US senators urge Egypt to take action in case of detained Christian activist. middleeasteye.net US senators urge Egypt to take action in case of detained Christian activist | Legislators ask Cairo to allow fair trial for Ramy Kamel or drop charges and release him | Fri, 11/20/2020 – 19: 02 | Ramy Kamel is prominent Coptic Christian activist and founder of rights group Maspero Youth Union (Twitter) | A pair of bipartisan senators called on the Egyptian government to take action in the case of an imprisone…

Sheren Khalel (2020-11-20). Campaigns to boycott Saudi Arabia G20 summit gain momentum. middleeasteye.net Campaigns to boycott Saudi Arabia G20 summit gain momentum | From hashtags to petitions, damning statements and full-page newspaper ads, human rights groups demand kingdom be held accountable | Fri, 11/20/2020 – 17: 12 | G20 logo is projected at historical al-Tarif in Diriyah district on outskirts of Saudi capital, Riyadh, on 20 November (AFP) | Human rights groups and activists have intensified ca…

MEE staff (2020-11-20). UN experts warn 50 people face possible executions in Iraq after unfair trials. middleeasteye.net UN experts warn 50 people face possible executions in Iraq after unfair trials | After 21 executions this week, UN experts urge Baghdad to halt mass capital punishment | Fri, 11/20/2020 – 22: 08 | Statement by UN experts notes there are currently about 4,000 prisoners slated for execution (AFP/File photo) | UN human rights experts have said 50 Iraqi prisoners face possible execution next week following convict…

Sheren Khalel (2020-11-20). 'The French government has no right': CAIR slams Macron's 'ultimatum' to Muslims. middleeasteye.net 'The French government has no right': CAIR slams Macron's 'ultimatum' to Muslims | Muslim-American civil rights group labels French president's order to establish 'National Council of Imams' under government parameters 'hypocritical and dangerous' | Fri, 11/20/2020 – 19: 58 | "> | The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) condemned French President Emmanuel Macro…

_____ (2020-11-20). Trump Plans Series Of Actions Against China Before Biden Inauguration. popularresistance.org The Trump administration is planning a series of hardline actions against China with the aim of making it politically untenable for a Biden administration to reverse the moves, administration officials told Axios. | According to the officials, the administration plans to sanction or restrict trade with Chinese companies, officials, and government entities. The actions will be related to alleged human rights abuses in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, so-called threats to US national security, and China's fishing industry.

news.un (2020-11-20). UN agencies uphold human rights considerations in COVID-19 data collection. news.un.org The United Nations and 15 of its agencies have underlined their support for data collection during the COVID-19 pandemic which respects the right to privacy and promotes development.

news.un (2020-11-20). FROM THE FIELD: From President to shepherd, the dreams of displaced children of the Sahel. news.un.org Engineer, nurse, breakdancer, shepherd, human rights lawyer, journalist, musician and president are just some of the future dreams harboured by young displaced people in the Sahel region of Africa.

Common Cause (2020-11-20). Thursday 12/3: What's Next for Civil Rights: Democracy in the 117th Congress Town Hall w/ Common Cause. indybay.org Online via Zoom…

WSWS (2020-11-20). Pompeo escalates Iran war threats in trip to Israel. wsws.org The US Secretary of State arrived in the wake of Israeli air strikes against Iranian forces in Syria, and announced yet another round of sanctions against Tehran.