Human Rights

Lack of finances in media outlets forced them to go online
Human Rights

Lack of finances in media outlets forced them to go online

After the Taliban take over on Afghanistan, many sectors are facing problems including media industry. The journalist Union of Afghanistan has said around 153 small and big media houses have shut, many have stopped printing newspapers and magazines due to lack of finances. Where as many have started writing online. Ahmad Shoaib Fana, chief executive of the national journalists union, said: “Print media has stopped in the country. If the situation goes on like this, we will face a social crisis.” Ali Haqmal, a journalist working for 8 Sobh newspaper, reports that the outlet is now publishing online. He said: “We made efforts to do whatever people expect. We focus on reporting online, and we still try to get the information to the people.” Ashaq Ali Ehsas, deputy chief of 8 Sobh ne...
Coronavirus Threat Hangs Over U.N. General Assembly
China, Environment, Human Rights

Coronavirus Threat Hangs Over U.N. General Assembly

If you would like to receive U.N. Brief in your inbox this week, please sign up here . Here’s what’s on tap for today: Coronavirus woes precede the annual summit, the U.N. chief settles on a new envoy for Myanmar , tracking Team Biden ’s plans, and diplomats engage in last-ditch efforts to avert climate catastrophe . Welcome back to U.N. Brief, Foreign Policy’s pop-up guide to this year’s United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). Here’s what’s on tap for today: Coronavirus woes precede the annual summit, the U.N. chief settles on a new envoy for Myanmar, tracking Team Biden’s plans, and diplomats engage in last-ditch efforts to avert climate catastrophe. If you would like to receive U.N. Brief in your inbox this week, please sign up here. Can UNGA Avoid a Superspreader Event? The U.N. ...
Denounce Guinea’s Coup—and Incumbent Leaders’ Abuses of Power
China, Human Rights, Politics

Denounce Guinea’s Coup—and Incumbent Leaders’ Abuses of Power

Coming on the heels of successful coups in neighboring Mali and Chad, and an unsuccessful attempt in Niger, the coup has revived fears of military governments. Doumbouya wants to be seen as a defender of democracy against one-man rule, paraphrasing in his first televised public address sentiments of the late Ghanaian military strongman-turned-President Jerry Rawlings: “If the people are crushed by their elites, it is up to the army to give the people their freedom,” Doumbouya said. On Sept. 5, Guinea’s controversial President Alpha Condé was deposed from power by an elite military group led by Col. Mamady Doumbouya that was established in 2018 to battle growing terrorist threats in the region. On Sept. 5, Guinea’s controversial President Alpha Condé was deposed from power by an elite mi...
Does AUKUS Imply Start Of A New ‘Cold War’? UK PM’s Old Rival Corbyn Not A Fan
China, Human Rights

Does AUKUS Imply Start Of A New ‘Cold War’? UK PM’s Old Rival Corbyn Not A Fan

At the outset of the collective, AUKUS i.e Australia, United Kingdom, United States of America association, that was announced on September 15, Jeremy Corbyn, a Member of UK Parliament from Islington constituency indicated the trilateral defence association as 'AUKUS cold war'. Corbyn, the leader of Opposition in the PM Boris Johnson government from 2015-2020, asserted that AUKUS would not bring 'peace, justice and human rights to the world'. While three leading countries vouch that the alliance has been formulated with a vision of a safer and more secure Indo-Pacific, critics do not view strengthening of arms and military as a step toward peace-keeping approach. They fear militarisation of the 'Cold War' era. Starting a new cold war will not bring peace, justice and human rights to the ...
Can Social Media Bring Justice for Women in Pakistan?
China, Human Rights

Can Social Media Bring Justice for Women in Pakistan?

Meanwhile, Jaffer and his family are already facing a trial by social media, and online activists have made clear that an unfair legal outcome will not be tolerated. Mukadam’s killing has stirred a massive response among Pakistan’s civil society that could have ripple effects for women’s rights. In 2018, the #MeToo movement catalyzed some change in Pakistan, but defamation lawsuits against victims have stalled its progress. Mukadam’s case has galvanized a similar feminist movement, with a broader call for social justice. This month, Mukadam’s case was transferred to a special court for a speedy trial. New evidence against Jaffer and his family is surfacing nearly every day, including a police report underscoring that his parents were aware of the killing. Some of Mukadam’s friends organiz...
China’s ranking has been strategically improved by World Bank staffers
Environment, Human Rights

China’s ranking has been strategically improved by World Bank staffers

Washington, US: According to US Media the top officials of World Bank altered the data to raise the position of China and Saudi Arabia in the reports of 2018 and 2020.  WilmerHale — the law firm commissioned by the World Bank to conduct probe — found that then-CEO Kristalina Georgieva pressured the Doing Business team in 2017 to “change the report’s methodology” or “make specific changes” to data points to boost China’s ranking in the 2018 edition, CNN reported on Friday. Law firm WilmerHale was commissioned by the World Bank to conduct the probe. According to WilmerHale’s 16-page investigation, Chinese government officials repeatedly expressed concerns to Georgieva and Jim Yong Kim, then-World Bank president, over the country’s ranking. The probe revealed that Georgieva was...
UN Chief Antonio Guterres On 20 Yrs Of 9/11 Attacks: ‘We Stand In Solidarity With Victims’
China, Human Rights

UN Chief Antonio Guterres On 20 Yrs Of 9/11 Attacks: ‘We Stand In Solidarity With Victims’

On September 11, 2001, exactly 20 years ago, America witnessed one of the most heinous events carried by the terrorist group Al-Qaeda. Nearly 3000 people lost their lives and countless were injured at New York's World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. The 9/11 attacks is considered one of the darkest events in American history that transformed the United States forever. Today on September 11, 2021, after 20 years, the United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres issued a statement recalling the most heinous event that took place in America. The UN chief issued an official statement that read, "Today we mark a sombre day, seared in the minds of millions of people around the world. A day when nearly 3,000 lives from over 90 countries were taken by terrorists in c...
UK: probe in human rights violation session concluded
Human Rights

UK: probe in human rights violation session concluded

London, UK: the final session on the human rights violation in China by UK-based panel has been concluded. From September 10-13, the Uyghur Tribunal, a panel of Britain-based lawyers and rights experts examined human rights violations in China's Xinjiang region. According to an official statement by Campaign For Uyghurs (CFU), the Committee heard further evidence on the atrocities and genocide being perpetrated by the Chinese regime in East Turkistan. "This people's tribunal is an attempt to hold accountable a regime that evades accountability by leveraging economic and political power to obfuscate its genocidal policies," CFU said in a statement. In response to a lack of transparency, the refusal to admit investigators, and the stonewalling of international pressure, this tri...
Spat With France Overshadows Biden Debut at UNGA
China, Human Rights

Spat With France Overshadows Biden Debut at UNGA

Without further ado, here’s what’s on tap for today: Challenges lie ahead for U.S. President Joe Biden’s first speech at the General Assembly as a new dispute erupts with France, a roundup of conspicuous UNGA no-shows , and why diplomacy by Zoom just doesn’t cut it anymore. Want a primer before diving in? This afternoon, we joined FP executive editor Amelia Lester for a subscriber conference call previewing next week’s events, from how world leaders are scrambling to address climate change to fears of the UNGA turning into a superspreader event. Tune in to the recording here . Welcome back to U.N. Brief, Foreign Policy’s pop-up guide to this year’s United Nations’ General Assembly (UNGA), as hundreds of foreign dignitaries and diplomats descend on New York. Over the next week, we’ll be y...
Chinese users banned from Wikipedia over threat to Hong Kong users
Environment, Human Rights

Chinese users banned from Wikipedia over threat to Hong Kong users

Beijing: Wikipedia has banned 2 Chinese users globally and revoked administrator access over threat to Hong Kong users. Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) reported on fears among Hong Kong users over election canvassing within the online encyclopaedia as users from the mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan angled for coveted administrator access. There were also “editing wars” over politically sensitive articles about current events in the city, the newspaper reported. Wikipedia hosts elections for users wishing to become administrators, who enjoy more access to users and greater powers to edit articles. There were past reports that users of the Chinese edition engaged in election canvassing outside of Wikipedia to try to ensure the election of mainland administrators. Maggie Dennis, the fo...