How Cameras Helped—and Sometimes Harmed—Black People

In the 19th century, the most photographed man⁠ in the world wasn’t Walt Whitman or Ulysses S. Grant or even Abraham Lincoln⁠. It was Frederick Douglass. The famous orator and abolitionist was known for using his eloquent voice to impart the horrors of slavery, which he had experienced firstha

Pope compares Libya's detention centres with concentration camps

Pope Francis has compared detention centres for migrants and refugees in Libya with concentration camps, saying the world was being given only a diluted version of how hellish life really is for the people living there. Thousands of refugees and migrants are reported to be held in 11 "official" det

Syrian and Russian Airstrikes in Idlib, Militant Attacks Amount to War Crimes - UN

Syrian and Russian planes have carried out deadly aerial strikes amounting to war crimes on schools, hospitals, and markets in Idlib province, UN investigators said on Tuesday in a report that also condemned attacks by militant fighters. They said that "indiscriminate bombardment" by pro-government

Families of Syria detainees hope for news amid US sanctions

Alaa Arnous and his family found the photo of his father Mohammed online last week, the first proof of his fate since he was seized by Syrian government forces seven years ago. The image showed his corpse, his face battered and bruised, his mouth hanging open.The elder Arnous was among thousands of

Virus, Floyd death merge in brutal blow to Black well-being

Doctors have known it for a long time, well before the resounding cries of “Black Lives Matter”: Black people suffer disproportionately. They face countless challenges to good health, among them food, transportation and income. The stress of living with racism has very real, physical ef

Istanbul court jails human rights activists on terror charges

ISTANBUL- Human rights activists, including a former head of Amnesty International’s Turkish branch, have been jailed by an Istanbul court on terror-related charges in a decision condemned as an “outrage” by fellow campaigners. Amnesty International Turkey’s honorary chair T

UN rights office expresses alarm at Hong Kong arrests under new security law

Spokesperson Rupert Colville told journalists in Geneva on Friday that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was continuing to analyze the new law after it came into force on Wednesday, regarding its compliance with international human rights obligations:“I think several hundred

"The international human rights system is slowly eroding"

Mr. Melzer, you have been the UN 's special rapporteur on torture for almost four years now. What would you say is the most urgent issue regarding torture at the moment? Nils Melzer: What worries me most right now is a general trend towards the erosion of the international human rights system. We c

Syrian refugee in UK uses catering business to highlight Assad atrocities

A London-based Syrian refugee is using food to spread awareness of the plight of people in her home country.Majeda Khoury, 49, is originally from Damascus and arrived in the UK in 2017. Two years later, she set up her own company that enables her to combine her two passions: Food and human rights ac

Police in misconduct cases stay on force through arbitration

An Oregon police officer lost his job and then returned to work after fatally shooting an unarmed Black man in the back. A Florida sergeant was let go six times for using excessive force and stealing from suspects, while a Texas lieutenant was terminated five times after being accused of striking tw

My life became a disaster movie': the Bangladesh garment factory on the brink

As high streets across England opened this week and hundreds of people jostled through the doors of clothing shops, thousands of miles away in Chittagong, Bangladesh, Mostafiz Uddin is worrying about how to pay his workers’ wages. At Denim Expert Ltd, the sustainable clothing company he found

Surviving on a bag of rice: plight of Bangladeshi garment makers

Nazmin Nahar, a 26-year-old garment worker and mother of two in Dhaka, Bangladesh, is living on borrowed rice. She hasn’t had the wages to pay for food or rent for more than two months. Even though the hours were long and the targets relentless, Nahar had been happy working at Magpie Knitwear

Senate GOP to propose policing changes in ‘Justice Act’

Senate Republicans are proposing changes to police procedures and accountability with an enhanced use-of-force database, restrictions on chokeholds and new commissions to study law enforcement and race, according to a draft obtained by The Associated Press. The “Justice Act” is the most

Children caught in conflict facing ‘brutality and fear while the world watches’

Launching the Secretary-General’s Annual Report on Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba maintained that parties to conflict often “neglect to protect children in the conduct of hostilities and deny them the vital aid they desperately need”. The tragedy children face continu

Trump plans to sign bill pressuring China over Uighur Muslim crackdown

US President Donald Trump plans to sign legislation calling for sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for oppressing Uighur Muslims, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday without offering a time frame for the signing.The bill, which passed the US House of Representatives and the Sena

Black Lives Matter protests in Australia, Asia and Europe

Thousands of people rallied across Australia to honor George Floyd and voice their support for the Black Lives Matter movement Saturday, part of a worldwide wave of solidarity that has also sought to highlight racial discrimination outside the United States. Further protests were planned over the w

Police and protesters unite to grieve George Floyd's death while violent instigators spark new clashes

While police leaders join protesters in denouncing the death of George Floyd, those behind the violence in cities across the country are getting more diverse. Floyd, 46, died one week ago after a Minneapolis officer pressed his knee on Floyd's neck for 8 minutes, 46 seconds. His final words include

Local authorities in Germany offer traineeships to Syrians

Twenty-five Syrian refugees were accepted onto a one-year trainee programme in municipal administration with seven German local authorities. As it turns out, the Syrians were not the only ones to benefit. Claudia Mende reportsInitially, things were difficult for both sides. The people working in loc