human rights

  • Immigration Dec 17, 2019

    Detained Asylum Seekers Turning to Hunger Strikes, Protests as Their Cases Linger

    Immigration cases wind through courts with around a million-case backlog, months pass and civil detainees still find themselves inside facilities where they say they have no rights. As a result, some of them are turning to protest

  • Congress Dec 4, 2019

    China and US Clash Over Xinjiang, Hong Kong Bills

    Already strained relations between China and the United States were further muddied after U.S. Congress overwhelmingly approved a bill targeting Beijing’s mass crackdown on ethnic Muslim minorities Wednesday, less than one week after President Donald Trump signed separate human rights legislation on Hong Kong. China’s ruling Communist Party has long regarded Hong Kong and the far west Xinjiang region...

  • Jul 28, 2019

    Police Fire Tear Gas as Hong Kong Protesters Block Roads

    Police fired tear gas at protesters in Hong Kong on Sunday for the second night in a row in another escalation of weeks-long pro-democracy protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Protesters occupied two areas at opposite ends of central Hong Kong following a mid-afternoon rally against police use of tear gas the previous Sunday. As night fell, one group that...

  • May 19, 2017

    NAACP President Won’t be Returning as Leader

    NAACP President Cornell William Brooks will not be returning as the leader of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization after his contract expires this summer, officials said Friday. Brooks has been the NAACP’s leader since 2014 but will not be kept on past June 30, the end of his current term. NAACP Board Chairman Leon W. Russell and Vice Chair...

  • Apr 20, 2017

    Kremlin Disputes Reports of Persecution Against Gays in Chechnya Amid Calls for Investigation

    Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says the Russian president has no reason to doubt the Chechen leader’s assurances that there’s no persecution of gays in his republic, despite reports by a respected Russian newspaper of a roundup of gay men there. Spokesman Dmitry Peskov also told journalists Thursday that investigators have found no evidence to back up reports by the Novaya Gazeta...

  • Apr 14, 2017

    Kremlin: No ‘Reliable Information’ on Chechen Gay Killings

    In the face of growing international concern about reported detentions and killings of gay men in Chechnya, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says the Kremlin does not have confirmed information on the targeted violence. The respected Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta reported this month that police in the predominantly Muslim republic rounded up more than 100 men suspected of homosexuality and...

  • Apr 14, 2017

    Syrian Deal to Evacuate Tens of Thousands Underway

    The Syrian government and opposition forces began a coordinated population swap Friday of about 10,000 people from four towns besieged for years amid the country’s bloody, six-year civil war. About 5,000 people were evacuated on 75 buses from two pro-government towns in northern Syria to the nearby city of Aleppo, said Abdul Hakim Baghdadi, who helped negotiate the arrangement. The...

  • May 26, 2016

    South Florida Man Arrested in 2014 Killing of FSU Law Professor

    After an investigation spanning nearly two years, a South Florida man has been arrested in the killing of a well-known Florida State University professor.

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