Black History Month

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Lesbian Parents in the US Should Not Need to Adopt Their Own Children

When the US Supreme Court overturned the landmark abortion rights case Roe v. Wade on June 24, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people across the United States were horrified to learn that, in addition to having protection of key reproductive rights rolled back, their marriages and relationships could be next.

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Ukraine: Russian Missile Kills Civilians in Shopping Center

(Poltava, Ukraine, June 30, 2022) – Russian forces launched a missile which struck a shopping center in Kremenchuk, central Ukraine, on June 27, 2022. The attack killed at least 18 civilians, according to local authorities, and wounded dozens of others, Human Rights Watch said today. On June 29, 36 people remained missing, as rescue efforts continued.

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Turkey: Mass Arrests, Anti-LGBT Violence at Pride

Turkish police attacked and arrested hundreds at the Istanbul Pride March last weekend, in a sweeping display of violence and discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, as well as journalists attempting to report on the June 26 event. The number of arrests in 2022 is three-times more than the arrests during the previous seven Istanbul Pride marches combined. Thirty-four of those arrested were youth, according to Kaos GL, a Turkish LGBT rights group.

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Mourning Hong Kong’s Democracy

July 1, 2022 marks the 25th anniversary of Hong Kong’s transfer of sovereignty from British to Chinese rule, and the city’s authorities will celebrate with an official ceremony. But this curated image belies the Hong Kong government’s repression.

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50 Migrants Found Dead in Texas Shows Flawed Approach in US

More than 50 people died of heat exhaustion in the back of an abandoned truck in south Texas while migrating to the United States, a horrific tragedy that should serve as a wakeup call to lawmakers.

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Iran: Rights Defenders Sentenced for Questioning Covid Policies

Iranian authorities sentenced five prominent human rights defenders to prison on June 19, 2022, for attempting to file a legal complaint against government agencies and officials for mismanagement of the Covid-19 crisis.

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Morocco/Spain: Horrific Migrant Deaths at Melilla Border

The deaths of at least 23 African men at the Melilla-Morocco border on June 24, 2022 requires an independent, impartial investigation capable of determining what occurred and who bears responsibility for such loss of life, Human Rights Watch said today.

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Pakistan Court Holds State Responsible for Enforced Disappearances

The Islamabad High Court has provided a glimmer of hope for hundreds of victims of enforced disappearances in Pakistan.

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Biden's Meeting with the Saudi Crown Prince Risks Becoming a Gift to Autocrats

President Joe Biden is bringing the Saudi crown prince in from the cold. Mohammed bin Salman’s human rights record remains abysmal, but Biden seems to have decided that — to lower fuel prices and strengthen the alliance against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — he must stop keeping the crown prince at arm’s length. But the decision to meet MBS, as he is often called, risks being profoundly counterproductive.

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India: Free, Drop Charges Against Teesta Setalvad

The Indian authorities should immediately release the prominent human rights activist Teesta Setalvad, drop all charges against her, and stop their relentless attacks against her.

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Sudan: Voices of Protesters Should Be Heard, Not Sidelined

Sudan’s tenacious street protesters and other supporters of the social movement have continued to take to the streets and find ways to express their resistance to the country’s October 2021 military coup.

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Maldives Arrests Suspects in Cases of Murdered Activists

A breakthrough in the investigations into the murders of two political activists in the Maldives may finally offer hope for justice.

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Polish Court Rules Pushback of Asylum Seekers Unlawful

Although a violation of international law, Polish border guards almost daily summarily push back asylum seekers attempting to cross the Polish-Belarus border. However, a Warsaw court has renewed hope that this practice might end by ruling a November expulsion order to be unlawful.

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Honduras Needs to Protect Indigenous Land, Leaders

It was heartbreaking for me to hear the daughters of slain environmental and Indigenous rights activist Berta Cáceres call her mami at a meeting in Tegucigalpa in January. They told me they are carrying on her fight at the helm of the Consejo Cívico de Organizaciones Populares e Indígenas de Honduras (COPINH). The 2016 killing of Cáceres, a Lenca Indigenous leader, is emblematic of the dangers to human rights defenders in Honduras.

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The Americas Should Unify in a Marriage Equality Bloc

From the North American tundra to the South American Patagonia, an estimated 852 million people live in countries with marriage equality. Despite these high numbers, the Americas have a way to go before becoming a true beacon for same-sex couples. Countries with marriage equality should harness their remarkable advances thus far and urge the rest of the region to join the America’s growing marriage equality bloc.

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