Former U.S. Gymnastics Coach Is Dead After Human Trafficking Charges

The former U.S. Olympic gymnastics coach John Geddert died by suicide on Thursday, according to a spokeswoman for the Michigan attorney general’s office, shortly after he was charged with human trafficking, criminal sexual conduct and other crimes. Mr. Geddert, who owned a gym where athletes said they were sexually assaulted by the former team doctor […]

Semenya takes testosterone limit case to human rights court

South Africa’s Olympic champion challenges restrictions of testosterone in female athletes. South Africa’s two-time Olympic champion Caster Semenya has filed a lawsuit in the European Court of Human Rights that challenges restrictions of testosterone in female athletes. In 2019, World Athletics, the sport’s world governing body, banned Semenya and other female athletes with differences of […]

US announces it will seek seat on UN Human Rights Council

Secretary of State Blinken says Washington hopes to return to the rights body after Donald Trump’s withdrawal in 2018. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told the United Nations Human Rights Council on Wednesday that Washington will seek a permanent seat on the panel for the 2022-2024 term. The announcement is the latest instance of […]

Russia reports first case of human infection with H5N8 bird flu

Health watchdog says the cases were discovered at a poultry farm in southern Russia in December. Russia has registered the first case of a strain of bird flu virus named AH5N8 being passed to humans from birds and has reported the case to the World Health Organization (WHO), the head of a health consumer watchdog […]

Opinion | George Saunders on Kindness, Capitalism and the Human Condition

[MUSIC PLAYING] ezra klein Hello, I’m Ezra Klein. Welcome to “The Ezra Klein Show.” [MUSIC PLAYING] So before we get to the conversation today and God, what a pleasure today’s conversation is, a very quick announcement. We are hiring for an associate producer for the show. And I always like to announce this on the […]

Thai-developed COVID vaccine to proceed to human trials

Announcement that human trials will begin by early May comes amid criticism of Thailand’s COVID strategy. Thailand’s second domestically developed vaccine will soon undergo human trials, officials say, adding that the plan was to produce up to five million doses by the end of the year. The vaccine, developed by Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University, had been […]

Biden says China to pay price for human rights abuses

US president says his country will reassert its global role on human rights and will work to get China to protect them. United States President Joe Biden has said that China will pay a price for its human rights abuses, responding to queries at a televised event on the Asian nation’s handling of Muslim minorities […]

US sells $200m in weapons to Egypt despite human rights abuses

The $197m sale of Raytheon-made Rolling Airframe Missiles was requested by the Egyptian navy to improve coastal defences. The United States approved an arms sale worth nearly $200m to Egypt but vowed to press human rights issues after an American activist reported his family had been harassed. The Biden administration – which has vowed to […]

British human rights lawyer elected as new ICC prosecutor

More than 120 countries elected British lawyer Karim Khan as the next prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), one of the toughest jobs in international law because the tribunal seeks justice for the world’s worst atrocities – war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. Khan, 50, who led a United Nations probe into atrocities […]

US says it will return to ‘flawed’ UN human rights council

Secretary of State Blinken says Trump’s 2018 withdrawal from the council ‘did nothing to encourage meaningful change’. The United States has said it will “re-engage” with the United Nations Human Rights Council, almost three years after former President Donald Trump withdrew from the panel. In a statement on Monday announcing the decision, US Secretary of […]

Iran to start human trials on second local COVID vaccine

Announcement comes on same day Iran’s first vaccine, COVIran Barekat, completed its first phase of human trials. Tehran, Iran – A second locally manufactured COVID-19 vaccine will soon begin human trials in Iran, officials announced. The vaccine, called Razi COV-Pars, was unveiled on Sunday in a ceremony in Tehran attended by a host of high-level […]

Why are human rights defenders being targeted?

25:30 From: Inside Story Amnesty International launches fundraising campaign to counter an ‘anti-human rights agenda’. Read more By  Inside Story 5 Feb 2021 facebooktwitterwhatsapp More episodes from Inside Story play 25:10 play 25:00 play 24:30 play 24:50 Show more . Source link

Pope to celebrate International Day of Human Fraternity with Abu Dhabi crown prince

ROME:  Pope Francis will celebrate the UN’s first International Day of Human Fraternity on Feb. 4 with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed. Al-Azhar’s Grand Imam Sheikh Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, UN Secretary-General António Guterres and other public figures will also take part in the event, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue said. The Zayed […]

Sri Lanka’s cremation of COVID dead a ‘human rights violation’

UN’s human rights experts says gov’t policy a violation of human rights and could ‘foment existing prejudices’. The United Nations has urged the Sri Lankan government to halt its policy of forced cremations of coronavirus victims, a practice it said went against the beliefs of the country’s Muslims and other minority populations. Ignoring the World […]

Europe MPs express concern about human rights in Bahrain

More than a dozen European lawmakers issue letter to demand Gulf nation uphold commitment to human rights. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have issued a letter urging Bahraini authorities to abide by the country’s commitment and release prisoners of conscience. In an open letter addressed to the bloc’s foreign policy chief ahead of a […]

US sanctions Cuban ministry for alleged human rights abuses

During his presidency, Donald Trump took a tough stance on Cuba, tightening restrictions on US travel and remittances. The United States slapped sanctions on Cuba’s interior ministry on Friday, accusing it of serious human rights abuses as Washington kept up a barrage of sanctions even in the final days of President Donald Trump’s administration. In a statement, the US Department of the […]

Iran launches human trials of its COVID vaccine

The start of the trials comes as Iran managed to bring its COVID-19 fatalities down to a three-month low. Tehran, Iran – Iran has launched human trials of its coronavirus vaccine, and health officials are optimistic about tackling the pandemic in the Middle East’s hardest-hit country. The start of the trials on Tuesday comes as […]

Iran set to begin human trials of its COVID vaccine

Health ministry official says seven other Iranian vaccines expected to clear animal trials by late February. Tehran, Iran – Iran is due to start testing a domestically produced coronavirus vaccine on human subjects as the country continues to face difficulties in importing sufficient quantities of vaccines due to US sanctions. The only Iranian-made vaccine to […]

Biden Is Expected to Expand U.S.-India Relations While Stressing Human Rights

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has significantly invested in its relationship with India over the past four years, seeing the country as a crucial partner in counterbalancing the rise of China. Military cooperation and a personal friendship between President Trump and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India — both domineering nationalists — have pushed New […]

Nasrin Sotoudeh: Iran human rights lawyer ordered back to jail

Internationally recognised lawyer returns to a women’s prison where her husband says health concerns persist. Tehran, Iran – Prominent human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh will be moved back to prison less than one month after being temporarily released because of health concerns, according to her husband. Reza Khandan said a medical examiner had recommended a […]

How to defuse the human waste time bomb in low-income countries

Half of the world flushes away their sewage without a second thought as to where it goes. But for the other half of the global population, their waste can build up in pits or tanks unless they arrange – and pay – to have it removed, leaving the poorest and most isolated with a growing […]

Killing of Iranian scientist a ‘violation of human rights’: Qatar

Qatar’s deputy PM says assassination of Mohsen Fakhrizadeh ‘will only contribute to pouring more fuel on the fire’. Qatar has condemned Friday’s assassination of Iranian nuclear physicist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, calling it “a clear violation of human rights”. Qatar’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman Al Thani expressed his condolences […]

UN urges Egypt to release human rights activists #duzline #duzlinenews #follow4follow

The United Nations has urged Egypt to release three members of a rights group arrested within days of each other, adding to international pressure on the country over the case. The call came on Friday as the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR) was targeted after several ambassadors and diplomats visited its Cairo office on […]