Protests in Bangladesh erupted this week after a video of a group of men attacking, stripping, and sexually assaulting a woman went viral, Human Rights Watch said reporting from Al Jazeera. Protesters called for the resignation of Home Minister Asaduzzaman Khan Kamal over the government’s failure to address an alarming rise in sexual violence against women and girls.
“Bangladeshi women have had enough of the government’s abject failure to address repeated rapes and sexual assaults,” said Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The Bangladesh government needs to finally make good on its empty promises and heed activists’ calls to take meaningful action to combat sexual violence and to support survivors.”
The attackers shown in the video apparently included a man who had allegedly raped the woman in the video at gunpoint multiple times over the last year, based on an investigation by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC).
“Whenever the woman protested or refused, she was threatened with gang-rape by his whole team,” said Al Mahmud Faizul Kabir, the commission’s investigation director.
The woman told the media that the men had filmed the assault and then threatened for over a month to release the video in an effort to extort money from her and to compel her to comply with their demands for sex. When she resisted, they released the video.
I’ve heard that the government has imposed the death penalty to punish rapists. As much as I believe those rapists, and any other rapist, should be punished very hard, but death penalty is cruel and inhumane.
I believe nobody should be executed for any reason. Those rapists should be punished in a proper way. The way of stopping this assaults is not to take people’s lives.
Human Rights Watch has reported that Thai blue pigs used water canon against peaceful activists.
The authorities acted under state of emergency powers declared the previous day, which allows the security forces to commit abuses with impunity; which was not necessary at all.
At about 6:30 p.m., thugs forcibly dispersed a demonstration organized by the pro-democracy People’s Movement in which thousands of people, including many students, took part. Human Rights Watch observed the police using water cannon laced with blue dye and an apparent teargas chemical to break up the protest in Bangkok’s Pathumwan shopping district.
The blue pigs then charged in with batons and shields to disperse the protesters. Scores were arrested. The government has not yet provided details about people in police custody. After the crackdown, 12 protest leaders are being sought on arrest warrants.
The International Day for the Eradication of Poverty is an international observance celebrated each year on October 17 throughout the world.
The first commemoration of the event took place in Paris, France in 1987 when 100 thousand people gathered on the Human Rights and Liberties Plaza at the Trocadéro to honor victims of poverty, hunger, violence, and fear at the unveiling of a commemorative stone by Joseph Wresinski, founder of the International Movement ATD Fourth World.
In 1992, four years after Wresinski’s death, the United Nations officially designated October 17 as the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
Early in his career as an activist, Wresinski recognized that governments often ignored the plight of those living in poverty, leading to feelings of rejection, shame, and humiliation.
As a result, one of the primary goals of the Day is to recognize the struggles of the impoverished and to make their voices heard by governments and citizens. Participation by the poorest of people is an important aspect of the observance of the Day.
Wherever men and women are condemned to live in extreme poverty, human rights are violated. To come together to ensure that these rights be respected is our solemn duty.Joseph Wresinski
Perhaps Lukashenko should learn something from this. Associated Press has reported that Kyrgyzstan’s embattled president said Thursday he was resigning following protests over a disputed parliamentary election, the third time in 15 years that a leader of the Central Asian country has been ousted by a popular uprising.
Protesters in the capital of Bishkek celebrated the decision by President Sooronbai Jeenbekov, but it’s not clear if it will quell the unrest that has gripped the country since last week. The demonstrators quickly demanded that parliament be dissolved and that its speaker, who is next in the order of succession, also resign.
Jeenbekov, who came under pressure to step down from the protests and some opposition politicians including the new prime minister, had dismissed calls to resign only a day earlier. But in a statement released by his office, he said that he feared violence if he stayed in power, noting that protesters were facing off against the police and the military.
“In this case, blood will be shed. It is inevitable,” the statement said. “I don’t want to go down in history as a president who shed blood and shot at his own citizens.
BBC has reported that Belarus’s opposition leader has threatened a mass walkout by workers if [dictator] Alexander Lukashenko does not resign in the next 13 days.
Svetlana Tikhanovskaya also threatened a huge nationwide protest in her ultimatum to the long-serving leader.
On Monday EU officials agreed to impose sanctions against Lukashenko.
Protests have swept the country since Lukashenko claimed victory in an August poll widely viewed as rigged.
He has ruled Belarus for 26 years and is often described as “Europe’s last dictator”.
On Tuesday, Mrs Tikhanovskaya said Belarus had “had enough” after two months of “political crisis, violence and lawlessness”.
Forbes has reported that for every person who enters America, a profile is drawn up and a determination made on their risk to United States’ national security. It’s the same for any cargo or packages. And it’s all done using a tool known as the Automated Targeting System (ATS). This decades-old technology helps border staff decide whether or not you or a shipment needs to be pulled aside for further inspection before being allowed into the country.
Run by Customs and Border Protection, it’s been controversial since the mid-2000s, when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pivoted its use from just targeting cargo to tracking people. Though it’s primarily engineered by lesser-known tech contractors, one of the technologies the ATS uses is Google Maps.
Through a review of government contract records and a FOIA request response, Forbes has learned that the CBP has spent at least $2 million in the last three years on the Google mapping software to support ATS, which critics say is a secretive, “terrifying,” huge surveillance system, one that draws in personal and location data from a vast number of government and commercial databases to make its risk assessments.
Whilst ATS can help investigators target individuals or packages that have been making suspicious trips to places of interest, such as Syria or Afghanistan, its use on any visitor to America makes it particularly troubling for privacy advocates. And CBP’s use of Google technology could be problematic for a tech giant whose own employees have voiced anger about its work with Trump’s immigration agencies.
“ATS is sort of this terrifying master database of vast quantities of personally identifiable information that’s being funneled in from dozens of different law enforcement and other databases,” said John Davidson, lead counsel at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC), who said the use of Google tech in ATS was potentially “alarming.”
RT has reported he British and Canadian governments imposed sanctions, on Tuesday, against long-time Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko, along with his eldest son Viktor, and six other high-ranking officials in the state apparatus.
The sanctions mean that those on the list are banned from traveling to the UK and Canada, and any assets they hold in those countries will be immediately frozen. Lukashenko is the first world leader to be targeted by the new UK Global Human Rights sanctions regime.
“Alexander Lukashenko’s regime is responsible for a string of human rights violations against opposition figures, media, and the people of Belarus in the wake of rigged elections,” the British government’s statement said. “Despite numerous calls from the international community, he has refused to engage in dialogue with the opposition, choosing instead to double down on his violent repression.”
Over 20 journalists have reportedly been detained across Belarus while covering mass anti-government demonstrations, RT has reported. In the capital, rallies have been met with a strong police response.
People were gathering in the country’s capital, Minsk, for a procession called ‘The March of Pride’, which was scheduled to kick off at 14:00 local time. Thugs soon began detaining protesters, multiple news outlets reported, with some saying that pepper spray and stun grenades were used.
With protests taking place all across the country, the local journalists’ association said that over 20 reporters, including some from Russia, have been detained by thugs.
Separately, Russia’s TASS news agency said that four of its reporters were taken to the police station. Two of them were released after officers had verified their IDs, but they were later detained again.
Thugs in Portland, Oregon, specifically targeted medics with teargas and projectiles during summer protests in “indiscriminate attacks”, according to a new report by Physicians for Human Rights (PHR).
Thugs also kept ambulances away from the injured people at the protest. This is what Israeli soldiers do to injured Palestinians, and on a number of occasions has resulted in their death.
The study is based on interviews and medical examinations involving health professionals, volunteer medics and emergency services personnel. It also found Portland police and fire personnel did not provide on-site medical care for injured protesters, and prevented ambulances from accessing the area of protests.
The PHR described an overall pattern that constituted “cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment” from Portland police and federal agents, violating several international compacts on the use of force.
Julian Assange’s extradition hearing demonstrated that the US and UK governments will break any rule and tell any lie to get Assange.
The article recounts how his supporters’ computers were stolen, as well as how his basic rights as a person accused were violated.
This follows a legal campaign in which procedures and laws were trashed again and again, and which demonstrated that the Swedish state was only using the original charges against Assange as an excuse, and had no interest in seriously investigating them.
If Assange is thinking of suicide, I do not think that represents any sort of mental derangement on his part. Under Assange’s circumstances, suicide would be a rational act, an act of courage, avoiding a fate worse than death.
A few days ago I said that no one ever really deserves to die. If you are facing a fate worse than death, what you really deserve is to avoid it and live. But if that is impossible, I still hope that you avoid it.