Tag: human rights

Police officers’ immunity from lawsuits is getting a fresh look

Nearly a year after the death of George Floyd, advocates of changes in police practices are launching new moves to limit or eliminate legal liability protections for officers accused of excessive force.Why it matters: Revising or eliminating qualified immunity —…

/ March 3, 2021
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Editors’ Picks: 15 Events for Your Art Calendar This Week, From Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons to a Virtual Visit With Kenny Scharf

Each week, we search for the most exciting and thought-provoking shows, screenings, and events. In light of the global health crisis, we are currently highlighting events in person and digitally, as well as in-person exhibitions open in the New York…

/ March 2, 2021
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What to make of the Biden administration’s first overseas calls

wait a few weeks for a call, Blinken, Austin and Sullivan all held early calls with their Israeli counterparts. If any longtime U.S. partner should be wary of a “snub,” it’s probably the Egyptians.The Biden administration has already raised concerns…

/ February 19, 2021
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Big Names Get Behind India Farmers’ Protest As Government Silences Supporters

As hundreds of thousands of Indian farmers charge ahead with their monthslong protests of new agricultural laws on the outskirts of New Delhi, the movement has spilled over to the internet.  Like on the ground where police have arrested at least eight journalists and dozens…

/ February 12, 2021
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After Desert X’s Controversial Outing in Saudi Arabia, Palm Springs Won’t Sponsor the California Biennial’s 2021 Edition

The city of Palm Springs has declined to sponsor this year’s edition of Desert X, the art biennial that stages ambitious, free, open-air art installations across California’s Coachella Valley, In a December meeting, the Palm Springs City Council authorized $30,000…

/ February 4, 2021
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Why an Israeli Human-Rights Organization Decided to Call Israel an Apartheid Regime

A central political question of our time is not so much where or how to draw the line but when. All over the world, we see regimes that are following clear trajectories away from democracy, justice, and freedom. As we…

/ January 27, 2021
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Putin foe Navalny to be detained for 30 days after returning to Moscow

Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has been ordered to remain in pre-trial detention for 30 days, following his arrest upon returning to Russia on Sunday for the first time since a failed assassination attempt last year.Why it matters: The detention…

/ January 18, 2021
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Ethical minefields: the dirty business of doing deals with Myanmar’s military

Myanmar’s transition from five decades of military rule is a work in progress. Despite the junta’s formal dissolution in 2010, the release of political prisoners including opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi, and democratic reforms allowing National League Democracy to…

/ January 7, 2021
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A Billboard Company Has Canceled the Display of an Artist’s Mural of George Floyd, Set to Go Up in Minneapolis, for Depicting ‘Violence’

Billboard company Clear Channel Outdoor has pulled the plug on an artist’s billboard in Minneapolis depicting the death of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man, at the hands of the city’s police. The display, based on an oil painting by…

/ December 14, 2020
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Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya Is Overcoming Her Fears

Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya has spent more than half of her short political career in exile. Six months ago, the former English teacher was a stay-at-home mom. Her husband, the businessman Siarhei Tsikhanouski, often used his popular YouTube channel to criticize the…

/ December 13, 2020
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In the US Supreme Court, Germany Fights With Art Dealers’ Heirs Over the Fate of the $250 Million Guelph Treasure

It’s rare that any art-related case makes its way to the highest court in the United States. But the Supreme Court heard oral arguments yesterday about whether the US can adjudicate a long-running dispute over the Guelph Treasure, a collection…

/ December 8, 2020
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Children’s climate change case at the European Court of Human Rights: what’s at stake?

The European Court of Human Rights finally has the opportunity to take on climate change. And it is taking it seriously, thanks to a group of 8 to 21-year-olds. In September 2020, four children and two young adults from Portugal…

/ December 4, 2020
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G20 2020: Coronavirus pandemic dominates Riyadh summit | DW News

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fiHUPKSxaQLeaders of the world's wealthiest countries are meeting online for a G20 summit hosted by Saudi Arabia. The virtual gathering is dominated by efforts to end the coronavirus pandemic and deal with its economic fallout. A draft declaration shows the…

/ November 22, 2020
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Saudi Arabia faces calls to boycott G20 over human rights abuses | DW News

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K5_vNWu2MpgThe G20 summit of the twenty wealthiest nations and other major emerging powers is hosted by Saudi Arabia this year. But the country has repeatedly faced international criticism over human rights concerns. Ahead of the online forum, members of the…

/ November 21, 2020