Category Archives: human rights

Daughter of Christchurch victim: ‘My dad is a real hero. He got shot in the back to shield my brothers’ | World news | The Guardian

A 52-year-old father, Adeeb Sami, took a bullet to save his sons at al Noor mosque. He dived over his sons Abdullah, 29, and Ali, 23, as the gunman burst into the mosque. “My dad is a real hero,” Adeeb’s daughter, Heba, said. “He got shot in the back near his spine in an attempt to shield my brothers, but he didn’t let anything happen to them.” Adeeb was rushed to hospital where he underwent surgery to remove the bullet.

Source: Daughter of Christchurch victim: ‘My dad is a real hero. He got shot in the back to shield my brothers’ | World news | The Guardian

Fury as Australian senator blames Christchurch attack on Muslim immigration | World news | The Guardian

Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, said: “The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, rightwing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting. Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian parliament.” The former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull wrote: “Fraser Anning’s comments today are contemptible. He is a disgrace to the Senate and, what is worse, by spreading hatred and turning Australians against each other, he is doing exactly what the terrorists want.”

Source: Fury as Australian senator blames Christchurch attack on Muslim immigration | World news | The Guardian

Christchurch Shooting Live Updates: 49 Are Dead After 2 Mosques Are Hit – The New York Times

A white-nationalist manifesto Before the shooting, someone appearing to be the gunman posted links to a white-nationalist manifesto on Twitter and the online forum 8chan. The 8chan post included a link to what appeared to be the gunman’s Facebook page, where he said he would also broadcast live video of the attack. The Twitter posts showed weapons covered in the names of past military generals and men who have recently carried out mass shootings. In his manifesto, he identified himself as a 28-year-old man born in Australia and listed his white nationalist heroes. Writing that he had purposely used guns to stir discord in the United States over the Second Amendment’s provision on the right to bear arms, he also declared himself a fascist. “For once, the person that will be called a fascist, is an actual fascist,” he wrote.

Drones and diplomacy: US Ramstein air base stirs controversy in Germany | Germany| News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW | 14.03.2019

The US military’s Ramstein air base is a frequent source of criticism for the German government, especially when it comes to the operation of weaponized drones. Now the issue has gone to court.

Source: Drones and diplomacy: US Ramstein air base stirs controversy in Germany | Germany| News and in-depth reporting from Berlin and beyond | DW | 14.03.2019

The FDA Asks Abortion-by-Mail Providers to Cease Sale of Drugs

In October 2018, Rebecca Gomperts, the founder of the abortion-by-mail service Women on Web, confirmed she had branched out to the United States. Gomperts had long avoided doing so for fear that the anti-abortion movement would go after her work, but said that the need for the service was ultimately too great. “I got an email from a woman who was living in a car with two kids,” she told the Atlantic. “Something had to be done.”

Source: The FDA Asks Abortion-by-Mail Providers to Cease Sale of Drugs

Federal Court Rules That Ohio Can Defund Planned Parenthood

According to Planned Parenthood president Leana Wen, the ruling will “roll back the gains to public health—harming women’s health, children’s health and the health of families across Ohio.” Trump has already radically changed the way that abortion providers receive funds, barring them from receiving Title X funding, in effect cutting millions of dollars from Planned Parenthood. Just last month, another new rule by Health and Human Services requires abortion providers to keep a “clear physical and financial separation” between the parts of their organization that are government funded, and those that provide abortions.

Source: Federal Court Rules That Ohio Can Defund Planned Parenthood

Julian Castro on Reparations: ‘Why Wouldn’t You Compensate People Who Actually Were Property?’ | 3CHICSPOLITICO

“To my mind, that may or may not be the best way to address it,” Castro said. “However, it’s interesting to me that when it comes to Medicare for all, health care, you know, the response there has been we need to write a big check, that when it comes to tuition-free or debt-free college, the answer has been we need to write a big check.” “So if the issue is compensating descendants of slaves, I don’t think the argument about writing a big check ought to be the argument you make if you’re making the argument that a big check needs to be written for a whole bunch of other stuff,” Castro continued. “If, under the Constitution, we compensate people because we take their property, why wouldn’t you compensate people who actually were property.”

Source: Julian Castro on Reparations: ‘Why Wouldn’t You Compensate People Who Actually Were Property?’ | 3CHICSPOLITICO

Immigration activist in ICE detention after Sundance film debut | Miami Herald

Weeks after a documentary exposing injustices at a South Florida for-profit immigration detention center debuted at a national film festival, Claudio Rojas— the film’s inside source— was arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Miramar during his annual visa check-in, records show. The film, “The Infiltrators,” also will premiere at the Miami Film Festival on Tuesday and Wednesday at the Silverspot Cinema. Rojas was planning to attend. Records show Rojas remained detained at Krome detention center in South Miami-Dade as of Sunday. His attorneys say he was apprehended Wednesday without cause and is now facing immediate deportation.

Source: Immigration activist in ICE detention after Sundance film debut | Miami Herald

Republicans Invite Anti-Trans Feminist to Hearing on Violence Against Women Act

After Lesko, who seemed to share Beck’s concerns about trans people, described them as men “pretending” to be women, Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) interrupted and said, “I think the suggestion that transgender individuals are pretending they are of a different gender is deeply offensive.” Ruth Glenn, president and CEO of the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), said Thursday’s testimony was “very critical” to the reauthorization of VAWA and called Beck’s testimony “shocking.” “I will say that I know what she was doing there. That was to offer a different opinion. Unfortunately, her opinion is not based in fact,” Glenn said. “And it was very hurtful to hear what she had to say about a community that is disproportionately experiencing violence, whether it’s sexual violence or domestic violence.”

Source: Republicans Invite Anti-Trans Feminist to Hearing on Violence Against Women Act

American Citizen In Detention – In Saner Thought

A US citizen has been detained and tortured in Saudi Arabia and may be on his last leg, sources tell the New York Times. Walid Fitaihi was apparently held against his will in November 2017 at the Ritz Carlton in Riyadh, where guards blindfolded, stripped, slapped, and bound him, then shocked him with electricity for about an hour. A friend says the Harvard-trained doctor was whipped so badly he couldn’t sleep on his wounded back for days. “It is believed that Dr. Fitaihi has been and is tortured at least psychologically during his imprisonment,” his attorney Howard Cooper wrote the State Department in January, per CNN. Cooper described his client as “physically deteriorated” and “emotionally broken.” Now American friends of Fitaihi, 54, are pressing Washington to address his case and criticizing President Trump’s inaction.

Source: American Citizen In Detention – In Saner Thought