Category Archives: human rights

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

Democratic oversight is ‘bullshit’: Trump goes off-script at CPAC | US news | The Guardian

He then went on to make remarks that some interpreted as an inflammatory attack on foreign-born members of Congress. “Right now we have people in Congress that hate our country and you know that,” he said. “And we can name every one of ’em if they want. They hate our country. Sad. It’s very sad. When I see some of the things being made, the statements being made, it’s very, very sad. “And find out, how did they do in their country? Just ask ’em, how did they do? Did they do well, were they succeeding? Just ask that question. Somebody would say, ‘Oh, that’s terrible that he brings that up.’ But that’s OK, I don’t mind, I’ll bring it up. How did they do in their country? Not so good, not so good.”

Source: Democratic oversight is ‘bullshit’: Trump goes off-script at CPAC | US news | The Guardian

Feminist Palestinian lawmaker free after 20 months in prison without trial | +972 Magazine

“I still do not know what I was arrested for, I was only told that I am dangerous,” Jarrar said during a reception in Ramallah on Thursday afternoon. “This is what we have always said when it comes to administrative detention — that it’s arbitrary. That it’s always political. Therefore we demand to put an end to this illegal practice.”

Source: Feminist Palestinian lawmaker free after 20 months in prison without trial | +972 Magazine

Opinion | Netanyahu Stoops to Survive – The New York Times

In Israel, Rabbi Benny Lau of Jerusalem, a leading voice of religious Zionism, repeatedly assailed the merger, likening Kahanism to Nazism, and nearly 90 modern Orthodox rabbis and educators, including prominent names in the religious Zionist community, denounced the deal as giving “a black eye to Israel and its standing in the world as a moral and democratic state.” Potentially more damaging to Israel, the pact between Mr. Netanyahu and the Kahanists was criticized in the United States not only but also by liberal Jewish organizations, but by some whose strong support of Israel rarely includes any public intervention in its boisterous politics. The influential American Israel Public Affairs Committee — Aipac — which almost never publicly criticizes Israel, endorsed a statement by the American Jewish Committee that called Otzma Yehudit’s views “reprehensible,” and added that “they do not reflect the core values that are the very foundation of the state of Israel.”

A Groundbreaking Report Goes Deep On Black Homelessness In Los Angeles: LAist

Homelessness disproportionately affects black people in Los Angeles. Though about nine percent of Los Angeles County’s total population is black-identifying, black people make up about 36 percent of the county’s homeless population,

Source: A Groundbreaking Report Goes Deep On Black Homelessness In Los Angeles: LAist

‘The Monsters Are the Men’: Inside a Thriving Sex Trafficking Trade in Florida – The New York Times

First, a health inspector spotted several suitcases. Then she noticed an unusual stash of clothing, food and bedding. A young woman who was supposed to be a massage therapist spoke little English and seemed unusually nervous. The inspector reported her findings to police. They would eventually learn that her suspicions were right: The women were not just employees: They were living in the day spa, sleeping on massage tables and cooking meals on hot plates in the back. Some of them had had their passports confiscated. The inspector’s suspicions prompted a sprawling investigation across four Florida counties and two states — Florida and New York — over nearly eight months, resulting in the disruption of what authorities say was a multimillion-dollar human-trafficking and prostitution operation.