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Police, protests, and the pandemic converge in India, Africa, China and elsewhere

By Mark A. Bonta / June 3, 2020 / Comments Off on Police, protests, and the pandemic converge in India, Africa, China and elsewhere

The killing of George Floyd has sparked angry protests and violent repression not just in the United States, but around the world, where pandemic lockdowns have also mixed with authoritarian abuses. • Related: “A deadly convergence of racism, brutality and disease across America — and the world” India: Brutality day by day India, a multiparty […]

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A deadly convergence: Racism, brutality, disease

By Mark A. Bonta / June 3, 2020 / Comments Off on A deadly convergence: Racism, brutality, disease

Days of protests and violence following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer have shaken cities across the United States, with nightly curfews locking down populations already reeling from months of COVID-19 restrictions. And this deadly convergence of disease, violence and racism are mirrored in other nations around the world. • Related: […]

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Anxiety runs high as The Gambia confronts dictator’s crimes

By Heather Bourbeau / November 30, 2018 / Comments Off on Anxiety runs high as The Gambia confronts dictator’s crimes

The Gambia’s new Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission will examine human-rights violations under former President Yahya Jammeh, who left office last year after being voted out. Under Jammeh, who ruled in a dictatorship for 22 years, torture and executions were common, as were disappearances and sexual violence. Victims, witnesses and perpetrators will start testifying before […]

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Uruguay’s killing field opened to more digging

By Mark A. Bonta / November 21, 2018 / Comments Off on Uruguay’s killing field opened to more digging

A judge has cleared the way for Argentinian forensic anthropologists to dig up anomalies detected by ground-penetrating radar at a site used during Uruguay’s 1970s “dirty war.” In 2011 and 2012, digs at a military installation yielded the bodies of two activists, Ricardo Blanco Valiente and Julian Castro, who had been abducted and never found. […]

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U.S. owes damages for Panama invasion, advocates claim

By Mark A. Bonta / November 21, 2018 / Comments Off on U.S. owes damages for Panama invasion, advocates claim

Twenty-nine years after the American invasion of Panama, 272 plaintiffs have finally found justice for destruction caused by the push to oust Manuel Noriega. The human-rights bureau of the Organization of American States — both the United States and Panama are members — found on October 5 that American attacks on Panamanian civilians and settlements […]

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Mass grave uncovered in Ethiopia

By Heather Bourbeau / November 9, 2018 / Comments Off on Mass grave uncovered in Ethiopia

Ethiopian police have unearthed a mass grave with at least 200 bodies, according to the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting news outlet. It was uncovered during an investigation of Abdi Mohammed Omar, the former president of the Ethiopian Somali Region. Abdi Mohammed is currently in detention, facing charges of human rights abuses and for his alleged connection to […]

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