Australian PM describes social media as ‘a coward’s palace’

Australia's prime minister yesterday lambasted social media as "a coward's palace", saying platforms should be treated as publishers when unidentified defamatory comments are posted, pouring fuel on a raging debate over the country's libel laws. Mr Scott Morrison Mr Scott Morrison's comments suggest he would favour making companies like Facebook liable for defamation with regards … Continue reading Australian PM describes social media as ‘a coward’s palace’

UN defends statement on the sale and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet on Wednesday called for a moratorium on the sale and use of artificial intelligence (AI) systems that threaten human rights until adequate safeguards are in place to ensure the technology will not be abused. “We cannot afford to continue playing catch-up regarding AI – allowing … Continue reading UN defends statement on the sale and use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems

Families of Beirut blast victims fight for justice

A year after the explosion that rocked Beirut on August 4, 2020, killing 218 people, injuring more than 7,000 and devastating much of the city, the Lebanese investigation into the blast has yielded no credible results. Families of the victims, some of whom are calling for an international investigation, talked to the media about their search … Continue reading Families of Beirut blast victims fight for justice

Students, women and the LGBT community protest for human rights in Turkey

Hundreds of demonstrators gathered in Istanbul on Saturday for anti-government protests, demanding amid a heavy police presence the reversal of recent decisions by Turkey's president that affect students, women and the LGBT community. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan issued a surprise decree a week ago ending Turkey's participation in a landmark treaty aimed at protecting women … Continue reading Students, women and the LGBT community protest for human rights in Turkey

UN urges India to protect human rights activists

The U.N. human rights chief on Tuesday urged India’s government to do more to protect human rights defenders, who have come under mounting pressure in recent months in the world’s largest democracy. The office of High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet pointed to three “problematic” laws in India that have variously tightened restrictions on … Continue reading UN urges India to protect human rights activists

Sri Lanka army chief banned from entering the US for alleged human rights violation

The U.S. government on Friday issued a travel ban Sri Lanka's army chief, saying there is “credible information of his involvement” in human rights violations during the final phase of the island nation's civil war that ended 11 years ago, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said. The army chief, Shavendra Silva, and his immediate … Continue reading Sri Lanka army chief banned from entering the US for alleged human rights violation

China mourns whistle-blowing doctor, Li Wenliang, who first revealed coronavirus outbreak

The death of a mainland Chinese doctor who was detained by police last month for exposing the coronavirus outbreak has sparked an outpouring of anger and grief among Hong Kongers, who blame the Chinese authorities for covering up the epidemic which has killed over 630 people. Dr. Li Wenliang, 34, an ophthalmologist who worked at … Continue reading China mourns whistle-blowing doctor, Li Wenliang, who first revealed coronavirus outbreak

Dead man dragged out of coffin and beaten by children for ‘not being man enough’

Bad blood between one family in China turned an elderly man's funeral into an ugly one-sided brawl between a group of resentful siblings and the hapless corpse of their father. Three siblings in Jiangsu were so angry at their estranged father that they dragged his corpse out of his coffin and attacked his remains, causing … Continue reading Dead man dragged out of coffin and beaten by children for ‘not being man enough’

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Is journalism the riskiest profession?

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a nonprofit organization that promotes press freedom worldwide, has said at least 250 journalists are imprisoned globally. Some of the countries where journalists have been incarcerated are China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The report, written earlier this December by Elana Beiser, Editorial Director of the CPJ, provides only … Continue reading Is journalism the riskiest profession?

Russia denies helping Syria to cover up use of chemical weapons

The United States on Thursday accused Russia of helping Syria conceal the use of banned toxic munitions in the civil war by undermining the work of the global chemical weapons agency trying to identify those responsible. The comments by the U.S. representative to the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Kenneth Ward, drew … Continue reading Russia denies helping Syria to cover up use of chemical weapons