XINJIANG — For several years now China has been building internment camps to detain Uighurs and people from other Muslim minorities. China describes these internment camps as vocational training and reeducation programs that aim to alleviate poverty and counter terrorism threats. Accounts from survivors indicate possible human rights abuses happen regularly at these centers.
In recent months, the larger climate movement has started to embrace the fight against environmental racism. Environmental racism is the disproportionate impact environmental hazards have on people of color. Environmental justice is the movement’s response to environmental racism. According to GreenAction — a grassroots environmental justice movement, "Environmental racism refers to the institutional rules,
MANILA — According to its own statistics, the Philippines government's bloody "war on drugs" has worsened during the COVID-19 pandemic. In August, the statistics show, that the police killed 46 people during anti-drug operations. Human Rights Watch had reported a more than 50 percent increase in “drug war” deaths during the COVID-19 lockdown, from
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Nairobi (ICRC)—Nearly 44,000 people across Africa are registered as missing with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) at a time when restrictions put in place to curb COVID-19 create new challenges in searching for missing people. Forty-five percent of the cases were children at the time they went missing. "This caseload is
On August 25, 2020, the Africa Regional Certification Commission certified the WHO African Region as wild polio-free after four years without a case. With this historic milestone, five of the six WHO regions — representing over 90 percent of the world’s population — are now free of the wild poliovirus, moving the world closer
BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) — Asia-Pacific nations are speeding up project approvals and removing environmental protections to spur economic growth dented by the coronavirus, moves that will hurt rural and indigenous communities, analysts say. Indonesia has issued a law that makes it easier to take over community land, including those of indigenous groups, and
After a number of recent massacres in Colombia, Bishop Elkin Fernando Álvarez Botero, secretary general of the Colombian bishops’ conference, lamented that a "scandalously painful" point has been reached in the country. Massacres in August have claimed the lives of 42 people. Of these killings, 28 have taken place in three contiguous departments in
HONDURAS — Thousands of families and young women and men from Central America are compelled to leave their homes and risk their lives undertaking dangerous journeys, only to search for a safe place to live. But ultimately, they are deported back to face the same conditions they fled from. María’s nightmare started with gang
Brazil is the country struck hardest by Covid-19. Comboni Father Saverio Paolillo writes about how the pandemic is affecting the community he serves. "The Covid-19 pandemic is ravaging Brazil. It has become the country with the second largest number of victims after the United States, with over 65,000 deaths and 1.6 million confirmed cases.