Saudi Arabia on Thursday defended signing a letter along with 36 other countries...
Kenneth RothSaudi Arabia tries to defend statement abandoning one million detained Uighur and other Turkic Muslims in China's Xinjiang region by pretending the statement was only about economic development. It wasn't. It defended the horrible persecution in Xinjiang. trib.al/Pd8BFZepic.twitter.com/ooYCr6BT4t
US president has first public meeting with anyone from China’s Uygur community, and makes first remarks on their internment, while he also meets Falun Gong practitioner, Tibetan Buddhist and other victims of religious persecution.
Kenneth RothThe good news: Trump meets daughter of imprisoned Uighur scholar to hear about China’s detention of one million Uighur and other Turkic Muslims. “That’s tough stuff,” he says.
The bad news: the US didn’t join 22 governments last week to condemn it. trib.al/4mYW2nOpic.twitter.com/lFGIGjivn4
The House voted largely along party lines to formally condemn President Trump’s comments on four minority congresswomen as racist, after an hourslong brawl.
Kenneth RothThe US House of Representatives very appropriately condemned Trump for his racist attacks on four progressive Congresswomen of color--the first such rebuke in more than 100 years. Can we please "go back" to a less racist White House. trib.al/qJkarXzpic.twitter.com/FZwC0aJE7w
The act, which would sanction officials involved in the journalist's murder, still requires the approval of the Senate
Kenneth RothDespite Trump, the US House of Representatives votes overwhelmingly (405 to 7) to require the director of National Intelligence to publicly identify the Saudis involved in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi and then to impose visa and travel sanctions on them. trib.al/b8sku3Lpic.twitter.com/WcPHZkoleB
Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) and U.S. Representatives Lois Frankel (D-FL) and Ann Wagner (R-MO) today led a bicameral group in urging Secretary of State Mike Pompeo through a bipartisan letter to press...
Kenneth RothBipartisan group of senators and representatives urges Pompeo "to press the Saudi government, both publicly and privately, to respect the fundamental human rights and freedoms of all Saudi citizens, and to immediately release the women’s rights activists."
Air strikes targeted rebel-held cities in northwest Syria on Friday, a war monitor reported, widening bombardment of the last major insurgent enclave to areas that had mostly escaped it. The strike...
Kenneth RothRussian-Syrian airstrikes on Syria's Idlib province are resuming and broadening to include two major cities that had largely been spared this recent offensive. Three million civilian lives are at risk from Putin-Assad's typically indiscriminate bombing. trib.al/2aNG5v0pic.twitter.com/DBqMJbIjz8
Geneva – On 3 July, more than 50 refugees and migrants lost their lives in an airstrike on the Tajoura Detention Centre in the east of Libya’s Tripoli.
Kenneth RothTop international refugee and migration agencies finally say the right thing: European nations (including Italy) should stop helping the Libyan Coast Guard return migrants to Libya until they are no longer detained. Instead, the EU should resume rescue. trib.al/RpwqLFLpic.twitter.com/HzkSX8gHxJ
(Geneva) – Twenty-two countries at the United Nations’ top human rights body issued a joint statement on July 10, 2019, urging China to end its mass arbitrary detentions and related violations against Muslims in the Xinjiang region.
Kenneth RothIt has never happened before to China: 22 governments at the UN Human Rights Council have issued a joint statement pressing Beijing to end its mass arbitrary detention and related abuses against Uighur and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang.
The world reacted with disbelief when the Trump Administration announced it was creating a new commission to explore “unalienable rights” in U.S. foreign policy.
Kenneth RothWe don't need a big new official commission to tell us that Trump won't have credibility promoting human rights if he persists in embracing autocrats, even if he does envy their ability to suppress critical journalists.
Golden Dawn, the neo-Nazi, anti-immigrant party that had shocked Greek politics by evolving from a marginal group into Greece’s third-largest party during the country’s economic crisis, was knocked out of Parliament in Sunday’s national election.
Kenneth Roth"Golden Dawn, the neo-Nazi, anti-immigrant party that had shocked Greek politics by evolving from a marginal group into Greece’s third-largest party during the country’s economic crisis, was knocked out of Parliament in Sunday’s national election." trib.al/Ss8lcYFpic.twitter.com/WxWl2iEcpT
For a man who rode a campaign based on “radical love” to victory not once but twice, and who had promised a new era of unity, diversity and opportunity, these comments about refugees marked a betrayal.
Kenneth RothIstanbul's new Mayor Imamoglu beat Pres Erdogan's candidate by preaching "radical love" but in some of his first comments since victory he has been preaching hatred against the many Syrian refugees in the city--a dangerous move he should quickly reverse. trib.al/clrYhvSpic.twitter.com/mzREiCIra2
Kenneth RothExtending their surveillance state beyond Xinjiang, Chinese police are installing intrusive data-harvesting spyware--the MFSocket app--on ordinary citizens’ smartphones throughout the country even when they are not suspected of any crime.
Comment: Personal status laws in the UAE deny women the right to make...
Kenneth RothPrincess Haya was lucky to escape the United Arab Emirates and her marriage to Dubai's ruler. Let's hope she stays safe. His two daughters tried, were kidnapped back, and have disappeared into his custody. And all Emirati women face discriminatory laws. trib.al/D20mIlepic.twitter.com/dkx5QPveBD
We welcome the UN High Commissioner’s strong report, which includes key information on the major human rights problems in Venezuela: the brutal crackdown on dissent, widespread impunity for violations, the humanitarian emergency, and the resulting...
Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Iranian most closely associated with the 2015 pact, is under fire both at home and in Washington, which is weighing sanctions on him.
Kenneth RothBolton and Pompeo want to impose sanctions on Iran's foreign minister @JZarif. In my recent dealings with him, he:
1. Helped secure UN investigation of Myanmar for atrocities against Rohingya.
2. Vowed Iran wouldn't join Syrian attacks on Idlib civilians. trib.al/WPx5tdEpic.twitter.com/jzjP607KSo