Kenneth Roth

Kenneth Roth


Executive Director, Human Rights Watch @HRW

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Sunday: Myanmar "police opened fire in different parts of...Yangon after stun grenades and tear gas failed to disperse crowds. One man [died]...with a bullet wound in the chest. Police also opened fire in...Dawei, killing one and wounding several."

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73% of Int'l Olympic Committee income comes from selling broadcast rights. The US network NBC accounts for about half of that. Will broadcasters let Beijing censor them or show the dark side of its rule during the 2022 Winter Games?

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Myanmar protesters still demonstrate defiance as the junta seems increasingly willing to use force, sometimes lethal, to stop the demonstrations against the coup.

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This week's trending rights Tweets: the Myanmar junta's lethal crackdown, Eritrean atrocities in Ethiopia's Tigray region, a landmark trial in Germany exposes Syria's systematic torture, Azerbaijani forces attack medical facilities in Nagorno Karabakh.

Myanmar police arrested "185 medical students in Yangon as they were preparing to march in their white coats" to protest the coup. "Doctors have been at the forefront of the civil disobedience movement" as the coup brought hospitals under military control.

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Myanmar's military is "notorious for its brutality after having crushed democracy movements in 1988 and 2007 by shooting peaceful protesters." Now the military is doing it again. This time, will the world exert enough pressure to stop it? I hope so.

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Myanmar provides an opportunity for the world to draw a line and insist on no more military coups against an elected government. Then the world could turn to Egypt and Thailand, among others.

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The Myanmar junta adds a new criminal charge against Aung San Suu Kyi, using a colonial-era law banning publishing information that may “cause fear or alarm” or disrupt “public tranquility.” That is, wanting democracy rather than a military dictatorship.

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450 "lawmakers representing 22 European countries say Israeli policy in the West Bank is 'eliminating the possibility of a two-state solution and entrenching a one-state reality of unequal rights and perpetual conflict.'"

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A dangerous, contemptible escalation as Myanmar police open fire on protesters in Mandalay, killing two and wounding 40+. The police were trying to force workers back to their jobs. Hundreds of thousands of people have stopped working to protest the coup.

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The Swedish clothing giant H&M cuts all ties with its Chinese supplier in Xinjiang due to alleged use of the forced labor of Uighur Muslims--a serious threat for any company operating from Xinjiang. H&M won't source any more cotton from Xinjiang.

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Myanmar's coup leader Min Aung Hlaing was so out of touch with the people of his country that, Trumpian style, he seemed to believe that the only way his party could have lost the recent election was through fraud. In fact, his party was trounced.

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