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Facebook civil rights audit: ‘serious setbacks’ mar progress

Facebook civil rights audit: ‘serious setbacks’ mar progress

Technology
A two-year audit of Facebook's civil rights record found “serious setbacks” that have marred the social network's progress on matters such as hate speech, misinformation and biasBy BARBARA ORTUTAY AP Technology WriterJuly 8, 2020, 10:04 AM3 min read A two-year audit of Facebook’s civil rights record found “serious setbacks” that have marred the social network’s progress on matters such as hate speech, misinformation and bias. Facebook hired the audit’s leader, former American Civil Liberties Union executive Laura Murphy, in May 2018 to assess its performance on vital social issues. Its 100-page report released Wednesday outlines a “seesaw of progress and setbacks” at the company on everything from bias in Facebook's algorithms to its content moderation, advertising practices and treatment
U.N. Rights chief Rupert Colville condemns deaths of 32 in Myanmar ethnic fighting

U.N. Rights chief Rupert Colville condemns deaths of 32 in Myanmar ethnic fighting

World
April 17 (UPI) -- At least 32 deaths, mainly women and children, were attributed to fighting in Myanmar on Friday, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said. The fighting in Myanmar's Rakhine and Chin states, between government forces and the Arakan Army, which seeks greater autonomy for ethnic Rakhine people, has been ongoing for over a year. "There has been a spike in violence between the ethnic Arakan Army armed group and the Myanmar army, impacting civilians of all ethnic groups living in the area, including Rohingya, Rakhine, Chin, Mro, Daignet and others," High Commissioner Rupert Colville said in a statement. "Myanmar's military has been carrying out almost daily airstrikes and shelling in populated areas resulting in at least 32 deaths and 71 injuries since 23 Ma...

Egypt arrests human rights activist who criticized gov’t

World
Egyptian police have arrested an activist and researcher who has been a vocal critic of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's governmentBy SAMY MAGDY Associated PressFebruary 9, 2020, 8:40 PM3 min readCAIRO -- Egyptian police arrested an activist and researcher who was a vocal critic of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi's government, the interior ministry and a human rights group said Sunday. Patrick George Zaki, 27, was detained at Cairo's international airport after returning from Italy on Friday, according to the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, a local NGO, where he works as a researcher. He was taken to the prosecutor's office in his home city of Mansoura in the Nile Delta. Zaki's arrest was the latest in an unprecedented crackdown on dissent waged by El-Sissi in recent years. Thou...
HRW calls on global community to combat China’s threat to human rights

HRW calls on global community to combat China’s threat to human rights

World
Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The Chinese government poses a threat to the rights of people worldwide, non-governmental organization Human Rights Watch said, calling on the international community to band together to counter Beijing's attacks. In HRW's annual 2020 report analyzing the world's human rights situation, its executive director, Kenneth Roth, warned that since China sees human rights as an existential threat, how it combats that threat jeopardizes the rights and freedoms of the rest of the world. "At home, the Chinese Communist Party, worried that permitting political freedom would jeopardize its grasp on power, has constructed an Orwellian high-tech surveillance state and a sophisticated Internet censorship system to monitor and suppress public criticism," wrote Roth. "Abroad, it uses its...
China says Human Rights Watch barred over protest support

China says Human Rights Watch barred over protest support

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China says it barred the head of the internationally renowned organization Human Rights Watch from entering Hong Kong due to the group's support for the territory's ongoing protest movementByThe Associated PressJanuary 13, 2020, 10:17 AM2 min readBEIJING -- China said Monday it barred the head of the internationally renowned organization Human Rights Watch from entering Hong Kong due to the group's support for the territory's ongoing protest movement. Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Human Rights Watch had instigated “anti-China activists" to “engage in radical violent crimes, and incite separatist activities hyping Hong Kong independence." Groups such as Human Rights Watch were responsible for the current unrest in Hong Kong, and “deserve sanctions and must pay a price," Gen