Russian human rights NGO Memorial fights for survival in Moscow trial | DW News

A Moscow court is hearing a case against Memorial, one of Russia’s oldest and most prominent human rights organizations. Memorial’s Human Rights Center is being accused of allegedly supporting terrorists and extremists. The prosecutor general has asked for it to be dissolved. Another branch of the NGO, which is being accused of violating administrative rules around its status as a so-called "foreign agent." Critics say both cases are politically motivated. Memorial’s work in Russia focuses on fighting totalitarianism, both in today’s Russia and in the past. Every year the NGO organizes public readings of the names of those persecuted and killed during the Soviet era and houses an archive of victims of political repression. It also publishes lists of current political prisoners. Memorial’s supporters say if the NGO is closed it could be a watershed moment for Russia’s civil society.
The Soviet Secret Police, housed in today’s FSB building, persecuted millions during the Soviet era.
Memorial’s archivist Alexei Makarov puts the number at around 11 million. For decades now, Memorial has been working to create a huge archive of those shot, imprisoned or deported during Soviet times, as well as promoting human rights across Russia.
But Memorial itself is under political pressure. It was labelled a so-called "foreign agent" several years ago. Now the prosecutor general’s office wants Memorial to close. The human rights branch of the NGO has been accused of allegedly "justifying extremism.” The branch that focuses on history is on trial for violating foreign agent laws.
The Kremlin’s spokesperson has refused to comment on the case against Memorial. He says that the court’s decision on whether or not to close the organization will be independent – and has nothing to do with politics.
At Memorial’s offices, the case to close the NGO has led to a huge outpouring of public solidarity. People have been bringing in letters of support, and an online petition to stop the closure has over 100 000 signatures.
For decades Memorial has been pushing against totalitarianism in Russia’s past and in the present. Now many observers say the case against it is a litmus test for the future of the country’s whole civil society. DW’s Emily Sherwin has more.

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Hawkeye, the latest MCU offering from Disney+, is a lighthearted movie that is intriguing precisely because the main character is no superhero. He’s a (somewhat grumpy) human who’s carrying the weight of the Marvel universe on his shoulders.

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Report on Flight PS752 accuses Iran of using civilian passengers as human shields

A new report on the crash of Flight PS752 drafted by the victims’ families claims Iran deliberately kept its airspace open to use civilian air passengers as human shields against a possible American attack.

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While Most Gyms Saw Membership Halved During The Pandemic, NYC’s Ultra-Exclusive Apex Human Performance Membership Doubled

In the early fall of 2020, during the height of the COVID-19 global pandemic, Malkiel acquired Apex Human Performance, a private health club located at 940 Third Avenue in Manhattan.

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Fans threaten boycott of Qatar World Cup over corruption, human rights | DW News

It’s just a year until the football World Cup kicks off in Qatar. Allegations of vote buying and human rights abuses have marred the run-up to the competition. Some fans are threatening a boycott. But Qatar says it deserves to host the cup.
The stadiums are all but ready with just a year to go until the Qatar World Cup. But many football fans are not yet ready to embrace the tournament.
Human rights groups say many thousands of migrant workers may have died building the stadiums and infrastructure.
They have also criticized the living conditions of workers as well as Qatar’s repression of women and homosexuals.
Qatar rejects the number of deaths and says it has done more than any neighboring country to improve worker welfare, including limits on working hours in the heat. But the likes of Amnesty Intentional are not convinced.
Qatar holding FIFA’s iconic tournament is also unpopular because of allegations it bought the hosting rights. Despite the US Department of Justice saying so, Qatar denies it.
But the controversies have led these fans in Europe to boycott the tournament. They are planning their own amateur version instead.
National sides such as Germany have also made their feelings clear. But there is no sign any teams will actually boycott the World Cup.
Proponents say Qatar has shown its commitment to football and Western arrogance is at play. Many in the Middle East and Arab World are proud to be hosting a first World Cup and only the second in Asia.
Its gas riches mean Qatar will put on a spectacular tournament but at a heavy price for many.

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Ethiopian Human Rights Commissioner Daniel Bekele awarded with German Africa Award | DW News

Daniel Bekele, head of Ethiopia’s Human Rights Commission, is this year’s winner of the German Africa Prize for championing human rights. But in his native country, not everyone agrees.

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Roque says he is confident about his record as a human rights advocate and public official

Former presidential spokesperson and now senatorial aspirant Atty. Harry Roque says he is confident about his record as a human rights advocate and public official despite the issues critics raise against him.

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New Zealand finds human remains in mine 11 years after disaster

Human remains have been found in a New Zealand coal mine, police said, more than a decade after 29 men were killed in an explosion inside the mine in one of the country’s worst industrial disasters.

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Belarus border clashes: Does Poland act with reckless disregard for human life? | DW News

Security forces in Poland on Tuesday deployed water cannons and used tear gas on migrants who attempted to cross the Polish-Belarusian border. Poland’s Border Guard said migrants had been throwing objects at security personnel. In posts on Twitter, the border protection agency said water cannons had been used "against aggressive foreigners."

Polish police said an officer was seriously injured in the confrontation, which they say was stirred up by Belarus, stating in a tweet: "Unfortunately, as a result of an attack by people inspired by the Belarusian side, a police officer has been seriously injured." On Tuesday, the human rights commissioner for the Council of Europe, Dunja Mijatovic, called for deescalation and access for aid workers and media to the border region.

"We need to step aside and think what is happening at the European border, why are these people left in limbo and what can be done in order to stop this extremely dangerous situation," she said. She added that what Belarus was doing in transporting refugees to the border was "absolutely unacceptable." Limited access to the area due to Poland’s state of emergency has presented a challenge to the media, in terms of independently verifying versions of events.

Russia has condemned Poland’s use of force, with Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov telling media in Moscow: "The behavior of the Polish side is absolutely unacceptable." According to Russian media, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has discussed the humanitarian situation with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg lent his support to Poland, saying the defense alliance was concerned about Lukashenko’s using migrants as a "hybrid tactic" against other countries. "We stand in solidarity with Poland and other affected allies," Stoltenberg told members of the media. The European Union has accused the Lukashenko regime of orchestrating the crisis and has agreed on a new framework for expanded sanctions.

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