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International appeal for calm in Mali after protest deaths

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:11 PM

Mali's European allies and regional partners are anxious, given the country's poverty, ethnic mix, and strategic location at the heart of the Sahel

CLASHES. In this file photo, protesters gestures on a barricade put up in front of the Salam mosque of Badalabougou, where the influent Imam Mahmoud Dicko led a prayer dedicated to the victims of the clashes of the past two days in Bamako on July 12, 2020. File photo by Michele Cattani/AFP

Mali tense after deadly anti-government protests

Jul 11, 2020 - 9:34 PM

Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita orders an investigation into the unrest

PROTEST. A man holds a sign reading "Release Soumaila" during a meeting organized to call for the release of opposition leader Soumaila Cisse, kidnapped in central Mali on March 25, during the campaign for parliamentary elections in Bamako on July 2, 2020. Photo by Michelle Cattani/AFP

Youth groups continue protest as anti-terrorism law nears implementation

Jul 11, 2020 - 7:05 PM

They warn that with human rights violations already rampant even before the measure’s signing into law, the anti-terrorism law's implementation will result in more abuses

PROTEST. Sectoral groups unite at the Commission on Human Rights in Quezon City to continue its protest against government's response to a health crisis calling out its 'misplaced priorities' for pushing the anti-terror law and rejecting ABS-CBN's franchise as the country grapples with the pandemic. Photo by PUP's The Catalyst

Half million Hong Kong people vote in pro-democracy primaries

Jul 11, 2020 - 4:27 PM

(UPDATED) 'Under the vicious national security law, many people worried if such participation would risk violating the law but many people still came out,' says organizer and legal scholar Benny Tai

POLLING. People queue to vote for New Territory East candidates during a primary election in Hong Kong on July 11, 2020. Photo by May James/AFP

George Floyd said officers would 'kill' him in new recording transcript

Jul 09, 2020 - 11:24 AM

According to the transcript, Floyd says, 'Momma, I love you. Tell my kids I love them. I'm dead.' He called for his mother and children several more times.

POLICE BRUTALITY. This still image taken from a May 25, 2020, video courtesy of Darnella Frazier via Facebook, shows a Minneapolis, Minnesota, police officer arresting George Floyd. Photo by Darnella Frazier/AFP

Death of black teen in U.S. juvenile facility sparks outrage

Jul 09, 2020 - 8:40 AM

Fredericks 'was executed on April 29 for the crime of throwing a sandwich,' says the lawyer for Fredericks's family

BLACK LIVES MATTER. The reinvigorated anti-racism movement has spurred changes in the worldwide entertainment scene. Photo from Shutterstock

White woman prosecuted for calling New York police on black bird watcher

Jul 07, 2020 - 11:07 AM

The woman is often referred to as a 'Karen,' a term popular online to describe an entitled white woman

A couple have a conversation under a colorful tree in Central Park on October 23, 2017 in New York.  Fall foliage is just starting to change in the New York City area according to fall foliage experts. / AFP PHOTO / DON EMMERT

Trump idea of 'National Garden of American Heroes' raises questions

Jul 06, 2020 - 9:23 AM

'We will defend, protect, and preserve the American way of life, which began in 1492 when Columbus discovered America,' Trump says

HEADLESS. People photograph a statue depicting Christopher Columbus which had its head removed at Christopher Columbus Waterfront Park on June 10, 2020 in Boston, Massachusetts. Photo by Tim Bradbury/Getty Images/AFP

Groups demand immediate release of 8 arrested at anti-terror rally in Laguna

Jul 05, 2020 - 4:48 PM

Groups stress the possible ramifications of the Anti-Terrorism Law on mass mobilizations in light of the violent arrest of Cabuyao 11. Three minors from the protest have been released to their guardians, while 8 are still detained.

Graphics from UP College of Science Student Council, KATRIBU-UP Dilima chapter, and Anakbayan Batangas

Filipinos take to the streets to protest against anti-terrorism law

Jul 04, 2020 - 7:11 PM

In an indignation protest held on Saturday, July 4 at the University of the Philippines Diliman, protesters express their strong condemnation against the law

Protesters from different groups stage a protest march against the new Anti-Terror Law at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, QC on July 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

'Ready to fight for civil rights': Sectoral leaders hold protest vs anti-terrorism law

Jul 04, 2020 - 4:36 PM

'The law aims to end terrorism, it says, yet it is the state forces that perpetrate fear and violence on the people,' says former human rights commissioner Loretta Ann Rosales in an online protest joined by other sectoral leaders

JUNK ANTI-TERROR LAW. Protesters from different groups hold a protest march at the University of the Philippines Diliman on July 4, 2020, a day after President Duterte signed the anti-terror law. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Hong Kongers scrub social media history in face of security law

Jul 03, 2020 - 4:04 PM

Despite assurances from Beijing that political freedoms would not be hindered, many Hong Kongers delete digital references of their opposition to China's ruling Communist Party

'Leaderless movement' urges Filipinos to join #VetoTerrorBill email protest

Jul 03, 2020 - 11:35 AM

'We believe that all Filipinos who must stand for democracy against this bill that edges us closer and closer towards tyranny – in any way, shape, or form that is possible in spite of the pandemic,' says the #JunkTerrorBill group

Activist Nathan Law flees Hong Kong as protest slogan outlawed

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:43 PM

'I have already left Hong Kong and continue the advocacy work on the international level,' Law says in a short English message to journalists, declining to say which country he has gone to

DEMOCRACY ACTIVISTS. In this file photo taken on January 16, 2018 bailed Hong Kong democracy activists Joshua Wong (L), Nathan Law (C) and Alex Chow face the media outside the Court of Final Appeal before their first appeal hearing against jail sentences in Hong Kong. File photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

WATCH: Thousands defy protest ban as HK security law takes effect

Jul 02, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Thousands of protesters defy restrictions and take to the streets, even under Hong Kong's newly passed national security law

Hong Kong Bar Association 'gravely concerned' by security law

Jul 02, 2020 - 4:06 PM

The group says offenses 'are capable of being applied in a manner that is arbitrary, and that disproportionately interferes with fundamental rights, including the freedom of conscience, expression and assembly'

CRACKDOWN. Riot police detain a man as they clear protesters taking part in a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Photo by Dale de la Rey/AFP

EU says 'essential' that freedoms be protected in Hong Kong

Jul 01, 2020 - 6:43 PM

Hong Kong police say they arrested at least 180 people on Wednesday, July 1 – including 7 under a new national security law – as thousands of protesters defy a ban to rally on the anniversary of the city's handover to China

PROTESTS. Riot police (L) deploy pepper spray toward journalists (R) as protesters gathered for a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020, on the 23rd anniversary of the city's handover from Britain to China. Photo by Dale De La Rey/AFP

$500,000 bond set for Atlanta officer who shot black man

Jul 01, 2020 - 9:39 AM

'This court does not feel this amount is excessive,' Judge Jane Barwick says

SIGN. Police are seen behind a protester's placard standing guard on a bridge as protestors block the road next to burned Wendy's restaurant on the fourth day following Rayshard Brooks' shooting death. Photo by Chandan Khanna/AFP

Manila Pride protesters freed, to sue police

Jun 30, 2020 - 7:16 PM

(UPDATED) 'Expect that we will file countercharges against the Manila police,' says Bahaghari's Rey Valmores-Salinas

RELEASED. Members of LGBTQ+ groups Bahaghari and Metro Manila Pride who were arrested after staging a Pride march and protest in Mendiola, Manila, last June 26, are released on Tuesday, June 30. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

[OPINION] I can’t breathe: How racial justice is connected to climate justice

Jun 30, 2020 - 3:50 PM

'In the picture of how racial supremacy and environmental decay are put together, violence is front and center'

U.S. couple draw guns on protesters passing their mansion

Jun 30, 2020 - 9:36 AM

Trump retweets without comment the video of the white couple pointing a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun at the protesters, the majority of whom were black

GUN. This screen grab taken from a video shows Mark McCloskey, 63, and his 61-year-old wife, Patricia, standing outside their home and holding guns including a semi-automatic rifle at Black Lives Matter protesters who were marching toward the residence of St Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson on June 28, 2020 in St Louis, Missouri. Photo from Eurovision/AFP

[ANALYSIS] The racial and genocidal underpinnings of the American Way of War

Jun 29, 2020 - 8:00 PM

Racism has been a central feature of the way the United States has waged its wars

Mississippi votes to remove Confederate symbol from state flag

Jun 29, 2020 - 11:08 AM

'In the name of history, whether you're black or white, rich or poor, Democrat or Republican, I ask you today to stand in the name of history,' Democratic senator Derrick T Simmons urges his colleagues before the vote

NO MORE. A protestor rolls up the Mississippi flag after the state legislature voted to change it, outside the Mississippi State Capitol building in Jackson, Mississippi on June 28, 2020. Photo by Rory Doyle/AFP

Chinese lawmakers discuss Hong Kong security law ahead of expected vote

Jun 28, 2020 - 8:32 PM

The Communist Party leadership says the national security law is needed to end political unrest after the city was rocked by months of pro-democracy protests last year,

Activists hold a candlelit remembrance after crossing downed barricades into Victoria Park in Hong Kong on June 4, 2020, after the annual vigil that traditionally takes place in the park to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown was banned on public health grounds because of the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

‘Resist injustice’: Newly sworn lawyer helps detained Pride protesters

Jun 27, 2020 - 7:43 PM

Bernardo says the protesters asked for his legal advice prior to the short gathering and during its planning

Netizens call to free detained Pride protesters: ‘Pride is protest’

Jun 26, 2020 - 5:04 PM

Using the hashtag #FreePride20, netizens express disbelief over the arrest of 20 protesters on Friday, June 26

At least 20 arrested at Pride march in Manila

Jun 26, 2020 - 2:10 PM

(UPDATED) 'Nasa batas iyan na bawal iyan,' police tell the protesters, who observed physical distancing and wore face masks

Police officers arrest members and allies of LGBTQ+ group Bahaghari during a Pride March protest in Mendiola on June 26, 2020. Photo by Lisa Marie David/Rappler

Probe ordered into police death of black man in Colorado as anger flares

Jun 26, 2020 - 11:33 AM

Elijah McClain, 23, died last August in Aurora, near Denver, 3 days after he was put in a chokehold by police, injected with ketamine to sedate him, and suffered cardiac arrest

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 06: A protester holds up a sign on the recently rename Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House as the sun sets during continued demonstrations on June 6, 2020 in Washington, DC. This is the 12th day of protests since George Floyd died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. Samuel Corum/Getty Images/AFP

U.S. Senate approves sanctions bill over Hong Kong

Jun 26, 2020 - 10:44 AM

The vote comes as China presses forward with a security law that would enforce punishment over subversion and other perceived threats in Hong Kong

A protester (C) holds a flag that reads "Free Hong Kong - Revolution Now" as he attends along with others a pro-democracy rally at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on June 12, 2020. - Thousands of Hong Kongers sang a protest anthem and chanted slogans across the city on June 12 as they marked the one-year anniversary of major clashes between police and pro-democracy demonstrators. (Photo by DALE DE LA REY / AFP)

Trump warns against attacking monuments as Guard troops mobilized

Jun 25, 2020 - 9:55 AM

'Now they are looking at Jesus Christ, they are looking at George Washington, they are looking at Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson,' Trump alleges

TAKE DOWN. Protesters attempt to pull down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square near the White House on June 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

3 men charged with murder of U.S. black jogger Ahmaud Arbery

Jun 25, 2020 - 9:02 AM

9 counts, including murder, aggravated assault, and false imprisonment are laid against the 3 men

MOURNING. Jasmine Arbery, sister of Ahmaud Arbery (R) and Wanda Cooper-Jones, Ahmaud's mother, comfort one another while people gather to honor Ahmaud at Sidney Lanier Park on May 9, 2020 in Brunswick, Georgia. Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images/AFP

Pro-democracy protests mark anniversary of Thai revolution

Jun 24, 2020 - 11:44 PM

After years of coups, violent crackdowns and short-lived civilian governments, Thailand remains a country sharply divided

Hong Kong satirists say self-censorship already blunting dissent

Jun 24, 2020 - 4:46 PM

Ridicule of the powerful is ingrained in Hong Kong's culture, aided by Cantonese, a language often riotously colorful in its insults. But that is something Hong Kongers believe Beijing is determined to stamp out.

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 17, 2020 shows Hong Kong actors Ng Chi-sum (L) and Tsang Chi-ho performing a scene in the long-running political satirical television show "Headliner", which will be suspended by the public broadcaster after it received a government reprimand for insulting the Hong Kong police force. - Hong Kong satirists, cartoonists and journalists say self-censorship has already begun blunting voices and pulling punches as fears crescendo over Beijing's plan to impose a sweeping anti-subversion law on the restless city. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP) / TO GO WITH China-HongKong-politics-censorship,FOCUS by Su Xinqi

[OPINION] Why you can't support both #BlackLivesMatter and Duterte’s drug war

Jun 24, 2020 - 2:59 PM

'If you are performatively hashtagging about the murders of Michael, Breonna, and Trayvon, you cannot congratulate the murders of Kian, Jefferson, Carl, and over 20,000 other Filipinos'

Twitter hides 'abusive' Trump tweet targeting protestors

Jun 24, 2020 - 7:59 AM

The new, aggressive stand by Twitter on rule-breaking by the president stands in contrast with Facebook, which has maintained a largely hands-off policy

[OPINION] Anti-Black attitudes among Filipinos, in the context of the U.S. Empire

Jun 23, 2020 - 5:57 PM

'How come Filipino postcolonial sensitivities side with the white colonizers rather than with the formerly colonized (such as ourselves) and enslaved peoples?'

Protestors try to topple statue outside White House

Jun 23, 2020 - 9:42 AM

Several hundred protestors are pushed back by at least 100 security force personnel after they had thrown ropes around the statue of Andrew Jackson

TAKE DOWN. Protesters attempt to pull down the statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square near the White House on June 22, 2020 in Washington, DC. Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images/AFP

EU urges China to reconsider Hong Kong security law

Jun 23, 2020 - 9:32 AM

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen says she had warned the Chinese leaders that Hong Kong owes its economic success to its autonomy from Beijing

Pro-democracy protesters march in the Central district of Hong Kong on June 9, 2020, as the city marks the one-year anniversary since pro-democracy protests erupted following opposition to a bill allowing extraditions to mainland China. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)

'Fortnite' removes police cars with eye on U.S. race protests

Jun 22, 2020 - 6:57 PM

Fortnite's virtual world previously contained police cars, but those could no longer be seen in the latest version of the game

FORTNITE PLAY. Gaming fans play "Fortnite" at the 2019 Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3, in Los Angeles on June 11, 2019. File photo by Frederic J. Brown/AFP

How U.S. disinformation threatens Black Lives Matter

Jun 21, 2020 - 5:57 PM

Disinformation experts say campaigns from far-right white supremacist conspiracy groups threaten US anti-racism protests

PROTEST. A man speaks into a bull-horn in front of the Wendy's restaurant set ablaze overnight on June 14, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Rayshard Brooks, 27, was shot and killed yesterday by police in a struggle following a field sobriety test at the Wendy's. Photo by Dustin Chambers/Getty Images for Coda Story.

1 dead in shooting at Seattle protest movement zone

Jun 21, 2020 - 1:32 PM

Police say another man is seriously wounded with 'life-threatening injuries'

SEATTLE PROTESTS. Demonstrators hold umbrellas while facing off with police near the Seattle Police Departments East Precinct on June 7, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. Photo by David Ryder/Getty Images/AFP

China to set up 'national security agency' in Hong Kong – state media

Jun 20, 2020 - 8:08 PM

Chinese state media Xinhua says the eventual law would criminalize 'secession, subversion of state power, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces' that endanger security.

CRACKDOWN ON DISSENT. A protester (C) holds a flag that reads "Free Hong Kong - Revolution Now" as he attends along with others a pro-democracy rally at a shopping mall in Hong Kong on June 12, 2020. Photo by Dale de la Rey/AFP

Belarus detains dozens at opposition protests – rights group

Jun 20, 2020 - 4:51 PM

Around 140 people – including 80 in Minsk – are detained, the Vyasna rights group says

BELARUS PROTEST. Belarus' riot police officers watch opposition supporters during a gathering to support candidates seeking to challenge President Alexander Lukashenko in August's polls in Minsk on June 19, 2020. Photo by Sergei Gapon/AFP

Warner Records signs 12-year-old Black Lives Matter protest singer

Jun 20, 2020 - 3:37 PM

Keedron Bryant's viral a cappella gospel song 'I Just Wanna Live' is about his fears growing up as a black man in the US

Black U.S. State Dept official quits after Trump race response

Jun 19, 2020 - 4:09 PM

The Washington Post says, Mary Elizabeth Taylor, assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs, submits her resignation

RESIGNS. File photo of Mary Elizabeth Taylor, assistant secretary of state for legislative affairs. Wiki Commons

Klobuchar exits VP contention, says Biden should pick black woman

Jun 19, 2020 - 1:04 PM

US Senator Amy Klobuchar says the protests that erupted in the aftermath of a brutal police killing of a black man in her state of Minnesota helped her realize the need for greater diversity in the presidential contest

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 11: Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., gives her opening statement during a Senate Judiciary Committee business meeting on Capitol Hill on June 11, 2020 in Washington, DC. Senate committee gathered to vote on authorizing 35 subpoenas into the origins of the FBIs Russia investigation, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane. Carolyn Kaster-Pool/Getty Images/AFP POOL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

Church and Bank of England apologize for slavery roles

Jun 19, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Research finds that nearly 100 clergymen and 6 governors plus 4 directors of the bank benefitted from slavery

A pedestrian walks past the Bank of England in London on June 17, 2020. - The Bank of England, confronted by Britain's collapsing coronavirus-ravaged economy, will on June 18 reveal the outcome of its latest monetary policy meeting with analysts predicting more stimulus. The British central bank has been at the forefront of economic fire-fighting over this year's deadly COVID-19 emergency -- and could expand its quantitative easing (QE) stimulus in an attempt to kickstart growth. (Photo by Tolga Akmen / AFP)

Juneteenth, commemorating end of slavery in U.S.

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:51 AM

Juneteenth is most often celebrated with backyard cookouts and prayer services but some cities hold parades and other events

A statue of Confederate States President Jefferson Davis lies on the street after protesters pulled it down in Richmond, Virginia, on June 10, 2020. The symbols of the Confederate States and its support for slavery are being targeted for removal following the May 25, 2020, death of George Floyd while in police custody. Parker Michels-Boyce / AFP

U.N. urged to hold U.S. 'accountable' over racism, police violence

Jun 19, 2020 - 10:11 AM

The American Civil Liberties Union warns countries that 'partial or half-baked measures of accountability won't remedy structural racism'

BLACK LIVES MATTER. The reinvigorated anti-racism movement has spurred changes in the worldwide entertainment scene. Photo from Shutterstock

Taiwan to open new office to assist Hongkongers

Jun 18, 2020 - 8:56 PM

Tsai's government will cover 'necessary expenses' for those who come to Taiwan because their freedom and safety are under threat, says Chen Ming-tong, chairman of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council

NEW OFFICE. Chen Ming-tong, chairman of Taiwan's Mainland Affairs Council, speaks during a press conference in Taipei on January 22, 2019. File photo by Sam Yeh/AFP