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Report: Gay men detained, tortured in 'concentration camps' in Chechnya

Chechnya concentration camps for gay menIn early April, Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta published a story regarding gay men being detained, tortured, and sometimes killed in the Russian republic of Chechnya.

The article claims that over 100 homosexual men in the "traditionally conservative Muslim society" had been rounded up and placed in a newly established and secret prison.

A man identified as one of the individuals held there said he was a victim of violence, which was used in an attempt to get him to reveal the identities of other gay men

TVNL Comment:  Human Rights mean very little to much of the world.  Will Trump stand up for the persecuted gay community throught the world?  Don't hold your breath.


Famed NYC bakery's immigrant workers defy Trump

NYC Bakery workers defy TrumpImmigrant workers at a famed New York bakery who are threatened with being fired if they don't produce legal work papers defied the government outside President Donald Trump's Manhattan home on Saturday.

Thirty-one employees of the Tom Cat Bakery also could be deported if they don't prove by April 21 that they're in the country legally.

The mostly Spanish-speaking workers and about 100 supporters rallied outside Trump Tower to protest what they called the Trump administration's "bullying."


Trump’s Policy May Send Reporter Back to Mexico, Where He Risks Being Killed

Martin Pineda faces death if sent back to MexicoA Mexican journalist who was beaten by the country’s federal police for his reporting has been denied asylum in the United States as a result of Trump administration policy and faces deportation back to Mexico.

Martin Mendez Pineda, 25, is currently incarcerated in an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement holding facility in El Paso, Texas. Pineda met a U.S. lawyer at the El Paso border crossing on Feb. 5 and turned himself over to ICE seeking asylum. Pineda underwent a “credible fear” interview with Citizenship and Immigration Services who deemed his life would be in danger if he returned to Mexico, according to Pineda’s attorney, Carlos Spector.

Yet ICE denied Pineda parole, and instead of asylum he now waits for a court hearing where deportation proceedings will begin, Spector said.


The Latest: Rebel official says UN 'responsible' for deaths

gas attackA top Syrian rebel representative says he holds U.N. mediator Staffan De Mistura "personally responsible" for the suspected chemical weapons attack that killed more than 70 people in northern Syria one day ago.

Mohammad Alloush, the rebels' chief negotiator at U.N.-mediated talks with the Syrian government, said the U.N.'s Special Envoy for Syria's must begin labeling the Syrian government as responsible for killing civilians. He said U.N.'s silence "legitimizes" the strategy.


EU critcizes Israel's West Bank demolitions policy

EU criticizes Israel demolitionThe European Union expressed frustration with Israel's continued demolition of Palestinian homes in the occupied West Bank in a high-level meeting last week, according to Israel's Haaretz newspaper.

In the  meeting with the Israeli foreign ministry's newly appointed director-general, the EU ambassador read out a stern joint statement message, saying Israel was failing in its international legal obligations and needed to change its policy.


Israel denying aid workers access to Gaza: Human Rights Watch

Israel denies aid workers access to GazaThe Israeli military is restricting aid workers' access to Gaza, the activist organization Human Rights Watch said.

In a 47-page report released Sunday, the New York City-based group said the workers who document human rights abuses are routinely denied access as they attempt to pass from Israel to Gaza. The travel restrictions contradict Israel's statement that it relies on human rights organizations as an important source of information for investigations of possible crimes committed during the 2014 Gaza war, the report says.


Appeals court won't release Gitmo force-feeding videos

Gitmo videos will not be releasedA federal appeals court won't order the government to release graphic videos of a former Guantanamo Bay inmate being force-fed during a hunger strike.

The ruling on Friday said the public has no constitutional right to see the videos, which were filed in court records in a legal dispute involving the inmate. The court also said any First Amendment right of access is outweighed by concerns that release could harm national security.


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