Tag: Human rights

South Korea’s Military Discharges Its First Transgender Soldier

SEOUL—A transgender soldier who enlisted in South Korea’s army as a man who wanted to continue serving as a woman after sex reassignment surgery has been discharged, with a military panel saying she had violated regulations. The fate of Staff Sgt. Byun Hee-soo, who is in her 20s, was viewed by many in South Korea’s LGBT community as a test case for the role of gay and transgender people in the socially conservative country. Although the LGBT community has gained more acceptance in recent years, South Korea is still less tolerant than many other East Asian nations such as Taiwan, ... Read more

Myanmar Military Shrugs Off Western Union Decision to Cut Ties With Army-owned Bank

Myanmar’s armed forces on Thursday said a decision by money transfer company Western Union to cut ties to a military-owned bank over army atrocities against the Muslim Rohingya ethnic minority violates the rights of military families. U.S.-based Western Union terminated its agent contract with Myawaddy Bank, becoming the latest foreign firm to sever connections to a military-operated company following calls by human rights groups to do so over alleged genocide and war crimes committed against Myanmar civilians. A Western Union spokesperson said that in Myanmar and other countries where it provides services, the company uses local agents remunerated by a ... Read more

Sanctions Are Economic Warfare | The Nation

US President Donald Trump speaks about the situation with Iran in the Grand Foyer of the White House on January 8, 2020. (Yasin Ozturk / Anadolu Agency via Getty Images) Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Travel With The Nation Be the first ... Read more

President Scrooge and His Dickensian Cabal

British actor Albert Finney as Scrooge. (AP Photo / Staff / Dear) Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Travel With The Nation Be the first to hear about Nation Travels destinations, and explore the world with kindred spirits. Sign up for our Wine ... Read more

What Never-Ending War Does to Kids

A boy and a soldier in Afghanistan. (Reuters/Denis Sinyakov) EDITOR’S NOTE:&nbspThis article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest updates from TomDispatch. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Subscribe now for as little as $2 a month! Support Progressive Journalism The Nation is reader supported: Chip in $10 or more to help us continue to write about the issues that matter. Thank you for signing up. For more from The Nation, check out our latest issue. Travel With The ... Read more

The End of Human Rights

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New Portugal Law Makes Housing A Citizens’ Right

A Portuguese woman keeps many of her belongings in a storage unit for fear of sudden eviction.  (Photo: Melo Moreira/Getty Images) A bill passed by Portugal’s parliament sets out a legal basis for housing being treated as a citizens’ right. Under the new law, the Portuguese government becomes responsible for ensuring adequate housing for all citizens as “the guarantor of the right to housing.” The Basic Housing Law emphasizes the “social function” of housing, with the explicit goals of eradicating homelessness, prioritizing the use of public real estate for affordable housing, and prohibiting tenant evictions across Lisbon—a pressing issue in ... Read more

Democrats Have Found Their Battle Cry

As if on cue, the morning of Biden’s remarks, Trump “kidded” on Twitter about remaining in office well past his two terms and retweeted a far-right commentator praising the fact that Trump and like-minded strongmen such as Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro and Hungary’s Viktor Orbán are now leading “proud nations.” “You could never say in the last eight decades that an American president wasn’t standing up for the democratic world,” the former diplomat Nicholas Burns, who is currently serving as a member of Biden’s foreign-policy advisory team, told me shortly after Biden’s speech. Until now, that is. Read: I helped Obama ... Read more

What Happened When the EU Moved Its Fight to Stop Migration to Niger

Migrants crossing the Sahara desert into Libya ride on the back of a pickup truck outside Agadez, Niger. (Reuters / Joe Penney) The bus station at Agadez was sleepy; the hot season was coming, and by dawn a film of dust had settled on the city. But the weather conditions did not explain why there were no travelers. At the ticket office, two clerks were lying on a mattress. One told me, “We haven’t had any passengers for a long time. People going north keep a low profile.” His colleague slept on. Ad Policy Translated by Charles Goulden.This essay continues ... Read more

Letters From the July 15-22, 2019, Issue

Cruel and Inhuman The force-feeding of prisoners on hunger strike, so powerfully described by Aviva Stahl in “Gag Order” [June 17/24], would not be possible without the active complicity of medical professionals. Whether or not the practice is held to be constitutional by the courts, state licensing boards generally do have the authority to act decisively against such providers. As important, certifying bodies like the American Board of Internal Medicine have the power to suspend participating physicians from their rolls, hospitals are within their rights to deny them privileges, and insurance providers can refuse them malpractice coverage. Inserting a nasogastric ... Read more