Human rights abuses

AJC Welcomes Appointment of Senior Romanian Official for Fighting Antisemitism

Monday, March 9, 2020 - 9:00pm

NEW YORK, March 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --American Jewish Committee (AJC) welcomes the appointment of Silviu Vexler as Romania's High Representative for Fighting Antisemitism, Protecting the Memory of the Holocaust, and the Development of Jewish Life.

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  • NEW YORK, March 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --American Jewish Committee (AJC) welcomes the appointment of Silviu Vexler as Romania's High Representative for Fighting Antisemitism, Protecting the Memory of the Holocaust, and the Development of Jewish Life.
  • His appointment by the government received broad bipartisan support in the Romanian Parliament.
  • Creation of the position follows similar measures taken by several European governments that have established senior level posts to coordinate the fight against antisemitism.
  • AJC, the leading global Jewish advocacy organization, has maintained an international association agreement with FEDROM since 2006.

Two Hat Supports EARN IT Act and Multi-Country Voluntary Code to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse Imagery Online

Friday, March 6, 2020 - 8:54pm

The announcement came alongside the creation of a separate, international initiative, pushing the technology industry to embrace a voluntary code to further combat this offensive material online.

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  • The announcement came alongside the creation of a separate, international initiative, pushing the technology industry to embrace a voluntary code to further combat this offensive material online.
  • Two Hat is at the forefront of supporting safety by design and working with communities to improve child protection through content moderation and site image filtration.
  • Two Hat also has an understanding of the work of New Zealand officials in the wake of the Christchurch massacre.
  • The fight against online child sexual abuse imagery cannot be a solitary effort.

Collective Liberty Selected as Finalist For 2020 SXSW Pitch

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 - 1:32pm

AUSTIN, Texasand WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Collective Liberty , a dynamic NPO whose mission is to eradicate human trafficking by collaborating across industries and sectors to create ground-breaking, data-driven approaches that work, was selected as a finalist in the Social & Culture category for the 12th annual SXSW Pitch (formerly SXSW Accelerator).

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  • AUSTIN, Texasand WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Collective Liberty , a dynamic NPO whose mission is to eradicate human trafficking by collaborating across industries and sectors to create ground-breaking, data-driven approaches that work, was selected as a finalist in the Social & Culture category for the 12th annual SXSW Pitch (formerly SXSW Accelerator).
  • Of the 937 companies that applied to present at SXSW Pitch 2020, Collective Liberty was selected among the 50 (5%) finalists spanning 10 separate categories.
  • "Our team at Collective Liberty has lived through the struggles of an underfunded government response to human trafficking, and ways it leaves victims behind while allowing traffickers to fluorish," said Collective Liberty CEO Rochelle Keyhan.
  • Collective Liberty is focused on disrupting human trafficking markets across the 25+ types of human trafficking identified in the United States.

75th Anniversary of Hungary's Liberation From the Fascist Occupation Was Celebrated in Budapest

Friday, February 14, 2020 - 8:00am

Historians organized a tour of well-known battle sites and a lecture about the liberation of Budapest and the mission of the Red Army in it.

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  • Historians organized a tour of well-known battle sites and a lecture about the liberation of Budapest and the mission of the Red Army in it.
  • Another important stop of the tour was the Holocaust Victims memorial "Shoes on the bank of Danube," erected in 2005.
  • Massive executions of Jews in Budapest continued until early 1945, with executions in the thousands taking place on the Danube bank to avoid interments.
  • These are the facts we wanted to deliver to Russian citizens, to citizens of other countries touched by the war.Such horrors must not be repeated."

Jeff Brodsky Is Less Than 60 Days Away from a Record-breaking Journey

Wednesday, February 12, 2020 - 1:36pm

On April 1, 2020, at 67 years of age and after two heart attacks, Brodsky will embark on another cross-country bike ride from Disneyland in California to Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida.

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  • On April 1, 2020, at 67 years of age and after two heart attacks, Brodsky will embark on another cross-country bike ride from Disneyland in California to Disneyworld in Orlando, Florida.
  • There is no one on record who has attempted to bicycle that far in bare feet.
  • Brodsky's non-profit, JOY International, reported several hundred rescues this past year, including a 21-month-old baby who had been kidnapped.
  • JOY International employs a Director of Global Police Training andTactical Operations who has trained Special Forces Anti-Human Trafficking Police andSWATteams.

Financial Crime Prevention Professionals Take Action Against Modern Slavery & Human Trafficking

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 3:00pm

The Liechtenstein Initiative for Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST), a project based at the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research, and the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), the largest international membership organization of financial crime prevention professionals, have today announced a strategic partnership to further mobilize financial sector stakeholders against modern slavery and human trafficking.

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  • The Liechtenstein Initiative for Finance Against Slavery and Trafficking (FAST), a project based at the United Nations University Centre for Policy Research, and the Association of Certified Anti-Money Laundering Specialists (ACAMS), the largest international membership organization of financial crime prevention professionals, have today announced a strategic partnership to further mobilize financial sector stakeholders against modern slavery and human trafficking.
  • With an estimated 40 million people in modern slavery, there has never been a more important time for financial crime prevention professionals to be actively involved in this effort.
  • As we continue to strengthen financial sector understanding of modern slavery and human trafficking risks, greater awareness among anti-money laundering specialists of the indicators of these crimes will be essential.
  • With an extensive international network of financial crime prevention professionals, we are delighted to be partnering with ACAMS to take this work forward.

Genocide Determination Bill

Thursday, February 6, 2020 - 1:00pm

Latest Bill

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  • Latest Bill

    Latest news on the Genocide Determination Bill Bill [HL] 2019-20

    First reading took place on 5 February.

  • This stage is a formality that signals the start of the Bill's journey through the Lords.
  • Second reading - the general debate on all aspects of the Bill - is yet to be scheduled.
  • Summary of the Genocide Determination Bill Bill [HL] 2019-20

    A bill to provide for the High Court of England and Wales to make a preliminary finding on cases of alleged genocide, crimes against humanity or war crimes; and for the subsequent referral of such findings to the International Criminal Court or a special tribunal

Michigan Legal Watchdog Group Re-forms To Fight Excessive Litigation

Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 12:30pm

This has prompted a legal watchdog group that disbanded in 2013 to return to action.

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  • This has prompted a legal watchdog group that disbanded in 2013 to return to action.
  • For 17 years, Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch served as a non-partisan citizen watchdog over the courts.
  • It worked to increase public awareness of all the ways excessive litigation negatively affects job providers, families and communities.
  • Based in Northville, Michigan, Michigan Lawsuit Abuse Watch is a non-partisan citizen watchdog over the courts.

J.B. Hunt Joins USDOT in Commitment to Fighting Human Trafficking, Signs Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking Pledge

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 9:25pm

The initiative, announced by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, urges transportation industry leaders to combat human trafficking through employee education, raising public awareness, and sharing relevant data to measure the efforts collective impact.

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  • The initiative, announced by U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, urges transportation industry leaders to combat human trafficking through employee education, raising public awareness, and sharing relevant data to measure the efforts collective impact.
  • As part of our companys safety culture, J.B. Hunt employees are trained on recognizing the warning signs of trafficking and how to report suspicious activity.
  • We proudly support the U.S. Department of Transportations initiative and are committed to helping end human trafficking.
  • According to the USDOT, as many as 24.9 million men, women, and children are victims of human trafficking.

Article - Parliament pays tribute to the victims of the Holocaust

Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 8:03pm

The European Parliament opened the plenary session of Wednesday 29 January with a solemn ceremony in memory of the six million victims of the Holocaust.

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  • The European Parliament opened the plenary session of Wednesday 29 January with a solemn ceremony in memory of the six million victims of the Holocaust.
  • Whenever we read in newspaper articles of acts of violence, attacks, or racist insults, we must consider these attacks addressed at each of us.
  • In her speech, Liliana Segre, Italian senator for life and survivor of Auschwitz, said: I am extremely moved to be here in the European Parliament.
  • The term Holocaust refers to the mass murder of six million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators.