8 september 2020

— Belissa Guerrero Rivas writes at openDemocracy that the Organization of American States “must condemn repressive measures” taken by some member states including the Dominican Republic and El Salvador to confront the coronavirus pandemic. While “governments can of course take exceptional measures to combat the biggest public health crisis of our time,” Guerrero Rivas writes, “they must respect, guarantee and recognise the indivisibility of human rights.” She says some nations “have used the need to combat the pandemic as a pretext for introducing repressive measures.”

— Washington Post Global Opinions columnist Isaac Stone Fish condemns Disney for thanking “four Chinese Communist Party propaganda departments in the region of Xinjiang as well as the Public Security Bureau of the city of Turpan in the same region — organizations that are facilitating crimes against humanity” — in the credits of the new live-action remake of “Mulan”, and for doing production work in Xinjiang, “a region in northwest China that is the site of one of the world’s worst human rights abuses happening today.” He asks, “Why did Disney need to work in Xinjiang? It didn’t. There are plenty of other regions in China, and countries around the world, that offer the starkly beautiful mountain scenery present in the film. But in doing so, Disney helps normalize a crime against humanity.”

— Following a weekend tweet from the UN quoting Secretary-General António Guterres saying that COVID-19 “is demonstrating what we all know: millennia of patriarchy have resulted in a male-dominated world with a male-dominated culture which damages everyone — women, men, girls & boys” — the hashtag #DefundTheUN was trending Monday.

— Emirates News Agency reports that a delegation from the Global Council For Tolerance and Peace met with Serbian parliamentarians on Monday. National Assembly Deputy Speaker stressed “the support of Serbia and the National Assembly for the council’s efforts to promote tolerance and peace around the world. He also praised the role of the International Parliament for Tolerance and Peace in harnessing the international parliamentary efforts to promote the values of tolerance and peace.”

— The European Parliament Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety will vote later this week “on proposals to make the EU climate-neutral by 2050 with a legally binding law and setting an interim target for 2030.”

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