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'The people are not afraid any more': young Peruvians rise up to demand change

He also apologized for incidents in which police humiliated young women, allegedly forcing them to strip naked.The people are not afraid any more, said Erika Ros, a 47-year-old lawyer who wore the red and white colours of the Peruvian flag.This congress doesnt represent us.The scale of the pro-democracy protests took Perus political class by surprise, said Kenneth Roberts, a professor of Latin American politics at Cornell University.University reform was an important factor driving young people to march against Vizcarras departure, said Ricardo Cuenca, who was sworn in as the interim education minister last week.Up until a short time ago, we thought that the young were totally disconnected from politics, said Cuenca, the former director of the Institute of Peruvian Studies. read more...

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'The fight doesn't stop here': what LGBTQ+ people want from a Biden presidency

Demonstrators protest Donald Trumps ban on transgender people in the military.In a major victory for LGBTQ+ rights groups, the supreme court ruled in June that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act does protect gay and trans workers.Photograph: Keith Srakocic/APThe fight doesnt stop hereOn LGTBQ+ rights, Bidens team has promised the most comprehensive plan to advance equality in history.Biden has pledged to pass the Equality Act, which would strengthen LGBTQ+ protections under the law, though its passage likely hinges on whether Democrats take control of the Senate.Biden has pledged to end prolonged detention, noting that LGBTQ+ migrants face higher rates of sexual violence in jail. read more...

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'The fight doesn't stop here': what LGBTQ+ advocates want from a Biden presidency

The damage will be lasting, she said: What has been taken from them cant be undone.Many of Trumps policies were challenged in court.Photograph: Keith Srakocic/APThe fight doesnt stop hereOn LGTBQ+ rights, Bidens team has promised the most comprehensive plan to advance equality in history.Biden has pledged to pass the Equality Act, which would strengthen LGBTQ+ protections under the law, though its passage likely hinges on whether Democrats take control of the Senate.With federal protections secured, advocates argue, the justice department under Biden should aggressively and proactively target anti-trans laws on the state level.Biden has pledged to end prolonged detention, noting that LGBTQ+ migrants face higher rates of sexual violence in jail. read more...

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'Structural racism': UN urges reforms in Brazil after deadly beating of black man

The UN has said that the deadly beating of a black man by white guards in Brazil exemplified structural racism, and called for an independent investigation and urgent reforms in the country.It offers a stark illustration of the persistent structural discrimination and racism people of African descent face, she said.Jair Bolsonaro, Brazils president, has downplayed structural racism there, where around 55% of its population of 212 million identifies as black or mixed-race.Shamdasani however insisted that structural racism, discrimination and violence people of African descent face in Brazil is documented by official data.Black Brazilians endure structural and institutional racism, exclusion, marginalisation and violence, with, in many cases, lethal consequences, she said. read more...

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'Some of the darkest places in the world': Joaquin Phoenix on a photobook about slaughterhouses

The photo, by Finnish photojournalist Kristo Muurimaa, is just one of the many shocking images compiled in the photo book Hidden.Created by photojournalist and animal rights activist Jo-Anne McArthur, Hidden sheds light on industrial scale factory farms and slaughterhouses and is an indictment of the meat industry.The photojournalists represented in Hidden have entered some of the darkest, most unsettling places in the world, he says.I feel a big responsibility when I think about that.McArthur has long used photojournalism to advocate for animal rights.My goal with Hidden is to achieve the same visibility about animal suffering. Hidden is published later this month. read more...

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'Sex is not a crime': the women protesting Poland's new abortion law

As Poland attempts to pass a new abortion law that amounts to a near-total ban on terminations, including in cases where a baby is sure to die soon after birth, the country's biggest protests in four decades have erupted, with Polish women challenging church as well as state.Karolina Wickiewicz is a lawyer with the charity Abortion Without Borders, which advises Polish women on abortions and helps them to avail of safe, legal procedures overseas.We follow her on to the streets as women of all ages rise up to demand rights over their own bodies, and an end to social stigma around sex and abortion read more...

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'Remarkably effective': Carrie Lam praises Hong Kong national security law

Lam said Hong Kong had experienced multiple blows including the mass protests, a worsening economy and unemployment because of the pandemic, and national security threats due to foreign interference.In the past year or so Hong Kong has experienced the most severe political challenges since its return to the motherland, Lam said.On Wednesday Lam defended it all, saying Beijing had no alternative but to step in and take action with the national security law, which had been remarkably effective in restoring stability.Once the pandemic stabilised, Hong Kong would launch a global publicity campaign to business and research industries.Lam said international confidence in Hong Kongs law and freedom had been undermined by the unreasonable criticism and smearing of the national security law and disqualification of four pro-democracy legislators. read more...

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'Place of love': Gibraltar becomes marriage hotspot in pandemic

But that all changed when the pandemic upended his plans to marry his girlfriend in Dublin, where they live.We already live together as a married couple.As a married couple, she will now be able to join him in the US.If the option of getting married in Gibraltar did not exist we would still be video-chatting every day, Gerow said.Gibraltars chief minister, Fabian Picardo, said he was delighted that Gibraltar has become known as a place of love rather than a place of division. read more...

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'Leave Nato': Justin Trudeau pranked by Russian duo posing as Greta Thunberg

Russian comedians Vovan and Lexus have struck again, this time pranking Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau in a phone call during which he believed he was talking to climate change activist Greta Thunberg.Previous targets of Vovan and Lexus include Elton John, who they claim to have fooled by pretending to be Russian president Vladimir Putin keen to talk about gay rights.For Terrance and Phillip, who are also known in your country.The last two names refer to Canadian characters from the show South Park.Wait, Terrance and Phillip, where they not in South Park? he asks.I believe they are South Park parodies of Canadians, he says, before politely ending the call. read more...

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'I'll never be the same again': facing family trauma in a Nazi concentration camp

The new Guardian documentary, Colette, follows the remarkable story of a former member of the French resistance, as she travels to Germany for the first time to the Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp where her brother died 75 years ago.Over lunch, our tour guide told us he knew a woman in Normandy named Colette who had been in the French resistance and he offered to make an introduction.Colette Marin-Catherine in her uniform of the French resistance.Giacchino: Eventually we wondered if Colette would consider going to Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp.Colette and Lucie at Mittelbau-Dora concentration camp during filming. read more...

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