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UN Reports 13 Rape Allegations During Sudan Protests

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The United Nations Human Rights Office said on Tuesday that it had received 13 allegations of rape and gang rape by security forces during protests in Sudan on Sunday, while opposition medics reported a second person killed.

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Sunday’s demonstration drew hundreds of thousands of people to the capital Khartoum to protest against a military coup on Oct. 25 and a Nov. 21 agreement signed to reinstate the Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok.

Demonstrators converged on the presidential palace, where they attempted a sit-in before being dispersed after sundown.

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Officials from the Sudanese security forces reached by Reuters did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The UN Human Rights Office spokeswoman, Liz Throssell told a briefing that the office received 13 allegations of rape and gang rape as well as reports of sexual harassment against women by security forces as they attempted to flee. She did not give details of the alleged rapes or gang rapes.

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“We urge a prompt, independent and thorough investigation into the allegations of rape and sexual harassment as well as the allegations of death and injury of protesters as a result of the unnecessary or disproportionate use of force in particular the use of live ammunition.” Throssell said.

One person was shot in the head by security forces in Omdurman, across the Nile from Khartoum, the Central Committee of Sudanese Doctors said in a statement, the second person to die as a result of Sunday’s crackdown, bringing the total death toll from anti-military protests since October to 47.

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The committee had previously said that more than 300 people were injured in several cities during the protest, with some injuries from live bullets and tear gas canisters.

The Darfur Bar Association, a human rights group said in a statement “the emergence of rape, during protests, indicates the development in the type of crimes committed against revolutionaries, so it is the duty of all to join a campaign to prosecute the perpetrators and those behind them.”

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A media advisor for military leader Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has said the army will maintain national security and was siding with the people’s aspirations for democracy.

Hamdok, who has not commented on Sunday’s events, has said he signed the agreement in order to put an end to ‘bloodshed and maintain economic achievements.’

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NM Dems Are Moving Fast To Allow 16-Year-Olds To Vote, And That’s Not All!!

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Before this year’s midterm elections, which are projected to be extremely difficult for Democrats, Democrats in New Mexico are hurrying to amend the state’s voting regulations.

Among other things, the proposal would lower the voting age to 16 for local elections, increase the use of mail-in ballots, create an option for straight party-line voting on ballots, and remove the prohibition on convicted felons voting, though felons would not be allowed to vote while they are in prison.

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Democratic state legislators, led by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, are proposing a comprehensive overhaul of the state’s election rules in order to combat what they describe as a “wave of anti-democratic sentiment” throughout the country.

“Protecting voting rights is critical to protecting our democracy and ensuring that the views of New Mexicans are heard,” said Mrs. Lujan Grisham, a Democrat who is up for reelection this year and is also facing a difficult reelection campaign. New Mexico is taking every step possible to defend and extend voting rights at a time when voting rights are under threat around the nation.

In addition, under Mrs. Lujan Grisham’s plan, persons who do not have a state-issued ID would be able to register to vote online using their Social Security number. Her proposal would also make Election Day a state holiday, which she opposes.

Democratic lawmakers, according to Republicans, are engaging in nothing short of a “power grab.” They claim that Mrs. Lujan Grisham, whose popularity rating has plummeted as a result of anger over coronavirus limitations and sexual harassment allegations, is attempting to modify New Mexico’s election rules in order to benefit Democratic candidates.

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According to state Rep. Rebecca Dow, a Republican member who is spearheading the opposition to the ideas, “the polls are absolutely indicating that this is a majority-minority state where Hispanics are prepared, eager, and ready to vote Republican.” “Democrats are well aware that a Republican wave is on the horizon, and they are doing all they can to thwart it.”

Mrs. Dow and her colleagues cite aspects in the Democratic plan, such as the one allowing for straight-party voting, as evidence of their case. Straight-party voting, which is also used in numerous other states, enables voters to tick a box on their ballot if they wish to support the whole slate of candidates for a single political party.

As Mrs. Dow pointed out, “there has never been a need for such legislation in the past.” “This is a solution in search of an answer,” the author writes.

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The battle over New Mexico’s voting laws begins as President Biden’s elections legislation comes to a grinding stop in Congress. Initially, Democrats in Washington hoped to approve a comprehensive rewrite that would overturn new voting regulations enacted by Republican-controlled states. A lack of unity among Senate Democrats ultimately brought to the failure of that initiative.

Democrats in New Mexico argue that the failed federal attempt provides them with even more justification to put through their own ballot initiatives.

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“Even as we’ve seen attempts around the country to make voting more difficult for eligible voters, here in New Mexico we continue to be a leader in how to balance the demands for voter access with the needs of maintaining our high levels of election security,” said Maggie Toulouse Oliver, New Mexico’s Democratic secretary of state. “With the passage of this measure, we will have the opportunity to enact one of the most comprehensive voting rights legislations in our state’s history.”

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Democrats pushed for the expansion of voting rights before of the 2020 presidential election, claiming that the COVID-19 epidemic necessitated the move.

 

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[WATCH] Psaki Has One Job And She Doesn’t Even Want To Do That! Why The Attitude?

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After a heated confrontation with New York Post writer Steven Nelson, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki abruptly ended the conversation by informing him, “I believe we’re done!”

Psaki briefed reporters on Monday with a strict timetable in mind, which left her with just approximately 25 minutes to receive questions from reporters. Nelson, on the other hand, took three separate shots at the same issue, which concerned a Vanity Fair piece on Covid testing, as well as a follow-up inquiry regarding President Joe Biden’s visit to his house in Wilmington.

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As Nelson began, he expressed surprise that “coronavirus testing for homes before Christmas” had not been brought up more frequently in the group. Nelson then referenced a VF report from October about a “Zoom meeting with administration officials” in which a proposal to “mass distribute coronavirus tests to homes before Christmas to prevent a winter surge of COVID 19 cases” had been floated, a plan that had been rejected at the time.

Nelson sought to know “which administration officials attended the October 22nd meeting” and “was President Biden personally informed at the time on that suggestion before it was passed over?” Nelson also wanted to know “which administration officials attended the October 22nd meeting.”

“Actually, it’s possible that people haven’t inquired about it because we’ve already done a lot of the things that were addressed at that meeting a couple of months ago, such as significantly extending our testing program and capacity,” Psaki said.

“And the concern at the time, which is a very tiny portion of the dialogue, was that the market had not developed enough to allow us to launch the website we’re launching tomorrow,” Psaki said.

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The Covid team members who attended, according to Psaki, “regarded it as a really fruitful discussion, which means a good meeting, a lot of which we’ve tried to implement.”

Nelson attempted again, this time with the question, “How can President Biden shut down the virus if he isn’t, you know, informed on these ideas?” Nelson was unsuccessful. That is, after all, my question. So, I’m curious as to who the advisors were, and whether or not Biden was informed on this proposal at the time.”

Then Psaki snarked, saying, “I believe I just answered your question, to which you may not have been paying attention.” “Perhaps you were waiting to read your next question, which is great,” he said, before adding, “But I just answered your question.”

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“Please allow me to continue,” Psaki shouted over Nelson’s complaints. Please allow me to finish, Steven. “Steven, I’m almost finished.”

In his explanation, Psaki said, “What I just said to you is that we do not have the capability at the present.” “We had a really productive meeting with this group,” says the facilitator. We all agreed that we needed to increase the amount of testing we could do. We did this in order to increase our testing capacity, and the president had previously utilized the Defense Production Act to make a $3 billion investment in the program. However, the market did not have the ability at that time to perform what we are planning to do in the future.”

Nelson attempted another time, but Psaki said, “I believe that answers your question.”

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“Once again, I’ve provided an answer to your query. If you have any question, please let me know and I will gladly address it. If you don’t comply, I’ll go on to the next person,” Psaki continued after Nelson persisted in his refusal.

Psaki did not, in fact, respond to the specific issue that Nelson had posed, but she looked to be arguing that the facts she had presented made the question irrelevant in any case.

When Psaki criticized the concept of sending tests to people’s homes in America in December, Biden responded by telling ABC’s David Muir that he “wished I had thought about ordering” 500 million tests “two months earlier.”

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“I’m unhappy that I wasn’t able to receive the answers I was looking for there, but I’ll go on to another,” Nelson said.

“Excellent,” Psaki said as Nelson went on.

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‘The second issue is that, as President Biden’s first year comes to a conclusion, the data reveals that he spent about a quarter of his days, at least in part, in Delaware, which raises an interesting point. As a result of this. Will the White House rethink its decision not to reveal visitor log information from President Barack Obama’s Delaware residences?” Nelson was the one who inquired.

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“In any case, the president travels to Delaware since it is his home state. It also serves as the burial ground for his son and his previous wife. In addition, it is a location that he clearly holds dear to his heart. “A lot of presidents go back to their hometowns when they are president,” Psaki said, perhaps in reaction to some other opponents who have expressed concern over the president’s travel. “A lot of presidents go back to their hometowns when they are president,” she said.

For the first time, the White House has made visitor records available to the public, going one step farther than the previous administration and many other administrations before it. “We’ll keep doing what we’re doing,” Psaki said.

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Nelson attempted to continue, but Psaki interrupted him by stating, “Go ahead in the rear.” I believe we have completed our task and are ready to move on! “Go ahead and park in the rear.”

 

 

 

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