Human rights activists rally in San Francisco, hold Biden administration to account
SAN FRANCISCO – More than 100 people gathered, marched and demonstrated in San Francisco on Friday night for International Human Rights Day.
Activists call on the US government and President Joe Biden to take action against countries that violate human rights.
Organizers call it the People’s March for Human Rights from the Federal Building on 7th Street to Market Street in Powell by the Cable Car Bend.
A coalition of groups have said they have spoken out against countries that violate human rights and hold President Biden accountable as he holds a democracy summit.
During the virtual event with other countries, Mr. Biden said in part: âStrengthen our own democracies by pushing back autocracies, fighting corruption and promoting human rights. “
But activists have said the United States supports countries that silence their critics by harming and killing them.
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“I can’t walk anymore, but I still have my voice,” said activist Brandon Lee, now in a wheelchair.
He is part of the International Coalition for Human Rights in the Philippines.
He said he had lost all feeling under his chest.
Two years ago, his family and supporters invited us to cover his medical transportation back to San Francisco from the Philippines.
Lee survived what he describes as an assassination attempt by the Philippine military.
He said he had been targeted for his human rights work.