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Human Rights Observatory
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Human Rights Watch has accused Somali government authorities of abusing children who are allegedly associated with militant group al-Shabab. In a report released Wednesday, the rights group said boys are illegally detained and sometimes prosecuted in military courts. Somalia's federal government has vowed to transfer the children to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund for rehabilitation. However, the report found there has been no consistent response from... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
The charity Doctors Without Borders says hundreds of thousands of people displaced in remote areas of Borno State in northeastern Nigeria by the Boko Haram insurgency are totally dependent on external aid for survival. Doctors Without Borders, also known by its French acronym, MSF, describes the living conditions of hundreds of thousands of internally displaced people in Borno State as dire. While the Nigerian military has largely suppressed the Boko Haram insurgency that began in... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
This year, Malians will vote in nationwide elections amid discontent over continued insecurity and poverty. Popular anger has found a focal point in a diminutive figure who goes by the name of Ras Bath. Without running for office himself, Ras Bath is an influential figure to watch. Mohamed Youssouf Bathily, who everybody calls Ras Bath, addresses a rally in Mali's second city, Sikasso.   With jokes and anecdotes, he paints a picture of how he says Mali's ruling class holds... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
NewsReporters sans frontières (RSF) dénonce l'acharnement dont est victime le  blogueur et défenseur des droits humains bahreïni, Nabeel Rajab, qui vient d’être condamné à cinq ans de prison pour des tweets. (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Expand Workers continue to spend long periods waiting at embassy shelters, including the Philippines safe house, shown here. Since 1992, the Kuwaiti government has relied on deportation as the primary method for dealing with domestic workers who face employment-related problems. Workers reported spending weeks or months in official custody, moving from embassy shelters to police stations, and from there to criminal investigation facilities, before they were sent to deportation detention. © 2010 Moises Saman/Magnum Photos (Beirut) – The Philippines’ new ban on Filipinos migrating to Kuwait… (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Expand © 2018 Human Rights Watch (London, February 21, 2018) – The Players of People’s Postcode Lottery will make a £3 million award over five years to support Human Rights Watch’s work around the world. In the first year, the Lottery’s initial funding of £600,000 will go to defending the rights of women and children in Burundi, South Sudan, and Sudan. “We’re really excited and grateful to the lottery players for making such a significant award to Human Rights Watch,” said David Mepham, UK Director of Human Rights Watch. “Their help will enable us to investigate human rights violations that… (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Expand Ethiopia's police officers watch over a foot bridge as they patrol the streets of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia February 21, 2018. © 2018 Reuters On February 17, Ethiopia’s Defense Minister Siraj Fergessa declared a six-month state of emergency, appearing to end, for the time being, hope the government would undertake further reforms to open up political space. The announcement capped off a tumultuous week in Ethiopia – first, the largest release of political prisoners in years, followed by the resignation of Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. Many long-suffering political prisoners finally… (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
The Czech Republic won a stunning 3-2 shootout victory over the United States in the men's hockey quarterfinals match-up. Wednesday at the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea.  Petr Kouka scored the game-winning goal for the Czech Republic, while goalie Pavel Francouz stopped a total of 18 shots, including five in the shootout. The Czech Republic will now move on to face the Russian squad, who advanced after posting a 6-1 quarterfinal rout of Norway.  In... (Full Story)
Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Donald Trump Jr. said that any talk of his family profiting from his father's presidency is "nonsense" as he embarked on a trip to India that has raised ethical concerns about using the name of the American president to promote international business ventures.   The eldest son of President Donald Trump, who is in India to meet the promoters and buyers of Trump brand luxury homes in the country, said his family is actually missing out on business opportunities because his... (Full Story)
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