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Human Rights Observatory
Human Rights Observatory
Darfur: UN Should End Silence on Rights Abuses
Friday, August 22, 2014
Email The United Nations Security Council should direct the African Union/United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) to improve human rights monitoring and public reporting when it renews the mission’s mandate. (New York) – The United Nations Security Council should direct the African Union/United Nations peacekeeping mission in Darfur (UNAMID) to improve human rights monitoring and public reporting when it renews the mission’s mandate. The Security Council is expected to act on the mandate during the week of August 25, 2014. read more (Full Story)

US Defense Officials Plan For Long-Term Strategy To Contain Islamic State
Friday, August 22, 2014
U.S. defense officials say American air strikes in Iraq have helped deter Islamic State militants for the time being, but that a broad international effort is needed to defeat the extremists permanently. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned Thursday that the group formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, is better organized, and financially and militarily stronger than any other known terrorist group. Zlatica Hoke has more. (Full Story)

Japan: Death Toll from Landslides Could Double to 80
Friday, August 22, 2014
Japanese officials said the death toll could double to over 80 from landslides that buried dozens of homes on the outskirts of Hiroshima earlier this week. Officials said Friday the number of missing people rose to 52. That is in addition to the 39 people already confirmed dead in the Wednesday landslides. The search has been temporarily called off because of heavy rains that are expected to continue until Saturday and that could create more landslides. Those fears were heightened... (Full Story)

Contemporary Arab Art at NYC’s New Museum
Friday, August 22, 2014
The first museum-wide show of Arab art in New York City, spread out over five floors at the New Museum, exhibits works by more than 45 artists from 12 countries. Many are animated by a documentary impulse, seeking out new ways to represent realities, but with a “critical approach to image-making,” said associate curator Natalie Bell, who helped organize the show with New Museum artistic director Massimiliano Gioni. “We found that a lot of artists were thinking critically about whether... (Full Story)

Malaysia Receives First Remains of MH17 Crash Victims
Friday, August 22, 2014
Malaysia is observing a day of national mourning as the first remains of 43 of its citizens killed aboard Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 were returned to Kuala Lumpur. A chartered flight carrying the bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians arrived early Friday at Kuala Lumpur International Airport, where a somber ceremony was held. As top leaders, including Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, looked on, the coffins, draped in Malaysian flags, were carried by teams of eight soldiers to... (Full Story)

Thailand: Junta Leader Named Prime Minister
Friday, August 22, 2014
Email The appointment of Thailand’s junta leader as prime minister by the military-picked legislature does not advance human rights or a return to democratic rule. (New York) – The appointment of Thailand’s junta leader as prime minister by the military-picked legislature does not advance human rights or a return to democratic rule, Human Rights Watch said today. read more (Full Story)

Ethiopia - Nine journalists and bloggers still held arbitrarily
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Reporters without borders
Three journalists and six bloggers who have been held for the past five months were denied bail by a federal court in Addis Ababa yesterday after the prosecution argued that article 3 of the 2009 anti-terrorism law, under which they are detained, precludes release on bail. The defence said article 3's bail prohibition does not apply because none of them has been individually charged with a specific crime under the anti-terrorism law. The defence also argued that article 3 violates the (...) (Full Story)

Bahrain - Bahrain urged to release 12 detained news providers
Thursday, August 21, 2014
Reporters without borders
Twelve news and information providers are currently detained in Bahrain. Many of them are photographers or cameramen, who have been repeatedly targeted by the authorities since the start of the unrest in Bahrain in 2011 because their visual coverage of the protests and the government's crackdown threaten the kingdom's image. As a Manama court prepares to rule on internationally-renowned photographer Ahmed Humeidan's appeal on 25 August, Reporters Without Borders has prepared the following (...) (Full Story)

Arab Art Featured at NYC’s New Museum
Thursday, August 21, 2014
The first museum-wide show of Arab art in New York City is spread out over five floors at the New Museum, and exhibits work by more than 45 contemporary artists. VOA’s Carolyn Weaver has more on the show. (Full Story)

When Will the Fed Start to Raise Interest Rates?
Thursday, August 21, 2014
No one knows when the U.S. Federal Reserve will begin again to raise the key interest rate that banks pay on overnight loans, but the central bank's July meeting minutes suggest it could be soon. Since 2008, the Fed's key interest rate has been near zero. On Wednesday, the Fed released the minutes from last month's meeting, and they show a majority of Fed policymakers believe interest rates can rise because the U.S. economy is now strong enough. But when interest rates will... (Full Story)

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