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Human Rights Observatory
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Expand Tunisian protesters stand outside a military court in Tunis as they demonstrate in support of blogger Yassine Ayari during his appeal hearing on March 3, 2015.  © 2015 Getty Images   (Tunis, January 23, 2018) – A Tunisian blogger who recently won election to parliament is facing two military court trials for criticizing the army and its top brass on social media, Human Rights Watch said today. The prosecutor filed the cases against Yassine Ayari, after his election victory as an independent candidate, in December 2017. Ayari was prosecuted twice in military courts, in 2015 and 2016,… (Full Story)
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Advisers to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman and public relations teams in Western capitals have vigorously promoted the energetic royal as a “courageous reformer,” but a new U.S. congressional initiative around Saudi textbook reform could put this narrative to the test. The crown prince’s economic and social reform announcements have dominated Saudi domestic news for over two years. When he’s not making bold decisions on restructuring the Saudi economy — so the story goes — he’s in the news promising “a more moderate” Islam. There’s some truth to this narrative of domestic reform. Bin Salman curbed… (Full Story)
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Expand Memorial’s car torched in Dagestan on January 22, 2018.  © 2018 Memorial It’s hard not to conclude that Chechen authorities are on an all-out campaign to force Memorial - one of Russia’s leading human rights groups, - to end more than two decades of documenting abuses in Chechnya. Last night, someone set fire to the car of one of Memorial’s drivers. To make sure there was no misunderstanding about the message being sent by this attack, someone sent repeated text messages to Memorial’s mobile phone saying “You’re walking on the edge of the abyss. Shut down! Next time we’ll burn your… (Full Story)
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Expand Members of the Lima Group nations attend a meeting in Santiago, Chile, January 23, 2018.  © 2018 Reuters The Lima Group—a coalition of 11 Latin American governments and Canada that is monitoring Venezuela’s crisis—will meet in Santiago today to address the situation in Venezuela. After their first meeting in Lima in August, the group published a comprehensive statement that condemned the assault on democratic order and the systematic violation of human rights in Venezuela. The 12 said they would not recognize Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly (created by the government to sideline a… (Full Story)
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Summary Our money is with [the owner], so he can decide to give us permission [to change jobs] or not. They hold all the power and we can’t do anything. –Sinuon Sao, Cambodian migrant on a fishing vessel, Mueang Rayong, Rayong, November 2016 Despite several years of highly publicized efforts to address problems in the Thai fishing industry, the Thai government has not taken the steps necessary to end forced labor and other serious abuses on fishing boats. This report documents forced labor and other human rights abuses in the Thai fishing sector. It identifies poor working conditions, recruitment… (Full Story)
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Forced labor and other rights abuses are widespread in Thailand’s fishing fleets despite government commitments to comprehensive reforms. The report and a 15-minute film were released at a briefing at the European Parliament on January 23, 2018. The 134-page report, “Hidden Chains: Forced Labor and Rights Abuses in Thailand’s Fishing Industry,” describes how migrant fishers from neighboring countries in Southeast Asia are often trafficked into fishing work, prevented from changing employers, not paid on time, and paid below the minimum wage. Migrant workers do not receive Thai labor law protections… (Full Story)
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Expand Unaccompanied children line up for an evening meal at a detention facility run by the Greek police.   © 2015 Kelly Lynn Lunde Migrant and asylum-seeking children, traveling without parents or relatives far from their families and homes, are being locked up in police cells and detention centers in Greece. Last August, in response to an open letter from Human Rights Watch, Greece’s migration ministry pledged that by the end of 2017, all unaccompanied children will be placed in special shelters or safe zones. Yet, as of late December, 54 unaccompanied children were detained in so-called… (Full Story)
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on Pakistan’s federal government to rescind its arbitrary and iniquitous decision, on the recommendation of the all-powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), to shut down the Islamabad bureau of Radio Mashaal, a Pashto-language radio station funded by the US congress. (Full Story)
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
NewsBelow are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of January 15 – 21: President Trump attacks mainstream media via awards (Full Story)
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
dg-aa-portrait-drupal.jpg © UNESCO/Christelle ALIX 23 January 2018Paris, 24 January—The Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay, will travel to Brussels on 24 and 25 January on the occasion of the first European Education Summit, organized by the European Commission. Ms Azoulay will address education ministers and stakeholders at the opening session of the Summit, which aims to lay the foundations for a European Educational Area by 2015 with a particular focus on innovation, inclusion and values-based education. In her address, the Director-General will highlight the synergies between Europe’s… (Full Story)
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