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Human Rights Observatory
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Eight South Korean journalists are headed to North Korea after the reclusive regime gave a last-minute approval for the group to observe the dismantling of its nuclear test site. The South Koreans were supposed to have joined a group of foreign journalists from the United States, Britain, China and Russia Tuesday on a flight from Beijing to the North Korean city of Wonsan Tuesday. But Seoul says the group did not make the flight after Pyongyang declined to accept them.  South... (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Expand Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel talks with Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban before a photo at the European Union Tallinn Digital Summit in Tallinn, Estonia, September 29, 2017.  © 2017 Reuters You might think Germany’s leading Christian Democrat parties have little to prove regarding their commitment to democratic values. But there is a serious gap: Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its closest coalition partner the Christian Social Union (CSU) have yet vigorously to challenge the rights-damaging policies of their ally, Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party… (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
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Amnesty International - Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Algeria: Blogger facing death penalty for online posts (Full Story)
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Expand Pro-democracy activist Rome Rangsiman (C) holds up a Thailand flag as anti-government protesters gather during a protest to demand that the military government hold a general election by November, in Bangkok, Thailand on May 22, 2018.   © 2018 Reuters/Athit Perawongmetha (New York) – Thai authorities should immediately drop all charges and unconditionally release 14 pro-democracy activists who peacefully expressed opposition to military rule, Human Rights Watch said today. The 14 are charged with sedition, which carries a maximum seven-year prison term, and violating the military junta’s… (Full Story)
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Expand U.S. President Donald Trump hosts a "California Sanctuary State Roundtable" at the White House in Washington. U.S., May 16, 2018.  © 2018 Reuters Presidential words matter – especially in a White House statement. So US President Donald Trump’s description of immigrants (he later specified that he meant MS-13 gang-members) as “animals” raises red flags amongst those of us who remember what can happen when governments demonize an entire group of people. Especially when such language comes right after a new immigration policy that instructs border guards to separate children from their… (Full Story)
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
January 22, 2018  Mr. Gianni Infantino President, Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) FIFA-Strasse 20 P.O. Box 8044 Zurich, Switzerland  Re: Egypt’s hosting of 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations and FIFA’s Human Rights Policy   Dear President Infantino,   We are writing to urge you to use FIFA’s leverage with the Egyptian authorities to push back against a vicious anti-gay campaign which could compromise the safety of athletes and spectators attending the 2019 Africa U-23 Cup of Nations which Egypt will host.   In Egypt, since September 22, security forces have relentlessly tracked… (Full Story)
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Expand Students receive free condoms at an event organized by the United Nations Population Fund in Metro Manila, July 11, 2014. © 2014 Reuters The Philippine Senate passed a bill on Monday that would amend the country’s 20-year-old AIDS law, and which promises to improve the government’s response to the HIV epidemic, the fastest-growing in the Asia-Pacific region. The draft law, which still needs to be harmonized with the version the House of Representatives passed in December, outlines a rights-based response to the epidemic. The proposed law will provide more resources to the Philippine… (Full Story)
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Expand A fisherman paddles his banca amidst ruins of house stilts destroyed by Typhoon Haiyan on a coastal village in Tacloban city in central Philippines November 2, 2015. © 2015 Reuters “Will this be our fate – just to count the victims of climate change or be counted among them?” Those words open a petition filed with the Philippine Commission on Human Rights after one of the most powerful typhoons on record – Super Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda – devastated the Philippine archipelago in 2013. The petition, drafted and signed by Greenpeace Southeast Asia and other groups, requests… (Full Story)
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