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Human Rights Observatory
Tuesday, October 20, 2020
(Goma) – Congolese authorities have not arrested a rebel commander wanted for multiple crimes under a June 2019 warrant even as his forces have continued to carry out summary killings, rapes and sexual slavery, extortion, and forced recruitment of children. Congolese judicial authorities on June 7, 2019 issued the warrant for the militia leader, Guidon Shimiray Mwissa (known as Guidon), for participating in an insurrection, recruiting child soldiers, and committing the crime against humanity of rape in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The authorities also have not provided survivors of sexual… (Full Story)
Monday, October 19, 2020
NewsWith just two weeks remaining until a historic election, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) remains deeply concerned by continued hostility targeting journalists covering protests across the United States. Never before in American history has the press come under fire on such an alarming scale. RSF calls again for an immediate stop to this aggression and for concrete steps towards reversing the United States’ worrying press freedom record - starting with candidates for public office demonstrating their commitment to protecting press freedom by signing the #PressFreedomPact. In the past week, two… (Full Story)
Monday, October 19, 2020
NewsIn the third in a series of quarterly assessments of press freedom violations in Brazil in 2020, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) examines how President Jair Bolsonaro’s strategy for smearing media outlets that annoy him affects the daily lives of journalists and infects other spheres of government.The right to freedom of expression guaranteed by the constitution of the Brazilian federation has been in serious danger since Bolsonaro came to power in January 2019. (Full Story)
Amnesty International - Monday, October 19, 2020
The evening prior to the opening of the 50th General Assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), Amnesty International called publicly on the organization and its member states to seek regional solutions to halt the repression in the Americas. This demand was magnified by projecting it onto the main OAS building in Washington D.C. at 21.00 that night. (Full Story)
Monday, October 19, 2020
Click to expand Image Screenshot from a video showing Ruhama Fernández.  © YouTube/Ruhama Fernández Cuba’s government has a well-documented history of harassing dissidents, journalists, and opposition party members. Now it has a new target: social media influencers. On October 14, police arrived at the homes of four Cuban YouTubers about to participate in an online forum discussing Cuban politics. Two—Jancel Moreno and Maykel Castillo—were detained, Iliana Hernández and others had their internet cut. One, 21-year-old Ruhama Fernández, had to hide to participate in the discussion by phone.… (Full Story)
Monday, October 19, 2020
Click to expand Image Demonstrators stopped by gendarmes and police in Bafang, West Cameroon, on September 22, 2020. © 2020 Private (Nairobi) – Cameroonian security forces fired tear gas and water cannons and arrested hundreds of people, mainly opposition party members and supporters, to disperse peaceful protests across the country on September 22, 2020. Many peaceful protesters were beaten and mistreated while being arrested and in detention. Cameroon’s authorities should immediately release all those held for their political views or for exercising their right to peacefully assemble.… (Full Story)
Monday, October 19, 2020
Click to expand Image (Beirut, October 19, 2020) – Mauritania’s government should drop charges of blasphemy and insulting Islam against eight political activists and release the five held in pretrial detention since February 26, 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. The Nouakchott West Criminal Court is due to hear the case on October 20. The prosecution accused the eight defendants of “mocking God, his messenger and the Holy Book,” and “creating, recording and publishing messages using an information system that affects the values of Islam,” according to the charge sheet, which Human Rights… (Full Story)
Monday, October 19, 2020
NewsOn the eve of a journalist’s trial for criticizing use of article 299 of Turkey’s criminal code, under which insulting the president is punishable by imprisonment, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reiterates its call for the article’s repeal.In a trial due to begin tomorrow before an Istanbul criminal court, BirGün newspaper columnist Erk Acarer is facing a possible sentence of four years an (Full Story)
Amnesty International - Monday, October 19, 2020
Five years after woman human rights defender Josina Machel lost one of her eyes in a brutal gender-based assault, she is yet to see justice as her case continues to drag in Mozambican courts, Amnesty International said today. (Full Story)
Monday, October 19, 2020
Click to expand Image Illustration of a North Korean pre-trial detention and investigation facility (kuryujang) based on former detainees’ testimonies told to Human Rights Watch and the illustrator's personal experience in detention. © 2020 Choi Seong Guk for Human Rights Watch (Seoul) – The North Korean pretrial detention and investigation system is arbitrary and lacks any semblance of due process, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Former detainees described systematic torture, dangerous and unhygienic conditions, and unpaid forced labor. The 88-page report, “‘Worth… (Full Story)
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