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Friday, July 19, 2019
Expand Erlan Baltabay, leader of the independent trade union “Decent Labor,” at his trial in Shymkent, Kazakhstan, April 16, 2019. © 2019 Dilara Isa/RFE/RL In yet another development that tightens the authorities’ stranglehold on Kazakhstan’s independent labor movement, a Kazakh court on Wednesday sentenced Erlan Baltabay, a trade union leader affiliated with the now-closed Confederation of Independent Trade Unions of Kazakhstan (KNPRK), to seven years in jail. The court also banned him from engaging in civic activities, such as trade union activism, for seven years. Last month, the world’s… (Full Story)
Friday, July 19, 2019
Expand Anti-riot police clash with Guinean opposition supporters in Conakry on March 22, 2018.  © 2018 CELLOU BINANI/AFP/Getty Images. Next year, Guinea’s human rights record will come under scrutiny in a review carried out by the Human Rights Council. Human Rights Watch yesterday gave the Council a report that looks at the state of human rights in the country and where progress is still needed. Guinea’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) comes at a pivotal moment. Since President Alpha Condé came to power in 2010 – ending five decades of authoritarian rule – Guinea has made significant progress… (Full Story)
Friday, July 19, 2019
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Thursday, July 18, 2019
Human Rights Watch mourns the passing of our dear former colleague Simon Rau, a talented, committed human rights advocate. As a Mercator Fellow with the Children’s Rights Division, Simon carried out research and reporting of the highest quality on barriers to education for children seeking asylum in Turkey and in Greece, and on donor funding for education in response to the Syria conflict. Simon contributed to tangible improvements in access to education for extremely vulnerable children. We send our deepest condolences to his friends and family.  Human Rights Watch ist tief betroffen vom Tod unseres… (Full Story)
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Expand The school at Hammam al-Alil 1 camp for displaced people south of Mosul that security forces occupied on July 6, 7, and 9 in order to conduct security screenings of camp residents.  © 2019 Belkis Wille/Human Rights Watch (Erbil) – Iraqi military have accompanied police in entering a camp for displaced people south of Mosul and started “screening” over 3,500 households there, Human Rights Watch said today. The screenings appear to include questioning camp residents about the actions and whereabouts of their relatives who are suspected of Islamic State (also known as ISIS) affiliation.… (Full Story)
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Mr Hillary Nzioka Mutyambai, Inspector General, National Police Service, Jogoo House, Harambee Avenue, P.O Box 30083, Nairobi, Kenya   July 10, 2019   Dear sir, I write on behalf of Human Rights Watch, first, to congratulate you for your appointment as the Inspector General of police last April and, secondly, to request a meeting to introduce our work in Kenya, particularly our more recent findings on killings by police of young people in informal settlements of Nairobi. As you may already know, Human Rights Watch is an independent nongovernmental organization that monitors human rights developments… (Full Story)
Thursday, July 18, 2019
In today’s Daily Brief: World celebrates Nelson Mandela; Security Council hears end of Yemen war may be in sight; South Asia children turned ‘upside down’ by monsoon rains; world ‘off track’ to meet zero hunger target; Italy urged to stop ‘criminalising’ migrant rescues (Full Story)
Thursday, July 18, 2019
Iran’s judiciary has just confirmed the arrest of Fariba Adelkhah, a French-Iranian anthropologist, in Tehran. Media sources had earlier reported that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Intelligence Organization arrested Adelkhah, a researcher at the Paris-based academic institute Sciences Po, at her home on June 7. She has been detained ever since. The accusations against her remain unclear, but her arrest fits an all-too-familiar pattern concerning Iran’s targeting of dual nationals. Expand Fariba Adelkhah © Sciences Po As the IRGC Intelligence Organization has gained more… (Full Story)
Thursday, July 18, 2019
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Thursday, July 18, 2019
Expand Screenshot of a viral video showing an incident involving a woman living with paranoid schizophrenia arguing with worshippers at a mosque in Bogor, a Jakarta suburb in Indonesia.  © 2019 Pantau Indonesian police last week senselessly detained and charged a woman with a mental health condition with blasphemy after she entered a mosque in Bogor, a Jakarta suburb, wearing shoes and accompanied by her dog. A video of the June 30 incident, which has since gone viral, shows the 52-year-old Catholic woman agitated and wrongly claiming that the mosque was preparing to marry her husband to another… (Full Story)
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