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Human Rights Observatory
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
(Washington, DC, June 20, 2018) – US government records summarizing investigations of the deaths of 15 people in immigration detention support a conclusion that poor medical care contributed to at least eight of the deaths, a group of research and advocacy organizations said in a report released today. More people died in fiscal year 2017 in immigration detention than any time since 2009. Human Rights Watch analyzed, with the help of independent medical experts, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) death reviews from late-2015 to mid-2017 and finds evidence in nearly all of them of substandard… (Full Story)
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Summary On the morning that Jose Azurdia died, an officer at the Adelanto Detention Facility in California told a nurse Mr. Azurdia was ill and vomiting. The nurse told him “she did not want to see Azurdia because she did not want to get sick.” This began a series of unconscionable delays in getting Mr. Azurdia care for what turned out to be a fatal heart attack. Thongchay Saengsiri suffered from the symptoms of congestive heart failure for most of the 15 months he was detained at the LaSalle Detention Facility in Lousiana, including fainting, swelling, anemia, coughing, and shortness of breath.… (Full Story)
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will return to Pyongyang Wednesday after a two-day visit to China, the chief economic and diplomatic ally of his impoverished regime. The North's official Korean Central News Agency said Kim thanked Chinese President Xi Jinping for supporting Kim's historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump in Singapore last week. Kim also said Pyongyang and Beijing had entered into a new era of bilateral cooperation and friendship.  President Xi... (Full Story)
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
An unprecedented 68.5 million people have been forcibly displaced from their homelands worldwide -- the highest levels of displacement on record, according to a just-released report by UNHCR. In June 2016 the UN Refugee Agency launched the #WithRefugees petition to petition governments to work together and do their fair share for refugees. But as the world gets ready for World Refugee Day on June 20, that message is not really being heeded. VOA’s Julie Taboh has more. (Full Story)
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
The United States has withdrawn from the United Nations Human Rights Council, saying the organization has failed to achieve its stated goals. When making the announcement Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley accused the Council of political bias. VOA's Zlatica Hoke has more. (Full Story)
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Turkey goes to the polls this Sunday, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan could be facing his toughest test in his 16 years in power. Challenger Muharrem Ince’s platform of breaking down Turkey’s deep political divides, especially between the religious and secular have seen him reaching out beyond his pro-secular CHP Party’s base. An increasingly confident Ince has even taken his campaign to incumbent Erdogan’s backyard. Dorian Jones has the story. (Full Story)
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
With unemployment running high in Uganda, the U.S. embassy is trying to equip schoolchildren with the skills to be job creators in the future. The embassy on Monday launched the first-ever mobile library project, which will promote learning in primary schools. Halima Athumani reports from the town of Mukono. (Full Story)
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
President Donald Trump made a last-minute trip to Capitol Hill to convince lawmakers he backs their attempt to pass an immigration bill. Republican's push to address border security and the fate of 800,000 undocumented young people comes amid growing outcry over the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance policy toward undocumented immigrants and the separation of families. VOA's Congressional correspondent Katherine Gypson has more. (Full Story)
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
Barely six months after inaugurating a tiny software-coding boot camp in a basement in Tokyo, Silicon Valley transplant Kani Munidasa stood before some of Japan's top business leaders in February with a warning: software was threatening their future. A Sri Lankan native with a Japanese mother and wife, Munidasa was speaking at the invitation of Nobuyuki Idei, a former chief executive of Sony. Idei had offered to become an adviser to the boot camp, called Code Chrysalis, whose... (Full Story)
Amnesty International - Wednesday, June 20, 2018
The Gambian authorities should thoroughly investigate the alleged excessive use of force by police causing the deaths of two anti-sand mining demonstrators on June 18, 2018, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. (Full Story)
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