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Human Rights Observatory
Saturday, July 20, 2019
Expand The beginnings of a gate erected in Jadah 5 camp intended to enclose a section of the camp to prevent free movement.  © 2019 Belkis Wille/Human Rights Watch (Erbil) – A local Iraqi organization managing a camp for displaced people is making preparations to unlawfully confine families scheduled to be transferred from northeast Syria, Human Rights Watch said today. The Jadah 5 camp, 65 kilometers south of Mosul, has forcibly relocated 175 families from one sector of the camp to another in order to make room for the families, mostly women and children. Iraqi authorities have previously… (Full Story)
Friday, July 19, 2019
Prominent human rights lawyer and investigator Reed Brody has told The Chronicle that the current allegations of abuse against ex-president Yahya Jammeh will make it harder for Equatorial Guinea to refuse to hand him over for trial when the time comes. Brody, an American with Human Rights Watch, is part of a group which aims to bring the former president to justice for alleged atrocities and human rights abuses. He worked with the victims of former Chadian ruler Hissene Habre and was a key figure in the process of the trial that led to Habre’s conviction and imprisonment. Brody is currently working… (Full Story)
Friday, July 19, 2019
Expand Mozambican girls take part in a lesson as part of a program that aims to help girls stay in school longer and stay out of child marriage in Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique, April 20, 2018. © 2019 AP Photo/Christopher Torchia Mozambique’s national assembly took an important step toward ending the country’s sky-high rate of child marriage by unanimously adopting a law banning the practice. The new law prohibits marriage of children younger than 18 years old, without exception, and awaits the president’s signature to go into effect. Mozambique has one of the highest rates of child… (Full Story)
Friday, July 19, 2019
Expand Bidun residential area in Taima, al-Jahra, Kuwait.  © 2019 Human Rights Watch (Beirut) – Kuwait’s State Security agency arrested at least 15 activists from the stateless Bidun community over the past week, Human Rights Watch said today. Authorities arrested the activists after they organized a peaceful sit-in at al-Hurriya Square in al- Jahra town near Kuwait City on July 12, 2019 in response to the death of Ayed Hamad Moudath. Moudath, 20, committed suicide on July 7 after the government denied him civil documentation, which is needed to access public services, as well as to study… (Full Story)
Friday, July 19, 2019
Introduction The government of President Alpha Condé, who will complete his second term as president in 2020, has made some progress in consolidating the rule of law and improving the conduct of the security forces. However, the government has left largely unfulfilled its commitment to end impunity for security force abuses and has increasingly violated freedoms of assembly and expression. The National Assembly in July 2016 adopted a new criminal code that abolished the death penalty, criminalized torture and incorporated international crimes, such as crimes against humanity and genocide, into… (Full Story)
Friday, July 19, 2019
Expand Michael Christopher 2019 Private   (Nairobi) – South Sudan’s National Security Service has detained Michael Christopher, the editor-in-chief of the Arabic language daily newspaper Al Watan, without charge since July 17, 2019, Human Rights Watch said today. “The arbitrary detention of Michael Christopher is the latest brazen attack against freedom of the press in South Sudan,” said Jehanne Henry, associate Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The authorities should immediately release him or charge him with a recognized criminal offense.” National Security Service (NSS) officers arrested… (Full Story)
Friday, July 19, 2019
Expand Muscovites, in Trubnaya Square on the evening of July 18, 2019, protest the exclusion of opposition candidates from the upcoming election for city's the local legislature. Photograph © Yulia Galyamina, one of the excluded candidates.  This week, Moscow’s election commission published a list of candidates they had allowed to register to run for the city legislative assembly on September 8. The glaring absence of any viable opposition candidate on the list sparked protests in the city. Local election legislation requires independent candidates to collect signatures from at least 3 percent… (Full Story)
Friday, July 19, 2019
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