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Human Rights Observatory
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) demands the immediate release of a Cambodian journalist who was arrested yesterday for reporting a comment by Prime Minister Hun Sen about the coronavirus crisis. RSF also calls on the authorities to reinstate the website’s media licence, which has been rescinded. (Full Story)
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
NewsWhile contributing to the fight against the coronavirus, journalists in the Balkans and Central Europe are attacked by governments as well as other actors they criticise. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) call on national and European institutions to protect the media as they fulfill their public mission in risky conditions. The police intervention was brutal. (Full Story)
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Expand Cartoon about Domestic Violence by Tatiana Zelenskaya. © Open Line NGO Under Kyrgyzstan’s present state of emergency, which includes a curfew from 8pm to 7am, it has become a lot more difficult for women to escape domestic violence. Many are too afraid to call the police or help centres, says Tolkun Tulekova, acting director of the Association for Crises Centres, as “their abusers are at home 24 hours a day, controlling their every step.” Deputy Minister of labour and social development Aliza Soltonbekova confirmed a rise in reports of domestic violence, though without citing specific… (Full Story)
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Expand Kenyans make their way home before the daily dusk-to-dawn curfew in Nairobi, Kenya, April 6, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Brian Inganga For 4 days, Juliet M., a 16-year-old Kenyan, was held captive by a man and sexually assaulted. She was rescued by neighbors and is now being cared for in a safe house in Nairobi. The attacker reportedly said he kidnapped her because he needed female company to get through the government-imposed COVID-19 lockdown. The Kenya government has adopted strict measures to counter the spread of the COVID-19 virus. But these measures, as necessary as they are, are having… (Full Story)
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the Bangladeshi government to ensure that physical attacks on two journalists in separate incidents in the past week do not go unpunished. Both reporters were badly injured while covering irregularities in the distribution of government food aid to people unable to work because of a coronavirus lockdown. (Full Story)
Amnesty International - Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Abusive officials must be held accountable even during lockdowns, Amnesty International said today. (Full Story)
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Expand Screenshot of the mural painted by three artists charged with "insulting religion" in Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar (undated).  © 2020 Myitkyina News Journal (Bangkok) – Myanmar’s government should immediately drop all criminal charges against three street artists arrested for painting a mural that raises awareness about the coronavirus pandemic, Human Rights Watch said today. The artists, Zayar Hnaung, Ja Sai, and Naw Htun Aung, were charged on April 3, 2020 for violating Myanmar’s law criminalizing speech that “insults” religion. The three were arrested after Buddhist hardliners… (Full Story)
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Expand A street vendor pushes his cart in Shatila Palestinian refugee camp, wearing a face mask to try to protect against the spread of COVID-19, in Beirut suburbs, Lebanon, March 30, 2020.  © 2020 Reuters/Mohamed Azakir   (Beirut) – Millions of Lebanon’s residents are at risk of going hungry due to pandemic-related lockdown measures unless the government urgently puts in place a robust, coordinated plan to provide assistance, Human Rights Watch said today. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated an already devastating economic crisis and exposed the inadequacies of Lebanon’s social protection… (Full Story)
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Expand One of the gender-based impacts of COVID-19 is the creation of further barriers to abortion healthcare for girls and women. Concerns about access to legal abortion and reproductive health rights, are among the issues highlighted by Women's Day marches, such as the one pictured here in Warsaw, Poland on March 8, 2020, where the Polish government is proposing even more draconian restrictions that would effectively ban abortion. © 2020 Sipa USA via AP (Brussels) – European governments should urgently guarantee safe and timely access to abortion care for women and girls in the region during… (Full Story)
Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Expand Screenshot of the mural painted by three artists charged with "insulting religion" in Myitkyina, Kachin State, Myanmar (undated).  © 2020 Myitkyina News Journal (Bangkok) – Myanmar’s government should immediately drop all criminal charges against three street artists arrested for painting a mural that raises awareness about the coronavirus pandemic, Human Rights Watch said today. The artists, Zayar Hnaung, Ja Sai, and Naw Htun Aung, were charged on April 3, 2020 for violating Myanmar’s law criminalizing speech that “insults” religion. The three were arrested after Buddhist hardliners… (Full Story)
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