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Human Rights Observatory
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
China is promising to take "countermeasures" against U.S. President Donald Trump's plans to impose an additional $200 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese imports. The new duties, which take effect next Monday, September 24, will begin at 10 percent, then rise to 25 percent on January 1, 2019. The tariffs will be imposed on thousands of consumer goods, including electronics, food, tools and housewares. The Trump administration exempted numerous other items from the new... (Full Story)
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
The U.N. envoy for Afghanistan said Monday that the war-torn country is in its best position since 2001 to start the process leading to peace talks with the Taliban. Tadamichi Yamamoto told the U.N. Security Council that the road ahead will be most difficult, requiring "resilience and persistence.'' He said Afghan government efforts, "which we hope would be reciprocated by the Taliban,'' need to be reinforced by regional and other key countries - and by... (Full Story)
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
The storm system that struck southeastern states along the U.S. East Coast as Hurricane Florence is now soaking areas in the northeast with heavy rain as forecasters warn of widespread flooding threats. Flash flood watches and warnings are posted from Virginia into Vermont and New Hampshire through Tuesday. Those accompany the flooding in North Carolina, where Florence hit as a Category 1 hurricane last week and dropped up to 90 centimeters of rain as it lingered for several... (Full Story)
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the United Nations to authorize Taiwanese journalists to cover its events, including the General Assembly that opens tomorrow in New York and the World Health Assembly in Geneva next spring. Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges the United Nations to let Taiwanese journalists cover its events, especially the 73rd annual General Assembly that opens tomorrow, September 18th, in New York (Full Story)
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the immediate release of Ngo Van Dung, a Vietnamese blogger and citizen-journalist whose location has been unknown since his arrest by police on a street in Ho Chi Minh City (the former Saigon) exactly two weeks ago. Alerted by friends who witnessed his arrest on the morning of 4 September, Ngo Van Dung’s family tried to reach him on his mobile phone (Full Story)
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Expand Member of the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi, Françoise Hampson (L), and chairman Doudou Diène (C), give a press conference to present a report on rights violations in the country on September 5, 2018 in Geneva. © 2018 Getty Images (Geneva) – The United Nations Human Rights Council should renew the mandate for the Commission of Inquiry on Burundi during its ongoing session in Geneva. The commission is the strongest – and one of the few – sources of public reporting on the serious human rights abuses being committed in the country, including killings, beatings, sexual violence,… (Full Story)
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
The Asian Development Bank said on Tuesday it is expanding its presence in the Pacific islands, at a time of competition for influence there, opening seven new country offices and expecting its loans and grants in the region to top $4 billion by 2020. The pledge from the Japan-led bank comes amidst a vigorous new campaign by the United States and its allies to check China's rising sway in the region, where it has sought deeper diplomatic ties and emerged as the second-largest... (Full Story)
Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Africa has the globe's fastest-growing youth population as well as 10 of the poorest countries, a volatile combination that warrants making it "the world's most important priority for the foreseeable future." The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation lays out that argument in its second annual report on progress toward sustainable development goals set by the United Nations for 2030. This Goalkeepers Data Report, released Tuesday, urges targeting Africa with the same kind... (Full Story)
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