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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
NewsBelow are the most notable incidents regarding threats to press freedom in the US during the week of July 8 - July 14:Trump excludes, targets social media and press at unconventional summit (Full Story)
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Expand Nicaragua's President Daniel Ortega speaks next to first lady and Vice President Rosario Murillo during the inauguration ceremony of a highway overpass in Managua, Nicaragua, Thursday, March 21, 2019. Ortega's government and opposition began negotiating Thursday how to carry out the release of hundreds of political prisoners arrested in the past year of unrest, after the government announced Wednesday it would free the prisoners within 90 days in exchange for the lifting of external sanctions.  © 2019 AP Photo/Alfredo Zuniga (Washington, DC) – The Trump administration should impose… (Full Story)
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Expand Permanent premises of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands. © 2018 Marina Riera Rodoreda/Human Rights Watch (New York) – Member countries of the International Criminal Court (ICC) should renew their commitment on International Justice Day, July 17, 2019, to defend and strengthen this important justice institution, Human Right Watch said today. On July 17, 1998, 120 countries adopted the Rome Statute creating the ICC. “Twenty-one years after its creation, the International Criminal Court is needed more than its founders ever imagined,” said Richard Dicker, international… (Full Story)
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
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Tuesday, July 16, 2019
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned about the increasingly hostile climate for journalists in India and, in particular, calls for the immediate release of Revathi Pogadadanda, a TV journalist held for the past four days in Hyderabad, the capital of the southern state of Telangana, on the absurd grounds of “insulting” a guest. A programme host with Mojo TV (which she used to run), Revathi Pogadadanda was arrested at her home on the morning of 12 July, when she covered her arrest in a (Full Story)
Monday, July 15, 2019
Expand Natasha in a mountain village of Chechnya’s Nozhai-Yurt district, 2008. Ten years ago, I was walking on a boulevard in central Moscow when my phone rang. It was a glorious summer day. The day before, I had returned from a week-long trip to Chechnya, which was grueling but productive. After melting in a stifling car from morning to dusk in different villages, interviewing local residents about torture, killings, and house-burnings, and then typing it all up until 3 a.m. every night, everything was ready to make these harrowing abuses public. There were practically no loose ends to tie… (Full Story)
Monday, July 15, 2019
International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), in the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders Human Rights Center “Memorial” Human Rights Watch Amnesty International International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) Norwegian Helsinki Committee Front Line Defenders World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT), in the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in WAR) Board of the EU-Russia Civil Society Forum Committee Against Torture (CAT) Public Verdict Foundation European Human Rights Advocacy Centre… (Full Story)
Monday, July 15, 2019
Expand A migrant who claims he was beaten by Croatian police while attempting to cross the border to Croatia shows his injury at a factory hall turned migrants facility in Bihac, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Wednesday, March 13, 2019. © 2019 Darko Bandic/AP Photo (London) – Croatia should immediately stop summarily returning migrants and asylum seekers to Bosnia and Herzegovina, in some cases with force, Human Rights Watch said today in an open letter to President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic. The president’s recent admission during an interview on Swiss television that Croatian officials are engaged in… (Full Story)
Monday, July 15, 2019
Expand In Tijuana, migrants can no longer simply show up at the border to claim asylum in the US. They must first put their names on a list and wait in Mexico - for weeks on end. © 2018 Jonathan Pedneault/Human Rights Watch (Washington, DC) – The Trump administration on July 15, 2019 announced a new rule that effectively bars from asylum nearly anyone who crosses the southern US border after traveling through a third country, Human Rights Watch said today. “The Trump administration’s new rule shows breathtaking disregard for US obligations toward asylum seekers,” said Bill Frelick, refugee… (Full Story)
Monday, July 15, 2019
Expand Kuwait’s Interior Ministry released a video statement on July 12 alleging the eight Egyptians were sought for criminal offenses in Egypt. (Beirut) – Kuwaiti authorities on July 15, 2019 unlawfully returned eight Egyptian dissidents despite the serious risk of torture and persecution they face in Egypt, Human Rights Watch said today. The deportation of the men appears to violate Kuwait’s obligations under international law. On July 12, the Kuwaiti government announced that it had separately arrested the eight dissidents, claiming that the Egyptian authorities sought them for crimes they… (Full Story)
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