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Friday, February 22, 2019
Expand Philippine Senator Leila de Lima, who is detained on drug charges, looks at a flower given by her supporter upon arrival at a local court to face an obstruction of justice complaint in Quezon city, metro Manila, Philippines March 13, 2017. © 2017 Reuters The Philippine government should drop the politically-motivated charges against Senator Leila de Lima, a prominent critic of President Rodrigo Duterte’s abusive “war on drugs,” Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and FORUM-ASIA said today. De Lima has been arbitrarily detained inside the headquarters of the Philippine National… (Full Story)
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time series animation of satellite imagery showing the movement of thousands of people towards the Euphrates River fleeing heavy air strikes and artillery fire in Baghuz (20 January - 19 February 2019).  Image courtesy of Planet Labs Inc. (Full Story)
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time series animation of satellite imagery showing the destruction of hundreds of buildings from US-led coalition air strikes and artillery bombardment from multiple sides on the town of Baghuz (20 January to 19 February 2019). Image courtesy of Planet Labs Inc. (Full Story)
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Time series animation of satellite imagery showing the rapid expansion of al Hol camp with thousands of civilians displaced by the fighting in Baghuz (29 December 2018 to 20 February 2019). Image courtesy of Planet Labs Inc. (Full Story)
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Expand Saudi-led coalition aircraft struck three apartment buildings in Faj Attan, a densely populated neighborhood in Sanaa, on August 25, 2017. Two of the buildings were completely destroyed and the third suffered extensive damage. © 2017 Mohammed al-Mekhlafi The UK Parliament’s international relations committee recently concluded that the UK is on the wrong side of international humanitarian law when it comes to arms sales to Saudi Arabia. It’s the first time a parliamentary committee has found UK arms sales to Saudi Arabia to be unlawful under the country’s own export rules, which prohibit… (Full Story)
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Expand Osman Kavala. © 2017 Anadolu Kültür (Geneva) – Turkey’s president and government should stop making baseless accusations, and the Istanbul prosecutor should drop the new charges against 16 people, including Osman Kavala, that view the Gezi protests as a coup attempt, Human Rights Watch said today. Turkish media on February 20 reported that an Istanbul prosecutor has prepared a 657-page indictment holding Kavala, a civic leader, and 15 others responsible for organizing and financing the 2013 mass protests that began in Istanbul’s Gezi park over the government’s urban redevelopment plans,… (Full Story)
Thursday, February 21, 2019
GENEVA, February 21, 2019 — The Geneva-based non-governmental organization UN Watch today filed a complaint with UN chief Antonio Guterres accusing the organization’s Palestine expert of legitimizing antisemites and presenting biased reports to the UN that turn a blind eye to atrocities committed by the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. (See text of complaint below; PDF here.) Through his actions, UN Special Rapporteur Michael Lynk has betrayed the founding principles of the UN Charter, warranting condemnation from the UN chief, according to Hillel Neuer, executive director of UN Watch. Despite… (Full Story)
Thursday, February 21, 2019
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Amnesty International - Thursday, February 21, 2019
The Minister of Homeland Security’s comments that attacks on persons with albinism have not reached crisis levels will only embolden those perpetrating the assaults and are a disturbing reminder of the government’s inaction on the issue, Amnesty International said today. (Full Story)
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Expand Mozambican army soldiers patrol the streets of Mocimboa da Praia after security in the area was increased following a two-day attack by suspected Islamist fighters, March 2018.  © 2018 ADRIEN BARBIER/AFP/Getty Images   (Johannesburg) – Mozambique’s state security forces are intimidating, detaining, and prosecuting journalists covering the fighting against an armed Islamist group in the northern province of Cabo Delgado. For 13 days in January 2019, the military held incommunicado Amade Abubacar, a journalist who was interviewing villagers displaced by insurgents, then turned him over… (Full Story)
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