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Human Rights Observatory
Sunday, April 21, 2019
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns the arbitrary arrest of Casimir Kpédjo, the editor of Beninese newspaper Nouvelle Economie, over a story about Benin’s debt. His arrest is indicative of a government desire to control the press, RSF said.Police arrested Kpédjo at his Cotonou home on 18 April as a result of a complaint by Caisse autonôme d'amortisseement (CAA), about an article published the previous da (Full Story)
Saturday, April 20, 2019
Expand People walk past a banner supporting proposed amendments to the Egyptian constitution with a poster of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in Cairo, Egypt, Tuesday, April 16, 2019.  © 2019 AP Images/Amr Nabil (Beirut) – The Egyptian government should withdraw proposed constitutional amendments that will consolidate authoritarian rule, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ) said today. The amendments will undermine the Egyptian judiciary’s dwindling independence and expand the military’s power to intervene in political life. On April 16, 2019, Parliament… (Full Story)
Saturday, April 20, 2019
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for the acquittal of two newspaper journalists in Turkish-recognized northern part of Cyprus who are facing up to five years in prison if convicted of insulting and defaming Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Şener Levent, the editor of the north Nicosia-based daily Afrika, and Ali O (Full Story)
Friday, April 19, 2019
Expand Central American migrants traveling in a group make their way to Pijijiapan, Mexico, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.  © 2018 AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd The Exodus story, which Jews will be celebrating this week with the Passover holiday, starts with the “hardened heart” of Pharaoh, who refuses to allow the Hebrew slaves to leave. Tyrants’ refusals to allow oppressed people to flee is a theme of history that continued into the Cold War era of the late 20th century and beyond. The cry of “Let my people go,” has resonated universally as a clarion call for freedom.  President Trump’s decision to cut… (Full Story)
Friday, April 19, 2019
Expand Ms. Frances Ford, executive director of Sowing Seeds of Hope, in her home in August 2018, holding a picture of her mother, who died from cervical cancer after being diagnosed in 1980. Ford is a tireless advocate for bringing healthcare and a rural hospital to her hometown of Marion in Perry County, Alabama. Sowing Seeds of Hope provides a range of community programs, including free school screenings to children, free blood pressure clinics, quarterly health fairs and offers prescription assistance while also supporting programs to build homes in the county. © 2018 Roopa Gogineni for… (Full Story)
Friday, April 19, 2019
Expand Protesters confront police officers during a demonstration against the country's leadership, in Algiers, Friday, April 12, 2019. © 2019 AP Images/Mosa'ab Elshamy (Beirut, April 19, 2019) ­ Algerian authorities have resumed forcibly dispersing peaceful demonstrations and arbitrarily detaining protesters in the capital, Algiers, Human Rights Watch said today. The government crackdown is an apparent attempt to curb the massive pro-democracy marches that have taken place weekly since February 2019 and forced the resignation of President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on April 2. Algerian authorities… (Full Story)
Friday, April 19, 2019
Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley enthralled a sold-out audience of 1,200 at Montreal’s historic Shaar Hashomayim synagogue last week, in a discussion of her views on the UN, Israel and human rights that was moderated by UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer. Haley on UN Watch: “Please help me give the biggest thank you to Hillel, because let me tell you, you want to look at courage—that is courage. He fights every day. Every day. If you aren’t following what he does with UN Watch, go find it. Go watch him. Because I’m cheering for you every day. You’re fighting… (Full Story)
Friday, April 19, 2019
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Friday, April 19, 2019
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) is concerned by reports that journalist Lyra McKee was killed in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, after shots were fired during an incident of unrest on 18 April. RSF is waiting for the police investigation to determine whether McKee was present as a journalist reporting on the unrest, and whether she was deliberately targeted.The Police Service of Northern Ireland has confirmed (Full Story)
Friday, April 19, 2019
NewsReporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for an investigation into the status of Ali Mahmoud Othman, a well-known Syrian citizen-journalist who disappeared after arrest in 2012. His family was recently told he died in detention on 30 December 2013 and is seeking official confirmation of his death and the return of his body. (Full Story)
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