Somalia: Unfair Trials in Military Courts

Somalia: Unfair Trials in Military Courts

🕔04:10, 22.May 2014

(Nairobi, May 22, 2014) – Somalia’s military courts since 2011 have tried hundreds of people beyond the courts’ legal mandate or in proceedings that fall short of international fair trial standards, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The

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Undermining progress: Digital surveillance and the Tunisian constitution

Undermining progress: Digital surveillance and the Tunisian constitution

🕔03:59, 22.May 2014

“A model to other peoples seeking reform” said UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon on the successful passing in 2014 of the new Tunisian Constitution. Championing a secular political and legal system following the popular uprisings of 2011, this constitution sought to maintain robust

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Amendments to Jordan’s Anti-Terrorism Law threaten freedom of expression

Amendments to Jordan’s Anti-Terrorism Law threaten freedom of expression

🕔03:56, 22.May 2014

King Abdullah II should reject amendments to Jordan’s Anti-Terrorism Law that broaden the definition of terrorism and threaten freedom of expression. The amendments quickly passed Jordan’s lower house of parliament on April 22, 2014, and the upper house on April

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Why is martial law imposed mainly on the media in Thailand?

🕔03:51, 22.May 2014

The Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA) expresses gravest concernover the Royal Thai Army’s imposition of martial law yesterday [20 May 2014] across Thailand, particularly that it has targeted the media and freedom of expression. People in the region woke up to

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Ukrainian and Russian authorities step up arrests of journalists

🕔03:47, 22.May 2014

The Ukrainian and Russian authorities carried out more arrests of journalists doing their jobs in the Donbass and Crimea regions between 16 and 19 May. Two journalists from the Russian TV station LifeNews, Oleg Sidyakin and Marat Saichenko, were arrested by Ukrainian troops

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#LeyTelecom: Why Mexicans have been taking to the streets

#LeyTelecom: Why Mexicans have been taking to the streets

🕔03:38, 22.May 2014

The Mexican government is in the process of bringing its communications laws in line with the reality of the digital age. It says that the proposed Ley de Telecomunicaciones y Radiodifusión, the telecommunications and broadcasting law that President Enrique Peña Nieto

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Is it really a happy World Culture Day?

Is it really a happy World Culture Day?

🕔03:33, 22.May 2014

Since 2008, we’ve been actively monitoring violations of the right to freedom of artistic expression, and for many artists and culture workers this World Culture Day is certainly not a happy one. Like all forms of expression, the right to paint or act or

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Tindouf Camps: Sahrawi youth rebels against polisario leadership

Tindouf Camps: Sahrawi youth rebels against polisario leadership

🕔11:29, 21.May 2014

Concerning the Situation in Tindouf On the aftermath of the Adoption of the UN Security council 2152 concerning the extension of the mandate of MINURSO, some clashes between young sahrawis and the polisario security forces have been reported, on the

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Philippines: Death Squad Linked to Hundreds of Killings

🕔08:58, 21.May 2014

(Manila) – The Philippine government should investigate an alleged “death squad” implicated in several hundred killings in Tagum City on the southern island of Mindanao, Human Rights Watch said in a new report released today. Official police records obtained by

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Thailand: Revoke Martial Law Undermining Rights

🕔08:21, 21.May 2014

(New York) – The Thai military’s imposition of nationwide martial law is effectively a coup that threatens the human rights of all Thais, Human Rights Watch said today. The United States and other influential governments should call for the immediate

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Looking back one year after the Edward Snowden disclosures – An international perspective

🕔08:15, 21.May 2014

June 5th marks the first anniversary of the beginning of the Edward Snowden revelations – a landmark event in global awareness of the worldwide spying machine. It has been a year where the world has learned that the NSA and

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US training of abusive Cambodian military exposed

US training of abusive Cambodian military exposed

🕔08:09, 21.May 2014

US military training to Cambodia’s abusive armed forces could easily be misused against the political opposition and labor unions and may violate US law. The US military support was evident in official publicity material and personal pages posted on Facebook during the

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Nigerian reporter detained for covering "bring back our girls" protest

🕔08:03, 21.May 2014

On 12 May 2014, the Nasarawa State command of the Nigeria Police charged the state correspondent of Daily Trust Newspaper, Hir Joseph, to the Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Lafia, the State capital, accusing him of publishing “injurious falsehood” contrary to section

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Increase in violence by Israeli security forces against Palestinian journalists

🕔07:44, 21.May 2014

Reporters Without Borders condemns the action of the Israeli security forces in deliberately firing rubber bullets and teargas at two Palestinian journalists during clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Ramallah on 16 May.

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Rape and War in South Sudan

🕔06:49, 20.May 2014

“It’s like nothing before,” one woman who saw her sister-in-law gang raped told us. She is just one of many women who have said they had been raped – or witnessed rape – as they fled an area of South

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Thailand: Lack of Justice for 2010 Violence Fuels Abuses

🕔06:46, 20.May 2014

(New York) – Successive Thai governments have failed over the past four years to impartially prosecute those responsible for the political violence in 2010. The Thai government and army should be pressured by the United States and other influential governments

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Rwanda: Spate of Enforced Disappearances

Rwanda: Spate of Enforced Disappearances

🕔07:06, 17.May 2014

(Nairobi) – An increasing number of people have been forcibly disappeared or have been reported missing inRwanda since March 2014. Many of the cases occurred in Rubavu district, in Western Province. In some cases, the whereabouts of the people involved are

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Health Workers, Patients Under Attack

🕔07:00, 17.May 2014

(Geneva) – Hundreds of attacks on health workers have occurred in dozens of countries around the world since 2012, Human Rights Watch and theSafeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition said in a joint report released today. The report, released in advance of a meeting on

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Undoing Yudhoyono’s Sectarian Legacy

🕔06:47, 17.May 2014

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s legacy of worsening religious intolerance and related violence will be one of the biggest challenges his successor will face.  Indonesia holds presidential elections on July 9. While Yudhoyono likes to speak about Indonesia’s “religious harmony,”

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US: Immigrants ‘Afraid to Call 911’

US: Immigrants ‘Afraid to Call 911’

🕔06:41, 17.May 2014

(Washington, DC) – The use of state and local authorities to enforce United States immigration laws undermines public safety by raising fear of the police among immigrant communities, Human Rights Watch said in a short film released today. States and cities across the US

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Uganda: Anti-Homosexuality Act’s Heavy Toll

Uganda: Anti-Homosexuality Act’s Heavy Toll

🕔12:25, 15.May 2014

(Nairobi, May 15, 2014) – Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) people inUganda have reported a surge in human rights violations since the passage of the Anti-Homosexuality Act on December 20, 2013, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today. In a country where the climate for LGBTI people was

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US: Child Workers in Danger on Tobacco Farms

US: Child Workers in Danger on Tobacco Farms

🕔12:03, 15.May 2014

Children working on tobacco farms in the United States are exposed to nicotine, toxic pesticides, and other dangers, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. While US law prohibits the sale of tobacco products to children, children can

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Spain: Abortion Bill Violates Rights

Spain: Abortion Bill Violates Rights

🕔09:50, 13.May 2014

(Madrid) – The Spanish government should protect women’s access to safe and legal abortion by scrapping draft legislation that would ban abortion with only severely limited exceptions, according to a letter sent on May 9, 2014, to Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón by

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Ukraine: Investigate Odessa Deaths

🕔07:12, 11.May 2014

(Berlin) – The Ukrainian government investigation into the violence in Odessa on May 2, 2014, should be thorough, impartial, and capable of ensuring that those responsible are held accountable, Human Rights Watch said today in a joint statement with Amnesty International. The violence, and

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Netflix to Show Human Rights Film

🕔07:09, 11.May 2014

(New York) – The ambitious distribution agreement for the new documentary E-TEAM, profiling four Human Rights Watch researchers, will bring critical human rights issues to a broad new audience, Human Rights Watch said today. The Associated Press reported on May

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Thailand: Protesters Occupy TV Stations

🕔07:04, 11.May 2014

(New York) – Anti-government protesters inThailand should immediately cease intimidating the media and occupying TV stations in Bangkok, Human Rights Watch said today. Over the past seven months, Thailand has been convulsed by blockades of government offices by groups opposed to

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Iraq’s parliamentary elections marked by obstruction, threats, violence against journalists

Iraq’s parliamentary elections marked by obstruction, threats, violence against journalists

🕔09:40, 8.May 2014

Journalists were the victims of obstruction, threats and violence during Iraq’s 30 April parliamentary elections, the first since the withdrawal of US troops in late 2011. Violence by jihadi groups and inter-communal tension of a political and sectarian nature marked

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International experts call for universal protection of freedom of expression

🕔09:34, 8.May 2014

Today, 6 May 2014, international experts mandated by the UN, African Union, Organization of American States and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe will jointly call for states to ensure that all people in society can realise their

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Barricades and tear gas prevent Turkish journalists from covering May Day demonstrations

🕔09:30, 8.May 2014

Turkish authorities banned May Day celebrations in Taksim Square on the claim that they would “influence freedom of movement” and enabled precautions which demolished citizens’ right to information and civilians’ and tourists’ freedom of movement. In the Taksim district, there

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Ugandan human rights office vandalised in latest crackdown on civil society

🕔09:18, 8.May 2014

Following the break-in and vandalisation of the Human Rights Network-Uganda offices in Ntinda – a Kampala suburb – civil society organisations have resolved to meet the Inspector General of Police over the police’s failure to investigate to logical conclusion and produce reports

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