Media Coverage

18/8/2020

Tens of thousands of opponents of Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko have gathered in Minsk to protest against disputed elections.

The “March for Freedom” in the center of the capital comes amid growing anger over alleged poll-rigging and police violence at subsequent protests.

The unrest in Belarus erupted after Mr. Lukashenko claimed a landslide victory in last Sunday’s election, the result of which has been condemned amid widespread allegations of vote-rigging.

18/8/2020

Following a parliamentary election which has further empowered the Rajapaksa regime, the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tamils (APPGT) in the UK has called upon Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, to implement sanctions against senior Sri Lankan officials.

18/8/2020

Youths have been urged to peacefully engage government in order to ensure respect and protection of their rights by all state agencies.

In a statement to mark International Youth Day commemorations yesterday, the National Transitional Justice Working Group also called on the government to involve youth in the decision-making process.

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18/8/2020

A UN-backed tribunal on Tuesday convicted a Hezbollah member of conspiracy to kill former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri in a 2005 bombing that set the stage for years of confrontation between Lebanon’s rival political forces.

“The trial chamber is satisfied beyond a reasonable doubt that the prosecution has proved the guilt of Salim Jamil Ayyash on all counts charged,” said Presiding Judge David Re.

13/8/2020

The United States embassy in Libya has announced President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed in a phone call the steps necessary to achieve a demilitarized zone in central Libya.

The two leaders also addressed ways to achieve a complete withdrawal of foreign forces and mercenaries from Libya, and stressed the need to enable the National Oil Corporation to resume its vital work.

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13/8/2020

Lebanon’s Parliament on Thursday approved a state of emergency in Beirut in its first session since the catastrophic August 4 explosion, granting the military sweeping powers amid rising popular anger at official corruption and mismanagement and political uncertainty.

The government resigned after the blast that killed more than 170 people, injured at least 6,000, and wrecked the capital’s port and caused widespread damage across the capital.

13/8/2020

Thai protesters have broken a long-standing taboo, risking lengthy jail terms to criticize the king, after weeks of student-led pro-democracy rallies that have swept across the country.

Protests, which are organized by different groups, are broadly united around three demands: dissolve the government, end the intimidation of activists, and rewrite the constitution, which was written under military rule and has cemented the army’s power.

13/8/2020

Mexico's President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has met the families of 43 students who disappeared in 2014.

Obrador believes the students were killed by agents of the then-government, which contradicts what was said by the country’s leaders at the time.

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13/8/2020

More than 70 people were killed and dozens injured during weekend clashes between South Sudan’s army and armed civilians in north-central Tonj, the United Nations (UN) reported Tuesday.

UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan reported that “the violence was sparked by a disagreement over a disarmament exercise being conducted in the area.”

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11/8/2020

Mali's embattled President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita has attended a swearing-in ceremony for judges of the new Constitutional Court, appointed last week in an attempt to end a deepening political crisis in the country.

The 75-year-old president, wearing a protective face mask and visor, had the nine new judges–six men and three women–pledge to conduct themselves as “worthy and loyal” judges.

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