Media Coverage

1/20/2022

The author of a book about a powerful politician has been sentenced to two years in prison. Media advocates say the case is part of a trend in which the courts are being used to punish critics. The police raided a reporter’s house after he investigated an elite Catholic society. A court-ordered journalists’ assets were frozen following a defamation complaint from a powerful figure. A sports journalist called the head of a soccer club inept and was sentenced to a year in prison.

1/20/2022

German prosecutors accused a Syrian doctor Wednesday of torturing detainees and killing one of them while working in military hospitals in his war-torn homeland, on the first day of a landmark crime against humanity trial in Frankfurt. The accused, identified as Alaa M under German privacy laws, arrived in Germany in 2015 where he continued to practice medicine until his arrest.

1/20/2022

A prominent Sudanese pro-democracy group has conditionally accepted the UN’s offer to broker an end to political deadlock following the October military coup. Jaafar Hassan, a spokesperson for the Central Council for the Forces of Freedom and Change, said in a press statement on Sunday that the council decided to accept the invitation of the United Nations mission to support dialogue between the parties to the Sudanese crisis.  Another key civilian group, the Sudanese Professionals Association, however, has rejected the UN’s offer. 

1/20/2022

The threat of worsening violence looms over Baghdad again this week, underscoring the challenges faced by influential Shia leader Muqtada al-Sadr, the leader of parliament’s biggest bloc, in his stated efforts to form a majority government, following October’s contested election. In the latest of a number of attacks to hit the Iraqi capital, twin explosions late on Sunday targeted two banks associated with Kurdish politicians in central Baghdad’s Karrada district, leaving two people wounded. 

1/20/2022

Taliban rule has had a devastating impact on Afghan women and girls, new research shows, Human Rights Watch and the Human Rights Institute at San Jose State University said on Monday. The organizations looked at the conditions for women since the Taliban took control in Ghazni province, in southeastern Afghanistan.

1/18/2022

The influential former leader of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev denied any conflict with his successor Tuesday, in his first appearance since unprecedented violence in the Central Asian country sparked rumors of a power struggle. Nazarbayev, 81, was the first president of an independent Kazakhstan and had not made any public appearances since protests earlier this month that erupted into unprecedented violence.

1/18/2022

At least 145 community leaders and rights activists were killed in 2021 in Colombia, the country’s human rights ombudsman has said. The 2021 death toll, which came amid a year defined by protests and government crackdowns, was lower than in 2020, when 182 killings were registered, the offices of ombud Carlos Camargo said in a statement on Monday. Those killed included members of Indigenous groups, advocates for rural communities, and trade unionists.

1/18/2022

Denmark faced the ire of European Union parliamentarians on Wednesday for its policy of sending some Syrian refugees back to the Damascus area and revoking their asylum status. In mid-2020, Denmark became the first European Union country to re-examine the cases of about 500 Syrians from Damascus, which is under the control of Bashar al-Assad’s regime, claiming “the current situation in Damascus is no longer such as to justify a residence permit or the extension of a residence permit.”

1/18/2022

The Tunisian police used water cannon, sticks, and tear gas to disperse hundreds of protesters trying to reach central Tunis to demonstrate against the president in defiance of COVID-19 restrictions. Opposition parties have been protesting against the suspension of parliament by President Kais Saied, his assumption of executive power, and moves to rewrite the constitution, which they call a coup.

1/18/2022

Protest organizers in Sudan's capital Khartoum announced two days of strikes and civil disobedience after security forces used gunfire and teargas on Monday to disperse demonstrations. The violence was against a coup and medics said seven people had been killed. The toll marked one of the bloodiest days since pro-democracy groups began a campaign of anti-military protests following the October  25 coup, and threatened to deepen the gulf between military leaders and a large protest movement. 

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