Media Coverage

7/16/2018

Poland’s right-wing government is accelerating a purge of its Supreme Court, racing ahead of efforts by the European Union to stop what Brussels views as a rapid erosion in rule of law. In early July a law forcing early retirement for judges went into effect, effectively removing 27 of 72 judges and triggering protests and legal action by judges. The EU has threatened the slash aid to Poland and strip the country of its voting rights within the block, accusing Warsaw of undermining democratic norms.

7/16/2018

One way girls and women in Rohingya refugee camps in southern Bangladesh assert their dignity and maintain a sense of normalcy through routine is by applying a traditional yellow makeup. The makeup is made from the bark of a specific tree which grows in their traditional homeland in central Myanmar. Last year over 800,000 Rohyingya fled to Bangaldesh, escaping what the United Nations has described as ethnic cleansing perpetrated by the army of Myanmar. 

7/16/2018

Police and government supported paramilitary forces continue their bloody offensive against protestors and students in Nicaragua. Over the weekend pro-government militias attacked students at the university, pinning down around 200 students inside a small Catholic Church compound. Two students were killed and at least 10 injured while the militias fired into the church, bringing the total dead over the last three months to over 300 people. After a 15-hour siege the Catholic clergy negotiated the release of the students.

7/16/2018

The United States Department of Justice revived its investigation into the murder of Emmett Till, the 14-year-old African-American boy whose brutal murder 63 years ago in the state of Mississippi for allegedly talking to a European-American woman became an iconic case for the Civil Rights movement. At his public funeral in Chicago his mutilated body was displayed in an open casket, exposing once again the vicious reality of American racism. The murderers were acquitted by an all-white jury but a year later publicly admitted their guilt.

7/16/2018

The President of Ethiopia’s Somali regional state ordered the release of political prisoners held in the region’s notorious jail facility following a scathing report on the jail released by Human Rights Watch last month. This comes after the government released thousands of political prisoners and the Attorney General fired the heads of prisons across the country. Last year after the government announced the closure of another notorious prison the former Prime Minister announced the facility would be converted into a museum. 

7/11/2018

Afghan officials have taken issue with a UN report which criticized their government for allowing mediation to replace formal justice proceedings in cases of violence against women. The UN report said that the tendency to rely on traditional mediation as opposed to formal justice mechanisms exacerbated the problems women face accessing justice. Afghan officials say that although the report made some good points, it failed to acknowledge the progress made in the fight against gender-based violence.

7/11/2018

Tunisian women are playing a special role in the Truth and Dignity Commission (TDC) which is investigating abuses committed under previous regimes. The TDC’s women’s sub-commission strives to make sure that women’s voices are heard and the struggles they endured are acknowledged. Since the high-profile televised testimony of a handful of women victims and a cross-country outreach campaign, the number of complaints filed before the TDC by women has gone from 5 percent to 25 percent.

7/11/2018

Eight Ivoirians, believed to be loyalists of ex-Ivorian President Laurent Gbagbo, are expected to be extradited back to Cote d’Ivoire after fleeing to Liberia in 2011. The Ivorian government accuses the men of rape, murder, arson, and theft of property during the 2010-2011 civil conflict that followed ex-President Gbagbo refusing to concede the election to current President Alassne Outtara. While rights groups accuse both sides of committing crimes against humanity during the conflict, only loyalists of the ex-President have been held accountable.

7/11/2018

The surviving member of a neo-Nazi terrorist group has been found guilty of 10 counts of murder in one of the biggest neo-Nazi trials in German history. Between 2000 and 2007 the group murdered 10 people, 9 of whom were immigrants. They also carried out two bombings, several robberies, and a number of attempted murders. When another man associated with the case was released after having served his time, the neo-Nazis who packed the courtroom cheered loudly.

7/11/2018

Thirty-eight people were killed in clashes between anti-government protestors, the police, and pro-government groups in Nicaragua on Sunday says the Nicaraguan Centre for Human Rights (Cenihd). Most of the dead were anti-government protesters and were killed as police and pro-government groups attempted to clear the barricades erected by anti-government groups. The Catholic Church, which has been acting as a mediator in the turmoil, suspended their working group after pro-government protestors broke into two churches where protestors had taken refuge.

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