Media Coverage

2/16/2021

The eruption of fighting in Ethiopia’s Tigray region 100 days ago has pitted journalists wanting to report on the conflict against a government seeking to maintain total narrative control.

The government-imposed lockdown of the northern region and communications blackout affecting the internet, mobile phones, and landlines has made access and assessment for aid agencies dealing with the unfolding humanitarian crisis extremely difficult. It has also made it next to impossible for media seeking entry to investigate alleged human rights abuses.

2/16/2021

Dozens were killed in overnight clashes in Yemen as Iran-backed Houthi rebels intensified attacks to seize the government's last northern stronghold, officials said Sunday.

Yemen has been embroiled in a bloody power struggle since 2014 between its government, supported by Saudi Arabia, and Houthi rebels, who control the capital Sanaa and most of the north.

The rebels have also escalated attacks against Saudi Arabia, drawing condemnation from the international community.

2/16/2021

Police in Myanmar filed a new charge against ousted leader Aung San Suu Kyi, her lawyer said Tuesday, in a move that may allow her to be held indefinitely without trial as part of an intensifying crackdown by authorities who seized power in a coup.

Suu Kyi, who was deposed and detained in the military takeover on February 1, already faced a charge of illegally possessing walkie-talkies. Under the new charge, she is accused of breaking a law that has been used to prosecute people who have violated coronavirus restrictions.

2/16/2021

On Sunday, about 50 people gathered in person and hundreds online streamed the March for Reparations, a demonstration calling for action on reparations for Black Americans for centuries of systemic oppression. Protesters gathered at the Lincoln Memorial to demand that during Biden’s first 100 days in office, he sign an executive order commissioning a reparations study.

2/16/2021

British lawyer Karim Khan was elected the next prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Khan, 50, who has specialized in international criminal law and international human rights law, was widely seen as the favorite to get the job. Khan, who led a United Nations probe into atrocities by the ISIL (ISIS) group, won on a second round of voting at the United Nations in New York on Friday with support from 72 nations, 10 more than the 62 needed.

2/12/2021

The top United Nations human rights body has called on Myanmar to release Aung San Suu Kyi and other officials and to refrain from using violence on people protesting against the military coup.

The 47-member Geneva forum adopted a resolution brought by Britain and the European Union unanimously without a vote, although Russia and China said afterward that they “disassociated” themselves from the consensus.

2/12/2021

The bodies of 104 Yazidi people, who were massacred by ISIL (ISIS) over six years ago, have been returned to their families in Kocho, in the Sinjar province of Iraq to be buried. The Iraqi government, with assistance from the United Nations, exhumed the bodies from 16 mass graves.

ISIL ruled over parts of northern Iraq from 2014 to 2017. The armed group did not tolerate other faiths and tried to exterminate the Yazidis, a religious minority with beliefs that distinguish them from Muslim and Christian worshippers in the region.

2/12/2021

Colombia will offer temporary protective status to nearly one million undocumented Venezuelan migrants, enabling them to work in the country legally as well as access health care and other essential services.

The initiative was announced by Colombian President Ivan Duque and U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi in a joint briefing on Monday. It constitutes a major humanitarian act by a country that is home to some 1.7 million displaced Venezuelans, more than half of whom lack regular status, according to the UNHCR.

2/12/2021

One of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent political activists was released from prison Wednesday, her family said, after serving nearly three years on charges that sparked an international uproar over the kingdom’s human rights record.

2/12/2021

For more than two years, the establishment of the African Union Hybrid Court, a judicial body designed to redress human rights violations, had seemed to perpetually stalled, however the south Sudanese government has finally announced plans to go forward with the hybrid court.

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