Media Coverage

11/11/2016

Thursday saw good news in the fight against discrimination in Uganda. After pending for nine long years, the Constitutional Court finally handed down a decision in a case brought by Ugandan human rights lawyer and executive director of Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF), Adrian Jjuuko, challenging vague limitations that a section of the country’s Equal Opportunities Commission Act (EOCA) placed on the commission’s mandate.

11/11/2016

The international police organization, Interpol, elected a Chinese security official as its president Thursday, raising concerns among human rights advocates that the appointment could fortify Beijing’s efforts to hunt down political opponents abroad.

The organization’s general assembly elected Meng Hongwei, China’s vice minister for public security for the past 12 years, to the post effective immediately during a meeting in Bali, Indonesia.

“We currently face some of the most serious global public security challenges since World War II,” Meng said at the meeting.

11/11/2016

Taipei, Nov. 10 (CNA) President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) spoke about her plans to push for transitional justice in Taiwan during a meeting with foreign justices and legal scholars in Taipei on Thursday.

During the meeting with the legal experts, who are in Taiwan to attend the 3rd Constitutional Court Simulation, Tsai said the country has never properly addressed unresolved issues from its authoritarian past, the Presidential Office said in a statement released after the closed door meeting.

11/7/2016

We've had a lot of hate mail, says Steve Chalke, three weeks after he opened a safe house for refugee children from the Calais "Jungle" camp at the request of the British government.

11/7/2016

China's legislature approved a cybersecurity law on Monday that human rights activists warn will tighten political controls and foreign companies say might hamper access to Chinese technology markets.

Chinese authorities say the law is required to prevent crime and terrorism. It also prohibits activity aimed at "overthrowing the socialist system," a reference to challenges to the ruling Communist Party's monopoly on power.

11/7/2016

A Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty Turkmenistan correspondent was questioned by police on October 25, 2016, then assaulted and robbed by unknown assailants, Human Rights Watch said today. The assault on Soltan Achilova, 67, was the latest in a series of attacks on the media outlet’s correspondents in Turkmenistan.

11/7/2016

The tripartite Mechanism coordinated by the UN Mission in Colombia, with Colombia's Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia-People's Army (FARC-EP), will begin to monitor and verify the ceasefire and cessation of hostilities tomorrow, Monday, 7 November.

The joint Monitoring and Verification Mechanism will gradually begin its work based in eight regional offices, as the separation of forces will take place in temporary locations throughout the country.

11/7/2016

African Union Commission head Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma has called for intense dialogue over the recent protests in Ethiopia, saying that it was imperative to find lasting solutions in the country.

In a statement, Dlamini-Zuma said that the Ethiopian government should ensure that fundamental human rights and freedoms were respected as the guidelines on state of emergency were implemented.

She also urged the government to ensure that the internet which had been restricted due to the protests was restored.

11/7/2016

African nations are seeking to suspend the work of the first UN independent expert charged with investigating violence and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

Botswana’s ambassador to the UN, Charles Ntwaagae, said on Friday that African nations want the general assembly to delay consideration of a Human Rights Council resolution adopted on 30 June that authorised the appointment of an expert to monitor LGBT rights to discuss “the legality of the creation of this mandate”.

11/7/2016

Hundreds of families have been driven out of the Iraqi city of Kirkuk in apparent retaliation for a recent attack by the Islamic State (IS) group, Amnesty International said on Monday.

Authorities in the Kurdish-controlled city demolished the homes of hundreds of Arab residents and ordered them to leave Kirkuk in the wake of the attack on 21 October, the London-based rights group said.

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