Media Coverage

3/2/2021

Thousands of Haitians protested Sunday in Port-au-Prince and several provincial towns against a spike in kidnappings by gangs, as well as accusing the president of establishing a new dictatorship. Since recent months, Haiti has seen an upsurge in kidnappings for ransom that have affected both the richest inhabitants and those living below the poverty level.

3/2/2021

Four media workers in Ethiopia’s conflict-wracked Tigray region have been arrested and detained, their families and employers said.

Tigray has been at the center of fighting since November last year when Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed announced military operations against the Tigray People’s Liberation Front. Abiy’s government had declared victory; however, low-level fighting has continued in some parts.

2/25/2021

El primer ministro de Armenia, Nikol Pashinyán, ha ordenado este jueves el cese del jefe del Estado Mayor, Onik Gasparyán, que había encabezado una carta firmada por más de 40 altos cargos militares exigiendo la renuncia de Pashinyán por la derrota de Armenia en el conflicto de Nagorno Karabaj con Azerbaiyán, que se saldó con la muerte de unos 3.000 soldados de cada bando y unos 150 civiles.

2/25/2021

Libya’s designated prime minister, Abdulhamid Dbeibeh, chosen via a UN-facilitated process last month, will on Thursday propose a unified government to the country’s divided parliament as part of a peace plan. The new government is intended to replace Libya’s two rival administrations and oversee the run-up to national elections planned for December in a roadmap to end years of chronic chaos and violence.

2/25/2021

Thousands gathered outside the Supreme Court of Argentina calling for decisive action over rampant levels of violence against women. High rates of violence against women triggered a new wave of activism for Argentina’s feminist movement in 2015. Nearly 300 femicides were reported in the country in 2020, according to organizations tracking cases through the media. In the first 52 days of 2021, there have been 43 femicides and transfemicides. Of those, 38 were direct victims and five were children or other people connected to a woman who was killed.

2/25/2021

Violence erupted on Tuesday after the electoral commission declared former interior minister Mohamed Bazoum victor in Sunday’s runoff vote with 55.75 percent, while opposition candidate Mahamane Ousmane garnered 44.25 percent. The elections have been trumpeted as a democratic watershed for the Sahel state—the world’s poorest nation, according to the UN’s benchmark of human development, and a country wrestling with two armed rebellions.

2/25/2021

Supporters of Myanmar’s junta attacked people protesting the military government that took power in a coup, using slingshots, iron rods, and knives Thursday to injure several of the demonstrators. On Thursday, tensions escalated on the streets between anti-coup protesters and supporters of the military. Photos and videos posted on social media showed groups attacking people in downtown Yangon as police stood by without intervening.

Critics of the military charge it pays people to engage in violence, allegations that are hard to verify.

2/25/2021

Armenia’s armed forces called for the resignation of Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan and his government in a statement on Thursday, the Interfax news agency reported. Pashinyan has faced protests and calls to resign after what his critics say was the disastrous handling of a bloody six-week conflict between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces over the region of Nagorno-Karabakh last year.

2/25/2021

A German court on Wednesday sentenced former Syrian secret service agent Eyad A. to four and a half years in prison on charges of aiding and abetting crimes against humanity. Eyad A., 44, is accused of rounding up people following anti-government demonstrations in the Douma in 2011 and delivering them to a detention center where they were tortured. The verdict in the German city of Koblenz marks the first time a court outside Syria has ruled on state-sponsored torture by the regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad.

2/25/2021

Thousands of anti-government protesters rallied in Georgia on Tuesday after the arrest of opposition leader, Nika Melia, deepening a political crisis that erupted after disputed elections last year. Hundreds of riot police used tear gas against Melia's supporters who were camped out at his United National Movement party's headquarters in the capital Tbilisi before he was arrested in an overnight police raid and placed in pre-trial detention.

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