• Bangkok, January 26, 2017--Vietnamese authorities should unconditionally release videographer Nguyen Van Hoa and blogger Tran Thi Nga, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

    "Vietnam should stop treating journalists like criminals," said Shawn Crispin, CPJ's senior Southeast Asia representative. "Nguyen Van Hoa and Tran Thi Nga should be freed immediately, and without charge."

  • This week a man died in a UK Immigration Detention Centre. He leaves his partner and a baby born on the day of his death behind. It is the third death in UK immigration detention in five weeks. Since 2000, 39 people have died in or just after being released from detention centres.

     

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  • Kampala, 25 January 2017 – ASF releases two publications on reparations for victims of mass crimes in Uganda. They aim at assisting all stakeholders dealing with reparations in the country and, particularly, victims, their counsels and the judges of the International Crimes Division. They will also give a new kick-start to the transitional justice process.

  • Nigel Rodley’s outstanding achievement, earning him a place in history, was to be an architect of the process leading to the international treaty which establishes acts of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment as crimes under international law. He was also a kind and modest man who cared intensely about individuals’ human rights and whose commitment, humanity and sincerity inspired the deep respect and lasting affection of his colleagues.

  • International Partnership for Human Rights (IPHR) deeply regrets the failure to ensure justice for human rights defender Azimjan Askarov in Kyrgyzstan. At the retrial against the defender that ended today, the court upheld his conviction on all counts and his life sentence, which was handed down following a flawed 2010 investigation and trial.

  • We are deeply saddened by the death of Ramon Casha, chair of the Malta Humanist Association, and a campaigner of terrific energy, scope and commitment. Ramon, 47, died yesterday (Sunday 22 January) from medical complications arising from a road accident which occurred in July 2016.

  • On 16 January 2017, the ICJ with other civil society organizations submitted a third-party intervention in the case of E.S. v. Spain before the European Court of Human Rights.

     

  • On 18 January 2017, Kazakhstan’s National Security Committee (KNB) arrested and charged Teymur Akhmedov (age 61) and Asaf Guliyev (age 43) under Article 174 (2) of the Criminal Code of Kazakhstan.

    Both men were targeted because they are Jehovah’s Witnesses. They are unjustly accused of “inciting religious discord” and “advocating [religious] superiority.” They face 5 to 10 years imprisonment.

  • (Rangoon) – Burma’s government should act to end the prosecution of peaceful critics in violation of their right to free speech, Human Rights Watch said today. The National League for Democracy (NLD)-led government should seek to amend or repeal laws that criminalize nonviolent speech.

  • Rex Tillerson will almost certainly be the next Secretary of State. During his confirmation hearing, he was grilled on Russia: on sanctions, its interference in the U.S. election, its war crimes in Syria, and aggression in Ukraine.

  • FRONT ROYAL, Virginia – January 24, 2017 – Human Life International’s Dr.

  •  Leaders of the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) expressed disappointment over President Trump’s signing of an memorandum advancing the Dakota Access Pipeline, the construction of which threatens sacred sites of Native Americans.

  • As students left for holiday break, across the world the United Nations warned of a looming genocide in South Sudan. Enough Project Founding Director John Prendergast observed:

  • Shareholders of the UK-based platinum mining giant Lonmin Plc must ask what steps the company is taking to improve the appalling conditions in which it houses its workers, and which contributed to a labour dispute that left 34 striking miners dead in 2012, Amnesty International said today ahead of Lonmin’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on 26 January in London.

  • Jaya Luintel sits cross-legged with thirty other Nepali women, forming a circle that curls around the office in the mid-west part of Nepal.

  • On 17th January, an article entitled “Even Stalin could not eliminate Jehovah’s Witnesses” was published by Anton Bykov on the website of Open Russia (https://openrussia.org/notes/705489/) and translated by Russia Religion News (Stetson University):

  • Widows in Zimbabwe are routinely evicted from their homes and land, and their property is stolen by in-laws when their husbands die, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. The government of Zimbabwe should urgently take steps to protect widows from this practice.

  • Human Rights Foundation (HRF) condemns the arrest of Thai activist Jatupat Boonpattararaksa. Jatupat was arrested on December 3, 2016, and charged with violating Thai Penal Code Article 112, also known as the royal defamation or lèse majesté provision.

  • Washington, D.C.—In response to the Senate’s confirmation of Rep. Mike Pompeo to serve as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Human Rights First’s Raha Wala has issued the following statement:

  • On January 18, the Enough Project co-hosted an event with the Atlantic Council titled “DRC's CENCO Agreement: A Foundation for Real Political Transition?” An 11th-hour deal signed on New Years Eve in Congo which on paper precludes President Joseph Kabila from running for a third term and commits the country to holding elections in 2017.

  • On January 20th 2017, while the United States watched the swearing in of one its most controversial and oppressive presidents ever elected, the Maya people of Southern Belize  swore in new leadership under their traditional governance system, recognized under both Maya cultural authority and the State of Belize.  The following statement was released by the Maya Leaders Alliance.  The alcaldes were elected in a peaceful process by 39 villages.

  • A month after your inauguration as Uzbekistan's second president, we at the Committee to Protect Journalists are writing to urge you to reverse the repressive media policies of your predecessor, the late President Islam Karimov, and to dismantle damaging restrictions on the work of journalists in the country.

  • The former Gambian president agreed this weekend to the West African country's first peaceful regime change after holding power for over two decades. For many, the success of the agreement will now depend on whether victims of human rights violations over the past twenty plus years will have access to transitional justice.

  • The next head of the African Union (AU) Commission must place human rights at the centre of the organization’s operations, said Amnesty International as leaders of the 54-member body prepare to elect a new chairperson at a summit in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa.

  • Governor Nikki Haley, President Trump’s nominee for U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, expressed concern for refugees during her Senate confirmation hearing this Wednesday, noting the dangers facing Afghans who worked as translators with her husband and other U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan. However, Haley clearly lacked full information on the rigorous U.S. process for vetting refugees for resettlement.

  • Thank you for your continued prayers for our mission! After a very successful week in Kenya, Dr. Brian Clowes and I have arrived in France, and after some fruitful meetings with pro-lifers from over 12 countries, tomorrow we expect to march with about 40,000 in the streets of Paris in defense of innocent life. God is so good.

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  • As thousands march today in Washington, Free the Slaves stands arm-in-arm with activists in the social justice movement who are calling for America’s elected officials to maintain U.S. leadership in safeguarding human rights. Free the Slaves belongs to many policy and programmatic coalitions that address the many forms of inequality and marginalization that allow slavery to exist in modern times.

  • Two Muslims jailed for attending meetings in Turkmenabad died in top-security Ovadan-Depe prison. At least one had been beaten there. Relatives were ordered not to reveal the state of their bodies, but one weighed only 25 kilogrammes. Interior Ministry officials refused to say if their deaths were investigated.

  • On January 18, the Enough Project co-hosted an event with the Atlantic Council titled “DRC's CENCO Agreement: A Foundation for Real Political Transition?” An 11th-hour deal signed on New Years Eve in Congo which on paper precludes President Joseph Kabila from running for a third term and commits the country to holding elections in 2017.

  • Today the Committee to Protect published a blog post detailing increased online harassment to journalists in the United States. Trolling and online abuse of journalists and bloggers, however, is a global threat. At a time when use of Twitter, Facebook and other social media platforms are a job requirement for media workers, trolls have become a serious occupational hazard.

  • LUBUMBASHI — The Carter Center urges the government of Democratic Republic of the Congo to release the contract for the transfer of Congo’s most productive copper mining joint venture, Tenke Fungurume Mining (TFM), to new investors. The Center also calls on the government and the divestors, New York-listed Freeport McMoRan Inc.

  • In a corner of a cavernous abandoned warehouse in Belgrade, 11-year-old Ahmed is huddled around a small fire with four other boys. They are boiling potatoes, a meager meal that is likely to be the only food that they will eat today. Outside, the city is blanketed in snow.

    Despite the morning sunshine that streams though the glassless windows, forming translucent beams in the smoke-filled air, the temperature outside is minus ten degrees. Inside it is not much warmer.

  • (Washington) – Donald Trump takes office today having vowed to enact policies that would threaten rights at home and abroad if actually implemented, Human Rights Watch said today. Human rights advocates, elected officials, and members of the public should press the new United States president to abandon those proposals and should call out government actions that violate rights.

  • Washington, D.C.—As President Obama prepares to leave office, Human Rights First today praised the transfer of four Guantanamo detainees today, and urges the incoming Trump Administration to continue the policy of working to close Guantanamo, which started under President Bush and continued through President Obama’s second term.

  • News has broken that Paul Ehrlich, a thoroughly discredited scientist and advocate of gross injustices against the poor, has been invited to speak at a Vatican conference in late February hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.

  •  Today marks the 27th anniversary of the exile of the Hindu Kashmiri Pandit community from the Valley of Kashmir. The event was the culmination of a multi-year ethnic cleansing of Kashmir by a Pakistan-sponsored insurgency in order to change the Indian state’s demographics. Between 1989 and 1991, over 95% of the Valley’s indigenous Hindu population was forced out through a targeted campaign of killings, rapes, threats, and destruction of property and religious sites.

  • An ECOWAS-led military intervention appears imminent in The Gambia. Following the country’s 1 December election, which opposition leader Adama Barrow won, current President Yahya Jammeh’s 22-year rule is scheduled to come to an end at midnight tonight. Yesterday, 17 January, President Jammeh declared a state of emergency, making all demonstrations illegal and curtailing other civil liberties.

  • President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit Session One on “Investing in Africa’s Future,” at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on August 6, 2014.

     

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  • At the edges of the dark, shifting and murky pools of modern slavery are growing glimmers of liberation – and there is no more powerful source of freedom’s light than American tenacity.

    A profound moral test for the incoming administration will be sustaining U.S. leadership in the struggle against human trafficking. Human trafficking is slavery. Those in slavery are ruthlessly exploited.