Cierre de organizaciones y sitios de noticias, allanamientos de oficinas y ataques a periodistas
(Nueva York) - El gobierno del Presidente Daniel Ortega ha iniciado una represión desenfrenada de la prensa libre y de activistas en Nicaragua, señaló hoy Human Rights Watch. El gobierno ha clausurado nueve respetadas organizaciones no gubernamentales y allanado varias de sus oficinas.
As night fell on December 10, people gathered in Brussels’ Grand-Place to celebrate the seventieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Around the Christmas tree in the center, the square had been illuminated blue in support of human rights.
The declaration was read out loud, and the audience occasionally burst into applause.
In the middle of the crowd there was a child looking up toward the City Hall tower from his wheelchair. I wondered what was going on in his mind as the declaration was read out.
Groups, News Sites Shut Down; Raids on Offices; Attacks on Journalists
(New York) – The government of President Daniel Ortega has begun a sweeping crackdown against the free press and activists in Nicaragua, Human Rights Watch said today. The government has shut down nine respected nongovernmental organizations and raided several of their offices.
US Should End Dangerous, Unnecessary Detention of Children and Asylum Seekers
The headline alone made my heart sink. “7-year-old migrant girl taken into Border Patrol custody dies of dehydration, exhaustion.” I felt a wave of deep sadness, but no surprise.
L’arrestation d’un ex-chef des milices est un pas en avant
Directrice adjointe, Programme Justice internationale
Donors, Education Ministry Should Fulfill Promises
(Beirut) - The number of Syrian refugee children enrolled in school in Lebanon has stalled at the same inadequate levels as in the 2017-2018 school year, Human Rights Watch said today.
En 2016, el gobierno colombiano y las Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia (FARC) firmaron un acuerdo de paz que constituye una oportunidad única para frenar los graves abusos y las atrocidades que han caracterizado al conflicto armado interno.
In 2016, the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) signed a peace accord, establishing a landmark opportunity to halt the serious abuses and atrocities that had long accompanied a decades-long armed conflict.
Following a FARC ceasefire starting in mid-2015, conflict-related abuses in Colombia decreased. Homicide rates dipped to the lowest in decades, reports of forced displacement were significantly lower, and levels of a number of other abuses declined as well.
Violence, Abuse; Denied Opportunity to Apply for Asylum
(Budapest) – Croatian police are pushing migrants and asylum seekers back to Bosnia and Herzegovina, in some cases violently, and without giving them the possibility to seek asylum, Human Rights Watch said.
Mali: Dangerous Upsurge in Abuse by Ethnic Militias
Protect Civilians, Disarm ‘Self-Defense’ Groups
Ethnic militias have killed over 200 civilians and burned dozens of villages in communal violence in central Mali during 2018, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Most victims have been ethnic Peuhl villagers targeted by Dogon and Bambara “self-defense groups” for their alleged support of Islamist armed groups linked to Al-Qaeda.
Groups Call for Concrete Steps to Minimize Civilian Harm
Armed Islamist Group Attacking Villages in Cabo Delgado Province
(Johannesburg) – Mozambique security forces have been implicated in serious abuses while fighting an armed Islamist group in the northern province of Cabo Delgado.
Since August 2018, the security forces have allegedly arbitrarily detained, ill-treated, and summarily executed dozens of people they suspected of belonging to an armed Islamist group.
Proposed Law Would Expedite Medical Transfers
Elaine Pearson, Australia Director
Australian members of parliament (MPs) have the chance before year’s end to address one of most egregious impacts of Australia’s harsh border policies by backing a bill to give refugees emergency medical care.
Il faut garantir à Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka un procès équitable et assurer la sécurité des participants dans cette affaire cruciale
Dangerous Bridge from Armed Group Area
(Kyiv) – Older people who need to travel between the Luhansk region of eastern Ukraine and government-controlled areas face arbitrary obstacles, including risks to their health and safety, Human Rights Watch said today.
Ensure Fair Process, Safety of Participants in Crucial Case
(Goma) – The trial of a militia leader for mass rape and other grave crimes is crucial for justice in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka is being prosecuted for crimes against humanity, war crimes, terrorism, and related charges in a trial that began on November 27, 2018 in the eastern city of Goma.
On November 26, the Ukrainian parliament voted in favor of enforcing the declaration of martial law in Ukraine’s 10 regions that border Russia, including Russia-occupied Crimea and parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions in eastern Ukraine controlled by Russia-backed armed groups.
Israel: Airbnb to End Settlement Rentals
Booking.com, Other Global Tourism Companies Should Follow Suit
(Jerusalem) – The decision by Airbnb to stop listing properties in unlawful Israeli settlements in the occupied West Bank is a positive step that other global tourism companies should follow, Human Rights Watch and Kerem Navot said in issuing a report today about the activities of Airbnb and Booking.com in settlements.
Mainland Space Shortage Bars Transfer of Vulnerable People
(Brussels) – The already dire conditions in the overcrowded Moria camp for asylum seekers on the Greek island of Lesbos may deteriorate into a full-blown humanitarian disaster as winter approaches unless urgent action is taken, Human Rights Watch said today.