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Iran condems six social media activists to jail

by Gaiaitalia.com, #Rome     According to panarabic television Al_ Arabyia Iranian regime condemned six social media activists to jail. They were active on two different channels on Telegram and have been condemned by the Revolutionary Court for “propaganda against national security”. The six activists were arrested in March 2017 and their names are: Mr. Keshvari and Mr. Ahmadnia – ...

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HRW, Senegal: Effort to Stem Child Begging Falls Short

by HRW, #Dakar       Tens of thousands of talibé children in Senegal continue to suffer from forced begging and abuse at certain traditional Quranic schools, despite a year-long government program intended to crack down on the practice, Human Rights Watch and the Platform for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (PPDH), a coalition of Senegalese rights groups, said in a report ...

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Gambia: Human Rights Watch says Justice for Jammeh-Era Abuses is Crucial

by Gaiaitalia.com           Human Rights Watch called Gambia’s new government to act and prosecute those responsible for grave crimes committed during the 22-year rule of Yahya Jammeh. Fair trials are crucial for victims and their families and for building respect for the rule of law in the country.     (20th april, 2017)           ...

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HRW, Egypt: Possible Extrajudicial Killings in Sinai

by HRW, Beirut           Egyptian internal security forces waging a campaign in the Sinai Peninsula against an affiliate of the Islamic State may have extrajudicially executed at least four and perhaps as many as 10 men in January 2017, Human Rights Watch reported the last 16th of march. The security forces may have arbitrarily detained and forcibly disappeared ...

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HRW, Syria: Coordinated Chemical Attacks on Aleppo

by Gaiaitalia.com           Syrian government forces conducted coordinated chemical attacks in opposition-controlled parts of Aleppo during the final month of the battle for the city, Human Rights Watch said today.   Through phone and in-person interviews with witnesses and analysis of video footage, photographs, and posts on social media, Human Rights Watch documented government helicopters dropping chlorine ...

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HRW, Iraq: ISIS Bombings Are Crimes Against Humanity

sby HRW         Recent car and suicide bombings claimed by the Islamic State (also known as ISIS) targeting crowded markets and hospitals in Baghdad amount to crimes against humanity, Human Rights Watch said today. The Iraqi authorities should improve its implementation of the law to compensate victims of “military mistakes and terrorist actions” as part of its ...

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HRW: Ethiopia Frees Thousands of Detainees

by HRW       It’s good news that Ethiopia’s government has announced the release of 9,800 people detained for their participation in anti-government protests. But they represent fewer than half of the 24,000 people detained since a countrywide state of emergency began on October 9. And most never should have been arrested. The state of emergency has had catastrophic ...

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Arab Gulf States: Attempts to Silence 140 Characters

by HRW       According to Human Rights Watch “Gulf governments have attempted to silence peaceful critics in response to a wave of online activism in recent years, Human Rights Watch said in an interactive website that began operating today. The governments have responded to online criticism with surveillance, arrests, and other arbitrary punishments. In a nod to Twitter’s ...

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Guinea’s world-famous dance troupe faces uncertain future

by Gaiaitalia.com       According to AFP, Guinea’s main dance company  “Le Ballets Africains” after years of glory touring the globe for sell-out performances, is today ageing and forgotten, struggling to train a new generation of dancers and facing a very uncertain future: “Les Ballets Africains was the biggest cultural institution not just in Guinea but, as their name ...

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South Sudan: Soldiers killed and raped civilians, says Human Rights Watch

by HRW           Soldiers killed and raped civilians and extensively looted civilian property, including humanitarian goods, during and after clashes between government and opposition forces in South Sudan’s capital, Juba, in July, 2016, Human Rights Watch said today. In many cases, government forces appeared to target non-Dinka civilians.   As a result of indiscriminate attacks, including ...

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