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Daily news – February 8, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Astana Times, Atlantic Council, Brookings, Bruegel, Chatham House, CSIS, Defense News, Defense One, East Asia Forum, Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Global Times, Human Rights Watch, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Nextgov, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, StartMagazine, The Jamestown Foundation, Vatican  AFGHANISTAN – USA Where are the detailed Pentagon reports like […]

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Daily news – February 5, 2022

AFRICA African Union: Focus on Rights, Justice at Summit. Human Rights Watch: President Macky Sall of Senegal should ensure that civilian protection, human rights, and justice and accountability are the focus of the African Union’s agenda as he takes over leadership of the 55-country body, Human Rights Watch said today. The African Union (AU) summit is […]

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Discrimination holds back religious minority children (Andreas Harsono, Human Rights Watch)

In December 2021, I had the chance to talk with a bright 14-year-old girl named Maria Tunbonat, a fifth-grader in a state school in Tarakan, North Kalimantan. Her father, Ayub, also joined the video call as we spoke about her school and her hobbies. Discrimination holds back religious minority children | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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How Democracy Can Defeat Autocracy (Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch)

The conventional wisdom these days is that autocracy is ascendant and democracy is on the decline. But the superficial appeal of the rise-of-autocracy thesis belies a more complex reality—and a bleaker future for autocrats. As people see that unaccountable rulers prioritize their own interests over the public’s, the popular demand for rights-respecting democracy remains strong. […]

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German Court Orders Protection of People with Disabilities in Triage Decisions (Jonas Bull, Human Rights Watch)

In a December 2021 ruling, Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court ordered lawmakers to protect people with disabilities against discrimination during medical triage decisions. Nine people with disabilities had filed a complaint with the court in June 2020 alleging that the absence of federal guidance on triage decisions left people with disabilities at risk of discrimination. The complaint related specifically to […]

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Kazakhstan: Protect Human Rights During Crisis (Human Rights Watch)

Kazakhstan authorities have failed to prioritize protecting human rights during the country’s current crisis, and should urgently cancel any order to shoot to kill without warning and uphold the rights of those in detention, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2022. Kazakhstan: Protect Human Rights During Crisis | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Russia: Repression Escalates (Human Rights Watch)

Russian authorities unleashed a full-fledged witch hunt on civic groups, independent media and journalists, political opposition and other critics in the run-up to the parliamentary election in September 2021, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2022. Russia: Repression Escalates | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Belarus: Civil Society ‘Purge’ (Human Rights Watch)

Belarusian authorities unleashed an unprecedented crackdown against civil society following peaceful countrywide protests in spring and summer 2020, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2022. Belarus: Civil Society ‘Purge’ | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Latin America: Alarming Reversal of Basic Freedoms (Human Rights Watch)

Latin America is facing some of its gravest human rights challenges in decades, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2022. “Latin America is experiencing such an alarming reversal of basic freedoms that we now have to defend democratic spaces that we once took for granted,” said Tamara Taraciuk Broner, Americas acting director at […]

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Bahrain: Repression Marks Uprising Anniversary (Human Rights Watch)

Bahraini activists commemorated the tenth anniversary of the 2011 pro-democracy uprisings amid heavy repression, including the arrest and torture of children, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2022. Independent media and prominent opposition groups remained outlawed. Bahrain: Repression Marks Uprising Anniversary | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Lebanon: Callous Disregard for Rights (Human Rights Watch)

The corrupt and incompetent Lebanese authorities have deliberately plunged the country into one of the worst economic crises in modern times, demonstrating a callous disregard for the rights of the population, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2022. Lebanon: Callous Disregard for Rights | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)

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Iraq: Impunity for Serious Abuses (Human Rights Watch)

The Iraqi government failed in 2021 to deliver on promises to hold to account those responsible for the abuse of protesters, activists, journalists, and critics of political elites and the Popular Mobilization Forces, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2022. Iraq: Impunity for Serious Abuses | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)