Author: Alexa Grunow

UN Investigation: French Airstrike Killed 19 Civilians at Wedding in Mali

On March 30th, the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) concluded its investigation into France’s January 3rd airstrike in Bounti, Mopti Region. The investigation concluded that the airstrike, carried out by Operation Barkhane, had killed at least 22 people in total. Of those fatalities, 19 were civilians.

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Amnesty International Announces Joint Project To Fight Impunity In Mali

On February 4th, Amnesty International announced a new project to fight impunity in Mali. Amnesty International will partner on the project with Lawyers without Borders Canada (ASFC), the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and the Malian Association for Human Rights (AMDH). The European Union (EU) is financing the project,

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Report: “Across-The-Board Violation Of Human Rights” In Kashmir

The Forum for Human Rights in Jammu and Kashmir’s (FHRJK) annual report on the regions’ 11-month lockdown condemned an “across-the-board violation of human rights.”  More specifically, the report highlights the detrimental impact of India’s “draconian” policies on the region’s economy, media, public health, civilian security, and educational access. The territory

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Japan, UNDP Partner With Mozambique On Peace-Promotion Project

On July 10th, the United Nations Development Program and Japan launched a development program to aid “peace, social, cohesion, and conflict prevention” in Mozambique’s Cabo Delgado Province. Coordinating with Mozambique’s Ministry of Interior, the Ministry of State Administration, and police force, the project will focus on “strengthening institutional capacity, sensitization,

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Belarus Faces Human Rights Crackdown Amid “Slipper Revolution”

On July 1st, the Committee to Protect Journalists reported that at least six Belarusian bloggers have been arrested since June 15th for supposedly trying to start a “revolution.”  A week prior, the Belarusian Association of Journalists (BAJ) and national media outlets released a joint statement demanding an end to the

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RSF Calls For Removal Of Jammu And Kashmir’s “Orwellian” New Media Policy

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemned the Jammu and Kashmir’s administration’s new media policy, “Media-Policy 2020,” as “Orwellian” and “prior censorship.” The majority-Muslim union territory—formerly a state with special autonomous status until 2019—has seen substantial unrest in recent years. Notably, on June 21st, three separatist militants were killed in Srinagar, the

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Watchdog Groups: Kenya’s Quarantine Centres Must Improve Conditions

Kenya’s Covid-19 quarantine centres “undermine” occupants’ rights and may facilitate the virus’ spread, according to a joint statement released on May 28th by the Human Rights Watch (HRW), the Kenya Commission on Human Rights (KCHR), and Journalists for Justice. Centres reportedly lack electricity, food, bedding, and cleaning supplies. Moreover, according

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Mozambique Faces Human Rights Crisis From Government And Insurgents

On May 19th the Southern African Development Community (SADC) Troika on Politics, Defense and Security Cooperation met to discuss the “security situation” in Mozambique’s northernmost province, Cabo Delgado. The province faces a shadowy insurgent group, known locally as “al-Shabab” or “Ahlu Sunna Wa-Jama” (ASWJ). The group has committed 350 attacks

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WeChat Uses International Accounts To Advance Censorship In China

Chinese messaging app WeChat monitors international users to strengthen the Chinese censorship system, a new study from the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab found.  The app boasts 1.15 billion users around the world. Previously, content surveillance was thought to only affect users registered in China. However, WeChat analyzes international users’

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Hong Kong Court Of Appeal: Face Mask Ban Partially Upheld

On April 9, the Hong Kong Court of Appeal partially overturned the High Court’s October ruling that the blanket ban on face masks is unconstitutional under Basic Law (the island’s “mini-constitution”). More specifically, the Court found the ban constitutionally sound with regard to unapproved protests. The ruling comes after widespread

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