August 1st, 2012

Angola: Stop Stifling Free Speech

Posted on 01 Aug 2012 at 4:40pm

Halt Abuses and Undertake Key Reforms Before Elections

(Johannesburg) –The Angolan government is responsible for numerous incidents of political violence, intimidation of protesters, and crackdowns on peaceful demonstrations that might have a negative impact on the August 31, 2012 parliamentary elections, Human Rights said in a report released today. The government should end its crackdown on peaceful protests and the media with the start of the election campaign on August 1.

The 13-page report, “Angola’s Upcoming Elections: Attacks on the Media, Expression, and Assembly,” describes increasing incidents of political violence and intimidation. Human Rights Watch called on the government of Angola to promptly address these concerns, and urged the Southern African…

Africa: Clinton Should Urge Leaders to Address Abuse

Posted on 01 Aug 2012 at 9:12am

For 6-Nation Visit, Government Secrecy, Excessive Use of Force Should Top Agenda

(Washington, DC) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her trip to Africa should promote freedom of expression and association and encourage countries to address police and security force abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a public letter today. Secretary Clinton is scheduled to visit Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, and South Africa between July 31 and August 10, 2012.

“While some of the countries on Secretary Clinton’s agenda engage in serious human rights violations, others have made notable progress in promoting transparency and accountability,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Human rights protection is…

Africa: Clinton Should Urge Leaders to Address Abuse

Posted on 01 Aug 2012 at 9:12am

For 6-Nation Visit, Government Secrecy, Excessive Use of Force Should Top Agenda

(Washington, DC) – Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on her trip to Africa should promote freedom of expression and association and encourage countries to address police and security force abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a public letter today. Secretary Clinton is scheduled to visit Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi, and South Africa between July 31 and August 10, 2012.

“While some of the countries on Secretary Clinton’s agenda engage in serious human rights violations, others have made notable progress in promoting transparency and accountability,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “Human rights protection is…

Jordan: Government Clamps Down on Civil Society

Posted on 01 Aug 2012 at 9:09am

Decision to Block a Group’s Funding Sends Chilling Message

(Beirut) – Jordan’s government is violating the right to freedom of association by denying, without explanation, a civil society organization permission to accept foreign funding, Human Rights Watch said today. The cabinet’s June 27, 2012 decision against Tamkeen, a Jordanian legal assistance group, is the first denial of foreign funding that has come to Human Rights Watch’s attention since the cabinet-level review provision became law in 2009.

Tamkeen has carried out groundbreaking work in Jordan over the past four years, providing free legal advice to migrant workers, in particular Asian domestic workers and Egyptian agricultural workers.

“Jordan’s talk of greater transparency and reform…

Jordan: Government Clamps Down on Civil Society

Posted on 01 Aug 2012 at 9:09am

Decision to Block a Group’s Funding Sends Chilling Message

(Beirut) – Jordan’s government is violating the right to freedom of association by denying, without explanation, a civil society organization permission to accept foreign funding, Human Rights Watch said today. The cabinet’s June 27, 2012 decision against Tamkeen, a Jordanian legal assistance group, is the first denial of foreign funding that has come to Human Rights Watch’s attention since the cabinet-level review provision became law in 2009.

Tamkeen has carried out groundbreaking work in Jordan over the past four years, providing free legal advice to migrant workers, in particular Asian domestic workers and Egyptian agricultural workers.

“Jordan’s talk of greater transparency and reform…

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