Monthly Archives: November 2020

Changes to education policy ‘endanger’ linguistic diversity in Inner Mongolia

This statement was originally published on pen-international.org on 24 November 2020. PEN International is concerned over recent education reforms in Inner Mongolia, which seek to prioritise instruction through Mandarin Chinese at the expense of the Mongolian language, a key marker of ethnic Mongolian identity in the region. In Inner Mongolia, an autonomous region within the

Egypt: Human rights workers arrested for meeting Western diplomats must be released

This statement was originally published on cihrs.org on 25 November 2020. The Egyptian authorities’ abuse of veteran human rights defender Gasser Abdel Razek, Executive Director of the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights (EIPR), is condemned by the undersigned human rights organizations. Gasser’s arrest and punitive treatment in prison is in apparent retaliation by the government

Turkey: Authorities continue to target Mezopotamya News Agency, detain journalist

This statement was originally published on cpj.org on 24 November 2020. Turkish authorities should stop harassing journalists working at the Mezopotamya News Agency, immediately release reporter Dindar Karataş, and return any equipment confiscated from the outlet, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. This morning, police officers in the eastern city of Van arrested Karataş

Free expression and the Internet are key to combating violence against women

This statement was originally published on article19.org on 25 November 2020. The effort to eliminate violence against women is a constant, every-day, around-the-clock undertaking. However, this International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women is particular in that it is occurring in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Alarmingly, there is a concurrent pandemic of

African CSOs call for urgent reforms to EU aid

This statement was originally published on cipesa.org on 18 November 2020. Open letter The increasing involvement of foreign entities in undermining democracy and respect for human rights in the digital sphere in Africa is widely documented. Whereas these schemes have mostly been attributed to spyware vendors and data analytics firms, recent disclosures have implicated the

Nigerian journalists share tales of trauma

This statement was originally published on mfwa.org on 20 November 2020. Founded in 2002, Boko Haram was culled from the words “book haram” and interpreted to mean “Western education is a sin or forbidden.” Its founder, Mohammed Yusuf, sought the “purification” of Islam in the northern region of Nigeria comprising 19 states. The region is

The critical issues of Burkina Faso’s 2020 election

This statement was originally published on mfwa.org on 21 November 2020. On Sunday November 22, 2020, Burkinabés will be going to the polls in presidential and legislative elections. This will be the country’s second elections since a popular uprising in 2014 toppled its long-standing dictator Blaise Compaoré. The highly anticipated election comes as the country

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