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International Legal News

Weekly update: 31 May - 11 June

The following media round up of international legal and foreign policy issues from around the world for the week of 31 May - 11 June 2019.

The Guernica Group will provide weekly media updates from the International Criminal Court, European Court of Human Rights, United Nations, European Union and other sources. Should you wish to contribute or submit a media summary, opinion piece or blog, please send to Nenad Vucijak for consideration.

Brazil: 10 May 2019

An analysis of data released under Freedom of Information request reveals that courts have been slow to implement new legal protections for mothers and pregnant women, in some cases ignoring them entirely.

EL Salvador: 31 May 2019

The Salvadoran Congress are called upon to comply with the ruling of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ordering them to suspend consideration of a “transitional justice” bill.

Chile: 5 June 2019

Chile’s ‘Clean Air’ ruling offers hope on World Environmental Day. Landmark ruling confirms constitutional right to a healthy environment.

Honduras: 6 June 2019

The total ban in Honduras on abortion in all circumstances puts women and girls in danger and violates their rights, states Human Rights Watch. Abortion is illegal in all circumstances, including rape and incest, when a woman’s life is in danger, and when the fetus will not survive outside the womb.

Phillipines: 10th June 2019

UN rights experts called on the UN to enact an independent investigation into human rights violations in the Philippines, citing an increase of unlawful killings and attacks on individuals and institutions defending human rights. The report directly addresses the President of the Phillippines, Rodrigo Duterte for publicly intimidating human rights defenders, UN Special Rapporteurs, and Supreme Court Judges.

Nicaragua: 11th June 2019

Nicaragua has released dozen of political prisoners under a new law that frees people arrested amid a year of anti-government protests. Fifty prisoners jailed for their role in anti-government protests were released alongside two journalists.

USA: 11 June 2019

Testimony before US Concress on Ortega’s crackdown in Nicaragua

Cambodia: 9 June 2019

Human Rights Watch states that holding an Asian media meeting Cambodia makes a mockery of freedom of expression and press freedom and urges summit participants to publicly call for an end to Cambodian government suppression of the print and electronic media.

Egypt: 28 May 2019

Egyptian forces and militants in the Sinai are responsible for crimes against humanity. The Egyptian government is accused of carrying out enforced disappearances, killings, tortures and other illegal acts.

Kazakhstan: 6th June 2019

Censorship of the media reaches new heights with the passing of a new Media Law.

Senegal: 11 June 2019

A 71-page report is published by Human Rights Watch and the Platform for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights stating that severe abuse, exploitation and neglect of talibés children is continuing at an alarming rate in Quarnic schools.

Sudan: 11 June 2019

The United Nations Security Council is called upon to halt the withdrawal of the UN- African peacekeeping mission from Darfur in view of the political instability in Sudan and continuing insecurity for civilians.

Uzbekistan: 11 June 2019

Uzbekistan authorities are called upon to immediately release retired Uzbek diplomat, Kadyr Yusupov, who has been detained in a pre-trial detention facility since December 2018.


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