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International Legal News

Updated: Feb 4, 2019

Weekly Update: 21 JANUARY - 27 JANUARY 2019

The following media round up of international legal and foreign policy issues from around the world for the week of 21 January - 27 January 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.

Egypt: 21January 2019

Egypt sentences TV host to year in prison for interviewing gay man

Mohamed Al-Gheiti, who has spoken out against homosexuality on several occasions, was Sentenced for ‘offence’ which took place last year

Saudi Arabia: 21 January 2019 

Fleeing Saudi Arabia: Asylum seeker numbers triple

According to the UNHCR, the number of Saudi asylum seekers has tripled in 2017 compared with 2012

Yemen: 21 January 2019 

The forgotten: Living with HIV in war-ravaged Yemen

Most Yemenis living with HIV/AIDS face stigma and discrimination, even from their own families

Bangladesh: 22 January 2019 

Indian Police arrest Rohingya group stuck at Bangladesh Border

Fears of deportation to Myanmar has sparked an exodus of Rohingya refugees from across India to Bangladesh.

Pakistan: 22 January 2019

Pashtun Rights Activist Alamzeb Mehsud arrested in Pakistan

Court orders Mehsud be kept in police custody for four days for rioting and inciting hatred at a Karachi rally.

Palestine: 22 January 2019

State of Palestine: Further Information: Activist risks chargers over forced “ Confession” : Suha Jbara

Sudan: 22 January 2019

Sudan: ‘Not guilty’ verdict welcome but torture in prison must be investigated

China: 22 January 2019

China: Human Rights Defender tried in Secret: Huang Qi

Nigeria: 23 January 2019

Nigeria finds more than 20,000 kidnapped girls in Mali

Most of the victims were sold as sex slaves after false promises or kidnapping, Nigeria's anti-trafficking agency said

Iran: 24 January 2019

Iran’s ‘year of shame’: More than 7,000 arrested in chilling crackdown on dissent during 2018

Kenya: 24 January 2019 

Kenya court overturns ruling on wearing hijab in schools

Kenya's Supreme Court said every school has a right to determine its own dress code

Sri Lanka: 24 January 2019 

Sri Lanka: Letter to the Prime Minister on the investigation into the enforced Disappearance of Prageeth Eknaligoda

Zimbabwe: 25 January 2019

Zimbabwe: Security forces must be held accountable for the brutal assault on Human Rights

Thailand: 25 January 2019 

Threats and abuse: Critics fear effect of new Thailand Cyber Law

Despite revisions, critics fear legislation will be used to stifle debate ahead of elections scheduled for March.

India: 25 January 2019 

Canadian honour killing suspects extradited to India

Syria: 25 January 2019

Syria Chased by police, Syrian refugee child falls to death in Beirut

Death of shoe polisher Ahmad Al-Zoubi, 14, in Verdun set off a controversy that has sent shock waves through the city

UK: 25 January 2019 

Queen urges UK to find common ground as Brexit crisis deepens

Monarch's comments seen as an appeal to overcome divisions over the United Kingdom's exit from the European Union.

Bahrain: 25 January 2019

FIFA urges Thai PM to free Bahraini footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi

FIFA Secretary-General calls for 'humane outcome' as concern grows over extradition of detained refugee player

Saudi Arabia: 25 January 2019

Saudi Arabia: Access for independent monitors urgently needed amid more reports of torture of activists

Zimbabwe: 26 January 2019

Children in Zimbabwe assaulted amid fuel price protests

The army denies that soldiers attacked children amid protests against increasing fuel prices last week.

Egypt: 26 January 2019

Why being a journalist in Egypt gets more difficult by the day

Examining President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's government crackdown on the news media, eight years after the Arab Spring

Palestine: 26 January 2019 

The Palestinian home hemmed in by Israel's separation wall

Hani Amer's family struggles with living in a home surrounded by Israel's separation barrier in occupied West Bank

Saudi Arabia: 26 January 2019

Jamal Khashoggi case: All the latest updates

Here are the latest developments related to the Saudi journalist's murder inside the Kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

Pakistan: 27 January 2019 

#JusticeforKhadija: The long road to justice for a student stabbed 23 times

Rohingya: 27 January 2019

Rohingya crisis: UN warns against repatriation

Why the UN says it is still not safe for Rohingya Muslim refugees to return to Myanmar.

Venezuela: 27 January 2019 

Venezuela: All you need to know about the crisis in seven charts

Venezuela: 27 January 2019 

Venezuela Crisis: Maduro given ultimatum by European Leaders

International: 27 January 2019 

International Holocaust Remembrance Day 

Survivor’s stories 

International: 27 January 2019

Auschwitz survivors pay homage as world remembers Holocaust


24 January 2019 “I have a message for you”

Never Forget takes on a Whole New Meaning

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