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Updated: Feb 25, 2019

Weekly Update: 11 February - 17 February 2019


The following media round up of international legal and foreign policy issues from around the world for the week of 11 February - 17 February 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.


Lebanon: 11 February 2019

Lebanon: New cabinet must prioritize human rights

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2019/02/lebanon-new-cabinet-must-prioritize-human-rights/


Cambodia: 11 February 2019

Cambodia: A group of NGOs expresses support for the govt. and National Assembly to pass Access to Information Law

https://www.business-humanrights.org/en/cambodia-a-group-of-ngos-expresses-support-for-the-govt-and-national-assembly-to-pass-access-to-information-law


Spain: 12 February 2019

Catalan separatists go on trial in Spain

In 'trial of the century', 12 separatists face up to 25 years in jail for the failed Catalonia independence bid in 2017.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/catalan-separatists-trial-spain-190212132150099.html


Thailand: 12 February 2019

'A victory!': Jubilation as freed footballer returns to Australia

Hakeem al-Araibi released from Thailand detention after international campaign on risks of his extradition to Bahrain.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/victory-joy-freed-footballer-set-australia-return-190212010457317.html


Myanmar: 12 February 2019

Myanmar: Expert says violence and arrests of Karenni protesters must stop

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=24160&LangID=E


Thailand: 13 February 2019

Politically Motivated Arrest of Philippine Journalist

Criminal Libel Case is Latest Attack on Maria Ressa, Rappler

https://www.hrw.org/news/2019/02/13/politically-motivated-arrest-philippine-journalist

Rohingya: 13 February 2019

Bangladesh proposes safe zone in Myanmar for Rohingya refugees

Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen calls on Russia, China and India to help Dhaka in tackling the Rohingya refugee crisis.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/bangladesh-proposes-safe-zone-myanmar-rohingya-refugees-190213100737893.html


Australia: 13 February 2019

'It never ends': Trauma of Australia's 'stolen' children

On the 11th anniversary of Australia's apology to the 'Stolen Generations', two survivors reflect on their experiences.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/ends-trauma-australia-stolen-children-190212225935207.html


Turkey:13 February 2019

IBAHRI condemns persecution of human rights lawyer Ramazan Demir in Turkey

https://www.ibanet.org/Article/NewDetail.aspx?ArticleUid=f61c45b8-38d6-4615-8509-e687ae4750ad


Maldives: 13 February 2019

Former Maldives President Yameen charged with money laundering

Criminal charges relate to claims Abdulla Yameen received $1m of government money into his private account

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/maldives-president-yameen-charged-money-laundering-190213091139578.html


Mexico: 14 February 2019

How Mexico processed El Chapo's conviction

How Mexico is reacting to the conviction of drug kingpin 'El Chapo' after a trial that captured the world's attention.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/mexico-processed-el-chapos-conviction-190214102123699.html


Saudi Arabia: 14 February 2019

EU adds Saudi Arabia to 'dirty money' blacklist

European Commission broadens list of nations falling short in thwarting financing of terrorism and organised crimes

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/eu-adds-saudi-arabia-dirty-money-blacklist-190213145625044.html


Saudi Arabia: 14 February 2019

Saudi Arabia's Jubeir condemns Iran for willingness to plot assassinations

'They have no problem assassinating diplomats... We don't do this,' Saudi minister says

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/saudi-arabias-jubeir-condemns-iran-willingness-plot-assassinations


Myanmar: 15 February 2019

Myanmar court sentences two to death for Muslim lawyer's murder

Yangon court sentences two men to death for the 2017 murder of Ko Ni, an aide to Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/myanmar-court-sentences-death-ko-ni-murder-190215062753418.html


South Sudan: 15 February 2019

South Sudan: Brutal sexual violence persists in northern Unity region – UN report

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/media.aspx?IsMediaPage=true


Ghana: 15 February 2019

UN experts urge Ghana to ensure justice for murdered journalist Ahmed Hussein-Suale Divela

https://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=24173&LangID=E


UK: 15 February 2019

Freedom of expression: UK libel regime failing abuse victims

https://www.ibanet.org/Article/NewDetail.aspx?ArticleUid=07565660-1393-4528-a4c0-5bdc973f8b7c


Libya: 16 February 2019

ICC Prosecutor keen on pursuing legal action against all Libyan fugitives

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/icc-prosecutor-keen-pursuing-legal-action-against-all-libyan-fugitives

Kashmir: 16 February 2019

Use of pellet guns violation of human rights: Korean professors

https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/432803-use-of-pellet-guns-violation-of-human-rights-korean-professors


Saudi Arabia: 16 February 2019

Khashoggi's remains may have been burned in well: Report

Security camera footage shows the remains being carried inside the consul general's residence, where the well is located

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2019/02/khashoggis-remains-burned-well-report-190216143739496.html


Syria: 17 February 2019

The English Voice of ISIS Comes Out of the Shadows

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/17/world/middleeast/isis-islamic-state-narrator.html


Yemen: 17 February 2019

Land Mines Block Saudi- Led Assault in Yemen, Killing Civilians.

Hundreds of thousands of land mines have stymied the Saudi-led forces in Yemen, and could pose a danger to civilians for decades to come.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/17/world/middleeast/mines-saudi-yemen-houthi.html


Libya: 17 February 2019

Libya's PC accuses Haftar of using "war on terrorism" as a means to political ends

https://www.libyaobserver.ly/news/libyas-pc-accuses-haftar-using-war-terrorism-means-political-ends


Saudi Arabia: 17 February 2019

Human rights groups call on Apple and Google to review Saudi app that can track women

https://www.denverpost.com/2019/02/17/human-rights-groups-call-on-apple-and-google-to-review-saudi-app-that-can-track-women/

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