UN warns of potential genocide in South Sudan, urges arms embargo
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EU expresses regret at Russia’s withdrawal from ICC
“We regret the Russian Federation’s decision to withdraw its signature and not to become a party to the Rome Statute.”
IOM: More than 340 migrants died in Mediterranean in past 48 hours
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Rights group says mass grave near Mosul contains 300 beheaded police officers
“Islamic State should be held accountable for these crimes against humanity.”
Russia starts blocking LinkedIn website after court ruling
Russia said the order came to ensure the company complied with a court ruling that found it guilty of violating data laws.
Philippines’ Duterte may withdraw from ‘useless’ ICC
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Kenya extends deadline for Dadaab camp closure by 6 months
Dadaab camp houses more than 260,000 Somalis.
South African opposition challenges ICC withdrawal in High Court
Mr. Maimane claimed it is unconstitutional for the country to withdraw from the ICC without the parliament debating the matter.
Turkish leader Erdogan plans constitution change to govern till 2029
A presidential election would then be held, as scheduled, when his term expires in 2019.
Russia withdraws from International Criminal Court
In his decree, Mr. Putin ordered Russia’s Foreign Ministry to inform the UN of his decision.
Gambia detains three journalists – HRW
Abstract: Media freedom crucial prior to December 1 election, HRW said
(Nairobi, November 16, 2016) – Gambian authorities arbitrarily detained three journalists just days before the November 16 start of the two-week presidential election campaign, Human Rights Watch said today.
The authorities should appropriately charge or release the journalists and ensure that Gambian and international media can operate without fear of harassment or arbitrary arrest.
On November 8, officials from Gambia’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA) arrested the director-general of Gambia’s state television and radio broadcaster, Momodou Sabally, along with his colleague, Bakary Fatty. NIA officers arrested Alhagie Manka, an independent photojournalist, on November 10.
All three have yet to appear in court, in violation of Gambian law.
“The Gambian government’s arrest of three journalists before the start of the presidential election campaign could have a chilling effect on the media’s ability to fairly cover the election,” said Babatunde Olugboji, deputy program director at Human Rights Watch. “Intimidation and threats against the media need to stop for voters to be able to make informed decisions.”
The December 1 presidential election will mark the fifth time that incumbent President Yayha Jammeh has sought a new five-year term since coming to power in a 1994 coup. Human Rights Watch raised concerns about the fairness of the election in a November 2 report.
Local activists told Human Rights Watch that Gambia Radio and Television Services employees believe that Sabally was arrested because the station broadcast video footage of an opposition candidate’s nomination at the time when the station was scheduled to cover an agricultural initiative led by the first lady, Zineb Jammeh. Fatty, a reporter at the station, was arrested at the station’s headquarters on the same day as Sabally.
Gambian journalists reported that NIA officers arrested Manka on November 10, in a suburb of Banjul, the capital. None of the three detained journalists have appeared before a judge, despite a provision in the Gambian constitution requiring that anyone arrested or detained be brought to court within 72 hours.
During the two-week election campaign, Gambia’s Independent Election Commission grants all parties the right to equal airtime on state television and radio. Several Gambian journalists told Human Rights Watch that they were concerned that the arrests would discourage the state broadcaster from ensuring fair and impartial coverage of opposition parties during the election campaign.
Gambia’s election campaign began with 30 opposition supporters, including the leader of the United Democratic Party, the largest opposition party, serving three-year prison terms for their role in peaceful protests in April. Another 14 opposition activists are on trial in relation to a May 9 protest. Omar Malleh Jabang, a businessman and opposition supporter, was arrested and detained on November 10, and has since been held incommunicado without charge. An opposition leader told Human Rights Watch that Jabang had been providing financial and material support to opposition parties.
“Fair elections are only possible if all candidates and parties can freely campaign and journalists can report freely,” Olugboji said. “The Gambian government and security forces need to allow everyone to make their voices heard during the election campaign.”
New shipwreck off Libya, 15 rescued, dozens feared dead
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ECOWAS Parliament seeks end to piracy in Gulf of Guinea
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21 aid workers abducted from UN compound in South Sudan
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ECOWAS, WAAPP set to improve agricultural production in member states
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Russia’s Economy Minister detained for alleged bribery
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Thousands flee homes as earthquake strikes New Zealand
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