The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has decided to prioritize the case of the jailed journalists and executives of Turkish daily newspaper Cumhuriyet, stating that it will investigate the case “as soon as possible”. Previously, the court had made the same decision about jailed Turkish journalists Ahmet Altan, Mehmet Altan, Atilla Taş and Murat Aksoy. The indictment into daily Cumhuriyet columnists and executives was completed on April 4, nearly five months after the investigation was launched, with the prosecutor seeking jail sentences for all 19 suspects.
The Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) had killed three Islamic State terrorists after clashes northern of Tabqa district. Sources confirmed that intense clashes between the SDF and ISIS resulted in killing three terrorists as well for destroying their cars. Hundreds of civilians fled on Thursday from the Syrian city of alTabqa, which is still held by the Islamic State terror organization, amid intense fighting between the ISIS and SDF. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that hundreds of families left al-Tabqa and its surrounding areas and headed to the SDF-held area of al-Suidia Kabira, located to the north of al-Tabqa Dam.
The court in Strasbourg has recognized Hungary guilty of illegally restraining two asylum seekers from Bangladesh in a transit area on the border with Serbia. This decision could have an impact on Hungarian policy on migrants which provides for the automatic detention in the camps for all asylum seekers.
The UN’s human rights chief has described the Syrian conflict as the “worst man-made disaster since World War II,” citing widespread torture and a “tidal wave of bloodshed and atrocity.” “Today, in a sense the entire country has become a torture chamber: a place of savage horror and absolute injustice”, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights ZeidRa’ad al-Hussein said in a statement on March 14. He called for the release of tens of thousands of prisoners being held by the warring sides in Syria and said that bringing the perpetrators of crimes, including torture, to justice was necessary for reaching a lasting peace. Zeid also said efforts to end “this senseless carnage” had been repeatedly vetoed, an apparent reference to Russia and China’s steps to protect President Bashar al-Assad by blocking Western-backed UN Security Council resolutions.
The United-Kingdom is in front of controverts since a report published on Friday, the UK’s Independent Commission for Aid Impact has criticized the application of the ₤10m delivered to Libya to manage migrants. The Commission, mentioned before, accused the government to have given the money without thinking to Human Rights. The report is also questioning about the philosophy of this policy. Indeed, in one hand, with this program, the UK avoid the deaths of number libyans, but in an other hand, the report ask if its not a deny of asylum right. Furthermore, this create the risk to harm refugees, forcing them to go in refugees’ camps, where as seen in a lot of report, exist daily violences.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ra’adZeid al Hussein, requested the release of all political prisoners held by the Venezuelan government, in fact, Hussein said that he continues to receive reports about arbitrary arrests and intimidation directed against the oppositions leaders by the central government. Hussein said he was also deeply concerned about the serious deficiencies in the field of human rights, that would be one of the causes of mass emigration that Venezuela recently suffering.
In a statement by the spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Shamdasani, 1476 Yemeni children were reported to have been recruited by Yemen’s warrying parties in particular by Shiite Houthi rebels between March 2015 and January 2017. The number of children is probably higher because many parents are not willing to talk about the recruitment of their children for fear of reprisals. The spokesperson also reminded all parties to the conflict that the recruitment and use of children in armed conflict is strictly forbidden by international human rights law and international humanitarian law and added recruitment of children under 15 is a war crime.
The Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) will apply to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) if all legal avenues are exhausted in Turkey regarding their arrested deputies. The Kurdish issue-focused party appealed for the release of 10 of its lawmakers arrested on “terror” charges on Nov. 4, including its co-chairs.