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Human rights trends - 2008

Image: Opposition leader arrested, leading HR defender beaten in Ethiopia

Opposition leader arrested, leading HR defender beaten in Ethiopia

While Judge Birtukan Mideksa, right, leader of Unity for Democracy and Justice (UDJ) / Andinet, the strongest opposition party, was arrested, Professor Mesfin Woldemariam, one of the most senior human rights activists in the country, was beaten by security forces today. Independent activists and human rights organisations alike have condemned the Ethiopian government's acts, demanding the immediate and unconditional release of Mideksa, and all other prisoners of conscience in the country. 29 Dec 2008 »

Image: Somalia: A precarious place for the press

Somalia: A precarious place for the press

In 2008, the life and livelihood of Somali journalists have once again been in danger. Attacks to kill, hurt, harass and silence journalists have been persistent throughout the year, according to the Annual Report of Press Freedom Violations in the Republic of Somalia, issued today by the National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ). 29 Dec 2008 »

Image: Kenya’s nomadic Maasai missing out on HIV treatment
HRH Nairobi

Kenya’s nomadic Maasai missing out on HIV treatment

Tiampati Ole Kirgoty, 45, looks tired and can hardly support his frail body. He and his two wives are HIV positive. They are supposed to pick up their monthly prescriptions of antiretroviral drugs (ARVs) at the district hospital in Narok, capital of Kenya's Rift Valley Province, but this presents a dilemma for the Kirgotys who belong to a nomadic Maasai community. 26 Dec 2008 »

Image: -This is a return to Stalin's times
HRH Moscow

-This is a return to Stalin's times

The Russian human rights community expresses anxiety on the proposed amendments of the "spying" articles in the Russian Criminal Code. In their opinion, the sum of the amendments adds up to a return to Stalin's times, when anybody who dared criticize the authorities could be labeled "a spy" and brought to prison, often never to be seen again. 25 Dec 2008 »

Image: Macedonian Prime Minister wins slander case
HRH Skopje

Macedonian Prime Minister wins slander case

A newspaper columnist was found guilty of slander against Macedonian Premier Nikola Gruevski for comments made last year refering to Gruevski's role in the controversial privatization of oil refinery OKTA in the late 1990s, a court said on Monday. 23 Dec 2008 »

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