Bangladesh ships 1,600 Rohingya to controversial island
Bangladeshi authorities set more than 1,640 Rohingya refugees on the final leg of their journey to an allegedly dangerous island on Friday, in the first phase of a controversial planned relocation of 100,000 people. Almost a million Rohingya \- most of whom fled a military offensive in neighbouring Myanmar in 2017 - live in squalid camps in south-eastern Bangladesh. Any return to Myanmar appears unlikely for now. Dhaka eventually wants to move 100,000 of the refugees to Bhashan Char, a low-lying silt island that critics say is prone to flooding and in the path of cyclones that frequently wreak...
Hong Kong: Drop Cases Against Democracy Activists
https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/media_2020/12/202012asia_china_hongkong.jpg (New York) – Hong Kong authorities should drop all criminal cases and release from custody those arrested or convicted for their peaceful participation in pro-democracy protests, Human Rights Watch said today. These include Joshua Wong, Agnes Chow, and Ivan Lam, who were sentenced on December 2, 2020, to 13-and-a-half months, 10 months, and 7 months respectively for inciting, organizing, and participating in an unauthorized assembly, an offense under Hong Kong’s Public Order Ordinance. The charges stem from spe...
Human Rights Watch - News
Functional local govt system, key to addressing nation’s economic challenges
All over the world, local governments play crucial roles in the economic development of their communities. As leaders of Local Economic Development (LED), local government authorities work with the people of their communities to develop strategic visions for the future of their cities, towns, and villages, and implement a wide variety of policies and measures to bring these visions to life. At the most basic level, they ensure a secure and stable environment in which economic development can take place. They provide physical infrastructure – roads, water supply, waste management, information a...
Russian authorities give green light for Cyprus Airways flights to Moscow and St. Petersburg
Cyprus Airways added Moscow and St. Petersburg to its network for winter 2020/21, as the Russian authorities have given the green light for the operation of these flights. According to a Cyprus Airways press release, the company will operate flights to Moscow Domodedovo Airport once a week until 15 January 2021. St. Petersburg flight will commence on 21 January 2021, every Thursday. In order to meet the increased demand for St. Petersburg during the festive season, the Cypriot carrier included in its schedule two flights before the official launch date. George Mavrocostas, Chief Operations Off...
Cyprus News Agency
Egypt releases photographer, model detained after pyramid photo shoot
Egyptian authorities on Tuesday released on bail a photographer and a model after they were detained following a photo shoot deemed inappropriate at the Pyramid of Djoser outside Cairo, a judicial source said.Photographer Houssam Mohammed and Salma al-Shimi were arrested on Monday and referred to the prosecution after the shoot at the Saqqara necropolis, 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of Cairo, in which Shimi appeared in ancient Egyptian costume.Shimi, who boasts thousands of followers on Instagram, had posted photographs last week at the foot of the 4,700-year-old Step Pyramid of Djoser.Rumou...
Feds step up efforts to target Venezuelans accused of money laundering in Miami
MIAMI — Federal authorities are stepping up their efforts to seize millions of dollars deposited in Miami bank accounts that they say were used to pay kickbacks to Venezuelan government officials for inflated contracts with the national oil company, PDVSA.The latest target: Natalino D’Amato, a contractor accused of selling $160 million worth of equipment to subsidiaries of the Venezuelan oil monopoly, transferring that money to Miami bank accounts and then paying bribes to government officials to secure the PDVSA deals, according to an indictment. Of that total, U.S. authorities have moved to ...
We are doing our best to solve Cyprus Airways issue in coordination with authorities in Moscow, Russian Embassy says
The Russian Embassy in Cyprus said on Tuesday in a post on its social media accounts that it is monitoring the situation with Cyprus Airways and takes steps within its competencies to resolve it. Asked by CNA about the issue that arose after Russian authorities decided to ban Cyprus Airways from transporting passengers from Cyprus to Russia, a Russian Embassy spokesperson said that they are aware of the situation and that they are trying to do what they can within their competencies in order to solve the problem. We were informed yesterday about the situation, we contacted Moscow, we have conv...
Cyprus News Agency
Authorities Probe Navalny’s Coronavirus Interview for ‘Extremism’
Russian authorities are probing opposition figure Alexei Navalny’s comments during the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic for inciting extremism, news agencies quoted law enforcement sources as saying Tuesday.Moscow investigators are reportedly examining whether Navalny’s April 27 interview with the liberal Ekho Moskvy radio station contained calls for a violent overthrow of the Russian government. Charges of “public calls for terrorism” carry a prison sentence of five years.In the interview where Navalny proposed coronavirus support measures, a host quipped that the Kremlin would decide a...
The Moscow Times
Tanzania: Burundian Refugees ‘Disappeared,’ Tortured
https://www.hrw.org/sites/default/files/media_2020/11/202011africa_tanzania_ndayishimiyemagufuli.jpg(Nairobi) – Tanzanian authorities have gravely abused at least 18 Burundian refugees and asylum seekers since late 2019. The whereabouts of several who were forcibly disappeared remain unknown, and additional Burundians may have suffered similar abuse.Between October 2019 and August 2020, Tanzanian police and intelligence services forcibly disappeared, tortured, and arbitrarily detained at least 11 Burundians for up to several weeks in abysmal conditions in a police station in Kibondo, Kigoma re...
Human Rights Watch - News
Ministry hears sea gypsy plight
Ministry hears sea gypsy plight Action promised on loss of land, livelihoodsVarious problems, from alleged land encroachment by authorities to dwindling livelihoods, have beset the sea gypsies on Koh Lipe, the Ministry of Natural Resource and Environment has been told.Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa toured the island in Satun and was briefed on the problems faced by the ethnic groups who have occupied the island for generations.Accompanied by the ministry’s executives, Mr Varawut met the sea gypsy residents to follow up on the authorities’ work to restore the eth...
The Bangkok Post