February 8, 2014

Le tribunal créé à Dakar par l’Union africaine et le Sénégal pour juger les principaux responsables des crimes internationaux commis au Tchad sous le régime de Hissène Habré célèbre aujourd’hui son premier anniversaire.

December 25, 2013

В последние дни президенты Германии, Франции и США заявили о том, что не будут присутствовать на Зимних Олимпийских играх в Сочи в феврале 2014 года.

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Dispatches: Political Earthquake in Hong Kong
September 28, 2014

A political earthquake is underway now in Hong Kong. On the streets of Central over the last two days, the tectonic plate of pro-democracy protests has ground up against the plate of police in riot gear, rupturing what had been an uneasy calm in the wake of Beijing making clear its disdain for its treaty promise that Hong Kong would have a “high degree of autonomy.”

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人権ウォッチ:香港を襲う政治的激震
September 28, 2014

香港は政治問題で大きく揺れています。香港「中環」(セントラル)ではこの2日間、民主派のデモ隊が完全装備の機動隊と正面から対峙しています。香港に「高度な自治」を約束した条約を尊重しない、との態度を中国政府が示すなかで、不穏な静けさが続いていましたが、それは打ち破られました。

整然と集まり、民主主義と透明性の利点を論じ、汚職への懸念と政治的権利の喪失を不安視する大勢の学生達をとらえた写真のなかには、1989年春の北京を不気味に思い出させるものもあります。しかし香港の人びとは、あのときとはまったく別の結果が訪れることを願っています。きわめて単純に、香港人が、香港特別行政区にかかわる決定の大部分に引き続き関与できるよう求めているのです。 

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时评:香港政治地震
September 28, 2014

一场政治地震正撼动香港。过去两天在中环街头,民主派示威者与防暴警察发生板块撞击,打破了自北京明白蔑视香港享有“高度自治”的条约承诺以来令人不安的短暂平静。

大批学生和平集会,提倡民主和透明的价值,表达对贪腐和丧失政治权利的忧惧,这样的画面令人毛骨悚然地联想起1989年春天的北京。但香港人期望成就一个全然不同的结局:很简单,让香港人保有对影响本地的大多数决定的控制权。

最近这一波抗争是针对香港特首的公民提名,北京加以反对,因为香港声望最高的政治人物中不乏对中央政府采批判立场的民主派和民粹主义人士。目前部分示威者要求香港特首梁振英立刻下台;其他人则坚持原始诉求,要求改革选举和政治制度。

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Dispatches: Attorney General Holder’s Mixed Legacy on Rights
September 26, 2014

There are many positive things to say about Eric Holder’s legacy as US Attorney General.

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Dispatches: Afghanistan’s Election Resolution Sidelines Rights
September 24, 2014

Who won the Afghan elections? Not the voters who responded to the first round with genuine enthusiasm, defying the risk of Taliban violence. Certainly not the 11 men whose fingers were severed by the Taliban for daring to vote.

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Dispatches: Victory for Reproductive Rights in Spain
September 24, 2014

An extraordinary thing happened in Spain yesterday.

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Dispatches: A Grim Prophesy, an Even Grimmer Reality in Syria
September 24, 2014

In a speech before the European Parliament in 2009, Syrian activist Mazen Darwish warned that unless civil society was strengthened “[the whole] region, not only Syria ... could explode at any moment and leave behind thousands of refugees.”

September 23, 2014

Nevsky Boulevard, Saint Petersburg’s central street, is always bustling in the evening. Tourists marvel at the magnificent architecture of Russia’s northern capital, locals hurry home after a day’s work.