Political Unrest
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Nearly 700 have died in Ethiopian protests

Ethiopia | Advocates say the government has failed to address people’s grievances
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/19/17, 11:45 am

Ethiopia’s Human Rights Commission on Tuesday said antigovernment protests across the country, which resulted in violence and an ongoing government-imposed state of emergency, left at least 669 people dead.

In its report to the House of Representatives, the government-affiliated human rights commission said opposition groups spearheaded the rallies illegally and social media helped instigate the violence. The report said security forces used proportionate force in responding to the violence but called for the prosecution of some officials who abused their powers.

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American Center for Law & Justice

‘Fight for me’

Turkey | American pastor jailed in Turkey makes a daring plea to the Trump administration: ‘Please do not leave me here in prison’
by Mindy Belz
Posted 4/11/17, 10:30 am

Friday, April 7, passed for Andrew Brunson like most of the other 25 Fridays since the American pastor was detained in Turkey six months ago as a “threat to national security.”

Back in October, Brunson, who has lived in Turkey for 23 years, thought he was finally receiving permanent resident status when authorities summoned him to government offices in Izmir. Instead, Ministry of Interior officials detained him for weeks that now have stretched into months—all without offering evidence of the charges against him.

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UN investigators found murdered in Congo

Africa | The team, including one American, was investigating human rights violations
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 3/29/17, 11:03 am

Officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo have found the bodies of two United Nations investigators, including an American, and a Congolese interpreter missing for more than two weeks.

The incident marks the first killing of international aid workers in Congo’s Central Kasai province and the first time UN experts have been reported missing in the country, according to Human Rights Watch.

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