Download logo “I am grief-stricken over the death of Kofi Annan. Kofi was humanity’s best example, the epitome, of human decency and grace. In a world now filled with leaders who are anything but that, our loss, the world’s loss becomes even more painful. He was a friend to thousands and a leader of millions. To me — like to so many in the UN, he was my immediate boss when I was thirty-one years of age — and what a boss! He was always courageous, direct in speech, but never discourteous — never discourteous. Later, when I was an ambassador at the UN he inspired us, by being a dynamic and charismatic leader in his capacity as Secretary-General. And most of all, he was a friend and counsel — to me and to so many others. Whenever — as UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, I felt isolated and alone politically (which, in the last four years, was often) I would go for long walks with him around Geneva … [Read more...] about United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein on the dynamic, irreplaceable Kofi Annan
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By Shoon Naing and Aye Min ThantYANGON (Reuters) - A Myanmar court heard defense witnesses on Monday vouch for the integrity of two Reuters journalists accused of obtaining secret state documents and will hear final arguments in two weeks, when the trial regarded as a test of press freedom resumes.Kyaw Soe Oo, 28, and Wa Lone, 32, are facing up to 14 years in prison for allegedly violating Myanmar's colonial-era Official Secrets Act. Both have pleaded not guilty to the charges and have told the court how they were "trapped" by police officials who planted documents on them.For latest updates on jailed Reuters journalists: https://reut.rs/2FuHigKDuring Monday's session, their former teacher Ye Naing Moe, director of Yangon Journalism School, praised both reporters as curious and excellent students who had won multiple awards for stories focusing on the underprivileged and social issues. "We haven't seen any stories they wrote which have violated media ethics," he said, explaining that … [Read more...] about Reuters reporters ‘revealing the truth’, former teacher tells Myanmar court
WHAT A WEEK … THE TICK TOCKS … -- ELIANA JOHNSON, ANNIE KARNI and NANCY COOK: “Trump's quick fix on family separations unleashes internal tensions”: “Facing an unprecedented outpouring of public outrage this week over the separation of migrant families at the border, President Donald Trump did what he usually does when he wants a quick fix: Asked for an executive order.Story Continued Below “Trump frequently demands executive orders to carry out policies he wants to implement as a way of circumventing the long process of working with Congress to pass legislation, according to a former administration official – a move he picked up from former chief strategist Steve Bannon, who in the opening months of the Trump presidency, used the directives to carry out his ‘shock and awe’ strategy. ... “The order Trump signed this week, hastily written amid an escalating crisis and rushed to his desk before he left town for a political … [Read more...] about POLITICO Playbook: The palace intrigue and backstories on Trump’s week dealing with the border
Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader Africa People gather for the rally of Ethiopia's new prime minister in Ambo on April 11. (Zacharias Abubeker/AFP/Getty Images) by Paul Schemm by Paul Schemm Email the author May 6 at 7:30 AM Email the author ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia — When Ethiopia’s prime minister resigned in February after more than five years in office, there was little reason to think his successor would be an improvement. The East African country was under a state of emergency that followed a years-long crackdown on opposition political activity. Thousands of activists and dissident journalists had been detained, and … [Read more...] about After years of unrest, Ethiopians are riding an unlikely wave of hope. Will it last?
I am grateful to the Government of Ethiopia for inviting me not once, but twice to this remarkable country during my term as High Commissioner. Inviting a UN High Commissioner for Human Rights once already shows that a Government is willing to openly discuss the human rights challenges in the country. Inviting me twice demonstrates real sincerity and is very encouraging indeed. During my last visit in May 2017, I had listened attentively to many voices – Government, opposition, civil society and detainees at the Kilinto remand centre. I found much to praise but also gave a frank assessment of the human rights issues and challenges in Ethiopia and called for my Office to be given access to Oromia and Amhara, the two regions most affected by the protests, many of which were suppressed violently. I am encouraged that the Government viewed my initial visit in the constructive, friendly spirit it was intended to convey. This is certainly not always the case with all States. So when I … [Read more...] about United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein at the end of his official visit to Ethiopia