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AITJ Weekly Digest AITJ 07-08

AITJ Weekly Digest is a flexible but effective report that focus on what is happening in the world in the areas of our interest and concern such as foreign affairs, human rights, enlargement, relations between Africa and Europe and so on. Every week, this press review intends to provide an overview of news, updates and all new developments concerning the defence of human rights, the fight against impunity and international relations in the broadest sense.

Statement by Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarčič on the explosion in Beirut, Lebanon

ECO News, 05 august 2020

"We share the shock and sadness of the people of Beirut following the deadly explosion that has taken many lives and left many more injured. Our condolences go to all those that have lost loved ones...”  

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Declaration of the High Representative on behalf of the EU on the postponement of the Legislative Council elections in Hong Kong

European Council Press Release, 03 august 2020

As set out in the Council conclusions of 24 July, the EU is following closely the political situation in Hong Kong and reiterates that it is essential that the Legislative Council elections take place in an environment which is conducive to the exercise of democratic rights and freedoms as enshrined in the Hong Kong’s Basic Law.

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Lebanon: UN ‘actively assisting’ in response to huge explosions at Beirut port

UN News, 04 august 2020

The United Nations has said that it is “actively assisting” in the response to the horrific explosions that ripped through the port area of Beirut on Tuesday, reportedly leaving dozens dead and thousands wounded, among them some UN naval peacekeepers.

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Anti-torture Committee publishes two reports on Turkey

European Council Press room, 05 august 2020

The Council of Europe’s Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) has published reports on its 2017 periodic visit and 2019 ad hoc visit to Turkey. The main objective of the 2017 and 2019 visits was to examine the treatment and conditions of detention of persons detained by the police/gendarmerie. To this end, the CPT’s delegation interviewed hundreds of persons who were or had recently been held in police custody, including on suspicion of terrorism-related offences, in the Ankara, Diyarbakır and Istanbul areas.

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Independent rights experts call on India to remedy ‘alarming’ situation in Jammu and Kashmir

UN News, 05 august 2020

The appeal comes a year after the Indian Parliament revoked the special status of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir, which provided partial autonomy and specific protections to its mainly-Muslim citizens. In a statement, the group of 17 experts said that the human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir has been in “free fall”.

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Judgment in the Ayyash et al. case postponed to 18 August 2020


The STL Trial Chamber postponed the pronouncement of the Judgment in the Ayyash et al. case, scheduled for Friday 7 August 2020. This was out of respect for the countless victims of the devastating explosion that shook Beirut on 4 August, and the three-day of period of public mourning in Lebanon.

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