The closure of eight independent news and current affairs-focused TV channels effectively ends critical television news reporting in Turkey, says Human Rights Watch. The channels are among 23 television and radio stations reported by the media to face closure on the basis of a Turkish government decree.
At a joint consultation on the Holy Land, the World Council of Churches and the National Council of Churches of Christ in the USA released a statement calling for an end to the denial of rights and generations of suffering in the Holy Land.
In an official press release, the organisers of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games have accused Brazilian tribal peoples of infanticide, sexual abuse, rape, slavery, torture and other “harmful traditional practices”, prompting outrage among human rights campaigners.
The release of four Congolese pro-democracy activists, including Amnesty International Prisoners of Conscience Fred Bauma and Yves Makwambala, is cause for celebration but they remain at risk of re-arrest unless the charges are dropped, Amnesty International has warned.