Friday, May 29, 2015

No exit: For female jihadis, Syria is one-way journey

When three British schoolgirls trundled across the Syrian border; when a pregnant 14-year-old ran away from her Alpine home for the second time; when a sheltered girl from the south of France booked her first trip abroad — they were going to a place of no return.

Only two of the approximately 600 Western girls and young women who have joined extremists in Syria are known to have made it out of the war zone. By comparison, as many as 30 percent of the male foreign fighters have left or are on their way out, according to figures from European governments that monitor the returns.

Mother gets 18 years for killing 8-year-old son in NYC hotel

A self-made health care millionaire who fatally drugged her developmentally disabled child five years ago in a luxury New York City hotel room was sentenced on Thursday to 18 years in prison by a judge who said he disbelieved much of her defense and scolded her for not showing remorse.

Gigi Jordan, a nurse-turned-pharmaceutical-entrepreneur, claimed her son Jude Mirra had been sexually abused for years by his biological father and other men in her life. She argued she killed the boy in February 2010 to keep him safe from her ex-husband who was planning to kill her and take her money, leaving Jude defenseless to more sexual torture. She then said she tried to kill herself.

With ruling party under pressure, Erdogan wades into Turkey polls

Brushing off complaints he is brazenly violating the constitution, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is playing an increasingly active role in Turkey’s legislative election campaign as the ruling party faces its biggest ballot box challenge since it came to power.

Latest opinion polls suggest that the ruling Islamic-rooted Justice and Development Party (AKP) could see its vote tumble in the June 7 election from the last polls in 2011 and even lose its parliamentary majority, sparking unusual expressions of alarm in pro-government media.

Civil Society Activists Demand Human Rights Conditionality for EU Partnership and Cooperation Agreement with Turkmenistan

Civil Society Activists Call for Strong Human Rights Conditions for the Ratification of a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the European Union and Turkmenistan
For Immediate Release May 27, 2015, Brussels

The “Prove They Are Alive” campaign, working for the rights of those disappeared in Turkmen prisons and their families, held a roundtable meeting today at the European Parliament together with Human Rights Watch and the International Partnership for Human Rights on the human rights situation in Turkmenistan.

Top Soccer Officials Say FIFA Needs a New Leader

David Stout @david_m_stout 

The tide appears to be turning against Sepp Blatter as officials back his rival in elections being held for FIFA's top job

FIFA president Sepp Blatter’s 17-year reign as the strongman of soccer’s international governing body may be coming to an end soon, as authorities from across the sporting world continue to call for his resignation hours before officials cast their ballots in the federation’s presidential election in Zurich on Friday.

Uzbekistan - A Call for Human Rights Council Action

Members of the Council should mark the 10th anniversary of the Andijan massacre by taking action to address the appalling state of human rights in Uzbekistan. The Uzbek government’s serious, systematic violations and persistent refusal to cooperate with the UN’s human rights mechanisms-including by denying access to special procedures, and failing to implement key recommendations made by treaty bodies and UN member states under the Universal Periodic Review-warrant resolute Human Rights Council action.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

S. Korea and Uzbekistan to Expand Cooperation on Infrastructure Projects

Anchor: President Park Geun-hye held a summit with the president of Uzbekistan in Seoul on Thursday, where the leaders reached a number of agreements, including advancing the two countries' strategic partnership and expanding cooperation on Uzbek infrastructure projects.
Our Bae Joo-yon has more.

Report: President Park Geun-hye and President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan have agreed to advance their countries’ strategic partnership.
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