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Lawless Eritrea (video)

A United Nations investigation report into human rights in Eritrea has found "very clear patterns" of violations and an absence of rule of law. Eritrea's poor human rights situation is being...

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UN Investigators: ‘No Rule of Law’ in Eritrea

VOA NewsMarch 16, 2015 12:17 PMA United Nations panel investigating Eritrea says it has found "very clear patterns" of human rights violations and a total absence of the rule of law in the country. The chairman of the U.N. commission of inquiry addressed the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva on Monday. Mike Smith said under the Eritrean government's rules, national service is universal and indefinite and that "most Eritreans have no hope for their future."He said the only thing most Eritreans can expect is life in the military or on a civil assignment for wages of less than $2 per day.

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Ethiopia’s Blue Party Tries To Reacquaint Nation With Dissent

TFeven Tashome is a study in blue. The 21-year-old’s toenails are painted a rich cobalt, her scarf is baby blue and her leather handbag is ultramarine. To ordinary passersby in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, it’s a fashion statement; to members of Ethiopia’s beleaguered political opposition, it’s a secret handshake.Feven (Ethiopians go by their first names) is showing her allegiance to an opposition party with an odd name, and an even odder theme song. The Blue Party is one of Ethiopia’s few remaining opposition parties. Ethiopia is technically a multiparty parliamentary democracy, like Britain, but it is effectively run like a one-party state, with 99.8 percent of parliamentary seats controlled by one ruling party, the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front, or EPRDF.

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Isis: Muslim preacher calls for demolition of pyramids and the Sphinx of Giza

A Kuwaiti Islamist preacher has called for the destruction of Egypt's pyramids and Sphinx - one of the 7 wonders of the ancient world - claiming that just because early Muslims did not destroy the pharaohs' legacy "does not mean that we shouldn't". Ibrahim Al Kandari said that the ancient Egyptian monuments should be "destroyed", according to Al-Watan. Al Kandari said the great buildings should be destroyed to put an end to the worship of images. The preacher's call to erase the incredible legacy of ancient Egypt echoes Islamic State (formerly known as Isis) leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who suggested the demolition of the historic monuments is a "religious duty." .

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