Tuesday - February 19, 2019
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The EU Must Not Let Down Sudanese Victims: Do Not Ignore the Pending ICC Arrest Warrants Against Al-Bashir
NEW YORK, Feb. 15 -- The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies issued the following news release:

Over the past few years, cooperation between the European Union and the League of Arab States has included "finding common solutions to common problems," for instance reaching solutions for the conflicts in Syria, Yemen and Libya. Nevertheless, concerns were raised over the EU's problematic approach to managing migration flows, particularly its policies and agreements with a number of LAS Member States, including Sudan, which resulted in serious human rights violations. In the same vein, hosting ... Show Full Article

Somaliland Court Suspends Newspaper for One Year for Publishing 'False News'
NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb. 15 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news:

The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed deep concern about a one-year suspension imposed by a Somaliland court on the privately owned Foore newspaper, and called on authorities to drop the charges on appeal.

On February 10, a regional court in the breakaway state of Somaliland ordered Foore to suspend publishing for one year and fined its editor-in-chief three million Somaliland shillings ($300), following a conviction for publishing "false news" and anti-national propaganda, according to a ... Show Full Article

JustLeadershipUSA Issues Statement on Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Votes to Stop Construction of Women Jail
NEW YORK, Feb. 15 -- JustLeadershipUSA issued the following statement by Los Angeles Campaign Coordinator Eunisses Hernandez on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors' votes to stop construction of a $3.5B women's jail:

"As a member of the JusticeLA campaign executive committee, JustLeadershipUSA applauds the LA County Board of Supervisors and especially the leadership of Supervisors Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl, on this historic day in which they have made clear that, "trying to fit mental health treatment into a huge 3,800-bed facility remains mainly a punitive paradigm, not rehabilitative." ... Show Full Article

HRC and UCONN Survey Reveals Black LGBTQ Youth at Heightened Risk for Discrimination
WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 -- The Human Rights Campaign Foundation issued the following news release:

Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation, in partnership with the University of Connecticut, released the Black & African American LGBTQ Youth Report, a groundbreaking resource detailing the experiences of Black and African American LGBTQ youth. The report analyzes responses from nearly 1,700 young people, ranging in age from 13 to 17, who participated in HRC's online 2017 LGBTQ Teen Survey.

The survey release comes as the HRC Foundation's sixth annual Time to THRIVE conference opens in Anaheim, ... Show Full Article

Court Orders Trump Administration to Halt the Imminent Discharge of HIV-Positive Airmen
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, Feb. 15 -- Lambda Legal issued the following news release:

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- "This is a major victory in our fight to ensure everyone living with HIV can serve their country without discrimination."

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Today, a federal judge ordered the U.S. Department of Defense and Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan to halt discharge proceedings against HIV-positive members of the U.S. Air Force. The order came in the case of Roe and Voe v. Shanahan, filed by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN, with partner law firm Winston & Strawn, in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District ... Show Full Article

Champions of the Poor Sink the Poor in NYC
NEW YORK, Feb. 15 -- The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights issued the following news release:

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on why Amazon bolted from New York City:

Amazon was ready to provide jobs for 25,000 to 40,000 New Yorkers, bringing in an estimated $27 billion in tax revenue over 25 years. It was asking for $3 billion in government incentives, a figure that surely could have been negotiated to reflect a more realistic deal. But instead of working with Amazon, left-wing New York lawmakers and activists trashed the corporation, pushing it to relocate elsewhere.

To ... Show Full Article

Catholic Charities of Buffalo Awarded Funding for Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program
BUFFALO, New York, Feb. 15 -- Catholic Charities of Buffalo issued the following news release:

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- Nearly $2.9 million will enhance education, employment and self-sufficiency programs

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Catholic Charities of Buffalo was recently named a recipient of two grant awards totaling nearly $2.9 million, over five years, to support the services it provides through its Immigration and Refugee Assistance Program (IRAP), especially addressing barriers to employment and self-sufficiency.

The New York State Office of Temporary Disability Assistance selected Catholic Charities for a New York State ... Show Full Article