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Eritrea: Government Accused of Human Rights Abuses

Reuters at The New York Times Africa  June 19, 2012

The United Nations human rights chief, Navi Pillay, on Monday accused Eritrea of carrying out torture and summary executions. Ms. Pillay told the United Nations Human Rights Council that there were 5,000 to 10,000 political prisoners in Eritrea, which holds a strategic stretch of the Red Sea coast and has been ruled by a single party and president since independence from Ethiopia in 1993. “Credible sources indicate that violations of human rights include arbitrary detention, torture, summary executions, forced labor, forced conscription and restrictions to freedom of movement, expression, assembly and religion,” Ms. Pillay said. She said the Eritrean government had not responded to requests to discuss her concerns.

June 19, 2012 Posted by | Africa, Eritrea, Journalists, Politics, Safety and Security Issues, United Nations | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

One US Soldier Dead, Nine Wounded in Green on Blue Shooting

In its initial statement, the Pentagon said Lallier was killed when enemy forces attacked his unit with small arms fire and grenades. It later issued another statement saying the incident was caused by individuals in Afghan police uniforms who turned their weapons against his unit.

Update by Associated Press at News Oberserver NC  June19, 2012

FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A 20-year-old Army soldier stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina has died in Afghanistan after his unit was attacked by individuals in Afghan police uniforms.

The Defense Department said Tuesday that Pfc. Jarrod A. Lallier of Spokane, Wash., died from wounds suffered in the attack in Kandahar province in Afghanistan.

Boston.com  June 19, 2012

On Monday, individuals dressed in Afghan police uniforms turned their guns on their U.S. partners, leaving one American service member dead and nine other U.S. troops injured, U.S. officials said. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the incident in Zhari district, which is still under investigation.

June 19, 2012 Posted by | Afghanistan, Safety and Security Issues | , , , | 1 Comment