World AM News Briefs For Monday, 11 February 2019
Good Morning Australia!! - Africa is making a mistake, warn rights campaigners - Hungary's weird plan to pay women to have children - A snake is not an interrogation aid - And more in your CareerSpot Global News Briefs:
Amnesty International is warning that the selection of Egyptian president Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi as head of the African Union could set back the continent's human rights achievements. He vowed to "improve peace and security in Africa" at the AU's summit in Addis Ababa. However: "During his time in power President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has demonstrated a shocking contempt for human rights," said Amnesty's North Africa Campaigns Director Najia Bounaim, "Under his leadership the country has undergone a catastrophic decline in rights and freedoms." The rights group points out that "dozens of cases alleging serious human rights violations have been lodged against Egypt" at the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR).
Hungary's far-right government wants to pay women to have more children o reverse the population decline and stave off the need for immigration. Prime Minister Viktor Orban, no friend of immigration, introduced a scheme including lifetime personal income-tax exemption to mothers of at least four children, subsidies for buying big gas-guzzling seven-seat vehicles for hauling the kids around, and loans to women marrying for the first time. Then he said a bunch of racist stuff against Muslims and the political Left. Meanwhile outside, protesters decried Orban's fines against opposition parties which cannot be appealed in court - in a supposedly democratic European Union nation - and the reviled "Slave Law" which allows employers to force unpaid overtime out of workers.
Thousands of Spanish conservatives called for the ouster of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez for his handling of the Catalan crisis, which the Socialist PM inherited from his conservative predecessor. Sanchez wants to solve the problem of separatist feelings in Catalonia through negotiations, which the conservatives apparently oppose. "And what I am doing now as prime minister, always respecting the constitution, is to solve a national crisis to which the Popular Party has contributed," Sanchez said. "The unity of Spain means uniting Spaniards and not confronting them as the right wing is doing in Plaza de Colon today," he added. The trial begins Tuesday for twelve Catalan separatists who led the separatist movement during the failed secession referendum in 2017.
At least one person died in clashes with police after protesters surrounded the president of Haiti's home and hurled rocks at it. They're angry at Jovenel Moise for skyrocketing inflation and the government's failure to prosecute embezzlement from a multi-billion Venezuelan program that sent discounted oil to Haiti, the poorest nation in the Western Hemisphere.
Indonesian police are trying to explain a video going viral showing officers terrorizing a theft suspect with a snake. 'Turns out the snake wasn't poisonous, and police insist they didn't beat the guy. This happened in Papua, where human rights attorneys say the cops have allegedly done this kind of thing before, in violation of Indonesian police procedures and laws.