This Week in Human Rights Video: Muslim Groups Targeted in Sri Lanka and Ethiopia
Posted on August 12, 2013 by Madeleine Bair
This past week, citizen video has documented religious violence in Sri Lanka, opposition to political amnesty in Thailand, anti-government protests in Ethiopia, and more. Here are highlights from recently featured videos on the Human Rights Channel.
The city of Colombo, Sri Lanka, is under curfew after a mob of Buddhist extremists attacked a mosque. The attack was caught on citizen video and CCTV (shown below). Several buildings have been damaged and at least 12 people injured in the attacks against the country’s Muslim minority.
Chinese human rights activists released footage taken in jail of imprisoned civil rights leader Xu Zhiyong. This video uploaded from Human Rights in China includes a translation of his brief message encouraging other citizens to fight for democracy and justice.
Protesters in Taiwan clashed with police outside the legislature calling for a halt to construction of a new nuclear plant, after a government consultant expressed concern over the facility’s construction.
In the capital city Bangkok, 1,500 demonstrators rallied against a controversial bill that would grant amnesty to those involved in political violence since the 2006 coup. This video shows a large crowd at the demonstration. An attempt to introduce an amnesty bill last year was scrapped after opponents rallied outside the legislature.
After Eid prayers in Addis Ababa, Ethiopian Muslims protested what they describe as government interference in religious affairs. The previous week, clashes between police and Muslims killed at least five people.
The most recent citizen videos of human rights issues can always be found on our Citizen Watch and Watching Syria video playlists. Both are updated daily. Catch the latest citizen videos by following the Human Rights Channel on Twitter (@ythumanrights). If you’re a journalist and would like to be added to our weekly reporters email, send a request to me at madeleine [at] witness [dot] org.