MEXICO CITY (AP) — The U.N. human rights office in Mexico is calling for justice in the case of an anti-dam activist who was killed in the southern state of Oaxaca on Jan. 23. Fidel Heras Cruz had opposed plans to build dams on the Rio Verde river, and the U.N. office said he had reportedly received a death threat two days before he died. Heras Cruz was shot to death near the town of Jamiltepec, Oaxaca, near Puerto Escondido. The office said that seven rights activists were killed in Mexico in 2020, and the lack of punishment makes activists more vulnerable.
Month: February 2021
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) — A 76-year-old former volunteer Boy Scout chaplain has been sentenced to serve 40 years in prison after pleading no contest to sexually assaulting six young men, including a developmentally disabled victim. James Glawson, of Exeter, was sentenced Thursday after pleading no contest to 11 charges. Glawson told the judge in court that prays every day for those he hurt. The state attorney general’s office says Glawson committed multiple acts of sexual assault against five victims beginning in the 1980’s when he served as a volunteer Catholic chaplain for the Boy Scouts and his most recent victim in 2019 was developmentally disabled.
NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Turkey’s foreign minister says reunifying ethnically divided Cyprus in line with the long-established formula of federation is off the table in any future peace talks, and a peace deal should be negotiated between two equal sovereign states. Mevlut Cavusoglu’s remarks after talks with Turkish Cypriot leader Ersin Tatar on Tuesday could further complicate a meeting that United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres intends to convene next month to gauge chances of resuming dormant peace talks. Greek Cypriots strongly reject any deal that would legitimize the east Mediterranean island nation’s ethnic partition that came about in 1974 when Turkey invaded following a coup aimed at union with Greece.