Malala slams child sep­a­ra­tion dur­ing visit to South Amer­ica

AMLO un­veils leg­isla­tive agenda

Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 12, (Agen­cies): No­bel Peace Prize lau­re­ate Malala Yousafzai de­scribed as “cruel” a pol­icy launched by US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to sep­a­rate chil­dren of il­le­gal im­mi­grants from their fam­i­lies, dur­ing her first visit to South Amer­ica to pro­mote girls’ ed­u­ca­tion.

More than 2,300 chil­dren were separated from their par­ents af­ter the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion be­gan a “zero tol­er­ance” pol­icy on il­le­gal im­mi­grants in early May, seek­ing to pros­e­cute all adults who cross the bor­der il­le­gally from Mex­ico into the United States. Trump stopped sep­a­rat­ing fam­i­lies last month fol­low­ing pub­lic out­rage and court chal­lenges.

“This is cruel, this is un­fair and this is in­hu­mane. I don’t know how any­one could do that,” Yousafzai told Reuters on Wednes­day. “I hope that the chil­dren can be to­gether with their par­ents.”

Her stern words con­trasted with her ef­fu­sive praise last year for Canada’s em­brace of refugees un­der Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau. At the World Eco­nomic Fo­rum in Davos this year, Malala also ques­tioned Trump’s record on women’s rights.

Yousafzai, known widely by her first name, was vis­it­ing Rio de Janeiro to kick off the ex­pan­sion of her ed­u­ca­tion char­ity, the Malala Fund, into Latin Amer­ica, start­ing with Brazil.

Her aim in Brazil, Latin Amer­ica’s largest econ­omy, is to ad­vo­cate for more pub­lic spend­ing on ed­u­ca­tion, a tall task af­ter the coun­try passed a con­sti­tu­tional amend­ment freez­ing fed­eral spend­ing in real terms for two decades in or­der to re­duce pub­lic debt.

She also hopes to get an es­ti­mated 1.5 mil­lion girls cur­rently not in school into the class­room, with a spe­cial fo­cus on minority groups who lag white chil­dren on key in­di­ca­tors like lit­er­acy and sec­ondary school



Obrador un­veils agenda:

Fresh off his land­slide elec­tion win, Mex­i­can pres­i­dent-elect An­dres Manuel Lopez Obrador un­veiled his leg­isla­tive agenda Wednes­day, in­clud­ing an un­usual plan for mid-term ref­er­en­dums to re­move the pres­i­dent from of­fice.

Speak­ing a day af­ter elec­toral au­thor­i­ties con­firmed his coali­tion will have an ab­so­lute ma­jor­ity in both houses of Con­gress, the anti-es­tab­lish­ment left­ist an­nounced a 12-point plan for leg­is­la­tion to de­liver the “true change” he has promised Mex­i­cans fed up with crime and cor­rup­tion.

The politi­cian known as “AMLO” no­tably pro­posed a bind­ing vote half­way through the six-year term on whether the pres­i­dent should con­tinue in the job.

He also vowed to change Ar­ti­cle 108 of the con­sti­tu­tion so that a sit­ting pres­i­dent can be tried for cor­rup­tion or elec­tion-rig­ging.

3 ju­di­cial of­fi­cials slain:

Three Colom­bian ju­di­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tors were killed Wednes­day when their ve­hi­cle was am­bushed along the coun­try’s south­ern bor­der with Ecuador by a dis­si­dent rebel group, au­thor­i­ties said.

Of­fi­cials said two of the men were in­cin­er­ated to death when their car was torched by hold­out guer­ril­las from the de­mo­bi­lized Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Armed Forces of Colom­bia.

The same group has been be­hind a wave of drug-re­lated vi­o­lence, in­clud­ing the March kid­nap­ping of three Ecuadorean news­pa­per work­ers who were later found slain. It is led by a for­mer FARC mid-level com­man­der, Wal­ter Arizala, bet­ter known by his alias Gua­cho, who is the tar­get of an in­tense mil­i­tary man­hunt backed by the US.

It’s not clear what the ju­di­cial work­ers were in­ves­ti­gat­ing. The three worked for the chief pros­e­cu­tor’s of­fice in Colom­bia’s volatile Narino state, which is home to Colom­bia’s largest har­vest of il­le­gal coca crops.

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