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On 23 February, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) called on Egyptian authorities to allow Hossam Bahgat to go abroad and to provide a reason for his detention in the airport. Bahgat was on his way to Jordan to attend a conference organized by the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia on justice in the Arab world.
On 19 February, on the occasion of World Day of Social Justice, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called on the States to achieve prosperity and social cohesion in the world.
Austria will impose a daily quota on asylum claims and limit the flux of migrants travelling through the country.
On 19 February, Ella Pamfilova petitioned the Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Public and Religious Organisations, Yaroslav Nilov, to refine the draft federal law On Amendments to Article 2 of the Federal Law ‘On Assemblies, Rallies, Demonstrations, Processions, and Picketing’.
On 17 February, the Committee for the Prevention of Torture (CPT) issued a report following its visit to Sweden from 18 to 28 May 2015. The Committee called on Swedish authorities to ease restrictions for remand prisoners.
On 17 February, Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett said that the number of missing or murdered indigenous women in Canada may be far more than previous estimates of 1,200.
On 15 February, the UN Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order, Alfred de Zayas, called on British and Swedish authorities to promptly accept a UN working group’s ruling on the founder of the WikiLeaks website, Julian Assange. Last week the experts of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention said that Assange’s detention was illegal.
On 15 February, Amnesty International called on the Nicaragua authorities to stop its multibillion dollar construction of the Nicaragua Interoceanic Grand Canal, which will divide the country into two parts. The construction of the canal will jeopardise the survival of tens of thousands of people.
Catalonia: Low-income citizens to be provided with preferential tariffs for utility and housing maintenance services
The Government of Catalonia is going to amend the bill concerning the fight against climate change and to provide preferential or free tariffs on utility and housing maintenance services for poor people. Civil servants want to establish the minimal quantity of consumption of water, electricity and gas required to maintain comfortable living conditions for low-income groups of the population.
On 10 February, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe called on the United States authorities to introduce a moratorium on the death penalty as a first step towards abolition. The Declaration on the death penalty in the United States was adopted by the Committee of Ministers that day.