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this is deja news coming to you live from bali and trying to break the brakes a deadlock british prime minister to resign me prepares to present a plan b. for leaving the european union but will it be enough to satisfy the deeply divided on that. also coming up coming up on the shoulders of the world's most repressive countries not as big as sound says it has changed its ways as the country's president visits germany we speak to was big on this man who says he was tortured in prison for years so to what extent has
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a country really changed course. and it's being called the soup of blood the bush bone and just a short while ago the moon turned its mesmerizing shade of red we have bore on the spectacular lunar eclipse. and welcome i'm on the thought she it's yet another big day for briggs it british prime the city is a mini is set to announce a plan before leaving the e.u. after lawmakers overwhelmingly rejected her deal with the e.u. last week the prime minister's proposals today are expected to focus on winning more concessions from the e.u. in particular on the so-called irish backstop an insurance policy to avoid a hard border between northern ireland and the honest republic but the e.u. says this point is not up for negotiation. i'm john joined on
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the studio by peter tory he's the former british ambassador to germany welcome sophie to a very messy situation with briggs it has been mentioned to reason me is expected to announce a plan b. within a couple of hours what are you expecting from her you know very much i'm afraid i think plan b. is going to look an awful lot like plan a plan i was voted the parliament last week by. majority that was colossal i mean two hundred such votes we haven't seen since the middle of the nineteenth century i fear that the cross party talks of the prime minister was trying to hold over the weekend the very much so as you said in your introduction she's going to go back to brussels like this is she's going to try to get brussels to make compromises on the backstop by offering some sort of. some language which will. assure people and reassure people in britain that this is
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legally binding language that this is not a permanent arrangement would be time limited to talking about the backstop one of the leading newspapers in britain says that there is a me might try to in fact make amendments to the historic good friday agreement which ended decades of violence in northern ireland what do you make of that well i mean it's very difficult to get our partners to agree to reopening the withdrawal agreement legally binding part of the text so i don't i'm very doubtful whether the prime minister will get this language is looking for and therefore has been speculation about possible alternatives one of which is a bilateral negotiation between the u.k. and the irish republic which would focus on some sort of mechanism has yet to be defined and one idea that has come out of the washington that is a member of the good friday agreement that has been completely comprehensive it is not by number during the course of this morning that she wants to go back to brussels perhaps and renegotiate some stuff but brussels has so far categorically
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rejected any kind of renegotiation at any point do you see a way out of this impasse of peta what russians have said is they can reopen the legally the withdraw the green which is the legally binding policy of the british that i think they would be prepared to find language in the political declaration that talks about the future relationship and there may be scope for for improving making changes to that language the trouble is that is not going to reassure the skeptics in the house of the house of commons who want some kind of legal assurance that by entering into the backstop we're not going to be permanently locked in i find it very difficult to see where out of and so i think the risk of a new deal is growing by the day because if nothing else happens between now and the and march no deal. the that is what is going to happen the know has got to be changed in britain to prove to stop that happening now there will be various
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amendments tabled during the course of the next couple of weeks by parliamentarian seeking to avoid the sort of heart breaks it and some of the amendments of calling for a second referendum first and that would like to see a second referendum but whether that will happen a lot is very very unclear so we're now facing a choice basically between this is my deal mrs may's deal which has been comprehensive or rejected already by house of commons a new deal really on the brics it the if you yo yos as ambassador here in germany how far do you think germany is prepared to go to help britain off of this mess i think one of the mistakes the breakfast is made all along was to think that at some point the chancellor merkel and the germans would come right into our risk of on the white horse. arguing that the british market is so important that in the end german industry would put it put pressure on the german government to do that
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and while it's true that the british market is important i mean we're still. by some calculations the fifth largest economy in the world. much more important germany is maintaining the unity of the of the tribes and the germans do not want to undermine the integrity of the of the single market of the of the e.u. so i think it's misguided to think that the germans will come to our rescue even though as you mentioned in your introduction they wrote a very nice lot of over the weekend asking us to stay writes that they did to the full month british ambassador to germany a visit to have you with us thank you. let me now bring you up to date with some other stories making news around the world israel's military says it has struck iranian military targets inside syria these defense forces announced the operation on twitter pictures from within syria came to show the countries add to france's repelling the attack it's highly unusual for israel to admit attacking targets
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inside syria. greek nationalist m.p. trying to groups have clashed with police in the capital athens tens of thousands took to the streets on sunday to protest against a deal aimed at settling nearly a three decade old name dispute with macedonia it would allow greece's northern neighbor to rename itself the republic of north macedonia. the president of his biggest son is in berlin for talks today president carter micio yet also deepen ties with violin his visit comes at a time of change for the central asian country president micio you have assumed power two years ago after the death of the country's long term autocratic leader he's now says he's committed to introducing liberal reforms and to open the doors to the rest of the world. but how much has changed in the central asian country in a moment we'll speak to a human rights campaigner but first this report from the capital from the chateau
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he spoke to a journalist who spent nearly two decades in prison. so it really annoys them after nineteen years behind bars around of enjoying every moment of his newfound freedom for all. the fifty five year old journalist was jailed in the late ninety's school supporting an opposition political. regime a rod of is one of hundreds of who had to pay for their political we their freedom . i was tortured in prison. they all. as found reasons to punish me physician came up with new ways to physically torture us political prisoners. we had to unload hot bricks from railway wagons yes they're sick of the bricks had just come out of the oven and we had to load them into cars they're moving by the technician. rosina rod of is one of at
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least sixteen political prisoners who've been released from prison in the last twenty years. the main reason i was freed was thanks to our current president. it came down to his political commitment his will to personally stand up and behalf of the prisoners. that the government's human rights envoy has also praised president chef back near zero five he's promoted that his country is opening up he says that thanks to the president finally have an opportunity to defend their rights. not g.'s to them i wish as if. we used to receive two hundred complaints a year mostly last year we got nine hundred today we don't have a single political prisoner in our jails because the president personally monitors the situation we have changed as a country and on that. a lot has changed in his biggest down in the last two
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years as the country is gradually opening up to the outside world but with people still detained on political charges in the country's prisons the rule of law still seems a long way off here in whose biggest. human rights watch says there are still nearly a dozen incarcerated for their political views including priests soldiers and journalists but unlike the human rights organization the country's government doesn't concede doesn't political prisoners. and yet change is tangible in its biggest corrupt police are being openly criticised powerful intelligence officials ousted and travel regulations for citizens are being relaxed after four i hope there will be real reform and concrete results i want is back is done to finally become a true democracy because the. other reforms are also taking place in this biggest
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unknown not just in human rights. central asia smokes the populous country seems to want to put an end to eat or terry terry and passed. with me i have hugh williams and he's the director of europe and central asia division off for human rights watch welcome. now what do you make of stan's attempts to improve his human's human rights record is it really a change of course for the country or is it really an attempt to improve its image to impress european leaders on the u.s. that's a really good question is definitely a large dose of trying to improve its image indeed or the bank officials since mr mayor you have came to power told us that they have a real problem with their human rights record they need to improve that image in order to get more foreign investment on the other hand when i was in those back is than last year i talked to a former political prisoners like the one interviewed in your piece and they also said the change is important some real things are happening so what's happened so
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far a little bit more release of political prisoners are small but important steps in the right direction for the country has a long way to go remember this is there was no parliamentary democracy there and have never been free elections it was pakistan has very little free speech internet is still blocked so it's a very low level of development in the country still many steps to go and it's important to germany takes a strong position in the talks to to push pakistan in the right direction so where does this all fit in with president. museo gives a visit to germany at the moment well germany wants a couple of things from foremost pakistan i mean those pakistan wants more credibility from germany. germany wants two things they want greater regional cooperation within within central asia was biggest and has made some important positive steps in that direction and germany wants obviously to be in the front of the queue when the country opens up for business but business also has an aspect of human rights to it because business also wants level playing field
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a good rule of law predictable courts the moment there's no. real rule of law or independent courts and pakistan so it's in pakistan's interest also to attract investment but it makes human rights before those biggest is geopolitically quite important in the region in central asia to what extent is jim you prepared to push was the start of human rights given its political importance as well as these trade interest that you talk about because there's often a tradeoff between human rights and security and economic interests and again it's a good question because in the past germany has made that trade off in a very bad way ten years ago there were sanctions on north pakistan because of human rights but germany was keen on lifting those sanctions too early in our view because of security issues in cooperation with us pakistan on afghanistan now it's a new situation a reformist government i think germany how some political commitment to pushing on
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human rights or the need to see this is a first step is taking place was because that needs to make some commitments or they're going to do before corporation is intensified right here williamson from human rights watch thank you very much for sharing your thoughts with us thanks for having me stargazers go to but if we create a short while ago thanks to a rare eclipse some are calling it the soup of blood would moan it was visible last night in north and south america and across the atlantic to western and northern europe as you can see here the moon appear to turn the stunning shade of red and if you missed it bad luck here in europe you may have to wait to do house and twenty nine to see another total lunar eclipse. meanwhile of course you always have. let me recap the top story that you're following for you and british prime minister to resume is due to. land before break that later today she is expected to set out.
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