CDC Director Doubles Down on Endangering Asylum Seekers

Click to expand Image Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), testifies before Congress on the Coronavirus crisis, July 31, 2020 on Capitol Hill in Washington.  © 2020 Kevin Dietsch/Pool via AP The Director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Redfield, renewed an order […]

California: Proposition 22 Threatens Gig Workers’ Rights

(Los Angeles) – Californians should vote No on Proposition 22, a ballot measure that would eviscerate minimum wage and other labor rights protections for the state’s grocery app workers, Human Rights Watch said in a video released today. By rejecting Prop 22, voters can help ensure that grocery shopping and delivery apps – a fast-growing […]

Lebanon’s Brazen Attempt to Silence a Torture Victim

Click to expand Image Ziad Itani, a Lebanese actor, who was exonerated of spying for Israel, is carried after he was released by Lebanese authorities. Itani has accused security officials of torturing him and has called on authorities to investigate. © 2018 AP Photo/Hussein Malla Ziad Itani, a well-known Lebanese actor, will be questioned by […]

Turkey: Turkmen Activist Faces Deportation

Click to expand Image Turkmenistan’s President Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov, left, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan meeting in Ankara, Turkey, February 29, 2012. © 2012 AP Photo/Umit Bektas, Pool (Berlin) – The Turkish government should halt plans to deport the Turkmen activist Dursoltan Taganova to Turkmenistan, where she will be at grave risk of arbitrary […]

Child Marriage, Pregnancies Soar During Pandemic

Click to expand Image Belkis, 15 years old, holds her one-year-old son in the house where she lives with her mother, two sisters, and one brother. Belkis was married when she was 13 years old to a man who threatened to commit suicide if the family didn’t agree to the marriage. After 14 months, her […]

39 Countries at UN Express ‘Grave Concerns’ About China’s Abuses

Click to expand Image Chinese police patrol a night market near Id Kah Mosque in Xinjiang, a day before the Eid al-Fitr holiday, June 25, 2017. © 2017 AFP/Getty Images A cross-regional group of 39 United Nations member countries issued a stinging public rebuke today of the Chinese government’s widespread human rights violations in Xinjiang, Hong […]

Kyrgyzstan: Respect Rights While Restoring Order

Click to expand Image Protesters gathered on Ala Too Square in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan’s capital on October 6, 2020, two days after a disputed parliamentary election. © 2020 Caroline Eden (Berlin) – Law enforcement forces in Kyrgyzstan responding to protests and unrest should uphold human rights and the rule of law, including if provoked by some […]

Russian Journalist Commits Suicide After Years of Harassment

Click to expand Image Irina Slavina poses in Nizhniy Novgorod, March 2019, in a photo posted to social media.  Journalist and publisher Irina Slavina (Murakhtayeva) died after setting herself on fire on October 2, a day after a police raid on her apartment and following years of harassment by Russian authorities and others. Slavina ran Koza Press, […]

UN: Deny Rights Council Seats to Major Violators

Click to expand Image A view of the United Nations General Assembly, at UN headquarters, October 1, 2018.  © AP Photo/Richard Drew (New York) – United Nations member countries should not vote for China and Saudi Arabia, two of the world’s most abusive governments, for seats on the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch […]

Myanmar: Mass Detention of Rohingya in Squalid Camps

Click to expand Image A Myanmar police officer patrols the Thet Kae Pyin camp in Sittwe township where Rohingya Muslims have been confined since 2012, Rakhine State, Myanmar, September 7, 2016. © 2016 Kyaw Kyaw/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images (Bangkok) – The Myanmar government should urgently end the arbitrary and indefinite detention of approximately 130,000 Rohingya Muslims […]