Uganda: Elections Marred by Violence

Click to expand Image Ugandan soldiers patrol near the house of Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine in Magere, Uganda. ©Sally Hayden / SOPA Images / Sipa via AP Images (Nairobi) – The weeks leading up to Uganda’s recently concluded elections were characterized by widespread violence and human rights abuses, […]

UN: Eastern Caribbean States Called Out Over Anti-LGBT Bias

Click to expand Image Delegates sit at the opening of the 41th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, June 24, 2019. © 2019 Magali Girardin/Keystone via AP (Geneva) – Saint Lucia and Saint Kitts and Nevis should decriminalize same-sex relations and adopt comprehensive anti-discrimination […]

Australia: Address Abuses Raised at UN Review

Click to expand Image Australia’s placard at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva © 2015 Human Rights Watch (Geneva) – The Australian government should seriously address the criticisms of its human rights record and scores of recommendations raised by United Nations member countries, Human Rights Watch said today. Australia appeared before the UN […]

Russian Authorities Jail Poisoned Putin Critic

A judge in Moscow ruled today that Alexei Navalny, Russia’s most prominent opposition politician, be detained for 30 days pending a court hearing regarding his alleged breach of parole. If found guilty, he could face three-and-a-half years in prison. Click to expand Image Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny takes part in a march in memory of […]

Sri Lanka: Covid-19 Forced Cremation of Muslims Discriminatory

Click to expand Image Sri Lankan municipal cemetery workers carry the coffin of a Covid-19 virus victim for cremation in Colombo, Sri Lanka, December 21, 2020.  © 2020 Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via AP (New York) – Sri Lanka’s requirement to cremate anyone who dies from Covid-19 goes against public health guidance and discriminates against the Muslim […]

Iran: Relentless Repression of Dissent

Click to expand Image People gather for a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the Ukraine plane crash, at the gate of Amri Kabir University where some of the victims of the crash were former students, on January 11th, 2020 in Tehran, Iran. © 2020 AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi (Beirut) – Iranian authorities held a tight […]

Myanmar: Kirin Should Sever Military Firm Ties

Click to expand Image Storage tanks and fermentation chambers of beer making at Kirin Brewery Nagoya, Kiyosu City, Japan, July 23, 2019. © 2019 The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images (Tokyo, January 8, 2021) – Japan-based Kirin Holdings Company, Ltd. should publish its investigation report on the military-owned Myanmar Economic Holdings Ltd. (MEHL) and swiftly […]

Rohingya Arrested in Myanmar Just for Traveling

Click to expand Image Police officers wearing facemasks stand on a street in Yangon, Myanmar, November 3, 2020.  © 2020 Kaung Zaw Hein/Sipa via AP Images Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, government restrictions on movement in Myanmar have been widespread, but certain people have been more affected than others. On January 6, Myanmar police detained 99 […]

UK: Setting Aside Rights when Inconvenient

Click to expand Image Hospital workers remember their colleagues who have died from coronavirus and call on UK health authorities to provide personal protective equipment at University College Hospital in London, April 2020. ©2020 Matt Dunham/ AP Photo (London) – The United Kingdom government’s response to major challenges in 2020, often set aside human rights and sought to bypass […]

Belarus: Unprecedented Crackdown

Click to expand Image Demonstrators carry a huge historical flag of Belarus as thousands gather for a protest at the Independence square in Minsk, Belarus, Aug. 23, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky (Berlin) – Belarusian authorities unleashed a widespread, brutal crackdown on peaceful protesters and their supporters in the wake of the August 9, […]