China: Tibetan Children Banned from Classes

Expand A notice in Qinghai’s Nangchen county, published in December 2018, titled “Urgent notice concerning stopping illegal study classes in monasteries.”  © 2018 Private (New York) – Chinese authorities in Qinghai province should immediately lift their ban on Tibetan children attending classes in local monasteries, Human Rights Watch said today. Informal classes taught by monks […]

Expressing Religious Views is Risky in the Maldives

Expand The Maldivian flag flies at Jumhooree Maidan, or Independence Square, in Male, Maldives.  © 2007 (WT-shared) Jpatokal/Wikipedia Ibrahim Ismail, the chairman of Mandhu College in the Maldives and a former lawmaker, says he believes in debate rooted in facts and backed by citations, including over religion. But Ismail, better known as Ibra, recently discovered […]

World Report 2019: Reversing Autocrats’ Attacks on Rights

Expand Anti-government protestors in Venezuela take to the streets for a candlelight vigil in honor of protesters killed in clashes with security forces. © 2017 Associated Press (Berlin) – There is a growing global trend to confront the abuses of headline-grabbing autocrats, Human Rights Watch said today in launching its World Report 2019. Within the […]

Marching to End Child Marriage in Massachusetts

Expand Protesters from Unchained at Last speak in front of the Massachusetts State House in Boston to end child marriage in Massachusetts, May 2017.  © 2017 Unchained at Last/Facebook Today, I’ll join the Women’s March in Boston to demand an end to child marriage in Massachusetts.  My two grandmothers were both child brides in Trinidad […]

Lack, the Law of Attraction and Depression

So I just wanted to share really quickly a revelation I had the other morning about lack, the law of attraction and specifically being someone that deals with regular depression and anxiety trying to take over. I woke up that morning and saw in one of my groups that someone had just manifested the, often […]

Morocco: Abandon Attempts to Dissolve Cultural Group

Expand Screenshot from an episode of the online show “1 Dîner 2 Cons”, recorded in Casablanca, Morocco.  © 2018 1D2C / YouTube (Tunis) – Moroccan authorities should immediately abandon attempts to dissolve the cultural group Racines, over critical comments made by guests on an online talk show it hosted, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International […]

Nigeria: Military Raids Newspaper, Detains Staff

Expand Nigerian Army officials lay siege at the gate of Daily Trust office in Abuja on January 6, 2019.  © Daily Trust   (Abuja) – Government security forces’ January 6, 2019 raid on the Daily Trust newspaper’s offices and the arrest of staff members, including two journalists, is a disturbing attempt to stifle media freedom in Nigeria. On January 6, […]

Ukraine: Human Rights Backsliding as Election Looms

Expand Anti-corruption activist Vitaliy Shabunin.  © 2016 Private (Kyiv) – Attacks on activists and government critics proliferated in Ukraine during 2018, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2019. The Ukrainian government did little to prevent or punish the attacks or to stem rising violence against minority communities, including Roma and lesbian, gay, […]

EU: Postpone Vote on Vietnam Free Trade Agreement

Expand Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang stands in front of a statue of late Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi, Vietnam on January 23, 2018.    © 2018 Reuters/Kham (Brussels) – The European Parliament and the European Council should postpone the ratification of the proposed EU-Vietnam Free Trade Agreement until the Vietnamese government […]

Why Doesn’t Trump Talk about This Man?

January 10, 2019 Video Why Trump’s Portrayal of Undocumented Immigrants Couldn’t be More Wrong Demonizing immigrants as criminals is not only inaccurate, but dangerous. Undocumented residents play an important role in keeping communities safe. Just ask residents of Gypsum Colorado. President Trump’s campaign this week to scare up support for a border wall has relied […]