Mashrou’ Leila is Lebanon’s Latest Free Speech Victim

July 26, 2019 Video Video: Mashrou’ Leila is Lebanon’s Latest Free Speech Victim The world famous Lebanese band, Mashrou’ Leila, has become the latest victim of Lebanon’s criminal defamation and insult laws, encapsulating the alarming crackdown on free speech in a country once proud to embrace diversity. The world famous Lebanese band, Mashrou’ Leila, has become the […]

Nepal: Justice Stalled for Conflict-Era Crimes

Expand Activists observe a minute of silence in memory of the people who disappeared during the decade-long armed Maoist insurgency against the now-toppled monarchy to observe the International Day of the Disappeared in Kathmandu, Nepal August 30, 2017. © 2017 Reuters (London) – The Government of Nepal has failed to fulfill its commitment to provide […]

Former Hitmen Implicate Ex-Gambia Dictator

Expand A sreenshot of TRRC lead counsel Essa Faal questioning Staff Sgt. Amadou Badjie at Gambia Truth, Reconciliation and Reparations Commission, July 25, 2019  © QTV It’s been a dramatic week for Gambia. As Gambians stayed glued to their radios and TVs, three admitted henchmen of former Gambian president Yahya Jammeh implicated him before the country’s Truth, […]

Israel: Landmark Supreme Court Case on Deporting Activist

Expand A dossier compiled by Israel’s Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy Ministry on the activities of Omar Shakir, Human Rights Watch’s Israel and Palestine Director, which served as the basis for the government’s May 7, 2018 decision to revoke his work visa. (Jerusalem) – Israel’s Supreme Court will consider at a hearing on July 25, […]

Thailand: New Government Disregards Rights

Expand Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha arrives for a group photo with his cabinet members at the government house in Bangkok. © 2019 Vichan Poti/Pacific Press/Sipa USA via AP Images (New York) – The new Thai government’s policy statement fails to provide a pathway for restoring respect for human rights after five years of military […]

Central African Republic: New Court Should Step Up Effort

Expand International Special Prosecutor Toussaint Muntazini (left) and former Central African Republic prime minister Mathieu Simplice Sarandji (right) at the inaugural session of the Special Criminal Court on October 22, 2018 that marked the official launch of the court’s judicial activities. Photo courtesy of Special Criminal Court. (Nairobi) – The Central African Republic’s Special Criminal […]

Syria: Dire Conditions for ISIS Suspects’ Families

Expand A girl stands in the annex of al-Hol camp in northeast Syria, where more than 11,000 women and children from nearly 50 nationalities are confined as family members of Islamic State (also known as ISIS) suspects. The Kurdish-led coalition controlling northern Syria wants home countries to take the women and children back. But most […]

Trump Administration Refuses to Ban Neurotoxic Pesticide

Expand A crop dusting plane dusts cotton crops in Lemoore, California, September 25, 2001. © 2001 AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian, File Last week, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) decided not to ban chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxic pesticide that, according to studies funded by the agency, has been linked to developmental delay in children. This decision […]

Australia: Protect Human Rights in Foreign Policy

Expand Australia’s Foreign Minister Marise Payne addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, at the United Nations headquarters.  © 2018 Frank Franklin II/ AP Photo (Sydney) – The Australian government should make the protection of human rights a central focus of its foreign policy, Human Rights Watch said in […]

Malaysia: End Use of Sedition Act

Expand Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad listens to questions during an interview with foreign media on the government’s one year anniversary in Putrajaya, Malaysia on Thursday, May 9, 2019.  © 2019 AP Photo/Vincent Thian (New York) – The Malaysian government should reinstate its moratorium on using the Sedition Act pending the law’s repeal, Human Rights […]