Living as an Internally Displaced Person in Ukraine

Expand Older people crossing the broken bridge at the Stanytsia Luhanska checkpoint. November 6, 2018.  © 2018 Stanislav Krasilnikov\TASS via Getty Images On a hot August day, I stood in line at the Migration Service of Ukraine. I had just gotten married and needed to change my last name in my passport. For most Ukrainians, […]

Restrictions, Detentions Persist in Kashmir

Expand A stray dog walks through a deserted street during a security lockdown in Srinagar, Indian-controlled Kashmir, Monday, Aug. 12, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan It has been over two months since the Indian government revoked constitutional autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir and split the state into two centrally administered territories. And yet abusive […]

Cameroon: Political Opponent Freed

Expand Maurice Kamto holds a news conference at his headquarter in Yaounde, Cameroon October 8, 2018.  © REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra   (New York)– Cameroon President Paul Biya ordered the release on October 4 of a prominent opposition leader, Maurice Kamto. The president also ordered the release of other members and supporters of Kamto’s party, the Cameroon […]

Bahrain: Prisoners Denied Medical Care

Expand Six individuals held in Bahraini prisons.  © Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (Beirut) – Bahrain’s authorities are failing to provide adequate medical care to high-profile prisoners, Human Rights Watch and the Bahrain Institution for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) said. Two detained human rights defenders, as well as the family members of four detained opposition activists, […]

Vietnam: New Arrest for Facebook Postings

Expand Nguyen Quoc Duc Vuong supports prominent blogger Tran Huynh Duy Thuc, who is serving a 16-year prison sentence. His sign reads, “I recommend the government of Vietnam to release Tran Huynh Duy Thuc.” © Private 2018 © Private 2018 (New York) – Vietnamese police arrested a pro-democracy activist on September 23, 2019 based on his […]

A Step Toward Protecting Civilians from Bombing and Shelling

Expand Two men carry replacement windows through a school in eastern Ukraine. The old windows were blown out from the blast of explosive weapon © Bede Sheppard I was confused by the horizontal strips of red tape stuck to the walls of School Number 1 in Marinka, a small city in the government-controlled area of eastern […]

Don’t Be Fooled by Venezuela’s Seeming Change of Heart

Expand Riot police clash with anti-government demonstrators in the neighborhood of Los Mecedores, in Caracas, on January 21, 2019. © 2019 FEDERICO PARRA/AFP/Getty Images The Venezuelan government is trying hard to convince the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) members that it is committed to working with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for […]

Australia: Bring Home Children of Fighters in Syria

Expand  Al-Hawl camp in Syria © 2019 Human Rights Watch (Sydney) – The Australian government should bring home Australian children of parents who may have joined armed groups and who are living in deplorable conditions in camps in Syria, Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, and Save the Children said today. The following is their statement: […]

Filming the Philippines’ ‘War on Drugs’

Expand Image from On the President’s Orders. © James Jones and Olivier Sarbil The International Criminal Court (ICC) recently made a surprising request for its preliminary examination into thousands of alleged extrajudicial killings in Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s “war on drugs.” The court said it wanted to review footage from a movie set to be […]