Indonesia to Expand Abusive Blasphemy Law

Expand Muslim protesters display flags with Arabic writings that read: “There’s no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger” during a rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.  © AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim Indonesia is set to expand its abusive blasphemy laws as part of an overhaul of the country’s Criminal Code. In September […]

Countries Blast China at UN Over Xinjiang Abuses

Expand Village officials swear allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party in Kashgar, Xinjiang.  © State WeChat account (新疆访惠聚)   Nearly two dozen countries confronted China at the United Nations this week, voicing outrage over its persecution of Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang and demanding the government comply with international obligations on the freedom of religion. For years there has been […]

Gambia Brings Genocide Case Against Myanmar

Expand Rohingya refugees gather in an open field at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the Myanmar military’s ethnic cleansing campaign in Rakhine State on August 25, 2019.  © 2019 K M Asad/LightRocket via Getty Images (The Hague) – The Gambia’s case against Myanmar at the International Court […]

Iraq: Teargas Cartridges Killing Protesters

Expand Protesters in Tahrir Square arrange the tear gas canisters that security forces fired at them in Tahrir Square in different patriotic constellations. © 2019 Belkis Wille/Human Rights Watch (Beirut) – Security forces have fired teargas cartridges directly at protesters in Baghdad, Iraq on numerous occasions since protests resumed on October 25, 2019, killing at […]

Lebanon: Protect Protesters from Attacks

Expand Violent groups attacked anti-government protesters and torched their tents in downtown Beirut, Lebanon on October 29, 2019. © 2019 IBRAHIM AMRO/AFP via Getty Images (Beirut) – Lebanese security forces have failed to stop attacks on peaceful demonstrators by men armed with sticks, metal rods, and sharp objects, Human Rights Watch said today. The security […]

Vietnam: Drop Terrorism Charges Against Political Campaigners

Expand Chau Van Kham © Private 2017 (Sydney) – Vietnam should drop terrorism charges against three men accused of affiliation with an overseas political group that presently advocates for democracy, human rights, and political reform, Human Rights Watch said today. The People’s Court of Ho Chi Minh City is scheduled to hear their case on […]

Study Finds Deterioration in US Air Quality

Expand The Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, shown obscured in smoke in November 2018, after the disastrous Camp Fire occurred north of Sacramento. US Interior Secretary at the time, Ryan Zinke, said wildfires in California in 2018 released roughly the same amount of carbon emissions as are produced each year to provide electricity […]

A Hopeful Speech, but Will Tunisia’s President Deliver?

Expand Kais Saied during the sworn ceremony in Bardo, Tunis, Tunisia on October 23, 2019. © 2019 Nicolas Fauque/Images de Tunisie/Abaca/Sipa USA via AP Images In his inaugural speech on October 23, Tunisia’s new president, Kais Saied, pledged to “honor Tunisia’s obligations under international law.” This was an unexpected turn, given his hostility towards human […]

Countering Domestic Violence Myths in Armenia

Expand Taguhi shows scars on her neck and shoulder. In 2016, her former husband attacked her and her mother with an axe, killing her mother.  © 2016 Nazik Armenakyan (Daphne.am) A human rights expert body has hopefully put to rest harmful myths circulating in Armenia about a European treaty on combatting violence against women. Domestic […]

UK LGBT Hate Crimes Stats Make Shocking Reading

Expand Revellers wave flags during a gay pride parade in downtown Madrid, Spain, July 2, 2016. © 2016 Reuters New hate crimes data for the United Kingdom shows a shocking number of incidents targeting LGBT people. As I was reading these figures, the need for LGBT-inclusive classes in UK schools has never been more apparent. […]