DR Congo: No Justice for 2018 Yumbi Massacres

December 19, 2019 Video DR Congo: No Justice for 2018 Yumbi Massacres Over 500 People Killed in Ethnic Attacks (Kinshasa) – Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo have not brought to justice those responsible for the massacres of ethnic Banunu in Yumbi territory one year ago. On December 16 and 17, 2018, hundreds of […]

Sri Lanka: Repeal Abusive Counterterrorism Law

  Expand General Shavendra Silva is seen at the Ampara Air Force camp in eastern Sri Lanka August 24, 2009.  © 2009 Reuters/Stringer/Files (New York) – The Sri Lankan government should abide by its commitments to replace the abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) with legislation that respects its international human rights obligations, Human Rights […]

Bangladesh: Online Surveillance, Control

Expand Bangladeshi photojournalists and journalists form a human chain infront of National Press Club protesting the attacks on them during the students’ ongoing protest demanding safe roads, in Dhaka, Bangladesh on August 7, 2018. © 2018 Mamunur RashidNurPhoto/Sipa USA (New York) – Bangladesh authorities are blocking access to online news sites in violation of the […]

Looking back, and looking forward

I’ve really enjoyed this period of looking back at the blog, and hearing from co-bloggers. I’m so very grateful to Lady Day for organising it! It’s prompted some reflections of my own. One thing it prompted me to do was to try to figure out when the blog started. I couldn’t actually work out how […]

Philippines: 80 Massacre Suspects Remain At Large

Expand People commemorate the 10th anniversary of the gruesome Ampatuan Massacre in Manila, Philippines on November 23, 2019. © 2019 Joseph Dacalanio/Pacific Press/Sipa USA (Sipa via AP Images) (Manila) – The Philippine authorities’ failure to arrest 80 suspects in the 2009 Maguindanao Massacre case puts victims’ families at grave risk, Human Rights Watch said today. […]

Senegal: Failure to End Abuses in Quranic Schools

Expand A group of talibé children on the rooftop terrace of a daara in Touba, Senegal that housed over 100 talibés in a large, unfinished building with no paved floors. At night, the children either slept inside on sheets on the sand, or on the terrace, exposed to malaria-carrying mosquitos. January 8, 2019.  © 2019 […]

Pressure Mounts on New York Governor to Ban Toxic Pesticide

Pressure is growing for New York Governor Andrew Cuomo to sign a bill that would ban the use of chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide. The scientific evidence on the harms of chlorpyrifos is overwhelming and irrefutable. On Friday, the European Union acted to ban sales of chlorpyrifos beginning in 2020, after the European Food Safety Authority […]

Lebanon: Hospital Crisis Endangering Health

Expand Lebanese doctors chant slogans as they take part in anti-government demonstrations in central Beirut on November 12, 2019.  © 2019 AFP/Getty (Beirut) – Lebanon’s medical practitioners and public officials are warning that hospitals may soon not be able to provide patients with life-saving surgery and urgent medical care because of a financial crisis, Human […]

US: Mexican Asylum Seekers Ordered to Wait

Expand Mexican asylum seekers wait to ask for protection at a port of entry on November 22, 2019. © 2019 Human Rights Watch/Ariana Sawyer (El Paso, Texas) – US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have denied entry to the United States to Mexican asylum seekers, exposing thousands, including families and children, to danger in […]

UAE: Unrelenting Harassment of Dissidents’ Families

Expand UAE flag with Dubai skyline © 2019 Getty Images (Beirut) – The United Arab Emirates state security apparatus has targeted dozens of relatives of detained Emirati dissidents and of dissidents living abroad, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch documented the targeting of relatives of eight UAE dissidents. These include dissidents who have […]