US: Trump Administration Abandons Landmine Ban

  Expand A pile of shoes during the annual demonstration by NGO Handicap International denouncing antipersonnel landmines and cluster munitions in Lyon on September 20, 2014. © 2014 Getty Images (Washington, DC) – The Trump Administration’s decision to cancel a policy to eliminate all antipersonnel landmines reverses years of steady steps toward alignment with the […]

Colombia: Uphold Women’s Rights in Abortion Case

Expand Women organize green cloth banners to be placed on sculptures of Colombian artist Fernando Botero during a protest in Medellin, Colombia on September 28, 2019. © 2019 Getty Images VIEWPRESS/ Fredy Builes Corbis via Getty Images (Washington, DC) – Colombia’s Constitutional Court should uphold women’s rights in deciding a case regarding access to abortion, […]

As US Universities Close Confucius Institutes, What’s Next?

Expand Speakers for the Chinese Language Teachers Association- National Capital Region jointly held International Chinese Language Education Symposium visit the Confucius Institute at the University of Maryland, October 1, 2011. © 2011 Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) As a Chinese studies graduate of the University of Maryland, I was drawn to the news that the school’s […]

Philippines: Free Senator; End Attacks on Rights Defenders

Expand Jailed Senator Leila de Lima votes during the midterm elections in Paranaque, Philippines, May 13, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo (Manila) – Philippine authorities should immediately release Senator Leila de Lima, who has been detained for three years, and drop the politically motivated charges against her, Amnesty International, FORUM-ASIA, and Human Rights Watch said […]

Kyrgyzstan: Free Ailing Rights Defender

(Berlin) – Kyrgyzstan authorities should release the ailing human rights defender Azimjon Askarov and quash his conviction after an unfair trial, Human Rights Watch said today. The country’s Supreme Court will hear an appeal of his case on February 25, 2020. The 68-year-old Askarov, who was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life in prison for […]

Turkey: Prominent Civic Leader Rearrested After Acquittal

Expand Osman Kavala © 2017 Anadolu Kültür (Istanbul) – An Istanbul court’s order on February 19, 2020 to detain a prominent civic leader, Osman Kavala, demonstrates the extent to which Turkey’s government is abusing its justice system to target perceived critics, Human Rights Watch said today. The order for Kavala’s pretrial detention came the day after […]

Yemeni Activist Wins Prestigious Human Rights Award

Expand Demonstrators hold up pictures of detainees and a sign demanding “Justice for the prisoners and justice for the innocent” during a 2017 demonstration in Aden, Yemen.  © 2017 courtesy of Huda al-Sarari Yemeni human rights lawyer and activist Huda al-Sarari is in Geneva today to receive the Martin Ennals Award, given by 10 of the world’s leading human […]

From Chile to China: Human Rights Weekend 2020

Expand Program Human Rights Weekend 2020 Human Rights Watch (Amsterdam) – Human Rights Watch, De Balie, and partners proudly present the eighth edition of Human Rights Weekend, from 6 to 8 February 2020 at De Balie in Amsterdam. In a weekend of films, discussions, and more, participants will reflect on some of today’s most important human […]

Russia: Harsh Verdicts in Controversial Terrorism Cases

Expand Pictured (L) members of a left-wing group Set (Network) in court in Penza, Russia on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, when the court convicted seven members on terrorism charges, sentencing them to prison terms ranging from six to 18 years. (R) Eduard Nizamov. © 2020 AP Photo/David Frenkel (L); 2019 Private (R) (Berlin) – Russian military courts […]

Russia: Court Convicts Journalist for Activism

Expand Maxim Vernikov at his verdict announcement, Yekaterinburg, Russia. February 11, 2020.  © 2020 Private (Moscow) – A Russian court on February 11, 2020 found a journalist criminally responsible for involvement in an “undesirable” organization, Human Rights Watch said today. The journalist, Maxim Vernikov, was the first person convicted under a 2015 law that allows […]