Belarus: Internet Disruptions, Online Censorship

Click to expand Image Protesters in Belarus, Minsk, holding up their smartphones. August 25, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Sergei Grits (Moscow) – Belarusian authorities are disrupting internet access and restricting content online in response to peaceful, countrywide protests, Human Rights Watch said today. For over 18 days, protesters have demanded fair presidential elections and investigations into […]

One talking point in the culture wars is that post-modern neo-Marxist college professors are indoctrinating the youth. Some take a more moderate view of college professors, simply regarding them as excessively liberal and indoctrinating the youth in liberal dogma. While I am confident that the academy is not ruled by Marxists, there are still interesting […]

Thailand: More Protest Leaders Arrested

Click to expand Image Over 10,000 people gathered in the streets around Bangkok’s Democracy Monument on August 16, 2020 calling for reform in the Thai government.  © 2020 Adryel Talamantes/NurPhoto via AP (New York) – Thai authorities are increasingly arresting pro-democracy leaders in Bangkok for their role in organizing the widening protests, Human Rights Watch […]

Cambodia: End Violence Against Detainees’ Families

Click to expand Image Family members of detained opposition activists hand in a petition calling for the British Embassy to ​speak out on human rights in Cambodia, July 24, 2020. © 2020 LICADHO (Bangkok) – The Cambodian authorities should stop harassing and forcibly dispersing family members protesting the detention of opposition political activists, Human Rights Watch […]

Indonesia: Reinstate Students Expelled Over Papua Protest

Click to expand Image Four students at Khairun University, Ternate, filed a lawsuit against their rector over their dismissal. They attended a hearing with lawyers and supporters at the Ambon court, Indonesia, August 4, 2020. © 2020 Christ Belseran (Jakarta) – Indonesia’s public Khairun University on Ternate Island should reinstate four students who were expelled after […]

Colombia: Uribe’s House Arrest Tests Rule of Law

Click to expand Image Alvaro Uribe, Colombia’s former president, attends a debate as a senator at the Congress in Bogota, Colombia, October 3, 2016. © 2016 Reuters (New York) – The Supreme Court’s August 3, 2020 decision to order the pretrial house arrest of former president and senator Alvaro Uribe is a critical test for […]

Protect Human Rights Defenders in Liberia

(Nairobi) – Recent credible threats against human rights defenders who, for many years, have been fighting for justice alongside victims of Liberia’s civil wars are a source of great concern, nine human rights organizations said today. The threats were made to staff of the well-respected Global Justice and Research Project (GJRP), as well as to […]

Muzzling Journalists: Morocco and Algeria Can Agree on That

Click to expand Image Journalists Khaled Drareni (Left) and Omar Radi (Right). © Private; Fanny Hedenmo Morocco and Algeria are neighbors and rivals, sharing one of the world’s longest closed-land borders, vying for diplomatic supremacy in the Maghreb region, sparring over Western Sahara, and insulting each other’s governments daily via state-influenced media. But recent prosecutions of […]

Haiti: Football Sex Abuse Case Witnesses Threatened

Click to expand Image Women hold up signs demanding justice during the hearing of the president of the Fédération Haïtienne De Football (FHF), Yves Jean-Bart, regarding allegations that he abused female athletes at the country’s national training center, outside the courthouse in Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, Thursday, May 14, 2020. As reported in the Guardian, survivors and family […]