Angola: Police Fire on Peaceful Protesters

Click to expand Image Angolan activist Nito Alves receives assistance from paramedics after being beaten by alleged plainclothes police officers during a peaceful anti-government protest in Luanda, on November 11, 2020. © Private (Johannesburg) – Angolan police used live bullets, teargas, and dogs to disperse a peaceful anti-government protest, killing one protester, in the capital, […]

Dozens of Prisoners Released in Syria

Click to expand Image A checkpoint in the Syrian city of Daraa. © 2018 Friedemann Kohler/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images On November 4, local news outlets reported that the Syrian government had released over 60 individuals from detention facilities in southern Syria and Damascus. While not the first such release, the news is a positive development in an […]

Cameroon: Gunmen Massacre School Children

Click to expand Image Screenshot of a video filmed outside Mother Francisca Bilingual Academy, in Kumba, South-West region, after the attack which killed 7 children on October 24, 2020 © Private (New York) – Gunmen stormed a private school in Cameroon’s Anglophone South-West region on October 24, 2020, killing 7 children and injuring at least […]

Russia Should Support Health Workers, Not Silence Them

Click to expand Image A medical specialist wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) takes a break at the City Clinical Hospital Number 15 which delivers treatment to COVID-19 patients in Moscow, Russia. May 25, 2020. © 2020 REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov As Russia reports record numbers of Covid-19 cases and deaths, authorities seem paradoxically concerned with preventing health […]

Curbing Political Threats by Law Enforcement in the US

Click to expand Image Phoenix Police Department vehicles block off a street in Phoenix, Arizona, May 30, 2020.  © 2020 AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin Recent politically motivated threats and calls for violence by local law enforcement officers in the United States underscore the need for government authorities to ensure police equally protect all members of […]

Asian Nations Reject UN Vote Against Death Penalty

Click to expand Image A view of the United Nations General Assembly, at UN headquarters, October 1, 2018.  © AP Photo/Richard Drew (Bangkok) – Eleven countries from the Asia-Pacific region were among the small minority that voted against a United Nations resolution opposing the death penalty, Human Rights Watch said today. On November 17, 120 […]

Tanzania: Repression Mars National Elections

Click to expand Image A woman inks her finger after voting in Zanzibar, Tanzania, October 28, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo (Nairobi) – Authorities in Tanzania killed at least four people and carried out other serious abuses that marred the national elections in late October and early November 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. They should […]

Is Saudi Arabia Serious About Clemency for Women Activists?

For more than two years, Saudi Arabia has locked up women’s rights activists who fought for – and won – women’s right to drive. But as the country is gearing up to virtually host the G20 World Leaders’ Summit November 21-22, it looks like the Saudi authorities are trying to change the narrative. Today, the […]

Afghan Police Take Page from Taliban Playbook

Click to expand Image Afghan National Police seen near the Defense Ministry compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, February 27, 2016. © 2016 AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini An Afghan police raid on the home of two female journalists in Kabul raises concerns about rising threats to women in public life – in this case from the Kabul police, […]

Malaysia: End Abusive Immigration Detention

Click to expand Image Police officers detain an immigrant from an apartment under enhanced lockdown in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, May 1, 2020.  © 2020 Reuters/Lim Huey Teng (Bangkok) – Malaysia should immediately release all children held in immigration detention facilities and allow the United Nations refugee agency regular access to those facilities, Human Rights Watch said today. […]