Talks Restart to Curb Explosive Weapons Use in Populated Areas

Click to expand Image Children in front of the Africa/Ayga hotel likely damaged by a direct fire weapon in Humera town, Tigray region, Ethiopia, on November 22, 2020. © 2020 Eduardo Soteras for Agence France Press The Covid-19 pandemic has put the brakes on many things, including the negotiations to conclude a new political declaration […]

Malaysia’s Highest Court Strikes Down State Gay Sex Ban

Click to expand Image LGBT Rainbow Flag © 2008 Ludovic Berton (Wikimedia Commons) Malaysia’s Federal Court on February 25 ruled that a state law banning consensual same-sex conduct was unconstitutional. While the ruling leaves intact a federal statute criminalizing same-sex relations, it does bring relief to those who have faced persecution from religious enforcement agencies […]

Saudi Arabia: Proposed Reforms Neglect Basic Rights

Click to expand Image The face of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman appears on a large billboard on West Cromwell Road, on March 7, 2018, in London, England. “He is bringing change to Saudi Arabia,” the ads say. © Richard Baker / In Pictures via Getty Images (Beirut) – Saudi Arabia recently announced a […]

Algeria’s Hirak Protest Movement Marks Second Anniversary

Click to expand Image Algerians demonstrate in Algiers to mark the second anniversary of the Hirak movement, February 22, 2021.  © 2021 AP Photo/Toufik Doudou The numbers were down from the hundreds of thousands who filled the streets of Algerian cities when the “Hirak” protest movement began, but the thousands who marched February 22, despite Covid-19 […]

Philippines: Free Duterte Critic Held 4 Years

Click to expand Image Philippines opposition Senator Leila de Lima, second right, shows the printout of her cast ballot for the country’s midterm elections on May 13, 2019 in Paranaque, southeast of Manila, Philippines. De Lima, who has been in police detention since February 2017 on alleged drug charges, was given a 2-hour furlough to […]

US: Biden Acts to Undo Trump Damage to Women’s Health

Click to expand Image A woman walks past a mural on a Family Health Options clinic in the Kibera slums in Nairobi, Kenya, May 16, 2017. © 2017 Reuters (Washington, DC) – United States President Joe Biden has issued a presidential memorandum that is an important first step to repair harm to sexual and reproductive health and […]

New York City Should Support Street Vending for a More Just Recovery

Click to expand Image Street vendors and supporters march across Brooklyn Bridge during a rally in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, November 12, 2020. © 2020 Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images New York City’s roughly 20,000 street vendors have suffered enormously this past year, as the Covid-19 pandemic compounded perennial challenges such as the lack of […]

Mexican Senate Takes a Step to Protect Women with Disabilities

Click to expand Image Women with disabilities demonstrate against violence in Mexico City, Mexico, March 8, 2020.  © 2020 Mexicanas con Discapacidad This week, Mexico’s Senate approved a reform to the country’s General Law for Women’s Access to a Life free from Violence by including disability as one of the elements prosecutors and courts must evaluate when […]

Two Journalists in Belarus Jailed in Retaliation for Their Work

Click to expand Image Journalists Ekaterina Andreyeva (Bakhvalova), right, and Daria Chultsova embrace inside the defendants’ cage during a court hearing in Minsk, Belarus, February 9, 2021. © 2021 AP Photo Today a district court in Minsk, Belarus sentenced journalist Katsiaryna Andreyeva and her colleague and camerawoman Daria Chultsova to two years in prison having […]

Saudi Arabia: Further Textbook Reforms Needed

Click to expand Image Then-Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a graduation ceremony at King Faisal Air College in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 25, 2017.  © 2017 Reuters (Beirut) – Saudi Arabia has taken important steps to purge its school religion textbooks of hateful and intolerant language, but the current texts maintain language that […]