Belarus: Crackdown on Independent Journalism

Click to expand Image Katsiaryna Barysevich, a journalist for the independent TUT.BY news website enters a court room during a trial in Minsk on 19 February, 2021. © 2021 RAMIL NASIBULIN/BELTA/AFP via Getty Images (Moscow) – Belarusian authorities have escalated repression against independent journalists in the past five months, Human Rights Watch said today. The […]

Qatar: Male Guardianship Severely Curtails Women’s Rights

Click to expand Image A girl and a woman fly a kite along the promenade by the Doha corniche in the Qatari capital on March 16, 2020. © 2020 AFP via Getty Images (Beirut, March 29, 2021) – Qatar’s discriminatory male guardianship system denies women the right to make many key decisions about their lives, […]

Rights of Sri Lankan Muslims Need International Protection

Click to expand Image Sri Lankan municipal cemetery workers carry the coffin of a Covid-19 virus victim for cremation in Colombo, Sri Lanka, December 21, 2020.  © 2020 Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via AP The Sri Lankan government’s announcement that it would finally end its medically baseless policy of “forced cremation” of people who die with Covid-19 […]

The UK Supreme Court Has Failed Shamima Begum

Click to expand Image Renu Begum, eldest sister of Shamima Begum, 15, holds her sister’s photo as she is interviewed by the media at New Scotland Yard, London, England, February 22, 2015. © 2015 Laura Lean/WPA Pool/Getty Images The United Kingdom’s highest court delivered a shocking blow to justice when it ruled that Shamima Begum, who was […]

Lebanon: Action Needed on Syrian Refugee Education Crisis

Click to expand Image Fewer than half of the school-age refugee children in Lebanon are in formal education. (Brussels) – Governments should address the unprecedented education crisis facing Syrian refugee children in Lebanon at the March 30, 2021, ministerial conference in Brussels on Supporting Syria and the Region, Human Rights Watch said today. Donors should […]

Sri Lanka: Landmark UN Resolution Promotes Justice

Click to expand Image In this April 6, 2015  file photo, Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil women sit holding placards with portraits of their missing relatives as they protest out side a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka. © AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File (New York) – The United Nations Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka is […]

Yemen: UAE-Backed Forces Torture Journalist

Click to expand Image Members of UAE-backed southern Yemeni separatist forces stand by a tank during clashes with government forces in Aden, Yemen August 10, 2019. © 2019 REUTERS/Fawaz Salman (Sanaa) – The United Arab Emirates (UAE)-backed Southern Transitional Council (STC) security forces in southern Yemen have arbitrarily detained a Yemeni journalist since September 17, […]

Dozens Killed in Prison Uprisings in Ecuador

Click to expand Image Tear gas rises from parts of Turi jail where an inmate riot broke out in Cuenca, Ecuador, February 23, 2021. © 2021 AP Photo/Marcelo Suquilanda Riots that broke out in four large prisons in Ecuador on February 23 have left at least 79 detainees dead. The prisons, located in Guayaquil, Cuenca, […]

Hong Kong Repression’s True Cost

Click to expand Image A protester is tackled by riot police during a demonstration outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, June 12, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Kin Cheung The Hong Kong government’s budget for this year, released on Wednesday, has a new line item: “safeguarding national security.” It carries a price tag of HK$8 billion […]

A Boost to Same-Sex Marriage in Japan

Click to expand Image Lawyers and supporters hold rainbow flags and a banner outside Sapporo District Court in Sapporo, Japan, March 17, 2021.  © 2021 Yohei Fukai/Kyodo News via AP It was quite something to see a district court judge break into tears as she read her verdict declaring the denial of marriage registration to […]