Amnesty International Staffer Challenges Israel’s Travel Ban

Expand Laith Abu Zeyad, a campaigner for Amnesty International, in front of Israel’s separation barrier in Jerusalem. © 2020 Private Amnesty International will soon challenge in a Jerusalem court a travel ban that the Israeli government imposed on its campaigner for Israel and Palestine, Laith Abu Zeyad. The hearing is slated for May 31. Six […]

Caregivers Overwhelmed by Increased Demands Under Pandemic

Click to expand Image A schoolgirl taking online classes with her mother at home in Nonthaburi, Thailand, May 2020. © 2020 Vachira Vachira/NurPhoto via AP The Covid-19 pandemic has dramatically increased the time many people, particularly women, spend caring for others. In an ongoing global Human Rights Watch survey, most respondents said the pandemic affected […]

Ailing Cameroon Separatist Leader Deserves Proper Medical Care

Expand The High Security Prison in Yaoundé, Cameroon, where separatist leader Blaise Sevidzem Berinyuy, also known as Shufai, is being held, February 2019. © Private Separatist leader Blaise Sevidzem Berinyuy, also known as Shufai, was discharged from the hospital and sent back to a high security prison in Yaoundé on May 21, despite his critical […]

Tanzania: Prisoners’ Rights Ignored in Covid-19 Response

Expand Tanzania’s President John Magufuli leaves after inspecting a guard of honour during his official visit to Nairobi, Kenya October 31, 2016. © 2016 Reuters (Kampala) – The Tanzanian government should allow all inmates access to legal counsel to ensure their rights are respected amid the Covid-19 crisis, Human Rights Watch said today. On May […]

US: Trump Attacks Social Media Platforms

Click to expand Image A moving billboard with an image depicting President Trump as Pinocchio circles the White House, May 28, 2020. © 2020 Eric Kayne/AP Images for AVAAZ (Washington, DC, May 29, 2020) – President Donald Trump’s May 28, 2020 executive order, Preventing Online Censorship, is a profound attack against online freedom of expression […]

Sri Lankan Officials Stoke Covid-19 Communal Hate

Expand A Sri Lankan firefighter sprays disinfectants near a mosque in Colombo, Sri Lanka, May 10, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena Eleven years since the end of Sri Lanka’s long and brutal civil war, the government has disavowed promised steps toward truth, justice, and accountability for war crimes. Instead, recent years have witnessed a […]

Rwanda: Major Step Toward Justice for Genocide

Expand Félicien Kabuga on his US Department of State wanted poster. Photo source: US Department of State (Paris) – The arrest of Félicien Kabuga, one of the alleged masterminds behind the Rwandan genocide, in France on May 16, 2020 brings victims and survivors one step closer to justice 26 years later. Kabuga is charged by an […]

Panama: Government Takes Step to End Quarantine Gender Discrimination

May 18, 2020 Video Panama: Government Takes Step to End Quarantine Gender Discrimination Protect Transgender People From Police, Security Guard Abuse (Washington DC) – The government of Panama has taken an important initial step to address the discriminatory impacts of its gender-based quarantine measures on transgender people by communicating its concern to security agencies, Human […]

Kurdish Authorities Clampdown Ahead of Protests

Expand A view of the city of Dohuk in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. © 2017 Laurence Geai/SIPA via AP Images Kurdistan Regional Government (KRI) authorities have just hammered another nail into the proverbial coffin of free expression in Iraq, arresting dozens in an effort to prevent a planned protest. According to a journalist  and […]

Iraq: New Government, New Legislative Agenda

Expand The opening session of Iraq’s new parliament on September 3, 2018 in Baghdad, Iraq. © 2018 Getty Images (Beirut) – The Iraqi government and parliament should pass legislation to address key human rights shortcomings in Iraq’s legal system and take measures to minimize the risks Covid-19 poses to people in prison, Human Rights Watch […]