Mauritania: Blogger in ‘Blasphemy’ Case Freed After 5 Years

(Beirut) – Mauritania’s authorities freed a blogger on July 29, 2019, who had been held in a blasphemy case for five and-a-half years, Human Rights Watch said today. Expand Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir.  © Private Mohamed Cheikh Ould Mkhaitir was freed three days before the inauguration of the new president, Mohamed Ould Ghezouani. The authorities […]

Bangladesh: Heed UN Recommendations on Torture

Expand Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the 73rd session of the United Nations General Assembly Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, at the United Nations headquarters.  © 2019 AP Photo/Frank Franklin II (Geneva) – Bangladesh should implement the recommendations made by the United Nations Committee against Torture to end the widespread practice of torture in the […]

Massachusetts State Senate Votes to Ban Child Marriage

Expand Massachusetts child marriage survivor Tammy Monteiro joins coalition members in a chain-in protest to end child marriage at the Massachusetts State House.  © 2019 Steph Solis/MassLive Yesterday, the Massachusetts State Senate unanimously voted in favor of Senate Bill S.2294 to ban child marriage in the state. After each senator said “yes,” the public gallery, […]

Crackdown on Moscow Political Opposition Intensifies

Expand A mass peaceful protest by the Moscow election commission building, July 14, 2019. © 2013 © AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin After denying numerous opposition candidates the chance to run in the city’s election, Russian authorities doubled down on Wednesday by opening a criminal investigation into “election interference,” targeting some of the very candidates who were excluded […]

Venezuela: UN Should Set Commission of Inquiry

Expand Delegates sit at the opening of the 41th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, June 24, 2019. © 2019 Magali Girardin/Keystone via AP (Geneva) – The United Nations Human Rights Council should establish a commission of inquiry during its September 2019 session […]

US: Syrians Face Danger Without Temporary Protection

Expand Destroyed house from US-led coalition strike that killed 13 civilians in Tal al-Jayer, Syria in July 2017. © 2019 Sara Kayyali/Human Rights Watch (Washington, DC) – The US should renew its grant of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to almost 7,000 Syrians living in the United States, Human Rights Watch said today. People forced to […]

Kenya Fails to Honor Human Rights Promises to UN

Expand Policemen attempt to disperse supporters of Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance (NASA) coalition along Likoni road as they are repulsed from accessing city Centre, in Nairobi, Kenya November 17, 2017.  © REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya Human Rights Watch submitted a report to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council last week, […]

Australia: Press Laos to Protect Rights

Expand Surachai Danwattananusorn, prominent Thai anti-monarchist, and two close aides were reportedly abducted in Vientiane in December 2018.  © 2018 Private (Sydney, August 12, 2019) – The Australian government should press the Lao government to take serious steps to remedy its poor human rights record at the 6th Australia-Laos human rights dialogue on August 12, […]

Israel: Court Delays Hearing to Deport Rights Activist

(Jerusalem, July 24, 2019) – Israel’s Supreme Court delayed a July 25, 2019 hearing on whether the Israeli government can deport a Human Rights Watch employee for speaking out on unlawful settlements, Human Rights Watch said today. In a rare move made less than 24 hours ahead of the hearing, the court delayed the case against […]

Eritrea: Conscription System’s Toll on Education

Expand Satellite Imagery of the Sawa military camp, including the Warsai Yikealo Secondary School, recorded in January 2015.  Imagery © DigitalGlobe – Maxar Technologies 2019; Source: Google Earth (Nairobi) – Eritrea’s use of secondary school to channel students into indefinite government service and its conscription of teachers subjects students and teachers to forced labor and […]