Bad News for the US on World Prematurity Day

Click to expand Image Farmworkers, considered essential workers under the current Covid-19 pandemic guidelines, work a strawberry field in Santa Paula, California, April 15, 2020.  © 2020 AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez The nonprofit March of Dimes, which works to improve the health of mothers and babies in the United States, issued its “Annual Report Card” on […]

Iran: Prisoners Who Reported Abuse Charged

Click to expand Image A campaign poster showing environmental activists, Taher Ghadirian, Niloufar Bayani, Amirhossein Khaleghi, Houman Jokar, Sam Rajabi, Sepideh Kashani, Morad Tahbaz and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, who have been in detention for six months.  © 2018 #anyhopefornature Campaign (Beirut) – Iranian judiciary authorities are prosecuting human rights defenders for reporting abuse in detention, Human […]

India: Counterterrorism Raids Targeting Peaceful Critics

Click to expand Image An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard as National Investigation Agency personnel search the residence of Agence France-Presse’s correspondent Parvaiz Bukhari on the outskirts of Srinagar, Kashmir, October 28, 2020.  © 2020 AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan (New York) – The Indian government is using counterterrorism operations to silence peaceful dissenters, human rights activists, […]

Russia: Authorities Targeting Free Speech at a University

Click to expand Image Tens of thousands of people rallied in central Moscow Russia, Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019, for the third consecutive weekend to protest the exclusion of opposition and independent candidates from the Russian capital’s city council ballot. © 2019 AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko (Moscow) – Prosecutors have ordered a university in Moscow to submit […]

US, Australia Hit New Lows on Refugee Resettlement

Click to expand Image Abdisellam Hassen Ahmed, a Somali refugee who had been stuck in limbo after President Donald Trump temporarily banned refugee entries, walks with his wife Nimo Hashi, and his 2-year-old daughter, Taslim, who he met for the first time after arriving at Salt Lake City International Airport, February 10, 2017. © 2017 […]

Biden Administration Should End US Assault on United Nations

Click to expand Image President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, November 10, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster US President-elect Joe Biden should move quickly after his January 20, 2021 inauguration to end the Trump administration’s sustained assault on the United Nations and restore funding for lifesaving UN agencies the outgoing administration sought […]

China Grudgingly Gets UN Rights Body Seat

Click to expand Image Chinese Vice-Foreign Affairs Minister Le Yucheng speaks during the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of China, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, November 6, 2018. © 2018 Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP Today, the Chinese government, which is responsible for industrial-scale human rights violations, including the arbitrary […]

Beginning of the End for ‘Virginity Exams’ in Pakistan?

Click to expand Image The Lahore High Court, in Lahore, Pakistan. © WikiMedia Last week, Pakistan’s Ministry of Law and Justice recommended that the so-called “two-finger test” – invasive and medically meaningless vaginal exams imposed upon women and girls to determine whether they are virgins – should not be part of any criminal investigation. Putting an […]

North Korea: Horrific Pretrial Detention System

Click to expand Image Illustration of a North Korean pre-trial detention and investigation facility (kuryujang) based on former detainees’ testimonies told to Human Rights Watch and the illustrator’s personal experience in detention. © 2020 Choi Seong Guk for Human Rights Watch (Seoul) – The North Korean pretrial detention and investigation system is arbitrary and lacks […]

Japan: Raise Rights on Trip to Vietnam, Indonesia

Click to expand Image Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a press conference at the prime minister’s official residence Wednesday, September 16, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. © Carl Court/Pool Photo via AP (Tokyo) – Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, should press the governments of Vietnam and Indonesia to improve their deteriorating human […]