Azerbaijan: Opposition Leader Arrested

Expand Policemen bringing the opposition leader Tofig Yagublu to Nizami District Court of Baku, March 23, 2020. © 2020 Azadliq Radiosu/RFERL (Berlin) – Azerbaijani authorities have arrested a prominent opposition leader and ardent government critic, Tofig Yagublu, on spurious hooliganism charges, Human Rights Watch said today. Yagublu’s arrest comes days after President Ilham Aliyev made comments suggesting […]

Cambodia: COVID-19 Clampdown on Free Speech

Expand A policeman (center) and others wear face masks as a preventive measure against COVID-19, at a market in Phnom Penh on March 17, 2020.   © 2020 TANG CHHIN Sothy/AFP via Getty Images (Bangkok) – Cambodian authorities should stop arresting people for expressing concerns about COVID-19’s impact in Cambodia and claiming they are spreading […]

Greece/EU: Urgently Relocate Lone Children

Expand A boy stands next to a hole in the fence of the Moria camp following rainfall, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, November 22, 2019.  © 2019 Elias Marcou/Reuters (Athens) – European Union (EU) Member States should urgently relocate unaccompanied children from the Greek islands to safety in their territory, while ensuring that the […]

Algeria: One Year On, Activists Languish in Jail

Expand Algerians demonstrate to protest against the government, in Algiers Friday, Jan.3, 2020. © AP Photo/Fateh Guidoum (Beirut) – Dozens of protesters and activists remain in jail a year after pro-democracy protests began in Algeria, Human Rights Watch said today. Many are facing trial hearings in February and March 2020. Following presidential elections in December […]

US Nursing Home Visitor Ban Isolates Seniors

Expand The single-story Life Care Center, a facility in Kirkland, Washington, March 18, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Elaine Thompson Last week, in response to the spread of the coronavirus, the United States Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the regulator for over 15,000 nursing homes in the US, announced a “no visitors” policy for […]

US: Address Impact of Covid-19 on Poor

Expand A restaurant employee with her son leaves with her paycheck, in Brooklyn, New York, March 19, 2020. The restaurant company, which has closed its four locations due to the coronavirus, laid off 650 of 850 employees.  © 2020 AP Photo/Mark Lennihan (New York) – The COVID-19 outbreak in the United States has put a […]

Exiled Tajik Activist Brutally Attacked in Lithuania

This week, two men attacked and injured a Tajik activist living in exile in Lithuania, the latest in a long line of what appear to be politically-motivated attacks on critics of the Tajikistan government. Expand Ilhomjon Yakubov after the attack on March 16, 2020, Kaunas, Lithuania. © 2020 Private The victim, Ilhomjon Yakubov, is the […]

US: Plan to Shut Border Endangers Asylum Seekers

Expand In a photo taken on November 6, 2019, Border Patrol agents hold a group near McAllen, Texas, along the US-Mexico border. © 2019 AP Photo/Eric Gay (Washington, DC) – A Trump administration plan to immediately return to Mexico all asylum seekers who cross between ports of entry without any examination of their protection claims violates […]

Syria’s Detainees Left Even More Vulnerable to Coronavirus

Expand Locations of detention centers that were identified by multiple witnesses. Using satellite imagery, Human Rights Watch asked the victims and defectors to point out the buildings where torture took place. Former detainees and defectors corroborated the findings. Copyright info is © 2012 Human Rights Watch As countries around the world struggle to contain the […]

Sudan: UN/AU Plan for Darfur Falls Short

Expand United Nations Mission in Darfur peacekeepers stand guard in Shagra village, North Darfur, October 18, 2012.  © 2012 Reuters (New York, March 16, 2020) – The proposal by the United Nations and the African Union to limit the UN’s protection role in Sudan threatens the safety and security of civilians in Darfur, Human Rights Watch said […]