Syria: Restart Efforts to Find Victims Kidnapped by ISIS

(Beirut) – Local authorities in northern Syria have failed to advance efforts to find people kidnapped by ISIS more than a year after its territorial defeat in Syria, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should promptly dedicate resources to uncover what happened to the thousands of missing people. During ISIS’s reign in Syria, the […]

Social Media Platforms Remove War Crimes Evidence

Click to expand Image YouTube, which is owned by Google, says it is implementing “cutting-edge machine-learning technology” designed to identify and remove millions of pieces of uploaded content, including content identified as “violent or graphic,” “hateful and abusive,” a “promotion of violence and violent extremism,” and “spam, misleading, or scams.” © 2017 Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via […]

Global Coalition urges UN to Address China’s Human Rights Abuses

Click to expand Image U.N. headquarters Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019. © AP Photo/Jeenah Moon (Geneva) – The United Nations should urgently create an independent international mechanism to address the Chinese government’s human rights violations, a global coalition of 321 civil society groups said today in an open letter. The groups hailed from more than 60 […]

Jordan: Arrests, Forced Dispersal at Teacher Protests

Click to expand Image  Jordanian police block a road in front of protestors in Irbid, north of Jordan on August 1, 2020. © 2020 Momen Malkawi (Amman) – Jordanian authorities have exploited the country’s Covid-19 pandemic to forcibly disperse public protests against the arbitrary closure of the country’s Teachers Syndicate and mass arrests of its […]

Indonesia: Investigate Police Raid on ‘Gay Party’

Click to expand Image Men arrested in a raid of a gay party sit inside a vehicle after a news conference at Jakarta police headquarters in Jakarta, Indonesia, September 2, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana (New York) – The Indonesian government should urgently investigate a police raid on a private gathering of 56 men in Jakarta […]

Philippines Soldiers Accused of Beating Indigenous People

Click to expand Image Filipino army troopers patrol a street in the Philippines in the early morning, March 15, 2020.  © 2020 AP Photo/Aaron Favila Soldiers in the Philippines allegedly detained and beat three Indigenous people in Zambales province, northwest of Manila, and forced one detainee to eat human feces. The incident occurred on August 21, […]

Covid-19 Spreads in Indonesia’s Overcrowded Prisons

Click to expand Image An Indonesian Red Cross worker wearing a protective suit sprays disinfectant at a prison in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia, March 23, 2020. © 2020 Agvi Firdaus/SIPA via AP Images At least 17 prisons in Indonesia have Covid-19 cases, with 120 inmates and 18 officials infected with the coronavirus, according to a joint […]

Philippine Rights Group Under Attack

Click to expand Image Zara Alvarez © Christina Palabay/Facebook A longstanding human rights organization in the Philippines disclosed on Monday that two of its officers, along with several activists working for other groups, had received death threats. In a series of tweets, Karapatan, a left-wing political group, identified the people targeted and said they were […]

Syria: Health Workers Lack Protection in Pandemic

Click to expand Image A health worker with a face mask walks inside a hospital, as hospitals enforce a series of measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Damascus, Syria March 19, 2020. © 2020 Reuters/Omar Sanadiki (Beirut) – Syrian authorities are failing to protect health workers at the front line of the […]