Kuwait: Jailed Bidun Activists on Hunger Strike

Expand Bidun residential area in Taima, al-Jahra, Kuwait.  © 2019 Human Rights Watch (Beirut) – More than a dozen Bidun activists detained in Kuwait since July 2019 began a hunger strike on August 22 to protest human rights violations against themselves and the Bidun community, Human Rights Watch said today. Kuwaiti authorities should ensure that […]

Lebanon: Migrant Family Detained

Expand People wave a Lebanese national flag during a protest in Central Beirut December 11, 2006. © 2006 Reuters (Beirut) – Lebanon’s General Security has detained a Sudanese-Sri Lankan family of seven, including four children under age 18, threatening to deport the parents to different countries for lacking residency papers, the Anti-Racism Movement (ARM), Amnesty […]

Human Rights Watch Names Nic Dawes Deputy Executive Director

Human Rights Watch announced today the appointment of Nic Dawes as its first deputy executive director. The step strengthens the rapidly growing organization as it confronts the considerable challenges before the human rights movement. Dawes will report to Kenneth Roth, the Human Rights Watch executive director, and the organization’s board of directors. He will supervise […]

Lebanon: Entry Ban Follows Gender, Sexuality Conference

Expand People wave a Lebanese national flag during a protest in Central Beirut December 11, 2006. © 2006 Reuters (Beirut) – Lebanese General Security has banned a group of activists and academics from re-entering Lebanon following their participation in a September 2018 conference on gender and sexuality, Human Rights Watch, the Arab Foundation for Freedoms […]

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, […]

Embed from Getty Images As noted in an earlier essay, the Trump administration plans to modify the Health and Human Services (HHS) civil rights office to protect health care workers who have moral or religious objections to performing certain medical procedures or treating certain patients.  In that essay I addressed the general moral issue of  […]

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 […]