New Co-Chair of Human Rights Watch Board

(New York) – Neil Rimer, a Human Rights Watch board member since 2009, is joining Amy Rao as co-chair of the organization’s international board of directors. Rao, a tech entrepreneur, took on this role in October 2019, succeeding former co-chairs Hassan Elmasry and Robert Kissane.  Expand Neil Rimer Rimer steps into this leadership role as […]

Somalia: Spate of Arrests, Intimidation of Journalists

Expand Somali journalists in Mogadishu, Somalia December 29, 2019.  © REUTERS/Feisal Omar (Nairobi) – Somali authorities have been stepping up their intimidation of journalists as the country faces a growing number of Covid-19 cases. Since mid-April 2020 alone, authorities arbitrarily detained three journalists, accused two of various crimes, and prohibited a local radio station from […]

Jordan: Free Speech Threats Under Covid-19 Response

Expand Jordanian police personnel guard at a checkpoint during the second day of a nationwide curfew, amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Amman, Jordan.   © 2020 Reuters (Amman) – Jordanian authorities have arrested media workers and others and issued a vaguely worded emergency decree that could chill online discussion about Jordan’s […]

Ethiopia: Free Speech at Risk Amid Covid-19

Expand Ethiopian men read newspapers  at a cafe during a declared state of emergency in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Oct. 10, 2016.  © AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene (Nairobi) – The Ethiopian government has been using Covid-19 restrictions and a recently declared state of emergency as a pretext to restrict free speech. In the last month, the […]

UN Security Council Should Renew South Sudan Arms Embargo

Expand FILE: Opposition soldiers chant “Viva IO”, meaning “long live the opposition”, during a visit in August 2019 by a ceasefire monitoring team, at an opposition military camp near the town of Nimule in Eastern Equatoria state, South Sudan.  © AP Photo/Sam Mednick The United Nations Security Council should prioritize the protection of civilians in […]

Pakistan: Ahmadis Kept Off Minorities Commission

Expand A Pakistan Bureau of Statistics official and a soldier collect census information from an Ahmadi resident in Rabwah, Punjab, Pakistan in March 2017. © 2017 ARIF ALI/AFP via Getty Images © 2017 ARIF ALI/AFP via Getty Images (New York) – Pakistan’s government has excluded the long-persecuted Ahmadiyya community from a new government commission aimed […]

Hungary Rejects Opportunity to Protect Women from Violence

Expand Candles and silhouettes representing victims are placed during a rally to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women outside the Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, November 25, 2018. © 2018 Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP Amidst a disturbing global uptick in reports of domestic violence during Covid-19 lockdowns, Hungary has taken a leap […]

IMF: Empower Civic Groups Against Covid-19 Corruption

Expand Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund, attends a session on the first day of the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany, February 14, 2020.  © 2020 AP Photo/Jens Meyer (Washington, DC) – The International Monetary Fund should include anti-corruption measures in all its Covid-19 related emergency funding, 97 human rights and good […]

US Southern States Ease Covid-19 Restrictions, Risking Black Lives

Expand A worker walks in to the Paris Healthcare Center in Paris, Texas, April 29, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez Plans by governors in several southern states in the United States to ease Covid-19 related restrictions and stay-at-home orders are forcing workers to make an impossible choice: earn a living or put their health at risk. […]

U.S. Unalienable Rights Commission Shouldn’t Cherry-Pick Rights

The United States State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights should uphold international human rights commitments and not use freedom of religion as a cloak to permit violations of the rights of women, girls, and LGBTQ people, 167 leading human rights activists and groups from 28 countries said today in a letter to the Commission. Related […]