How to Chart an Equitable Exit from the Pandemic

Click to expand Image A person in Soweto, South Africa receives an injection as they participate in a clinical trial for a Covid-19 vaccine in June 2020.  © 2020 Siphiwe Sibeko/AFP via Getty Images Today marks World Health Day with the World Health Organization (WHO) calling for increased government investment and cooperation to tackle global health […]

Russia Slows Down Twitter Access

Click to expand Image A mobile phone user turns on Twitter application on his smartphone in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, March 10, 2021. © 2021 AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko Today, Russian authorities claimed they slowed down access to Twitter in Russia in response to the social media site’s failure to take down allegedly illegal content. Russian authorities […]

Myanmar: Scrap Sweeping Cybersecurity Bill

Click to expand Image State Administrative Council Chairman and Commander-in-Chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing makes a televised statement in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, February 11, 2021. © 2021 Tatmadaw True Information Team Facebook page via AP (Bangkok) – Myanmar’s military junta has put forward a draconian bill that would give it sweeping powers to access user data, […]

Singapore Spying on Students’ Laptops

Click to expand Image A student uses a laptop for schoolwork while participating in remote learning, September 7, 2020. © 2020 Press Association via AP Images Singapore’s Education Ministry has made it mandatory for secondary school students to install tracking and remote access software on all laptops issued under a national digital literacy program, and […]

Foreigners Living with HIV in Jordan Face an Impossible Choice

Click to expand Image Silhouettes are cast on a Jordanian national flag in Amman, Jordan, November 30, 2016.  © 2020 AP Photo/Mohammad Hannon In Jordan, medical professionals and health facilities are mandated to report an individual’s HIV status to the government. Foreign nationals found to be HIV-positive are summarily deported regardless of the consequences to their […]

China: 12 Hong Kong Protesters Held Incommunicado

Click to expand Image Relatives of 12 Hong Kong activists apprehended at sea by Chinese authorities call for their family members to be returned to the territory, saying their legal rights were being violated, at a press conference in Hong Kong, September 12, 2020. ©2020 AP Photo/Kin Cheung (New York) –The Chinese authorities should allow […]

Argentina: Legalize Abortion

(Washington, DC) – The life and health of anyone who is pregnant in Argentina will be at risk as long as access to abortion and post-abortion care remains heavily restricted, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. Congress should legalize abortion to protect their fundamental rights, given the insurmountable obstacles they face when trying to access abortion under the limited exceptions authorized by law. The 77-page report named […]

A 10-Year-Old Girl’s Ordeal to Have a Legal Abortion in Brazil

Click to expand Image Pro-choice demonstrators at a protest in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 8, 2018. © 2018 AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo Earlier this month, a 10-year-old-girl in Espírito Santo State, Brazil, discovered she was pregnant after 4 years of repeated rape by her uncle, who threatened her to keep quiet. The girl, who […]

Belarus: Internet Disruptions, Online Censorship

Click to expand Image Protesters in Belarus, Minsk, holding up their smartphones. August 25, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Sergei Grits (Moscow) – Belarusian authorities are disrupting internet access and restricting content online in response to peaceful, countrywide protests, Human Rights Watch said today. For over 18 days, protesters have demanded fair presidential elections and investigations into […]