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 […]

Ohio, Texas Use COVID-19 to Stop Abortions

Expand An activist seen holding a placard that reads, “protect safe, legal abortion” during a Stop the Bans rally in Dayton, Ohio, May 19, 2019. © 2019 Sipa via AP Images Officials in the US states of Ohio and Texas are using the coronavirus as a politically expedient excuse to halt abortions – a move that […]

China Again in UN Hotseat Over Xinjiang Abuses

Expand Government social media post in April 2017 shows detainees in a political education camp in Lop County, Hotan Prefecture, Xinjiang.  © Xinjiang Bureau of Justice WeChat Account This week China found itself in the hotseat at the United Nations, where it was questioned about the more than one million Turkic Muslims whom Chinese authorities […]

Colombia: Uphold Women’s Rights in Abortion Case

Expand Women organize green cloth banners to be placed on sculptures of Colombian artist Fernando Botero during a protest in Medellin, Colombia on September 28, 2019. © 2019 Getty Images VIEWPRESS/ Fredy Builes Corbis via Getty Images (Washington, DC) – Colombia’s Constitutional Court should uphold women’s rights in deciding a case regarding access to abortion, […]

Bangladesh: Online Surveillance, Control

Expand Bangladeshi photojournalists and journalists form a human chain infront of National Press Club protesting the attacks on them during the students’ ongoing protest demanding safe roads, in Dhaka, Bangladesh on August 7, 2018. © 2018 Mamunur RashidNurPhoto/Sipa USA (New York) – Bangladesh authorities are blocking access to online news sites in violation of the […]

Lebanon: Access to Information Law Stalled

Expand Lebanese members of parliament attend a general parliament discussion in downtown Beirut, Lebanon October 17, 2017 © 2017 Reuters/Mohamed Azakir (Beirut) – Lebanese authorities have largely failed to comply with the country’s Right to Access to Information Law, and the government has not established the body designated to oversee its implementation nearly three years […]