Kazakhstan: Improper Prosecution of Asylum Seekers from China

Expand Kazakhstan is prosecuting Kaster Musakhanuly (left) and Murager Alimuly (right), two ethnic Kazakh, Chinese citizens from Xinjiang, who are seeking asylum and at risk of torture if returned to China. Zaysan, January 6, 2020.  © 2020 Khadisha Akaeva RFE/RL (Berlin) – Kazakhstan should not forcibly return two Chinese citizens fleeing ill-treatment in Xinjiang or […]

South Korea Shouldn’t Backslide on LGBT Rights

Expand Participants march with a rainbow flag during a gay pride parade in Seoul © AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon   Conservative lawmakers in South Korea have already blocked the passage of nondiscrimination laws that would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people and other minorities. Now, they’re trying to defang one of the few watchdogs […]

Vietnam: Longtime Critic Facing Trial

(Bangkok) – Vietnamese authorities should drop all charges against the blogger Pham Van Diep and immediately release him, Human Rights Watch said today. Expand Pham Van Diep  © 2018 private Pham Van Diep will face trial on November 26, 2019 in Thanh Hoa Province on charges of posting, liking, and sharing information on Facebook in […]

Philippine Vice President Could Score a ‘Drug War’ Win

Expand Philippine Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo, center, poses with supporters at Manila’s Rizal Park, December 30, 2018 in Manila, Philippines. © 2018 AP Photo/Bullit Marquez No one was surprised when Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo said recently that the country’s “war on drugs,” in which police have admitted to killing more than 5,500 people, was […]

Indonesia to Expand Abusive Blasphemy Law

Expand Muslim protesters display flags with Arabic writings that read: “There’s no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger” during a rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.  © AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim Indonesia is set to expand its abusive blasphemy laws as part of an overhaul of the country’s Criminal Code. In September […]

Gambia Brings Genocide Case Against Myanmar

Expand Rohingya refugees gather in an open field at Kutupalong refugee camp in Ukhia, Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh to commemorate the two-year anniversary of the Myanmar military’s ethnic cleansing campaign in Rakhine State on August 25, 2019.  © 2019 K M Asad/LightRocket via Getty Images (The Hague) – The Gambia’s case against Myanmar at the International Court […]

Countering Domestic Violence Myths in Armenia

Expand Taguhi shows scars on her neck and shoulder. In 2016, her former husband attacked her and her mother with an axe, killing her mother.  © 2016 Nazik Armenakyan (Daphne.am) A human rights expert body has hopefully put to rest harmful myths circulating in Armenia about a European treaty on combatting violence against women. Domestic […]

Cameroon: Political Opponent Freed

Expand Maurice Kamto holds a news conference at his headquarter in Yaounde, Cameroon October 8, 2018.  © REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra   (New York)– Cameroon President Paul Biya ordered the release on October 4 of a prominent opposition leader, Maurice Kamto. The president also ordered the release of other members and supporters of Kamto’s party, the Cameroon […]

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 […]

Iranian Women Rebel Against Dress Code

Expand Iranian women wearing hijab walk down a street in the capital Tehran on February 7, 2018. A spate of unprecedented protests against Iran’s mandatory headscarves for women have been tiny in number, but have still reignited a debate that has preoccupied the Islamic republic since its founding.   © 2018 ATTA KENARE/AFP/Getty Images Iran’s […]