Nigeria’s Rising Number of Missing Persons

Click to expand Image Family members of the kidnapped Nigerian Chibok girls, Nigeria, October 18, 2016. © 2016 AP Photo/Olamikan Gbemiga Hundreds of people are missing from a town in northeast Nigeria following an attack by suspected Boko Haram fighters on August 18. Witnesses told me most were abducted by the insurgents or went missing as […]

Unprecedented Glimpse of Crisis in North Korea

Click to expand Image North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a plenary meeting of the Workers’ Party in Pyongyang, North Korea, August 19, 2020.  © 2020 Korea News Service via AP On August 20, Kim Jong Un offered a rare public acknowledgement of several crises North Korea is currently facing. Citing “severe internal and […]

Russia Needs an Investigation into Navalny’s Illness

Click to expand Image Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny takes part in a march in memory of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in Moscow, Russia, February 29, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin, File Update (August 21, 2020): According to media reports, on the evening of August 21, Russian doctors in Omsk gave permission for Navalny to […]

Philippine Rights Group Under Attack

Click to expand Image Zara Alvarez © Christina Palabay/Facebook A longstanding human rights organization in the Philippines disclosed on Monday that two of its officers, along with several activists working for other groups, had received death threats. In a series of tweets, Karapatan, a left-wing political group, identified the people targeted and said they were […]

Renters in England Are Braced for Mass Evictions

Click to expand Image Letting agents boards in London, March 2016.  © Anthony Devlin/Press Association via AP Images The eviction ban in England expires this coming weekend and some people in privately rented housing, who have been hit by the economic downturn triggered by Covid-19 and fallen behind on their rent, are waiting nervously to discover […]

Sri Lanka: Increasing Suppression of Dissent

Click to expand Image Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the independence day celebrations in Colombo, February 4, 2020. © 2020 Eranga Jayawardena/AP Photo (New York) – The Sri Lankan government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is waging a campaign of fear and intimidation against human rights activists, journalists, lawyers, and others challenging government policy, Human Rights […]

The Cruel Irony of Burundi’s Media Awards

Expand From left to right: Térence Mpozenzi, Egide Harerimana, Agnès Ndirubusa, and Christine Kamikazi on their way to their court hearing in Bubanza, western Burundi, on May 6, 2020. © 2020 Iwacu Just when many thought press freedom had hit rock bottom in Burundi, the government-controlled National Communication Council’s (CNC) Media Awards this week have […]

Turkey: Enforced Disappearances, Torture

Expand Wives of six men who went missing in February 2019 join the weekly Saturday Mothers vigil in Istanbul for families of disappeared people in Turkey, July 2019.  © 2019 Private (Istanbul, April 29, 2020) – Turkish authorities should urgently carry out an effective investigation into credible testimony from a man in pretrial detention that […]

Sri Lanka: Security Agencies Shutting Down Civic Space

Expand Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, center attends an event to mark the anniversary of country’s independence from British colonial rule in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena (New York) – Sri Lankan security agencies are stepping up surveillance, harassment, and threats against human rights activists and journalists, Human […]

Philippines: Free Senator; End Attacks on Rights Defenders

Expand Jailed Senator Leila de Lima votes during the midterm elections in Paranaque, Philippines, May 13, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo (Manila) – Philippine authorities should immediately release Senator Leila de Lima, who has been detained for three years, and drop the politically motivated charges against her, Amnesty International, FORUM-ASIA, and Human Rights Watch said […]