Hungary Seeks to Ban Legal Gender Recognition for Transgender People

Expand Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, center right, speaks during a plenary session in the House of Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, March 23, 2020. © 2020 Tamas Kovacs/MTI via AP On March 31, the Hungarian government submitted a bill to parliament that, among other things, would  make it impossible for transgender people to legally […]

Kazakhstan Draft Law Would Undermine Freedom of Assembly

Expand Kazakhstan’s police officers push arrested protesters into a police bus during an opposition rally in Almaty, Kazakhstan, September 21, 2019.  © 2019 AP Photo/Vladimir Tretyakov Despite repeated promises by Kazakhstan’s authorities to reform the country’s restrictive protest law, on March 26, parliament rushed through the first vote on a bill that would ultimately maintain the […]

New Tennessee Law Deepens Discrimination Against LGBT People

Expand Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee, January 8, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Mark Humphrey Tennessee has just become the latest US state to let taxpayer-funded adoption and foster care agencies operate under their own religious or moral beliefs – even if this means discriminating against prospective parents or jeopardizing the best interests of children. […]

Bhutan on Brink of Overturning Same-Sex Conduct Ban

A bill that would repeal parts of Bhutan’s penal code that criminalize same-sex conduct will be introduced in the upper house of Parliament this month. The lower house of Parliament voted in June 2019 to repeal two sections of the country’s 2004 criminal code, which made “unnatural sex” between consenting adults illegal. But before being […]

India: Citizenship Bill Discriminates Against Muslims

Expand A protest against the Citizenship Amendment Bill in Gauhati, India on December 10, 2019.  © 2019 AP Photo/Anupam Nath (New York) – The Indian government’s proposed law to grant citizenship based on religion violates India’s international legal obligations, Human Rights Watch said today. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 protects only the rights of non-Muslim irregular […]

Greece: Asylum Overhaul Threatens Rights

Expand A Greek national flag flutters atop the parliament building in Athens, Greece, January 28, 2019. © 2019 REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis (Athens) – Greece’s parliament should scrap provisions in a new bill that threaten to limit asylum seekers’ access to protection, Human Rights Watch said today. The draft law, to be debated in parliament this week, […]

Kyrgyzstan: Bill Threatens Workers’ Rights

Expand An airplane trace is seen behind a Kyrgyzstan national flag fluttering in a central square in Bishkek March 11, 2013. © 2013 Reuters (Berlin) – Draft amendments to Kyrgyzstan’s trade union law would severely inhibit independent trade union organizing and violate international labor treaties to which Kyrgyzstan is a party, Human Rights Watch said […]

Massachusetts State Senate Votes to Ban Child Marriage

Expand Massachusetts child marriage survivor Tammy Monteiro joins coalition members in a chain-in protest to end child marriage at the Massachusetts State House.  © 2019 Steph Solis/MassLive Yesterday, the Massachusetts State Senate unanimously voted in favor of Senate Bill S.2294 to ban child marriage in the state. After each senator said “yes,” the public gallery, […]

A Bleak 24 Hours for Women’s Rights in the US

Expand People rallied outside the U.S. Supreme Court while the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates v. Becerra case remained pending, in Washington, U.S., June 25, 2018. © 2018 Reuters It’s open season on reproductive rights in the United States. Again. Five different US states this week moved anti-abortion bills up the legislative food chain, in […]

Mexico: Reject Bill Expanding Pretrial Detention

Expand Police officials guard the prison after an interior fight between two gangs in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on August 22, 2018.&nbsp &copy 2018 REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez (New You are able to) &ndash The Mexican Congress should reject an invoice to change the metabolic rate that will expand using mandatory pretrial detention, Human Legal rights Watch […]