Uganda: Drop Charges Against 19 Homeless Youth

Expand Ugandan police and other security forces chase people off the streets, after police cleared a stand of motorcycle taxis which are no longer permitted to operate after all public transport was banned for two weeks to halt the spread of the new coronavirus, in Kampala, Uganda Thursday, March 26, 2020.  © AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi (Kampala, […]

Azerbaijan: Opposition Leader Arrested

Expand Policemen bringing the opposition leader Tofig Yagublu to Nizami District Court of Baku, March 23, 2020. © 2020 Azadliq Radiosu/RFERL (Berlin) – Azerbaijani authorities have arrested a prominent opposition leader and ardent government critic, Tofig Yagublu, on spurious hooliganism charges, Human Rights Watch said today. Yagublu’s arrest comes days after President Ilham Aliyev made comments suggesting […]

Cambodia: Drop Charges Against 2 Journalists

Expand Former RFA reporters Uon Chhin and Yeang Sothearin speak to the media outside of the Phnom Penh Municipal Court, Aug. 29, 2019. © 2019 Radio Free Asia (Bangkok) – Cambodian authorities should drop the baseless espionage charges against two former Radio Free Asia (RFA) journalists, Human Rights Watch said today. On January 20, 2020, […]

Myanmar: More Jail Time for Satirical Troupe

Expand Activists hold blue shirts that read: “Condemning on charge by military [is] oppressing freedom of expression,” during the trial of members of the Student Union and leaders of Peacock Generation “Thangyat” performance group in Yangon, Myanmar.  © 2019 AP Photo/Thein Zaw (Bangkok) – A Yangon court handed down more convictions against members of a satirical theater […]

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 […]

She Accused Assange of Rape. Give Her a Chance for Justice

Expand Australian WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange speaks at the Ecuadorian embassy in London, May 19, 2017. On April 11, 2019, Assange was arrested at the embassy on a 2012 warrant issued by Westminster Magistrates’ Court. © 2017 AP/Matrix/MediaPunch/IPZ When WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange was arrested in London last week so he could face charges in the US, it […]

US: Assange's Possible Extradition Threatens Journalism

Expand WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017. © 2017 Reuters   The extradition of Julian Assange from the United Kingdom to the United States for alleged computer-related crimes could have dangerous implications for journalists in the digital age. London’s Metropolitan Police confirmed Assange’s arrest on April 11, 2019 […]

Saudi Arabia: Abusive Charges Against Women Activists

Expand ناشطات سعوديات (Beirut) – Saudi Arabia’s charges against women’s rights defenders appear almost entirely related to their human rights activities, Human Rights Watch said today. Saudi Arabia opened individual trials on March 13, 2019 of 11 activists, most of them prominent women’s rights advocates detained beginning in May 2018. Saudi Arabia should immediately release […]

Saudi Arabia: Increased Repression Brings Scrutiny

Expand Candles lit by activists protesting the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi are placed outside Saudi Arabia’s Consulate in Istanbul.  © 2018 Lefteris Pitarakis/AP Photo (Beirut) – Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman faced scrutiny over the country’s human rights record in 2018 following the murder of a prominent journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, […]