US Court Rules for Safety in Meatpacking

Click to expand Image © 2019 Brian Stauffer for Human Rights Watch In a major victory for meatpacking workers, a United States district court in Minnesota on Wednesday found that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) had violated federal law with a 2019 rule eliminating slaughter line speed limits in hog processing plants. In its […]

The UK Supreme Court Has Failed Shamima Begum

Click to expand Image Renu Begum, eldest sister of Shamima Begum, 15, holds her sister’s photo as she is interviewed by the media at New Scotland Yard, London, England, February 22, 2015. © 2015 Laura Lean/WPA Pool/Getty Images The United Kingdom’s highest court delivered a shocking blow to justice when it ruled that Shamima Begum, who was […]

A Boost to Same-Sex Marriage in Japan

Click to expand Image Lawyers and supporters hold rainbow flags and a banner outside Sapporo District Court in Sapporo, Japan, March 17, 2021.  © 2021 Yohei Fukai/Kyodo News via AP It was quite something to see a district court judge break into tears as she read her verdict declaring the denial of marriage registration to […]

Liberia Misleads on Justice at UN Rights Review

Click to expand Image File photo depicting the 36th Session of the Human Rights Council at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, November 2017.  © 2017 Reuters Liberia’s justice minister, Frank Musa, gave a misleading statement at the United Nations Human Rights Council on March 17 regarding the government’s purported efforts to ensure much-needed justice for […]

Sudan’s Pardon of Militia Leader Sends Wrong Message

Click to expand Image Sudanese Janjaweed militia chief Musa Hilal waves following his release in the Maamoura suburb of the capital Khartoum, Sudan, March 11, 2021.  © 2021 Ebrahim Hamid/AFP via Getty Images On March 11, former Darfuri tribal leader, Musa Hilal, was released after four years in detention in Sudan’s capital Khartoum after being […]

Iran: Overturn Shutdown of Charity

Click to expand Image Members of one of the Imam Ali Popular Students’ Relief Society health houses hold a banner with the organization’s name and logo. © 2014 IRNA (Beirut) – The Iranian government should overturn a court ruling to dissolve one of the country’s largest nongovernmental groups that works to alleviate poverty, 15 human […]

Thailand: Activists Jailed for Criticizing Monarchy

Click to expand Image Jatupat “Pai” Boonpattararaksa plays the Isan harp at Democracy Monument during a protest against the imprisonment of four pro-democracy activists in Bangkok, Thailand on March 7, 2021. © 2021 Watcharawit Phudork / Sipa via AP Images (New York) – Thailand’s Bangkok Criminal Court has ordered three prominent democracy activists to pretrial detention on charges […]

Turkey: Violation of Osman Kavala’s Rights Intensifies

Click to expand Image Osman Kavala © 2017 Private (Istanbul) – The Turkish government’s failure to comply with a binding European Court of Human Rights order to release the human rights defender Osman Kavala should prompt Council of Europe action against Turkey, Human Rights Watch, the International Commission of Jurists, and the Turkey Human Rights […]

Malaysia’s Highest Court Strikes Down State Gay Sex Ban

Click to expand Image LGBT Rainbow Flag © 2008 Ludovic Berton (Wikimedia Commons) Malaysia’s Federal Court on February 25 ruled that a state law banning consensual same-sex conduct was unconstitutional. While the ruling leaves intact a federal statute criminalizing same-sex relations, it does bring relief to those who have faced persecution from religious enforcement agencies […]

Two Journalists in Belarus Jailed in Retaliation for Their Work

Click to expand Image Journalists Ekaterina Andreyeva (Bakhvalova), right, and Daria Chultsova embrace inside the defendants’ cage during a court hearing in Minsk, Belarus, February 9, 2021. © 2021 AP Photo Today a district court in Minsk, Belarus sentenced journalist Katsiaryna Andreyeva and her colleague and camerawoman Daria Chultsova to two years in prison having […]