Turkey: Free Rights Defender Following European Court Ruling

Click to expand Image Osman Kavala © 2017 Anadolu Kültür (Strasbourg) – The Council of Europe Committee of Ministers should issue a decision at its June 4, 2020 meeting directing Turkey to release human rights defender Osman Kavala and drop all charges against him, Human Rights Watch, the International Commission of Jurists, and the Turkey Human […]

Egypt: No Pretense of Judicial Review for Hundreds

Expand The Egyptian Interior Ministry has been keeping the country’s detainees isolated from the outside world since March 10, 2020. Authorities banned all prisoners, including those in Cairo’s Tora prison (pictured), from receiving visits, making or receiving phone calls or written communications.  © 2020 Khaled Desouki/AFP via Getty Images (Beirut) – Egyptian authorities have been holding […]

Costa Rica First in Central America to Legalize Same-Sex

Click to expand Image LGBT Rainbow Flag  © 2008 Ludovic Berton (Wikimedia Commons) Today, Alexandra Quiros and Dunia Araya were the first same-sex couple to marry in Costa Rica, as marriage equality became legal in the country. It took a while. In 2016, Costa Rica requested that the Inter-American Court of Human Rights interpret the […]

Colombia: Uphold Women’s Rights in Abortion Case

Expand Women organize green cloth banners to be placed on sculptures of Colombian artist Fernando Botero during a protest in Medellin, Colombia on September 28, 2019. © 2019 Getty Images VIEWPRESS/ Fredy Builes Corbis via Getty Images (Washington, DC) – Colombia’s Constitutional Court should uphold women’s rights in deciding a case regarding access to abortion, […]

Turkey: Prominent Civic Leader Rearrested After Acquittal

Expand Osman Kavala © 2017 Anadolu Kültür (Istanbul) – An Istanbul court’s order on February 19, 2020 to detain a prominent civic leader, Osman Kavala, demonstrates the extent to which Turkey’s government is abusing its justice system to target perceived critics, Human Rights Watch said today. The order for Kavala’s pretrial detention came the day after […]

Russia: Harsh Verdicts in Controversial Terrorism Cases

Expand Pictured (L) members of a left-wing group Set (Network) in court in Penza, Russia on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, when the court convicted seven members on terrorism charges, sentencing them to prison terms ranging from six to 18 years. (R) Eduard Nizamov. © 2020 AP Photo/David Frenkel (L); 2019 Private (R) (Berlin) – Russian military courts […]

Prioritize Justice in Central African Republic

Expand Mahamat Al Khatim, commander of the Central African Patriotic Movement (Mouvement Patriotique pour la Centrafrique, MPC), at the peace deal signing ceremony in Bangui on February 6. Fighters from the MPC have committed abuses that could amount to war crimes from 2015 to 2018.  © 2019 GGt In the Central African Republic a year […]

Philippines: 80 Massacre Suspects Remain At Large

Expand People commemorate the 10th anniversary of the gruesome Ampatuan Massacre in Manila, Philippines on November 23, 2019. © 2019 Joseph Dacalanio/Pacific Press/Sipa USA (Sipa via AP Images) (Manila) – The Philippine authorities’ failure to arrest 80 suspects in the 2009 Maguindanao Massacre case puts victims’ families at grave risk, Human Rights Watch said today. […]

ICC: Changes Needed to Deliver Justice

Expand Seventeenth session of the International Criminal Court’s Assembly of States Parties in The Hague, Netherlands, December 2018.  © 2018 Syd Boyd/Coalition for the International Criminal Court (The Hague) – The annual meeting of International Criminal Court (ICC) member countries is a pivotal moment to strengthen the court’s delivery of justice, Human Rights Watch said […]

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 […]