Israel: Court Delays Hearing to Deport Rights Activist

(Jerusalem, July 24, 2019) – Israel’s Supreme Court delayed a July 25, 2019 hearing on whether the Israeli government can deport a Human Rights Watch employee for speaking out on unlawful settlements, Human Rights Watch said today. In a rare move made less than 24 hours ahead of the hearing, the court delayed the case against […]

Israel: Court Delays Landmark Deportation Hearing of Activist

Update: In a rare last-minute move the court postponed the July 25 hearing until September to give the Israeli government time to respond to filings in support of Human Rights Watch. “The Israeli government should recognize that the world views its effort to deport Human Rights Watch’s researcher as an attempt to shut down human […]

Israel: Landmark Supreme Court Case on Deporting Activist

Expand A dossier compiled by Israel’s Strategic Affairs and Public Diplomacy Ministry on the activities of Omar Shakir, Human Rights Watch’s Israel and Palestine Director, which served as the basis for the government’s May 7, 2018 decision to revoke his work visa. (Jerusalem) – Israel’s Supreme Court will consider at a hearing on July 25, […]

Central African Republic: New Court Should Step Up Effort

Expand International Special Prosecutor Toussaint Muntazini (left) and former Central African Republic prime minister Mathieu Simplice Sarandji (right) at the inaugural session of the Special Criminal Court on October 22, 2018 that marked the official launch of the court’s judicial activities. Photo courtesy of Special Criminal Court. (Nairobi) – The Central African Republic’s Special Criminal […]

UAE: Prisoners Held After Sentences Served


Expand Abu Dhabi’s skyline, United Arab Emirates.  © 2016 Kamran Jebreili /AP Photo (Beirut) – UAE authorities continue to hold at least five Emirati prisoners who completed their sentences between one and three years ago, Human Rights Watch said today. Emirati activists said that the men remain behind bars for “counseling” without a clear legal […]

Jordan: Crackdown on Political Activists

Expand Protestor raises the Jordanian flag during 2018 protests in front for the prime ministry building in Amman, Jordan. © 2018 AlMothanna B. AlGhazzawi   (Amman) – Jordanian authorities have increasingly targeted political and anti-corruption activists on charges that violate the right to free expression, Human Rights Watch said today. Since mid-March 2019, the authorities […]

Liberia: Video Appeal for War Crimes Court

May 14, 2019 Video Liberia: Video Appeal for War Crimes Court Liberian citizens called on President George Weah to support a war crimes court to bring justice for atrocities committed during Liberia’s civil wars.   (Monrovia) – Liberian citizens called on President George Weah in a video released today by an array of local and […]

In Turkey, Ankara Wakes Up to Court Lifting LGBTI Events Ban

Expand Middle East Technical University’s LGBTI+ Solidarity fly a rainbow flag from a campus dormitory to celebrate the lifting of a ban on LGBTI events in Ankara, April 19, 2019. © 2019 Middle East Technical University LGBTI+ Solidarity An Ankara court has finally ended a ban on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and intersex (LGBTI) events […]

South Sudan’s Cynical Bid to Block War Crimes Court

Expand A soldier walks past women carrying their belongings near Benitu, northern South Sudan, February 11, 2017.  REUTERS/Siegfried Modola Efforts to ensure justice for victims of widespread atrocity crimes committed during South Sudan’s civil war hit a low point this week with news that the government has hired US-based lobbyists with the express purpose of […]