Immigration Detainees Hunger Strike Again As Canada Fails To Listen

Click to expand Image Entrance to the Canadian Border Security Agency’s (CBSA) Laval Immigration Holding Centre in Quebec, Canada. © Wikimedia Desperate immigration detainees have undergone three separate hunger strikes in a Montreal-area detention facility since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic to protest what they feel are life-threatening conditions. Last month, at least five detainees […]

Cambodia: ‘Stop Covid-19’ System Raises Privacy Concerns

Click to expand Image Cambodian school girls walk home at the end of their school day outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia. © 2021 AP Photo/Heng Sinith (Bangkok) – The Cambodian government’s “Stop Covid-19” QR Code system raises serious privacy and other human rights concerns, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should use less-rights-intrusive measures to contain […]

Egypt: Provide Equitable Covid-19 Vaccine Access

Click to expand Image Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed at a press conference on January 24, 2021, speaking about the government’s plans for Covid-19 vaccinations. © 2021 Fadel Dawod/NurPhoto via AP (Beirut) – The Egyptian government should bolster measures to provide equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines for everyone in Egypt, Human Rights Watch said today. The […]

Rights of Sri Lankan Muslims Need International Protection

Click to expand Image Sri Lankan municipal cemetery workers carry the coffin of a Covid-19 virus victim for cremation in Colombo, Sri Lanka, December 21, 2020.  © 2020 Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via AP The Sri Lankan government’s announcement that it would finally end its medically baseless policy of “forced cremation” of people who die with Covid-19 […]

New York City Should Support Street Vending for a More Just Recovery

Click to expand Image Street vendors and supporters march across Brooklyn Bridge during a rally in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, November 12, 2020. © 2020 Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images New York City’s roughly 20,000 street vendors have suffered enormously this past year, as the Covid-19 pandemic compounded perennial challenges such as the lack of […]

Sri Lanka: Covid-19 Forced Cremation of Muslims Discriminatory

Click to expand Image Sri Lankan municipal cemetery workers carry the coffin of a Covid-19 virus victim for cremation in Colombo, Sri Lanka, December 21, 2020.  © 2020 Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via AP (New York) – Sri Lanka’s requirement to cremate anyone who dies from Covid-19 goes against public health guidance and discriminates against the Muslim […]

Russia Should Support Health Workers, Not Silence Them

Click to expand Image A medical specialist wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) takes a break at the City Clinical Hospital Number 15 which delivers treatment to COVID-19 patients in Moscow, Russia. May 25, 2020. © 2020 REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov As Russia reports record numbers of Covid-19 cases and deaths, authorities seem paradoxically concerned with preventing health […]

Cameroon: Heightened Crackdown on Opposition

Click to expand Image Hundreds of supporters raise their arms and wave the national flag while waiting to greet Cameroonian opposition leader Maurice Kamto in Yaoundé on October 5, 2019, the day of his release from prison. © 2019 Stringer/AFP via Getty Images (Nairobi) – Cameroon authorities banned demonstrations after the opposition party Cameroon Renaissance […]