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 […]

Indonesia: Blogger Held Over Land Dispute Report

Expand On May 4, 2020, the South Kalimantan police arrested and detained blogger Diananta Putra Sumedi (left) in Banjarmasin, charging him with online defamation, which carries a maximum penalty of six years in prison.  © 2020 Alliance of Independent Journalists (Jakarta) – The Indonesian police in South Kalimantan province should drop criminal defamation charges against […]

Russia: Court Convicts Journalist for Activism

Expand Maxim Vernikov at his verdict announcement, Yekaterinburg, Russia. February 11, 2020.  © 2020 Private (Moscow) – A Russian court on February 11, 2020 found a journalist criminally responsible for involvement in an “undesirable” organization, Human Rights Watch said today. The journalist, Maxim Vernikov, was the first person convicted under a 2015 law that allows […]

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 […]

CIA Contractor Details Torture of 9/11 Suspects

Expand In this photo reviewed by US military officials, flags fly in front of the tents of Camp Justice, April 18, 2019, in Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba. © 2019 AP Photo/Alex Brandon   In his testimony last week in the pre-trial hearing of five men charged with plotting the September 11 attacks on the United […]

Indonesia to Expand Abusive Blasphemy Law

Expand Muslim protesters display flags with Arabic writings that read: “There’s no God but Allah and Muhammad is his messenger” during a rally in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Oct. 26, 2018.  © AP Photo/Achmad Ibrahim Indonesia is set to expand its abusive blasphemy laws as part of an overhaul of the country’s Criminal Code. In September […]

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 […]

Former UN Rights Chief Joins Human Rights Watch Board

Expand Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Legal rights, addresses a persons Legal rights Council in the Un in Geneva, Europe Feb 26, 2018. &copy 2018 Reuters (New You are able to) &ndash The previous Un human legal rights chief, Zeid Ra&rsquoad Al Hussein, has became a member of the board of Human […]