Brazil: Rio Attorney General Weakens Police Oversight

Click to expand Image Armed Forces members patrol during an operation against the organized crime in Lins slum complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 5, 2017. © 2017 Reuters (São Paulo, April 16, 2021) – Rio de Janeiro’s attorney general, Luciano Mattos, should reinstate a recently dissolved unit of prosecutors who specialized in preventing, investigating, […]

Egypt: Restrictions on Civic Work Underscored

Click to expand Image Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gives an address at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, May 26, 2017. © 2017 Reuters (Beirut) – The implementing regulations for Egypt’s 2019 law regulating nongovernmental organizations issued on January 11, 2021, underscore the law’s severe restrictions on the work of independent human rights […]

Guatemala Should Do More for LGBT People

Click to expand Image Protest against the “Life and Family Protection” bill in Guatemala City, May 1, 2019. © Daniel Villatoro “We know where you live, we’re going to kill you.” Those words echoed in Ale’s mind long after she left Guatemala to seek asylum. The men who threatened her had phoned to extort her […]

Will US Repeat History by Failing Haitians Again?

Click to expand Image A migrant from Haiti wearing a mask in the colors of the Mexican and US flags stands at a border crossing waiting to apply for asylum in the US, February 19, 2021.  © 2021 Jair Cabrera Torres/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images In 1993, when I was a junior staff member at the Office of the […]

China’s ‘Slanders and Smears’ at UN Human Rights Council

Click to expand Image Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen on a phone screen remotely addressing the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, September 22, 2020.  © 2020 AP Photo/Mary Altaffer The Chinese government has rejoined the United Nations Human Rights Council, having been narrowly reelected in October 2020. Under global pressure on […]

Uganda: End Enforced Disappearances of Opponents

Click to expand Image Ugandan soldiers patrol near the house of Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine in Magere, Uganda. ©Sally Hayden / SOPA Images / Sipa via AP Images (Nairobi) – Ugandan authorities should take immediate steps to end the ongoing abductions by suspected state agents and cease the […]

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 […]

Sri Lanka: Landmark UN Resolution Promotes Justice

Click to expand Image In this April 6, 2015  file photo, Sri Lankan ethnic Tamil women sit holding placards with portraits of their missing relatives as they protest out side a railway station in Colombo, Sri Lanka. © AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena, File (New York) – The United Nations Human Rights Council resolution on Sri Lanka is […]

EU Should Sanction Cambodia’s ‘Dirty Dozen’

Click to expand Image Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, center, arrives for a ceremony of the 68th anniversary of the founding of his Cambodian People’s Party in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Friday, June 28, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Heng Sinith It’s been over three years since Cambodia’s ruling party-controlled courts arbitrarily dissolved the country’s main […]