Is Saudi Arabia Serious About Clemency for Women Activists?

For more than two years, Saudi Arabia has locked up women’s rights activists who fought for – and won – women’s right to drive. But as the country is gearing up to virtually host the G20 World Leaders’ Summit November 21-22, it looks like the Saudi authorities are trying to change the narrative. Today, the […]

Azerbaijan: Cluster Munitions Used in Nagorno-Karabakh

Click to expand Image A shop containing toilets, tiles and other housewares burns in Stepanakert on the night of October 3, 2020 after the city is shelled.  © 2020 Union of Informed Citizens. Azerbaijan has repeatedly used widely banned cluster munitions in residential areas in Nagorno-Karabakh, Human Rights Watch said today. During an on-site investigation […]

Iran: Prisoners Who Reported Abuse Charged

Click to expand Image A campaign poster showing environmental activists, Taher Ghadirian, Niloufar Bayani, Amirhossein Khaleghi, Houman Jokar, Sam Rajabi, Sepideh Kashani, Morad Tahbaz and Abdolreza Kouhpayeh, who have been in detention for six months.  © 2018 #anyhopefornature Campaign (Beirut) – Iranian judiciary authorities are prosecuting human rights defenders for reporting abuse in detention, Human […]

India: Counterterrorism Raids Targeting Peaceful Critics

Click to expand Image An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard as National Investigation Agency personnel search the residence of Agence France-Presse’s correspondent Parvaiz Bukhari on the outskirts of Srinagar, Kashmir, October 28, 2020.  © 2020 AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan (New York) – The Indian government is using counterterrorism operations to silence peaceful dissenters, human rights activists, […]

Biden Administration Should End US Assault on United Nations

Click to expand Image President-elect Joe Biden speaks at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware, November 10, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster US President-elect Joe Biden should move quickly after his January 20, 2021 inauguration to end the Trump administration’s sustained assault on the United Nations and restore funding for lifesaving UN agencies the outgoing administration sought […]

China Grudgingly Gets UN Rights Body Seat

Click to expand Image Chinese Vice-Foreign Affairs Minister Le Yucheng speaks during the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of China, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, November 6, 2018. © 2018 Salvatore Di Nolfi/Keystone via AP Today, the Chinese government, which is responsible for industrial-scale human rights violations, including the arbitrary […]

North Korea: Horrific Pretrial Detention System

Click to expand Image Illustration of a North Korean pre-trial detention and investigation facility (kuryujang) based on former detainees’ testimonies told to Human Rights Watch and the illustrator’s personal experience in detention. © 2020 Choi Seong Guk for Human Rights Watch (Seoul) – The North Korean pretrial detention and investigation system is arbitrary and lacks […]

Japan: Raise Rights on Trip to Vietnam, Indonesia

Click to expand Image Japan’s new Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga speaks during a press conference at the prime minister’s official residence Wednesday, September 16, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. © Carl Court/Pool Photo via AP (Tokyo) – Japan’s new prime minister, Yoshihide Suga, should press the governments of Vietnam and Indonesia to improve their deteriorating human […]

US: 10 Steps for Safe, Credible Elections

Click to expand Image A voter wearing a mask to protect against coronavirus lines up at Riverside High School for the Wisconsin primary election on April 7, 2020, in Milwaukee. © 2020 AP Photo/Morry Gash (Washington, DC) – Local, state, and federal officials in the United States should follow 10 fundamental principles to promote safe […]

Belarus: Expert Report Calls for International Inquiry into Torture

Click to expand Image A protester waves the former national Belarus’ flag in Minsk, on June 7, 2020, during a collect of signatures in support of alternative candidates ahead of Belarus presidential election on August 9, 2020. © Sergei Gapon/AFP via Getty Images (Berlin) – A new expert report has found “massive and systemic” human […]