New York States Passes Important Legislation for Justice

Click to expand Image Melissa Moore of Drug Policy Alliance (M) speaks at a rally in support of the Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) alongside supporters of the bill on the steps on New York City Hall on November 21, 2019. © 2019 Gabriele Holtermann-Gorden/Sipa via AP Images On Wednesday, the US state of New […]

A Boost to Same-Sex Marriage in Japan

Click to expand Image Lawyers and supporters hold rainbow flags and a banner outside Sapporo District Court in Sapporo, Japan, March 17, 2021.  © 2021 Yohei Fukai/Kyodo News via AP It was quite something to see a district court judge break into tears as she read her verdict declaring the denial of marriage registration to […]

Malaysia’s Highest Court Strikes Down State Gay Sex Ban

Click to expand Image LGBT Rainbow Flag © 2008 Ludovic Berton (Wikimedia Commons) Malaysia’s Federal Court on February 25 ruled that a state law banning consensual same-sex conduct was unconstitutional. While the ruling leaves intact a federal statute criminalizing same-sex relations, it does bring relief to those who have faced persecution from religious enforcement agencies […]

Rwanda Should Stop Locking Up the Poor

Click to expand Image Gikondo Transit Center, April 2015.  © 2015 Human Rights Watch. The African Court on Human and People’s Rights has held that states’ laws enabling the detention of people who, often because of poverty, are forced to live on the street, violate human rights law. On December 4, the regional human rights […]

Myanmar: Revise Election Broadcast Rules

Click to expand Image Members of the Union Election Commission wear face masks during a press conference, announcing that general elections in Myanmar will proceed as planned in November despite coronavirus concerns, in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, June 4, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Aung Shine Oo (Bangkok) – The Myanmar Union Election Commission should amend rules governing […]

Bhutan on Brink of Overturning Same-Sex Conduct Ban

A bill that would repeal parts of Bhutan’s penal code that criminalize same-sex conduct will be introduced in the upper house of Parliament this month. The lower house of Parliament voted in June 2019 to repeal two sections of the country’s 2004 criminal code, which made “unnatural sex” between consenting adults illegal. But before being […]

Mashrou’ Leila is Lebanon’s Latest Free Speech Victim

July 26, 2019 Video Video: Mashrou’ Leila is Lebanon’s Latest Free Speech Victim The world famous Lebanese band, Mashrou’ Leila, has become the latest victim of Lebanon’s criminal defamation and insult laws, encapsulating the alarming crackdown on free speech in a country once proud to embrace diversity. The world famous Lebanese band, Mashrou’ Leila, has become the […]

Afghanistan: Special Forces Raid Medical Clinic

Expand Afghan special forces attend their graduation ceremony after a 6-month training program in Kabul. © 2018 Rahmat Gul/AP Photo (Kabul) – Afghan special forces raided a medical clinic in Wardak province on the night of July 8-9, 2019, and executed four civilians, Human Rights Watch said today. Afghan authorities should promptly and thoroughly investigate the attack and appropriately prosecute […]

Malaysia: End Detention Without Trial

Expand Activists hold placards throughout a protest against an amendment to some 1959 crime prevention act that will give police a more powerful hands, outdoors the parliament house in Kl on September 30, 2013. &copy 2013 MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images The Malaysian government should quickly repeal laws and regulations that enable detention without trial, Human Legal […]