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 […]