Bangladesh: End Wave of COVID-19 ‘Rumor’ Arrests

Expand Police members wear protective equipment as they patrol the streets during the nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the Coronavirus outbreak, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 2, 2020.  © 2020 Photo by Zabed Hasnain Chowdhury/Sipa USA via AP Images   (New York) – The Bangladesh government appears to be cracking down on free speech […]

Nigeria: COVID-19 Cases On the Rise

Expand A securityman administers sanitiser to a visitor to a state hospital in Lagos, on February 28, 2020.  © PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images   (Abuja, March 25, 2020) – The Nigerian government should ensure that its response to the COVID-19 pandemic is rooted in respect for human rights by ensuring access to standard […]

Cambodia: COVID-19 Clampdown on Free Speech

Expand A policeman (center) and others wear face masks as a preventive measure against COVID-19, at a market in Phnom Penh on March 17, 2020.   © 2020 TANG CHHIN Sothy/AFP via Getty Images (Bangkok) – Cambodian authorities should stop arresting people for expressing concerns about COVID-19’s impact in Cambodia and claiming they are spreading […]

Exiled Tajik Activist Brutally Attacked in Lithuania

This week, two men attacked and injured a Tajik activist living in exile in Lithuania, the latest in a long line of what appear to be politically-motivated attacks on critics of the Tajikistan government. Expand Ilhomjon Yakubov after the attack on March 16, 2020, Kaunas, Lithuania. © 2020 Private The victim, Ilhomjon Yakubov, is the […]

Kyrgyzstan: Women’s Activists Detained

Expand Kyrgyz policemen detain an activist of the Femen women’s rights movement at Victory Square during celebration of the International Women’s Day in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Sunday, March 8, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Vladimir Voroni (Berlin) – Kyrgyzstan police held about 70 activists, most of them women, for hours on March 8, 2020 without telling them […]

South Africa: Attacks on Foreign Nationals

Expand Hundreds of foreign nationals displaced by xenophobic attacks in Durban on March 27, 2019  take refuge near the Sydenham Police Station.  © 2019 RAJESH JANTILAL/AFP/Getty Images. (Johannesburg) – Authorities in South Africa should urgently investigate, and arrest and prosecute those responsible for a spate of violence against foreign nationals in Durban from March 25 to […]

Brazil’s Bolsonaro Attempts to Rewrite History

Expand Demonstrators hold pictures of victims of Brazil´s dictatorship during a march on March 31, 2019 in São Paulo to remember the 55th anniversary of the coup that installed the military regime. © 2019 César Muñoz Acebes/Human Rights Watch “Alexandre Vannucchi Present! Fernando Santa Cruz Present! Rubens Paiva, Present!” In the glow of streetlights in […]

UAE: Release Imprisoned Jordanian Journalist

(Beirut) &ndash The United Arab Emirates should immediately release Tayseer al-Najjar, a Jordanian journalist who, on December 13, 2018, completed a 3-year prison sentence, Human Rights Watch and Reporters Without Borders said in a letter towards the UAE minister of condition for foreign matters, Anwar Gargash, which was released today. The prison sentence violated al-Najjar&rsquos […]