Somali Torture Victim Wins Small but Important Step Toward Justice

Expand People walk down a street in Somalia’s capital of Mogadishu on Jan. 29, 1991. © 1991 AP Photo/Sayyid Azim On May 21, a US court ruled in favor of a plaintiff who alleged that Yusuf Abdi Ali, a former commander of Somalia’s Siad Barre government, tortured him in 1987. The court awarded the plaintiff, […]

Crackdown on Presidential Election Protests in Kazakhstan

Expand Law enforcement officers detain a protester in Almaty, Kazakhstan on June 9, 2019, during presidential elections. © 2019 Paul Bartlett Today neither social nor mainstream media in Kazakhstan were reporting on orderly presidential elections. Instead, the media reports, tweets, and Facebook posts were about protests during the election – meant to usher in Kazakhstan’s […]

Racing to Repression in Bahrain

Expand Red Bull driver Max Verstappen of the Netherlands, right, passes Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany during the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, March 17, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Andy Brownbill Next week, Formula One returns to Bahrain for its high-octane auto race, the Grand Prix. The race sparks protests […]

Saudi Arabia: Increased Repression Brings Scrutiny

Expand Candles lit by activists protesting the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi are placed outside Saudi Arabia’s Consulate in Istanbul.  © 2018 Lefteris Pitarakis/AP Photo (Beirut) – Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman faced scrutiny over the country’s human rights record in 2018 following the murder of a prominent journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, […]

Qatar: Partial Reforms Risk Undermining Progress

Expand A picture taken on December 4, 2018, shows workers at the Al-Bayt Stadium in Al-Khor, a city in northeastern Qatar.  © 2018 David Harding/AFP (Beirut) – Qatar made some important progress on human rights in 2018 but failed to deliver on several key promised reforms, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report […]

Marching to End Child Marriage in Massachusetts

Expand Protesters from Unchained at Last speak in front of the Massachusetts State House in Boston to end child marriage in Massachusetts, May 2017.  © 2017 Unchained at Last/Facebook Today, I’ll join the Women’s March in Boston to demand an end to child marriage in Massachusetts.  My two grandmothers were both child brides in Trinidad […]

Why Doesn’t Trump Talk about This Man?

January 10, 2019 Video Why Trump’s Portrayal of Undocumented Immigrants Couldn’t be More Wrong Demonizing immigrants as criminals is not only inaccurate, but dangerous. Undocumented residents play an important role in keeping communities safe. Just ask residents of Gypsum Colorado. President Trump’s campaign this week to scare up support for a border wall has relied […]

US: Central Americans Have a Legal Right to Seek Asylum

Expand Honduran migrants rest in the main square of Ciudad Hidalgo, Chiapas state, Mexico, on October 19, 2018. © 2018 Pedro Pardo/AFP/Getty Images (Washington, DC) – Central American refugees fleeing for their lives have a right to seek asylum in the United States, Human Rights Watch said today in releasing its World Report 2019. The Trump […]

US: Don’t Return Asylum Seekers to Mexico

Expand The main harbour of admission to&nbspNuevo Laredo, Mexico. &copy 2017 Human Legal rights Watch (Washington, Electricity) &ndash The United States Department of Homeland Security has announced an insurance policy, effective immediately, which will return asylum seekers to Mexico while their claims are processed within the United States. This raises serious concerns about whether asylum-seeking […]

US: Unaccompanied Children Turned Back at Border

Expand An American&nbspborder patrol agent walks across the border fence separating Mexico in the U . s . States near Calexico, California, U.S. Feb 8, 2017. &copy 2017 Reuters (Washington, Electricity) &ndash US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agents have switched away unaccompanied children seeking asylum in the border, exposing these to the possibility of […]