Cambodia: ‘Stop Covid-19’ System Raises Privacy Concerns

Click to expand Image Cambodian school girls walk home at the end of their school day outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia. © 2021 AP Photo/Heng Sinith (Bangkok) – The Cambodian government’s “Stop Covid-19” QR Code system raises serious privacy and other human rights concerns, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should use less-rights-intrusive measures to contain […]

Mexican Senate Takes a Step to Protect Women with Disabilities

Click to expand Image Women with disabilities demonstrate against violence in Mexico City, Mexico, March 8, 2020.  © 2020 Mexicanas con Discapacidad This week, Mexico’s Senate approved a reform to the country’s General Law for Women’s Access to a Life free from Violence by including disability as one of the elements prosecutors and courts must evaluate when […]

Is Your Business Funding Myanmar Military Abuses?

Click to expand Image A convoy of army vehicles patrol the streets in Mandalay, Myanmar, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. In the early hours of Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, the Myanmar army took over the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup. © AP Photo The military coup in Myanmar this week should […]

UK: Setting Aside Rights when Inconvenient

Click to expand Image Hospital workers remember their colleagues who have died from coronavirus and call on UK health authorities to provide personal protective equipment at University College Hospital in London, April 2020. ©2020 Matt Dunham/ AP Photo (London) – The United Kingdom government’s response to major challenges in 2020, often set aside human rights and sought to bypass […]

United Kingdom: ICC Prosecutor Ends Scrutiny of Iraq Abuses

Click to expand Image The mother and son of Baha Mousa hold pictures of him at their house in Basra on September 7, 2011. © 2011 Reuters (London) – The International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor’s decision to close a preliminary examination of alleged war crimes by British forces in Iraq is likely to fuel the […]

South Korea: Scrap Bill Shielding North Korean Government

Click to expand Image People watch a news program showing an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.  © 2020 AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon (New York) – The South Korean National Assembly should reject a […]

Russia Should Support Health Workers, Not Silence Them

Click to expand Image A medical specialist wearing personal protective equipment (PPE) takes a break at the City Clinical Hospital Number 15 which delivers treatment to COVID-19 patients in Moscow, Russia. May 25, 2020. © 2020 REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov As Russia reports record numbers of Covid-19 cases and deaths, authorities seem paradoxically concerned with preventing health […]

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 […]

US: Vote ‘No’ on Homeland Security Nominee

Click to expand Image The acting secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, raises his right hand to swear in during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmation hearing on September 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. © Greg Nash/Pool via AP (Washington, DC) – United States senators should vote no […]

Thailand: Drop Charges, Free Democracy Activists

Click to expand Image Arnon Nampha © 2020 Facebook/Arnon Nampha (New York) – Thai authorities should immediately drop all charges and unconditionally release prominent pro-democracy activists arbitrarily detained for their role in peaceful protests, Human Rights Watch said today. On August 19, 2020, Thai police separately arrested Arnon Nampha, Baramee Chairat, Suwanna Tanlek, and Korakot […]