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 […]

COVID-19 Poses Extreme Threat to People Shackled in Nigeria

November 11, 2019 Video People With Mental Health Conditions Chained and Abused in Nigeria Thousands of people with mental health conditions across Nigeria are chained and locked up in various facilities where they face terrible abuse. As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, certain images come to mind: quarantines in Wuhan and Italy, empty […]

How Can Germans ‘Stay at Home’ If They Are Homeless?

Expand Hot drinks for homeless people: A Bahnhofsmission team member passes out hot drinks, Berlin, Germany. © 2020 Berliner Stadtmission/Breuer The queues are getting longer outside the soup kitchen for homeless people behind the Berlin Zoo railway station. Since the coronavirus reached Germany, the center closed its doors and now staff and volunteers serve people […]

Ohio, Texas Use COVID-19 to Stop Abortions

Expand An activist seen holding a placard that reads, “protect safe, legal abortion” during a Stop the Bans rally in Dayton, Ohio, May 19, 2019. © 2019 Sipa via AP Images Officials in the US states of Ohio and Texas are using the coronavirus as a politically expedient excuse to halt abortions – a move that […]

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 […]

US: Address Impact of Covid-19 on Poor

Expand A restaurant employee with her son leaves with her paycheck, in Brooklyn, New York, March 19, 2020. The restaurant company, which has closed its four locations due to the coronavirus, laid off 650 of 850 employees.  © 2020 AP Photo/Mark Lennihan (New York) – The COVID-19 outbreak in the United States has put a […]

Sudan: UN/AU Plan for Darfur Falls Short

Expand United Nations Mission in Darfur peacekeepers stand guard in Shagra village, North Darfur, October 18, 2012.  © 2012 Reuters (New York, March 16, 2020) – The proposal by the United Nations and the African Union to limit the UN’s protection role in Sudan threatens the safety and security of civilians in Darfur, Human Rights Watch said […]

Cameroon: Civilians Massacred in Separatist Area

Expand Memorial ceremony held on February 21, 2020 at the Saint Theresia Cathedral l in Kumbo, North-West region, Cameroon, for victims of the Ngarbuh massacre. © 2020 Private (Nairobi) – Government forces and armed ethnic Fulani killed at least 21 civilians in Cameroon’s Ngarbuh village, including 13 children and 1 pregnant woman, on February 14, […]

Italy: Halt Abusive Migration Cooperation with Libya

Expand Photo released by the Libyan Coast Guard showing people disembarking in Libya after being intercepted offshore, June 24, 2018.  © 2018 Libyan Coast Guard via AP (Milan) – The Italian government should suspend all support to the Libyan Coast Guard until Libya commits to a clear plan to fully respect migrants’ safety and rights, […]