Boys’ Drawings Expose Greece’s Broken Detention System

Click to expand Image Ibrahim, a 14-year-old boy from Somalia, was detained by Greek police for almost three months at a detention center in Amygdaleza, a police-run detention facility on the outskirts of Athens, which houses adults but has a dedicated section for unaccompanied migrant children. Seventeen-year-old Kamrul from Bangladesh was also detained, first at […]

Police Beat and Injure Ecuador’s Covid-19 Protesters

Expand People transporting the remains of deceased loved ones wait in a slow moving line outside Jardines de la Esperanza Cemetery to hold burials in Guayaquil, Ecuador, April 6, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Luis Perez Police in Guayaquil, Ecuador – the heart of the country’s coronavirus epidemic – used apparent excessive force to break up a […]

Panama: Government Takes Step to End Quarantine Gender Discrimination

May 18, 2020 Video Panama: Government Takes Step to End Quarantine Gender Discrimination Protect Transgender People From Police, Security Guard Abuse (Washington DC) – The government of Panama has taken an important initial step to address the discriminatory impacts of its gender-based quarantine measures on transgender people by communicating its concern to security agencies, Human […]

Peru: Law Protects Abusive Policing

Expand Riot police walk in front of the closed congress building in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019.  © 2019 AP Photo/Martin Mejia (Washington, DC) – Peru recently enacted a law eliminating an explicit requirement that the use of force by police must be proportionate and granting police special protections against criminal prosecution, Human Rights […]

Greece: Move Migrant Children to Safety

Expand A child places his hands on a fence as Greek police officers stand guard at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees in Greece. © 2016 Reuters/Marko Djurica (Athens) – Greek authorities should free the 276 unaccompanied migrant children currently detained in police cells and detention centers in Greece, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to […]

DR Congo: Bloody Crackdown on Political Religious Group

Expand Police officers raid Ne Muanda Nsemi’s residence, where more than 200 BDK supporters had gathered, in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on April 24, 2020. Photo source: Screenshot taken from a video Human Rights Watch received from sources via WhatsApp (Kinshasa) – Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo repeatedly used excessive lethal force […]

Indonesia: Blogger Held Over Land Dispute Report

Expand On May 4, 2020, the South Kalimantan police arrested and detained blogger Diananta Putra Sumedi (left) in Banjarmasin, charging him with online defamation, which carries a maximum penalty of six years in prison.  © 2020 Alliance of Independent Journalists (Jakarta) – The Indonesian police in South Kalimantan province should drop criminal defamation charges against […]

Somalia: Spate of Arrests, Intimidation of Journalists

Expand Somali journalists in Mogadishu, Somalia December 29, 2019.  © REUTERS/Feisal Omar (Nairobi) – Somali authorities have been stepping up their intimidation of journalists as the country faces a growing number of Covid-19 cases. Since mid-April 2020 alone, authorities arbitrarily detained three journalists, accused two of various crimes, and prohibited a local radio station from […]

Ethiopia: Free Speech at Risk Amid Covid-19

Expand Ethiopian men read newspapers  at a cafe during a declared state of emergency in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Oct. 10, 2016.  © AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene (Nairobi) – The Ethiopian government has been using Covid-19 restrictions and a recently declared state of emergency as a pretext to restrict free speech. In the last month, the […]

Concerns Raised Over Planned Gang Raid in Haiti

Expand People go about their day in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. © 2020 AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell Last week Haiti’s minister of justice and public security announced that government forces would conduct a raid to curb gang violence in Village de Dieu, a low-income neighborhood in Port-au-Prince. He gave “good people” 72 hours to leave, […]