Brazil: Rio Attorney General Weakens Police Oversight

Click to expand Image Armed Forces members patrol during an operation against the organized crime in Lins slum complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 5, 2017. © 2017 Reuters (São Paulo, April 16, 2021) – Rio de Janeiro’s attorney general, Luciano Mattos, should reinstate a recently dissolved unit of prosecutors who specialized in preventing, investigating, […]

Guatemala Should Do More for LGBT People

Click to expand Image Protest against the “Life and Family Protection” bill in Guatemala City, May 1, 2019. © Daniel Villatoro “We know where you live, we’re going to kill you.” Those words echoed in Ale’s mind long after she left Guatemala to seek asylum. The men who threatened her had phoned to extort her […]

Bahrain: Police Beat, Threaten Children

Click to expand Image Sayed Hasan Ameen, 16, has serious medical complications from sickle cell anemia but Bahraini authorities denied him family visits and access to medications in detention. He is being tried as an adult, along with other children. © Private, 2021. (Beirut) – Bahrain police beat children arrested in protest-related cases in February […]

Poland: Escalating Threats to Women Activists

Click to expand Image Protesters hold a banner of Strajk Kobiet (Women’s Strike) during a protest in Warsaw on March 8,  International Women’s Day, organized by the Women’s Strike (Strajk Kobiet) against the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and the decision of the Constitutional Court. © 2021 Attila Husejnow / SOPA Images / Sipa […]

Belarus: Crackdown on Independent Journalism

Click to expand Image Katsiaryna Barysevich, a journalist for the independent TUT.BY news website enters a court room during a trial in Minsk on 19 February, 2021. © 2021 RAMIL NASIBULIN/BELTA/AFP via Getty Images (Moscow) – Belarusian authorities have escalated repression against independent journalists in the past five months, Human Rights Watch said today. The […]

Hong Kong Repression’s True Cost

Click to expand Image A protester is tackled by riot police during a demonstration outside the Legislative Council in Hong Kong, June 12, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Kin Cheung The Hong Kong government’s budget for this year, released on Wednesday, has a new line item: “safeguarding national security.” It carries a price tag of HK$8 billion […]

Turkey: End Probe of Women Over Shouted Slogans

Click to expand Image Women and the LGBTQI community celebrate the upcoming International Women’s Day in Istanbul, Turkey on March 6, 2021. ©2021 AP Photo/Erhan Demirtas/NurPhoto (Istanbul) – Turkish authorities should immediately put a stop to the criminal investigation opened into women’s rights activists for shouting slogans at a March 8, 2021 International Women’s Day […]

Tunisia: Harassment, Arbitrary Detention of LGBT Rights Activist

Click to expand Image Rania Amdouni, 26, at the office of the Tunisian Association of Democratic Women, on October 27, 2020. © 2020 Hamza Nasri (Beirut) – A Tunisian court sentenced a prominent LGBT rights activist on March 4, 2021, to six months in prison and a fine for shouting outside a police station after […]

Two Journalists in Belarus Jailed in Retaliation for Their Work

Click to expand Image Journalists Ekaterina Andreyeva (Bakhvalova), right, and Daria Chultsova embrace inside the defendants’ cage during a court hearing in Minsk, Belarus, February 9, 2021. © 2021 AP Photo Today a district court in Minsk, Belarus sentenced journalist Katsiaryna Andreyeva and her colleague and camerawoman Daria Chultsova to two years in prison having […]

Singapore Arrests Activists Supporting Trans Students

Click to expand Image A woman wrapped in the rainbow flag is seen at the Pink Dot rally, Singapore’s annual gay pride rally, at a park in Singapore on July 1, 2017.  © 2017 Darren Whiteside / Reuters The arrests of three demonstrators in Singapore who were protesting the plight of transgender students highlights the […]