For UK, Tackling Racial Injustice Should Begin at Home

Click to expand Image Campaigners hold placards as they take part during the Justice for Grenfell Solidarity rally on June 15, 2019 against the lack of action by the Government following the Grenfell Tower fire, which took the lives of 72 people.  © 2019 Dinendra Haria / SOPA Images/Sipa USA via AP Images The killing […]

China: Tibetan Children Denied Mother-Tongue Classes

Expand Poster issued by China in primary schools in Tibet. Translation: “Love the national flag, Sing the national anthem Mandarin is the working language in schools Please speak the common language (Mandarin) and write the characters correctly”. Source: Dondrup Dorje’s blog 2016 (London) – China’s “bilingual education” policy has accelerated the demise of Tibetan-medium instruction […]

US: Revisit Landmines Decision

Expand An Afghan orthopedic technician makes artificial limbs in a workshop at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) hospital in Kabul.  © 2019 Wakil Kohsar/AFP (Washington, DC) – The United States should reverse its decision to allow the US to use landmines anywhere in the world in perpetuity, Human Rights Watch said today. […]

US: Trump Administration Abandons Landmine Ban

  Expand A pile of shoes during the annual demonstration by NGO Handicap International denouncing antipersonnel landmines and cluster munitions in Lyon on September 20, 2014. © 2014 Getty Images (Washington, DC) – The Trump Administration’s decision to cancel a policy to eliminate all antipersonnel landmines reverses years of steady steps toward alignment with the […]

Massachusetts Medical Society Supports Intersex Rights

Expand A poster by intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis © 2017 Human Rights Watch The Massachusetts Medical Society (MMS) passed a resolution supporting the principle that intersex children should not be operated on until they are old enough to make the decision themselves. This deferral of all medically unnecessary intervention is in line with medical evidence, […]

Nepal: New NGO Law Should Protect Rights

Expand Nepalese activists shout slogans after being detained by police during a protest against the government, in front of the prime minister’s office in Kathmandu, Nepal, Tuesday on July 10, 2018.  © 2019 AP Photo/Niranjan Shrestha (New York) – The government of Nepal should ensure that forthcoming legislation to regulate social organizations protects the right […]

Thailand Offers Persecuted Rohingya Little Hope

Expand Rohingya refugees sit behind bars at a police station in Satun province, southern Thailand on Wednesday, June 12, 2019.  © 2019 AP Photo/Sumeth Panpetch Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha’s racist slurs directed at the Rohingya are bad enough. But they are made even worse because they reflect the Thai government’s cruel policy toward […]

Thailand: New Government Disregards Rights

Expand Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha arrives for a group photo with his cabinet members at the government house in Bangkok. © 2019 Vichan Poti/Pacific Press/Sipa USA via AP Images (New York) – The new Thai government’s policy statement fails to provide a pathway for restoring respect for human rights after five years of military […]

Mexico City’s LGBT-Inclusive School Uniforms Policy

Expand Participants march during a Gay Pride Parade in Mexico City, June 27, 2015. 2015 Reuters/Edgard Garrido Mexico City’s Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum announced on June 3 that children in Mexico City would be allowed to choose the uniform they wear to school. The policy applies to pre-schools, elementary schools, and secondary schools. Sheinbaum called “the […]