Jordan: Free Speech Threats Under Covid-19 Response

Expand Jordanian police personnel guard at a checkpoint during the second day of a nationwide curfew, amid concerns over the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Amman, Jordan.   © 2020 Reuters (Amman) – Jordanian authorities have arrested media workers and others and issued a vaguely worded emergency decree that could chill online discussion about Jordan’s […]

Turkey: Enforced Disappearances, Torture

Expand Wives of six men who went missing in February 2019 join the weekly Saturday Mothers vigil in Istanbul for families of disappeared people in Turkey, July 2019.  © 2019 Private (Istanbul, April 29, 2020) – Turkish authorities should urgently carry out an effective investigation into credible testimony from a man in pretrial detention that […]

Kyrgyzstan: Free Ailing Rights Defender

(Berlin) – Kyrgyzstan authorities should release the ailing human rights defender Azimjon Askarov and quash his conviction after an unfair trial, Human Rights Watch said today. The country’s Supreme Court will hear an appeal of his case on February 25, 2020. The 68-year-old Askarov, who was wrongfully convicted and sentenced to life in prison for […]

Morocco: 3 Years in Abusive Solitary Detention

Expand Abdelqader Belliraj, arriving at a courthouse in Salé, Morocco, in 2008. © 2008 Abdelhak Senna/AFP via Getty Images   (Tunis) – A man sentenced to life in prison in one of Morocco’s best-known trials for supposedly plotting terrorism, has apparently been held in abusive solitary detention for more than three years, Human Rights Watch […]

Kazakhstan: UN Review Should Press for Reforms

Expand Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokaev takes the oath during his inauguration ceremony in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan. © 2019 Vladislav Vodnev / Sputnik via AP (Geneva) – Governments should use an upcoming review of Kazakhstan’s rights record at the United Nations (UN) to hold the country’s new president to his pledges to respect human rights, Human Rights […]

UAE: Prisoners Denied Lifesaving HIV Treatment

Expand Dubai’s skyline, United Arab Emirates.  © 2015 REUTERS/Karim Sahib/Pool (Beirut) – United Arab Emirates (UAE) prison authorities are denying non-national HIV-positive detainees in at least one UAE prison regular and uninterrupted access to lifesaving antiretroviral treatment, Human Rights Watch said today. Detainees living with HIV are also segregated from the rest of the prison […]

Myanmar: Rohingya Jailed for Traveling

Expand A police officer stands guard at a checkpoint in Shwe Zar village, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar, September 6, 2017. © 2017 AP Photo (New York) – Myanmar authorities should immediately release 30 Rohingya Muslims detained for attempting to travel from Rakhine State to the city of Yangon, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should […]

Bahrain: Prisoners Denied Medical Care

Expand Six individuals held in Bahraini prisons.  © Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (Beirut) – Bahrain’s authorities are failing to provide adequate medical care to high-profile prisoners, Human Rights Watch and the Bahrain Institution for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) said. Two detained human rights defenders, as well as the family members of four detained opposition activists, […]

UAE: Prisoners Held After Sentences Served


Expand Abu Dhabi’s skyline, United Arab Emirates.  © 2016 Kamran Jebreili /AP Photo (Beirut) – UAE authorities continue to hold at least five Emirati prisoners who completed their sentences between one and three years ago, Human Rights Watch said today. Emirati activists said that the men remain behind bars for “counseling” without a clear legal […]