In Germany, Anti-Semitism Creeps into Covid-19 Protests

Expand Demonstrators gather at Rosa-Luxemburg Platz holding a sign reading, “Against racism and anti-Semitism” Berlin, Germany, May 16, 2020. © 2020 Frederic Kern/Geisler-Fotopress/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images Across German cities last weekend, thousands of people from many walks of life protested German government measures taken to control the spread of Covid-19. Yet some people used the protests as a […]

India’s Protesters Should be Heard, Not Assaulted

Expand Indian students of the Jamia Millia Islamia University shout slogans during a protest, in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Altaf Qadri Tens of thousands in India are protesting a discriminatory citizenship law embraced by the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government on December 12. At the forefront of these protests are […]

Chile: Respect Rights in Protest Response

(Washington, D.C.) – The government of Chile should ensure that its security forces respect fundamental rights while containing sometimes violent ongoing protests, Human Rights Watch said today. Chilean authorities should investigate and hold accountable both demonstrators who committed serious crimes and acts of violence as well as members of security forces who responded with excessive […]

Russia Is Still Penalizing Peaceful Protesters

Expand Konstantin Kotov and his lawyer, Maria Eismont, wait for the verdict in his case at Moscow’s Tverskoi district court, September 5, 2019. © 2019 Tanya Lokshina/Human Rights Watch An appeal court in Moscow has upheld a four-year prison sentence against Konstantin Kotov for repeated violations of Russia’s restrictive rules on public assemblies. Kotov is one of […]

Crackdown on Presidential Election Protests in Kazakhstan

Expand Law enforcement officers detain a protester in Almaty, Kazakhstan on June 9, 2019, during presidential elections. © 2019 Paul Bartlett Today neither social nor mainstream media in Kazakhstan were reporting on orderly presidential elections. Instead, the media reports, tweets, and Facebook posts were about protests during the election – meant to usher in Kazakhstan’s […]

Guinea: Create Special Unit to Probe Protest Deaths

Expand Anti-riot police clash with Guinean opposition supporters in Conakry on March 22, 2018.  © 2018 CELLOU BINANI/AFP/Getty Images. (Nairobi) – The government of Guinea should set up a special task force of judges to investigate the conduct of the security forces and others engaged in unlawful acts during protests. The government’s failure to adequately […]

Why the Gaza Protests Won’t Stop

Expand Israeli forces fire tear gas towards Palestinian demonstrators near the fences separating Gaza and Israel, as seen from the Israeli side, on March 30, 2018.  © 2018 Reuters On Saturday, Palestinians in Gaza will head to the fences with Israel that effectively serve as their prison walls to mark one year since they began […]

Zimbabwe: Excessive Force Used Against Protesters

March 11, 2019 Video Video: Violence and Rape by Zimbabwe Gov't Forces After Protests  Zimbabwe security forces used excessive lethal force to crush nationwide protests in mid-January 2019. (Johannesburg) – Zimbabwe security forces used excessive lethal force to crush nationwide protests in mid-January 2019. President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s sudden announcement of a fuel price increase of […]