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, […]

Egypt: Restrictions on Civic Work Underscored

Click to expand Image Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi gives an address at the Ittihadiya presidential palace in Cairo, Egypt, May 26, 2017. © 2017 Reuters (Beirut) – The implementing regulations for Egypt’s 2019 law regulating nongovernmental organizations issued on January 11, 2021, underscore the law’s severe restrictions on the work of independent human rights […]

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 […]

Will US Repeat History by Failing Haitians Again?

Click to expand Image A migrant from Haiti wearing a mask in the colors of the Mexican and US flags stands at a border crossing waiting to apply for asylum in the US, February 19, 2021.  © 2021 Jair Cabrera Torres/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images In 1993, when I was a junior staff member at the Office of the […]

China’s ‘Slanders and Smears’ at UN Human Rights Council

Click to expand Image Chinese President Xi Jinping is seen on a phone screen remotely addressing the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly, September 22, 2020.  © 2020 AP Photo/Mary Altaffer The Chinese government has rejoined the United Nations Human Rights Council, having been narrowly reelected in October 2020. Under global pressure on […]

Uganda: End Enforced Disappearances of Opponents

Click to expand Image Ugandan soldiers patrol near the house of Ugandan opposition presidential candidate Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine in Magere, Uganda. ©Sally Hayden / SOPA Images / Sipa via AP Images (Nairobi) – Ugandan authorities should take immediate steps to end the ongoing abductions by suspected state agents and cease the […]

How to Chart an Equitable Exit from the Pandemic

Click to expand Image A person in Soweto, South Africa receives an injection as they participate in a clinical trial for a Covid-19 vaccine in June 2020.  © 2020 Siphiwe Sibeko/AFP via Getty Images Today marks World Health Day with the World Health Organization (WHO) calling for increased government investment and cooperation to tackle global health […]

Cambodia: ‘Stop Covid-19’ System Raises Privacy Concerns

Click to expand Image Cambodian school girls walk home at the end of their school day outside Phnom Penh, Cambodia. © 2021 AP Photo/Heng Sinith (Bangkok) – The Cambodian government’s “Stop Covid-19” QR Code system raises serious privacy and other human rights concerns, Human Rights Watch said today. The authorities should use less-rights-intrusive measures to contain […]

Egypt: Provide Equitable Covid-19 Vaccine Access

Click to expand Image Egyptian Health Minister Hala Zayed at a press conference on January 24, 2021, speaking about the government’s plans for Covid-19 vaccinations. © 2021 Fadel Dawod/NurPhoto via AP (Beirut) – The Egyptian government should bolster measures to provide equitable access to Covid-19 vaccines for everyone in Egypt, Human Rights Watch said today. The […]

US Court Rules for Safety in Meatpacking

Click to expand Image © 2019 Brian Stauffer for Human Rights Watch In a major victory for meatpacking workers, a United States district court in Minnesota on Wednesday found that the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) had violated federal law with a 2019 rule eliminating slaughter line speed limits in hog processing plants. In its […]