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 […]

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 […]

Russia: Harsh Verdicts in Controversial Terrorism Cases

Expand Pictured (L) members of a left-wing group Set (Network) in court in Penza, Russia on Monday, Feb. 10, 2020, when the court convicted seven members on terrorism charges, sentencing them to prison terms ranging from six to 18 years. (R) Eduard Nizamov. © 2020 AP Photo/David Frenkel (L); 2019 Private (R) (Berlin) – Russian military courts […]

Mali: Militias, Armed Islamists Ravage Central Mali

Expand  A woman walks with her daughter past the remains of homes that were destroyed during the March 23, 2019 attack on Ogossagou village by armed Dogon men in which over 150 civilians were killed.  © 2019 UNICEF/Keita (Bamako) – Armed groups in Mali have escalated their attacks on civilians, massacring people in their villages, […]

Thugs Attack Lawyer, Journalist in Chechnya

Expand Human rights lawyer Marina Dubrovina (L) in a police vehicle, and journalist Elena Milashina following separate attacks in Chechnya.  © 2020 Marina Dubrovina/Facebook; 2020 Elena Milashina/Facebook Last night, a group of thugs in Grozny attacked human rights lawyer Marina Dubrovina and investigative journalist Elena Milashina – the latest in a long history of attacks on […]

Syria: Cluster Munition Attack on School

Expand An unexploded 9N24 fragmentation submunition is marked by deminers in Sarmin, Idlib governorate. © 2020 Syria Civil Defense (Beirut) – A ballistic missile equipped with a banned cluster munition warhead launched by Syrian forces killed 12 civilians, including 5 children, at a school on January 1, 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. The attack killed 9 […]

Lebanon: Police Violence Against Protesters

Expand Riot police arrest a protester outside a police station in Beirut, Lebanon on Wednesday, January 15, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Hussein Malla   (Beirut) – Lebanon’s riot police beat and violently arrested largely peaceful protesters and media workers during demonstrations on January 15, 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. The Interior Ministry should promptly […]

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: Improper Prosecution of Asylum Seekers from China

Expand Kazakhstan is prosecuting Kaster Musakhanuly (left) and Murager Alimuly (right), two ethnic Kazakh, Chinese citizens from Xinjiang, who are seeking asylum and at risk of torture if returned to China. Zaysan, January 6, 2020.  © 2020 Khadisha Akaeva RFE/RL (Berlin) – Kazakhstan should not forcibly return two Chinese citizens fleeing ill-treatment in Xinjiang or […]

Sri Lanka: Repeal Abusive Counterterrorism Law

  Expand General Shavendra Silva is seen at the Ampara Air Force camp in eastern Sri Lanka August 24, 2009.  © 2009 Reuters/Stringer/Files (New York) – The Sri Lankan government should abide by its commitments to replace the abusive Prevention of Terrorism Act (PTA) with legislation that respects its international human rights obligations, Human Rights […]