Guinea: Post-Election Violence, Repression

(New York) – The post presidential-election period in Guinea has been marred with violence and repression, with at least 12 people dead, Human Rights Watch said today. Following the October 18, 2020 election, security forces used excessive force to disperse opposition-led demonstrations in the capital, Conakry. Click to expand Image A voter card used by a […]

Justice Key to Durable Peace in Libya

Click to expand Image Armed forces allied to internationally recognized government fight with armed group in Tripoli, Libya September 22, 2018.  © 2018 Hani Amara/Reuters Last week in Geneva the two main parties to the Libyan conflict signed a “complete and permanent” ceasefire under the auspices of the United Nations. This comes after one-and-a-half years […]

Cambodia: Hun Sen Threatens Families of Activists

Click to expand Image Activists at protests on October 23, commemorating the 29th anniversary of the 1991 Paris Peace Accords in front of the US embassy in Phnom Penh. © 2020 LICADHO (Bangkok) – The Cambodian authorities should stop arbitrarily arresting, harassing, and threatening activists who participated in and organized protests on the anniversary of […]

Lebanon’s Brazen Attempt to Silence a Torture Victim

Click to expand Image Ziad Itani, a Lebanese actor, who was exonerated of spying for Israel, is carried after he was released by Lebanese authorities. Itani has accused security officials of torturing him and has called on authorities to investigate. © 2018 AP Photo/Hussein Malla Ziad Itani, a well-known Lebanese actor, will be questioned by […]

US: Vote ‘No’ on Homeland Security Nominee

Click to expand Image The acting secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, raises his right hand to swear in during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee confirmation hearing on September 23, 2020 in Washington, DC. © Greg Nash/Pool via AP (Washington, DC) – United States senators should vote no […]

Cambodia: End Violence Against Detainees’ Families

Click to expand Image Family members of detained opposition activists hand in a petition calling for the British Embassy to ​speak out on human rights in Cambodia, July 24, 2020. © 2020 LICADHO (Bangkok) – The Cambodian authorities should stop harassing and forcibly dispersing family members protesting the detention of opposition political activists, Human Rights Watch […]

Muzzling Journalists: Morocco and Algeria Can Agree on That

Click to expand Image Journalists Khaled Drareni (Left) and Omar Radi (Right). © Private; Fanny Hedenmo Morocco and Algeria are neighbors and rivals, sharing one of the world’s longest closed-land borders, vying for diplomatic supremacy in the Maghreb region, sparring over Western Sahara, and insulting each other’s governments daily via state-influenced media. But recent prosecutions of […]

Panama: Government Takes Step to End Quarantine Gender Discrimination

May 18, 2020 Video Panama: Government Takes Step to End Quarantine Gender Discrimination Protect Transgender People From Police, Security Guard Abuse (Washington DC) – The government of Panama has taken an important initial step to address the discriminatory impacts of its gender-based quarantine measures on transgender people by communicating its concern to security agencies, Human […]

Saudi Arabia: Free Adult Children of Ex-Official

(Beirut) – Saudi authorities have held two adult children of a former official in incommunicado detention since security forces arrested them in March 2020, Human Rights Watch said today. Omar al-Jabri, 21, and Sarah al-Jabri, 20, are children of former intelligence official Saad al-Jabri, who has lived in exile in Canada since 2017. Security forces […]

Urgent Opportunity to Assist Mozambique Civilians at Risk

Expand Residents of Naunde, in Macomia, Cabo Delgado, flee their village following an attack on June 5, 2018. ©2018 Human Rights Watch The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is meeting today in Harare, Zimbabwe, to discuss the increasing threat to civilians in Mozambique. Four heads of state are attending the summit, requested by the Mozambican […]