Mauritania: Prison Terms for Men Celebrating Birthday

Expand View of Mauritania’s capital city, Nouakchott. © Eric Goldstein/Human Rights Watch (Beirut) – A Mauritanian court on January 30, 2020, convicted eight men of “committing indecent acts” and “inciting debauchery,” after a video showing them celebrating a birthday party in a restaurant led to their arrest, Human Rights Watch said today. The court sentenced all […]

Bangladesh Lawmakers Openly Call for Extrajudicial Executions

Expand Bangladeshis hold photos of missing relatives during a press meeting in Dhaka on December 4, 2018.  Hundreds joined in the protest demanding justice for the victims.  © 2018 Munir UZ ZAMAN / AFP/ Getty Images In Bangladesh, people who question the government’s increasingly authoritarian rule fear they may be next in line to be […]

US Agency Could Pave Way for Anti-LGBT Discrimination

Expand The picture shows the emblem of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. © Tim Brakemeier/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funds thousands of organizations that work on important health and social welfare issues including adoption and foster care, youth homelessness, and sexuality education. Currently, recipients […]

Afghan Activists Exposing Child Abuse Detained

Expand Afghan police officers search a vehicle at a checkpoint on the Ghazni highway, in Maidan Shar, west of Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018. © 2018 AP Photo/Rahmat Gul When allegations of widespread sexual abuse of children surface, it’s supposed to be the perpetrators who get investigated and taken into custody. But not in […]

Lebanon: Entry Ban Follows Gender, Sexuality Conference

Expand People wave a Lebanese national flag during a protest in Central Beirut December 11, 2006. © 2006 Reuters (Beirut) – Lebanese General Security has banned a group of activists and academics from re-entering Lebanon following their participation in a September 2018 conference on gender and sexuality, Human Rights Watch, the Arab Foundation for Freedoms […]

Rape Allegations Against Pakistan’s Police

Expand A Pakistani police officer monitors the area during a Shiite Muslim’s Muharram procession in Islamabad, Pakistan, Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017. © 2017 AP Photo/Anjum Naveed A 22-year-old woman in Rawalpindi district in Pakistan’s Punjab province reported to police that four men had abducted her at gunpoint and raped her. Most disturbingly, she alleged that […]