Peru: Law Protects Abusive Policing

Expand Riot police walk in front of the closed congress building in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019.  © 2019 AP Photo/Martin Mejia (Washington, DC) – Peru recently enacted a law eliminating an explicit requirement that the use of force by police must be proportionate and granting police special protections against criminal prosecution, Human Rights […]

Ethiopia: Free Speech at Risk Amid Covid-19

Expand Ethiopian men read newspapers  at a cafe during a declared state of emergency in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Oct. 10, 2016.  © AP Photo/Mulugeta Ayene (Nairobi) – The Ethiopian government has been using Covid-19 restrictions and a recently declared state of emergency as a pretext to restrict free speech. In the last month, the […]

Nigeria: COVID-19 Cases On the Rise

Expand A securityman administers sanitiser to a visitor to a state hospital in Lagos, on February 28, 2020.  © PIUS UTOMI EKPEI/AFP via Getty Images   (Abuja, March 25, 2020) – The Nigerian government should ensure that its response to the COVID-19 pandemic is rooted in respect for human rights by ensuring access to standard […]

As US Universities Close Confucius Institutes, What’s Next?

Expand Speakers for the Chinese Language Teachers Association- National Capital Region jointly held International Chinese Language Education Symposium visit the Confucius Institute at the University of Maryland, October 1, 2011. © 2011 Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) As a Chinese studies graduate of the University of Maryland, I was drawn to the news that the school’s […]

Qatar: 5-Year Prison Sentence Set for ‘Fake News’

Expand An image of the Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani on a building in Doha, Qatar. © 2019 Anke Waelischmiller/AP Images (Beirut) – Qatar has amended its penal code to restrict further the already-narrow space for free expression by setting criminal penalties for spreading “fake news” online, Human Rights Watch said today. The […]

New Tennessee Law Deepens Discrimination Against LGBT People

Expand Tennessee State Capitol in Nashville, Tennessee, January 8, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Mark Humphrey Tennessee has just become the latest US state to let taxpayer-funded adoption and foster care agencies operate under their own religious or moral beliefs – even if this means discriminating against prospective parents or jeopardizing the best interests of children. […]

UAE: Unrelenting Harassment of Dissidents’ Families

Expand UAE flag with Dubai skyline © 2019 Getty Images (Beirut) – The United Arab Emirates state security apparatus has targeted dozens of relatives of detained Emirati dissidents and of dissidents living abroad, Human Rights Watch said today. Human Rights Watch documented the targeting of relatives of eight UAE dissidents. These include dissidents who have […]

Vietnam: Longtime Critic Facing Trial

(Bangkok) – Vietnamese authorities should drop all charges against the blogger Pham Van Diep and immediately release him, Human Rights Watch said today. Expand Pham Van Diep  © 2018 private Pham Van Diep will face trial on November 26, 2019 in Thanh Hoa Province on charges of posting, liking, and sharing information on Facebook in […]

Nigeria: Despite Court Order, Activist Still Held

Expand Omoyele Sowore, pro-democracy activist and founder of Sahara Reporters news agency.    © 2016 Mohamed Nanabhay (via Wikimedia)   (Abuja) – The Nigerian authorities are holding Omoleye Sowore, a former presidential candidate and democracy activist, in detention despite a November 6, 2019 bail order by an Abuja Federal High Court. The Department of State […]

South Sudan Has 100 More Days to Transition to New Government

Expand (From L to R) Former Vice President of South Sudan Riek Machar, Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir, Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir, and Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa pose for a photograph as they meet at State House in Entebbe, Uganda, July 7, 2018. © 2018 AP Photo/Stephen Wandera, File […]