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 […]

Bahrain: Police Beat, Threaten Children

Click to expand Image Sayed Hasan Ameen, 16, has serious medical complications from sickle cell anemia but Bahraini authorities denied him family visits and access to medications in detention. He is being tried as an adult, along with other children. © Private, 2021. (Beirut) – Bahrain police beat children arrested in protest-related cases in February […]

Afghanistan: Taliban Target Journalists, Women in Media

Click to expand Image Afghan journalists film at the site of a bombing attack in Kabul, Afghanistan, Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2021.  © 2021 AP Photo/Rahmat Gul (New York) – Taliban forces are deliberately targeting journalists and other media workers, including women, in Afghanistan, Human Rights Watch said today. Threats and attacks against journalists across the country […]

Arizona Legislators Should Reject Immunity for Nursing Homes

Click to expand Image © 2009 iStock/Getty Images This week, Arizona legislators will vote on bill 1377, which would shield nursing homes from civil liability for negligence while providing services during the Covid-19 pandemic. At least 32 states have already passed laws or issued executive orders during the pandemic making it harder for nursing home […]

Belarus: Crackdown on Independent Journalism

Click to expand Image Katsiaryna Barysevich, a journalist for the independent TUT.BY news website enters a court room during a trial in Minsk on 19 February, 2021. © 2021 RAMIL NASIBULIN/BELTA/AFP via Getty Images (Moscow) – Belarusian authorities have escalated repression against independent journalists in the past five months, Human Rights Watch said today. The […]

Qatar: Male Guardianship Severely Curtails Women’s Rights

Click to expand Image A girl and a woman fly a kite along the promenade by the Doha corniche in the Qatari capital on March 16, 2020. © 2020 AFP via Getty Images (Beirut, March 29, 2021) – Qatar’s discriminatory male guardianship system denies women the right to make many key decisions about their lives, […]

Rights of Sri Lankan Muslims Need International Protection

Click to expand Image Sri Lankan municipal cemetery workers carry the coffin of a Covid-19 virus victim for cremation in Colombo, Sri Lanka, December 21, 2020.  © 2020 Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via AP The Sri Lankan government’s announcement that it would finally end its medically baseless policy of “forced cremation” of people who die with Covid-19 […]

EU Should Sanction Cambodia’s ‘Dirty Dozen’

Click to expand Image Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, center, arrives for a ceremony of the 68th anniversary of the founding of his Cambodian People’s Party in Phnom Penh, Cambodia on Friday, June 28, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Heng Sinith It’s been over three years since Cambodia’s ruling party-controlled courts arbitrarily dissolved the country’s main […]

Turkey: End Probe of Women Over Shouted Slogans

Click to expand Image Women and the LGBTQI community celebrate the upcoming International Women’s Day in Istanbul, Turkey on March 6, 2021. ©2021 AP Photo/Erhan Demirtas/NurPhoto (Istanbul) – Turkish authorities should immediately put a stop to the criminal investigation opened into women’s rights activists for shouting slogans at a March 8, 2021 International Women’s Day […]

Illinois: Repeal Forced Parental Notice of Abortion

(Chicago) – An Illinois law that requires a young person seeking an abortion to involve an adult family member is dangerous for youth in the state, violates their human rights, and threatens their health and safety, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Illinois said in a report released today. The […]