Bangladesh: Cyclone Endangers Rohingya on Silt Island

Expand NASA satellite imagery shows Cyclone Amphan over the Bay of Bengal in India, May 19, 2020, which made landfall on Bhasan Char May 20, 2020.  © 2020 NASA Worldview, Earth Observing System Data and Information System (EOSDIS) via AP (New York) – The Bangladesh government has kept over 300 Rohingya refugees confined on Bhasan Char, a remote silt island in the […]

US: Abusive Transfers of Asylum Seekers to Guatemala

Expand Two asylum seekers, one from El Salvador, one from Honduras, wait inside a migrant house in Guatemala City after being sent to Guatemala from the United States on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, under an “asylum cooperative agreement” between the two countries. © 2019 AP Photo/Oliverde Ros (Washington, DC) – An agreement between the United […]

Greece: Move Migrant Children to Safety

Expand A child places his hands on a fence as Greek police officers stand guard at a makeshift camp for migrants and refugees in Greece. © 2016 Reuters/Marko Djurica (Athens) – Greek authorities should free the 276 unaccompanied migrant children currently detained in police cells and detention centers in Greece, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to […]

Uganda: Drop Charges Against 19 Homeless Youth

Expand Ugandan police and other security forces chase people off the streets, after police cleared a stand of motorcycle taxis which are no longer permitted to operate after all public transport was banned for two weeks to halt the spread of the new coronavirus, in Kampala, Uganda Thursday, March 26, 2020.  © AP Photo/Ronald Kabuubi (Kampala, […]

Hungary Rejects Opportunity to Protect Women from Violence

Expand Candles and silhouettes representing victims are placed during a rally to mark the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women outside the Parliament in Budapest, Hungary, November 25, 2018. © 2018 Zoltan Balogh/MTI via AP Amidst a disturbing global uptick in reports of domestic violence during Covid-19 lockdowns, Hungary has taken a leap […]

Concerns Raised Over Planned Gang Raid in Haiti

Expand People go about their day in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019. © 2020 AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell Last week Haiti’s minister of justice and public security announced that government forces would conduct a raid to curb gang violence in Village de Dieu, a low-income neighborhood in Port-au-Prince. He gave “good people” 72 hours to leave, […]

DR Congo: Respecting Rights Key Amid COVID-19

Expand Pro-democracy activists from Filimbi movement raise awareness about the COVID-19 pandemic in Kinshasa’s Gambela market, Democratic Republic of Congo, March 28, 2020. © 2020 Filimbi (Kinshasa) – The Democratic Republic of Congo’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic should prioritize support for low-income communities, displaced people, and others at greatest risk, Human Rights Watch said […]

COVID-19 Poses Extreme Threat to People Shackled in Nigeria

November 11, 2019 Video People With Mental Health Conditions Chained and Abused in Nigeria Thousands of people with mental health conditions across Nigeria are chained and locked up in various facilities where they face terrible abuse. As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, certain images come to mind: quarantines in Wuhan and Italy, empty […]

How Can Germans ‘Stay at Home’ If They Are Homeless?

Expand Hot drinks for homeless people: A Bahnhofsmission team member passes out hot drinks, Berlin, Germany. © 2020 Berliner Stadtmission/Breuer The queues are getting longer outside the soup kitchen for homeless people behind the Berlin Zoo railway station. Since the coronavirus reached Germany, the center closed its doors and now staff and volunteers serve people […]

Greece/EU: Urgently Relocate Lone Children

Expand A boy stands next to a hole in the fence of the Moria camp following rainfall, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, November 22, 2019.  © 2019 Elias Marcou/Reuters (Athens) – European Union (EU) Member States should urgently relocate unaccompanied children from the Greek islands to safety in their territory, while ensuring that the […]