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 […]

Kyrgyzstan: Women’s Activists Detained

Expand Kyrgyz policemen detain an activist of the Femen women’s rights movement at Victory Square during celebration of the International Women’s Day in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, Sunday, March 8, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Vladimir Voroni (Berlin) – Kyrgyzstan police held about 70 activists, most of them women, for hours on March 8, 2020 without telling them […]

Kenya: Elusive Justice for Gross Injustice, Abuse

Expand Residents flee as anti-riot policemen pursue opposition protestors in Mathare, Nairobi, on August 12. © 2017 Thomas Mukoya/Reuters (Nairobi) – The Kenyan National Assembly has blocked justice and reparations for victims of human rights violations by failing to consider the findings of a 2013 report by the country’s Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC), […]

Countering Domestic Violence Myths in Armenia

Expand Taguhi shows scars on her neck and shoulder. In 2016, her former husband attacked her and her mother with an axe, killing her mother.  © 2016 Nazik Armenakyan ( A human rights expert body has hopefully put to rest harmful myths circulating in Armenia about a European treaty on combatting violence against women. Domestic […]

Indonesia: Jokowi’s Second Term Should Promote Rights

Expand Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and his wife, Iriana, showing off their ink-marked fingers after casting ballots in the presidential election at a polling station in Jakarta on April 17, 2019.  © 2019 Kyodo via AP Images (Jakarta) – Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo should use his second term to promote the human rights […]

Papua New Guinea Massacre Doesn’t Justify Death Penalty

Expand Local residents stand by the bodies of victims recovered in recent tribal violence, Karida, Papua New Guinea, July 8, 2019. © 2019 Pills Kolo via AP On July 8, gunmen in Papua New Guinea (PNG) killed at least 16 people during tribal fighting in Munima and Karia villages in the country’s Hela province. Reports indicate […]

Kyrgyzstan: Pressure Builds to Protect Women and Girls

Expand Burulai Turdaaly kyzy’s portrait on a building at the medical college she attended in Bishkek, November 2018. © 2018 Gulzhan Turdubaeva/Radio Free Europe/RL (Bishkek) – The failure of Kyrgyzstan’s government to prevent and punish violence against women and girls leaves them at risk of injury and even death, Human Rights Watch said today, a […]

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 […]

Ukraine: New President Should Set Rights Priorities

Expand Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, gestures while speaking during his inauguration ceremony in Kyiv, May 20, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky (Kyiv) – Ukraine’s new president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, should address several key human rights concerns as a central part of his administration’s agenda and make good on promises of reform, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, […]

Sri Lanka: Prosecute Easter Sunday Attackers

Expand Relatives light candles after burial of three victims of the same family, who died at Easter Sunday bomb blast at St. Sebastian Church in Negombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, April 22, 2019. © 2019 AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe   The attacks in Sri Lanka on April 21, 2019, Easter Sunday, are contemptible acts of violence for […]