Turkey: Prominent Civic Leader Rearrested After Acquittal

Expand Osman Kavala © 2017 Anadolu Kültür (Istanbul) – An Istanbul court’s order on February 19, 2020 to detain a prominent civic leader, Osman Kavala, demonstrates the extent to which Turkey’s government is abusing its justice system to target perceived critics, Human Rights Watch said today. The order for Kavala’s pretrial detention came the day after […]

Morocco: 3 Years in Abusive Solitary Detention

Expand Abdelqader Belliraj, arriving at a courthouse in Salé, Morocco, in 2008. © 2008 Abdelhak Senna/AFP via Getty Images   (Tunis) – A man sentenced to life in prison in one of Morocco’s best-known trials for supposedly plotting terrorism, has apparently been held in abusive solitary detention for more than three years, Human Rights Watch […]

Philippines: 80 Massacre Suspects Remain At Large

Expand People commemorate the 10th anniversary of the gruesome Ampatuan Massacre in Manila, Philippines on November 23, 2019. © 2019 Joseph Dacalanio/Pacific Press/Sipa USA (Sipa via AP Images) (Manila) – The Philippine authorities’ failure to arrest 80 suspects in the 2009 Maguindanao Massacre case puts victims’ families at grave risk, Human Rights Watch said today. […]

A Hopeful Speech, but Will Tunisia’s President Deliver?

Expand Kais Saied during the sworn ceremony in Bardo, Tunis, Tunisia on October 23, 2019. © 2019 Nicolas Fauque/Images de Tunisie/Abaca/Sipa USA via AP Images In his inaugural speech on October 23, Tunisia’s new president, Kais Saied, pledged to “honor Tunisia’s obligations under international law.” This was an unexpected turn, given his hostility towards human […]

Myanmar: Rohingya Jailed for Traveling

Expand A police officer stands guard at a checkpoint in Shwe Zar village, northern Rakhine state, Myanmar, September 6, 2017. © 2017 AP Photo (New York) – Myanmar authorities should immediately release 30 Rohingya Muslims detained for attempting to travel from Rakhine State to the city of Yangon, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should […]

Jordan: Crackdown on Political Activists

Expand Protestor raises the Jordanian flag during 2018 protests in front for the prime ministry building in Amman, Jordan. © 2018 AlMothanna B. AlGhazzawi   (Amman) – Jordanian authorities have increasingly targeted political and anti-corruption activists on charges that violate the right to free expression, Human Rights Watch said today. Since mid-March 2019, the authorities […]

Morocco: Abandon Attempts to Dissolve Cultural Group

Expand Screenshot from an episode of the online show “1 Dîner 2 Cons”, recorded in Casablanca, Morocco.  © 2018 1D2C / YouTube (Tunis) – Moroccan authorities should immediately abandon attempts to dissolve the cultural group Racines, over critical comments made by guests on an online talk show it hosted, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International […]