China: Big Data Program Targets Xinjiang’s Muslims

Click to expand Image © 2020 Badiucao for Human Rights Watch (New York) – A big data program for policing in China’s Xinjiang region arbitrarily selects Turkic Muslims for possible detention, Human Rights Watch said today. A leaked list of over 2,000 detainees from Aksu prefecture provided to Human Rights Watch is further evidence of […]

No Equality in Sport Until We Stop Policing Women’s Bodies

Click to expand Image Caster Semnya wins the women’s 800m during the IAAF Doha Diamond League 2019 at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, May 3, 2019. © 2019 Jiro Mochizuki/Image of Sport via AP Madeleine Pape, an Australian Olympic runner, competed against South Africa’s Caster Semenya in the 2009 Berlin World Championships and lost. Those […]

Ecuador: High Levels of Sexual Violence in Schools

(New York) – Thousands of children and adolescents have suffered school-related sexual violence in Ecuador since 2014, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. While Ecuador has taken important steps to tackle the issue and expedite justice since 2017, its policies and protocols are still not adequately carried out by many schools, the […]

Human Rights Lawyer Ordered to Leave Russia

Click to expand Image Vanessa Kogan.  © 2020 Private Today, Russian authorities informed Vanessa Kogan, executive director of Stichting Justice Initiative (SJI), a prominent human rights group, that her Russian residence permit was revoked and she has two weeks to leave the country. Vanessa has lived legally in Russia for 11 years and is married […]

Gruesome Boko Haram Killings in Northeast Nigeria

Click to expand Image People attend a funeral for people killed by suspected Boko Haram in Zaabarmar, Borno, Nigeria, November 29, 2020.  © 2020 AP Photo/Jossy Ola Suspected Boko Haram insurgents reportedly killed at least 70 civilians this weekend, many of them farmers working on a rice field. The attackers tied up many of the victims before […]

Turkey: Draft Law Threatens Civil Society

Click to expand Image On December 24, Turkey’s parliament is due to vote on a new law that will increase the Interior Ministry’s powers to restrict NGOs’ activities and threatens the right to freedom of association.  © 2020 AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici (Istanbul) – The Turkish government should withdraw provisions in a draft law that would arbitrarily […]

Russian Court Sentences Opposition Figure to 2-Year Suspended Sentence

Click to expand Image Yuliya Galyamina holding placard “Down with the Tsar”, July 2020, Moscow  © 2020 Private A Moscow court sentenced Yuliya Galyamina, a member of Moscow’s municipal assembly, to a 2-year suspended sentence today for posting information on social media and taking part in a peaceful public assembly earlier this year. Galyamina had posted […]

China: Repression Threatens Winter Olympics

Click to expand Image Photo of the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games logo in Zhangjiakou City where the 2022 Winter Olympic Games will take place, September 17, 2020, Zhangjiakou City, Hebei Province, China.  © 2020 Imaginechina via AP Images (New York) –The Chinese government’s heightened repression from Xinjiang to Hong Kong threatens its hosting of […]

Rwanda Should Stop Locking Up the Poor

Click to expand Image Gikondo Transit Center, April 2015.  © 2015 Human Rights Watch. The African Court on Human and People’s Rights has held that states’ laws enabling the detention of people who, often because of poverty, are forced to live on the street, violate human rights law. On December 4, the regional human rights […]

DR Congo: Militia Leader Gets Life Term for Atrocities

Click to expand Image The leader of the Mai Mai Sheka militia group, Ntabo Ntaberi Sheka, campaigns for a seat in parliament ahead of the November 2011 national elections, despite being sought on a Congolese arrest warrant for crimes against humanity, including sexual violence. Walikale, North Kivu, November 24, 2011. © 2011 AFP/File (Goma) – […]