The Right That Vanished from Algeria’s Constitution

Click to expand Image Yacine Mebarki, who is serving a one-year prison term after an appeals court upheld in November 2020 the charge of “denigrating” Islam, among others.  © Private It is sadly commonplace that many countries that respect human rights the least have constitutions that respect human rights the most. Iraq’s constitution under Saddam Hussein, […]

Myanmar: Scrap Sweeping Cybersecurity Bill

Click to expand Image State Administrative Council Chairman and Commander-in-Chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing makes a televised statement in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, February 11, 2021. © 2021 Tatmadaw True Information Team Facebook page via AP (Bangkok) – Myanmar’s military junta has put forward a draconian bill that would give it sweeping powers to access user data, […]

UAE: Jordanian Convicted for Criticizing Jordan on Facebook

Click to expand Image Ahmed Etoum, Jordanian resident of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). © Private (Beirut) – The decision of a United Arab Emirates (UAE) court to sentence a Jordanian resident of the UAE to 10 years in prison in October 2020 was based entirely on peaceful Facebook posts criticizing Jordan’s government, Human Rights […]

Ethiopia: Unlawful Shelling of Tigray Urban Areas

Click to expand Image A woman stands in a metal sheet room that was damaged by shelling in Humera town, Tigray region, Ethiopia, on November 22, 2020. In that residential compound, two women and an elderly man were killed by shelling and gunfire, and two women were wounded. © 2020 Eduardo Soteras for Agence France Press (Nairobi) […]

Colombia: Protection Gaps Endanger Rights Defenders

(Washington, DC) – Armed group killings of human rights defenders are pervasive across Colombia, yet the government is dragging its feet in carrying out policies to prevent them, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. February 10, 2021 Left Undefended Killings of Rights Defenders in Colombia’s Remote Communities Download the full report in […]

Singapore Arrests Activists Supporting Trans Students

Click to expand Image A woman wrapped in the rainbow flag is seen at the Pink Dot rally, Singapore’s annual gay pride rally, at a park in Singapore on July 1, 2017.  © 2017 Darren Whiteside / Reuters The arrests of three demonstrators in Singapore who were protesting the plight of transgender students highlights the […]

Singapore Spying on Students’ Laptops

Click to expand Image A student uses a laptop for schoolwork while participating in remote learning, September 7, 2020. © 2020 Press Association via AP Images Singapore’s Education Ministry has made it mandatory for secondary school students to install tracking and remote access software on all laptops issued under a national digital literacy program, and […]

Indonesia: Enforce Dress Code Ban

Click to expand Image Billboard in front of the gate of SMPN2 school in Solok showing the principal in a long hijab, smiling, with the words “Selamat Datang di SMPN 2 Kota Solok. Kawasan wajib berbusana Muslim untuk Kota Solok Serambi Madinah” (Welcome to Public Junior High School 2 Solok City. Mandatory Muslim clothing area […]

Russia: Social Media Pressured to Censor Posts

Click to expand Image A man wearing a face mask to protect against Covid-19 uses his smartphone among Moscow City skyscrapers in Moscow, Russia, January 11, 2021. © 2021 AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin (Moscow) – Russian authorities are escalating pressure on social media companies, forcing them to censor online content deemed illegal by the government, Human […]

Is Your Business Funding Myanmar Military Abuses?

Click to expand Image A convoy of army vehicles patrol the streets in Mandalay, Myanmar, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. In the early hours of Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, the Myanmar army took over the civilian government of Aung San Suu Kyi in a coup. © AP Photo The military coup in Myanmar this week should […]