Another Day of Violence Across Nigeria

Click to expand Image Greenfield University in Kaduna state, Nigeria. © Greenfield University As I went about my day on Monday of this week catching up on the happenings in Nigeria, I was struck by the number of violent incidents reported across the country in just 24 hours.   I began in the morning following […]

Russian Court Extends Activist’s Pretrial Detention

Click to expand Image Mikhail Iosilevich, head of the local branch of the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (Pastafarianism), an independent group,  November 2020. © Private/Facebook A Russian court extended the pretrial detention of activist Mikhail Iosilevich, the first person put behind bars in connection with his prosecution under Russia’s abusive “undesirable foreign organization” […]

Japan: Suspend Aid Benefitting Myanmar Junta

Click to expand Image People protest the Myanmar Armed Forces in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo on April 1, 2021. © The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images (Tokyo) – The Japanese government should immediately review its aid portfolio for Myanmar and suspend non-humanitarian projects that benefit the junta or […]

Generation Equality: Accelerating Progress on Women’s Rights

Click to expand Image Marcelina Bautista, leader of Centro de Apoyo y Capacitación para Empleadas del Hogar, a domestic workers organization, celebrates the beginning of a pilot program extending access to social security and healthcare benefits for domestic workers, Mexico City, Mexico.  © 2019 El Universal/RCC Agency/GDA via AP Beginning today, governments, corporations, and civil society are converging physically and virtually in […]

Mozambique: Protect Residents Fleeing Northern Town

Click to expand Image A Mozambican woman works in a rice paddy in Palma, where large deposits of natural gas were found offshore, February 2017. © 2017 JOHN WESSELS/AFP via Getty Images Mozambique authorities should take urgent measures to protect civilians fleeing an armed Islamist group in the town of Palma, in northern Cabo Delgado […]

Cameroon: Ensure Credible Inquiry on Covid-19 Funds

Click to expand Image A picture showing Cameroon President Paul Biya who recently gave directives to improve oversight and investigate misappropriation of Covid-19 funding. © 2018 Lintao Zhang/Pool Photo via AP, File (Nairobi) – Cameroonian president Paul Biya’s recent directives to improve oversight and investigate misappropriation of Covid-19 funding requires additional safeguards, Human Rights Watch said […]

Hungary’s Scrapping of NGO Law Insufficient to Protect Civil Society

Click to expand Image People protest in Heroes’ square against a new law that would undermine Central European University, a liberal graduate school of social sciences founded by U.S. financier George Soros in Budapest, Hungary, April 12, 2017. © 2017 Reuters Despite a chorus of international criticism, the Hungarian government has been in no hurry […]

Bangladesh Police Arrest Children for Facebook Posts

Click to expand Image Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina meets with officials in Tokyo, May 29, 2019. © 2019 Kyodo via AP Images Displaying absolute intolerance for peaceful criticism, Bangladesh authorities have arrested hundreds of people, including journalists, for criticizing or satirizing the country’s ruling party and its leaders. Even children have not been spared […]

App-Based Jobs Emerge as Battleground for Workplace Safety in Georgia

Click to expand Image Bolt Food couriers protest in Tbilisi, Georgia, on March 24, 2021    © Shota Kincha/OC Media The Covid-19 pandemic has spurred a boom in food delivery services in Georgia, where the streets are packed with mopeds carrying branded boxes for companies like Glovo or Bolt Food. These app-based employers offer a seductive pitch […]

‘Crip Camp’ Brings the Inclusion Revolution to the Oscars

Click to expand Image Poster for the film, Crip Camp. © Netflix The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced last week that “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” had been nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. The film, released by Netflix in March 2020, and shown by the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, […]