Is China’s Human Rights Diplomacy Backfiring?

Click to expand Image Uyghur Muslims walk under an arch with security cameras after prayers at the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang region, during a government-organized trip for foreign journalists, April 19, 2021. © 2021 Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo As international support builds for an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity in the […]

Hong Kong: Beijing Dismantles a Free Society

Click to expand Image The slogan in Chinese on the flag, “Liberate Hong Kong, the Revolution of Our Times,” was a common chant during the 2019 protests. But since the imposition of the National Security Law, Hong Kong authorities have prohibited both the chant and pro-democracy protests have been prohibited in Hong Kong. The group that has long organized peaceful marches, Civil Human Rights […]

Mozambique Investigates Sexual Exploitation of Women Inmates

Click to expand Image A view over the roofs of Maputo, Mozambique, March 10, 2013.  © 2013 Britta Pedersen/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images This week, Mozambique’s government appointed members of a commission of inquiry to investigate allegations of sexual exploitation and other rights violations of female inmates by guards at the Ndlavela Women’s Prison in Maputo. Minister of […]

Kremlin Endorses Another Term for Kadyrov and His Brutal Chechen Regime

Click to expand Image People hold portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov during a rally marking National Unity Day in Grozny, southern Russia, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. © 2019 Musa Sadulayev/AP Photo President Putin has told the governor of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, that he should run for another term in […]

Discrimination in Tanzania’s Schools Ruining Girls’ Lives

Click to expand Image © 2017 Marco Tibasima for Human Rights Watch Tanzania’s first woman president, Samia Suluhu, took office in March 2021. Her administration has the opportunity to call on education authorities to end the exclusion of pregnant and married girls from public schools. She should urge them to adopt a clear human rights-compliant […]

First Conviction for Dictatorship Crimes in Brazil

Click to expand Image Demonstrators show photos of people killed during Brazil’s dictatorship outside a police station that used to be a torture center used by the dictatorship in Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 5th, 2019. © 2019 Andre Penner/AP Photo A Brazilian court has issued the first conviction of a state agent for human rights abuses […]

Myanmar: Teenager Describes Torture, Mock Burial

Click to expand Image Police gather outside the Kamayut court in Yangon, Myanmar, March 12, 2021.  © 2021 AP Photo (Bangkok) – Myanmar’s security forces have arbitrarily detained thousands of people and, according to numerous credible sources, subjected many to torture, routine beatings, and other ill-treatment since the February 1, 2021 military coup, Human Rights […]

Russia Should End Harassment of Opposition Activist

Click to expand Image Police detain opposition activist, Yulia Galyamina, at Zemskiy Syezd (meeting of municipal deputies), Velikiy Novgorod, Russia, on May 22, 2021. © 2021 Nikolay Kasyan Activist Yuliya Galyamina has been targeted by authorities who are using Covid-19 restrictions to clamp down on opposition figures. Galyamina, a former member of Moscow’s municipal assembly, […]

Burundi: Entrenched Repression of Civil Society, Media

Click to expand Image Burundi’s President Evariste Ndayishimiye at his inauguration on June 18, 2020. President Ndayishimiye took power two months early after the abrupt death of his predecessor, Pierre Nkurunziza. Burundi’s President Evariste Ndayishimiye at his inauguration on June 18, 2020. President Ndayishimiye took power two months early after the abrupt death of his […]