Japan’s Next Premier Should Endorse a Sanctions Law

Click to expand Image Myanmar residents in Japan stage a protest rally in Tokyo on August 1, 2021.  © 2021 Kyodo/AP Images Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will hold its party presidential election on September 29. The winner will almost certainly become Japan’s next prime minister. Four candidates – two women and two men […]

China’s Coal Announcement Potential Climate Game-Changer

Click to expand Image Chinese-built Java 7 coal-fired power plant in Serang, Banten, Indonesia, October 2020. © 2020 RONALD SIAGIAN/AFP via Getty Images Chinese President Xi Jinping told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that the Chinese government would “not build new coal-fired power projects abroad” and would instead “step up support for other developing […]

Sri Lanka: Rights Abuses Jeopardize EU Trade Benefits

Click to expand Image In June 2021, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for Sri Lanka to comply with its human rights obligations if it is to continue enjoying European Union trading preferences known as GSP+.  © 2021 Julien Warnand, Pool Photo via AP (Brussels) –  The European Union should publicly set out a […]

Afghanistan: Taliban Abuses Cause Widespread Fear

Click to expand Image A Taliban member watches as women demonstrate for human rights in Herat, Afghanistan, September 2, 2021.  © 2021 AFP via Getty Images (New York) – The Taliban in Afghanistan’s western city of Herat are committing widespread and serious human rights violations against women and girls, Human Rights Watch and the San […]

Rwanda: Paul Rusesabagina Convicted in Flawed Trial

Click to expand Image Paul Rusesabagina attends a court hearing in Kigali, Rwanda, February 26, 2021. © 2021 AP Photo/Muhizi Olivier (Nairobi) – The conviction of the Rwandan critic and political opponent Paul Rusesabagina comes after a flawed trial that is emblematic of the government’s overreach and manipulation of the justice system, Human Rights Watch said […]

Belarus: Free Human Rights Defenders

Click to expand Image In The Hague, Netherlands, on August 7, a demonstrator holds a placard showing the names of some of those arbitrarily detained in Belarus for protesting against President Alexander Lukashenko, and calling for their release. © 2021 Charles M Vella / SOPA Images/Sipa via AP Images (Berlin) – Belarusian authorities should immediately […]

Burundi: Allegations of Killings, Disappearances, Torture

Click to expand Image Burundian President Évariste Ndayishimiye at his swearing-in ceremony in Gitega, Burundi, on June 18, 2020. © 2020 Evrard Ngendakumana/Xinhua via Getty Images (Nairobi) – Grave human rights violations have persisted in a context of insecurity in the 15 months since Évariste Ndayishimiye became president of Burundi, Human Rights Watch said. Until […]

European Parliament Calls for UN Probe into Beirut Blast

Click to expand Image The Lebanese Association of Lawyers march at the First Anniversary of Port Blast, Beirut, Lebanon, on August 4, 2021. © 2021 Elisa Gestri/Sipa USA/AP Images This week the European Parliament heeded calls from survivors of the August 2020 Beirut blast, families of the victims, and many human rights groups to establish […]

EU Should Address Beijing’s Assault on Rights

Click to expand Image European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Chinese President Xi Jinping are seen on a screen during a video conference to approve an investment pact between China and the European Union on December 30, 2020 in Brussels, […]

Russia: Broad Facial Recognition Use Undermines Rights

Click to expand Image A surveillance camera operates in Red square near the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on November 2, 2019. © 2019 Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images (Moscow) – Russian authorities continue expanding their use of facial recognition technology across the country, with no regulation, oversight, or data protection and against the backdrop of […]