Egypt: Commute Death Sentences for Rab’a Protestors

Click to expand Image  A volunteer tends to an injured demonstrator in front of a police armored personnel carrier (APC) in Rab’a Square in Cairo, Egypt on August 14, 2013. That day, Egyptian police and army forces opened fire on tens of thousands of demonstrators who had been staging an open-ended sit-in calling for the […]

Kim Jong Un Acknowledges Food Crisis in North Korea

Click to expand Image (Photo provided by the North Korean government) North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during a Workers’ Party meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, Tuesday, June 15, 2021.  © 2021 Korean Central News Agency/Korea News Service via AP Kim Jong Un made an extraordinary admission this week about North Korea’s food crisis, […]

EU: Protect Lives on Central Mediterranean Route

Click to expand Image Migrants and refugees on an overcrowded rubber boat during a rescue by the Spanish NGO Open Arms in the Mediterranean Sea, Feb. 12, 2021. © AP Photo/Bruno Thevenin (Milan) – European Union governments have a collective responsibility to protect the lives and rights of people on the move along the central […]

ICC: New Prosecutor Takes Up Mandate

Click to expand Image Permanent premises of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the Netherlands. © 2018 Marina Riera/Human Rights Watch (The Hague) – The new prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) should seize opportunities to strengthen the court’s delivery of justice for victims, Human Rights Watch said today. Karim Khan, the court’s third […]

Ghana: Covid-19 Pandemic Fueling Child Labor

The unprecedented economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic is pushing children into exploitative and dangerous child labor. Many children feel they have no choice but to work to help their families survive, but a rise in child labor is not an inevitable consequence of the pandemic. The Ghanaian government should increase cash assistance to families […]

Pressure Grows to End US Border Expulsions

Click to expand Image An asylum seeker from Haiti waits at a makeshift encampment at the border port of entry leading to the United States on March 17, 2021 in Tijuana, Mexico. © 2021 Gregory Bull/AP Photo The administration of US President Joe Biden has announced it will redesignate Haiti for Temporary Protected Status (TPS), meaning Haitians already present […]

Gambia: Commission Uncovered Ex-President’s Alleged Crimes

(Banjul) – Testimony before a Gambian truth commission linking former president Yahya Jammeh to numerous grave crimes during his 22 years in office should be followed by criminal accountability, Human Rights Watch said today with the release of a video, “Truth and Justice in Gambia.” On May 27, 2021, the Gambia Truth, Reconciliation, and Reparations Commission (TRRC) is scheduled to conclude over […]

A Gold Medal for Homophobia in Japan

Click to expand Image LGBT rights activists outside the ruling Liberal Democratic Party headquarters in Tokyo, Japan on July 27, 2018.  © 2018 Iori Sagisawa/Kyodo News via AP Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights activists in Japan and their allies have for years been pressing the Diet, the national parliament, to introduce legislation that […]

In Cameroon Transgender Women Given Five-Years in Prison

Click to expand Image Njeuken Loic (known as “Shakiro”) and Mouthe Roland (known as “Patricia”), two transgender women, in a Douala prison. © Private, Douala, Cameroon, March 2021 On May 11, a Cameroonian court sentenced two transgender women to five years in prison and fines of 200,000 CFA (USD $370) under a law that forbids […]

UN: Promoting Rights Key to UN Chief Guterres’ 2nd Term

Click to expand Image United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks to the press at UN Headquarters in New York, November 20, 2020.  © 2020 Lev Radin/Sipa via AP Images (New York) –  United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres should energetically promote human rights in his second term by using the UN bully-pulpit to call out powerful governments […]