Uganda: Reject Sexual Offenses Bill

Click to expand Image Brenda, a Ugandan transgender woman, was arrested and assaulted by police in the wake of the passage of Uganda’s 2014 Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Activists fear that the passage of the Sexual Offences Bill will similarly lead to anti-LGBT violence. © 2014 Human Rights Watch (Kampala) – Uganda’s Sexual Offenses Bill, 2019 both […]

Time for Action to Protect Australia’s Older People

Click to expand Image A resident looks out from the window of the Florence Aged Care Facility amid the second wave of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Melbourne, Australia August 17, 2020. © REUTERS/Sandra Sanders The Australian government has the chance to make a lasting impact on the lives of older Australians next week when it […]

Russia: Withdraw New Batch of Oppressive Laws

Click to expand Image Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin addresses the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s Parliament, in Moscow, Russia. July 22, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko (Moscow) – A group of Russian lawmakers introduced three bills on May 4, 2021 that would add new dangerous tools to the already significant arsenal of legislative weapons […]

India’s Leaders Obsessed with Criticism, Not Medical Shortages

Click to expand Image People wait to get tested for Covid-19 in Hyderabad, India, April 25, 2021.  © 2021 AP Photo/Mahesh Kumar A. Indian groups trying to locate assistance for Covid-19 patients are finding that the requests keep coming. Although the government has attempted to increase medical supply stocks, distribution remains patchy. The authorities have often […]

Saudi Arabia: Reveal Status of Saudi-Australian

(Beirut) – Saudi officials should immediately make public the whereabouts and condition of a Saudi-Australian man forcibly returned to Saudi Arabia in March 2021, Human Rights Watch said today. No information has emerged about the situation of Osama al-Hasani, 42, since his deportation to Saudi Arabia from Morocco on March 13. He was apparently wanted […]

EU: Prioritize Rights at India Summit

Click to expand Image People suffering from breathing issues receive oxygen support at a gurdwara, a place of assembly and worship for Sikhs, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease, in Delhi, India.  © 2021 Idrees Mohammed / Sputnik via AP (Brussels) – European leaders at the May 8, 2021 summit with their Indian counterparts should […]

Crossing Another Rubicon in Russia

Russian authorities have been on a rampage of repression in recent months, imprisoning a top political opposition figure, arresting record numbers of protesters, and sustaining a month of heightened persecution of independent media. This morning they crossed another Rubicon when Federal Security Service (FSB) agents in Moscow apprehended prominent human rights lawyer Ivan Pavlov. Click […]

The Myanmar Junta’s Assault on the Truth

Myanmar security forces have launched a full-scale attack on the country’s media, targeting journalists for arrest, raiding the offices of newspapers and online media, and banning five outspoken media outlets. At least 71 journalists, including a Japanese freelancer, have been arrested, of whom 48 remain in detention.   Click to expand Image AP journalist Thein […]

Myanmar: End Threats Against Rights Group

Click to expand Image Anti-coup protesters hold a banner that reads “What are these? We are Yangon residents!” as they march during a demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar on Tuesday April 27, 2021. © 2021 AP Photo (Bangkok) – Myanmar’s military junta should immediately stop threatening the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), a leading human […]

US: Pass PRO Act to Empower Workers, Protect Rights

Click to expand Image Frontline healthcare workers in Minnesota picket for fair wages.  © 2021 SEIU Healthcare Minnesota (Washington, DC) – The United States Senate should pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), five human rights and labor groups said today in releasing a question-and-answer document about the issue. The Senate should […]