Tanzanian President’s Remarks Denigrate Women Footballers

Click to expand Image Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan speaks during a tour of the Tanga region of Tanzania on March 16, 2021.  © 2021 AP Images This week, at a ceremony hosting the Tanzania men’s football team, President Samia Suluhu made remarks that cast aspersions on the “femininity” and gender of Tanzanian women footballers. […]

Proposed Pakistan Authority Seeks Greater Control of Media

Click to expand Image Pakistani journalists and activists at a demonstration called by the journalists union to condemn attacks on the media, in Islamabad, Pakistan, on May 28, 2021. © 2021 Anjum Naveed/AP Images The Pakistani government is seeking broad new powers to control the media as part of its crackdown on freedom of expression. Journalists, […]

Japan: Protect Fleeing Afghans at Risk

Click to expand Image Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, right, greets UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi at the Akasaka State Guest House in Tokyo on July 22, 2021. © 2021 Kazuhiro Nogi/Pool Photo via AP (Tokyo) – Japan’s government should urgently protect Afghan civilians who are at risk under the new Taliban authorities, […]

Poland Targets TV Channel, Limits Press Freedom and Pluralism

Click to expand Image A woman holds a sign with the words “Free media” in Warsaw, Poland on August 11, 2021. © 2021 STR/NurPhoto via AP Poland’s lower house unleashed a major threat to media pluralism on August 11, approving a bill that prevents non-European shareholders from owning a majority stake in Polish media companies. […]

The Revolving Door of Persecution in Crimea

Click to expand Image Nariman Dzhelyal in Crimea in 2019.  © 2019 Anton Naumliuk, Grati In today’s Crimea, to be a member of the Crimean Tatar community is to be a target for the authorities. In the early hours of September 4, Russia’s security services raided the house of Nariman Dzhelyal, a deputy chairman of […]

South Korea: Internet Sexual Images Ruin Women’s Lives

(Seoul) – Widespread internet posting in South Korea of sexual images of women and girls without their consent is having a devastating impact on the victims, Human Rights Watch said today. The government should be doing more to prevent and respond to these digital sex crimes. The 96-page report, “‘My Life is Not Your Porn’: Digital […]

Police ‘Kidnap’ Chechen Woman Who Escaped Abuse

Click to expand Image Screen grab from the video that Khalimat Taramova sent to Chechen authorities, saying she had left Chechnya voluntarily because of abuse. © 2021 Медиазона via Youtube For about six months before 22-year-old Khalimat Taramova fled Chechnya on June 6, her family kept the young woman, who identifies as bisexual, under lock […]

Canada: Abuse, Discrimination in Immigration Detention

Click to expand Image © Brian Stauffer for Human Rights Watch (Ottawa) – Canada incarcerates thousands of people, including those with disabilities, on immigration-related grounds every year in often abusive conditions, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International said today in a joint report ahead of World Refugee Day on June 20. The 100-page report, “‘I […]

Families of Activists Who Flee Xinjiang Pay a Heavy Price

Click to expand Image The watchtower of a high-security facility near a “re-education camp” where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained, on the outskirts of Hotan, in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region on May 31, 2019. ©2019 GREG BAKER/AFP via Getty Images For members of the Uyghur diaspora – people of Turkic descent who have left […]

Iraq: Inadequate Plans for Camp Closures

Click to expand Image Government buses waiting to move families from one camp in Anbar governate to another during a previous wave of camp closures in December 2018.  © 2018 Belkis Wille/Human Rights Watch (Beirut) – Recent camp closures have stripped thousands of displaced people of essential services during the Covid-19 pandemic, with inadequate government […]