Nigeria’s Twitter Ban Follows Pattern of Repression

Click to expand Image A man looks at newspapers at a newsstand in Abuja, Nigeria June 5, 2021. © 2021 Afolabi Sotunde/REUTERS The Nigerian government’s decision to ban Twitter and prosecute those who continue using the platform is a blatant and unjustified restriction on civic space and people’s right to information through social media. The […]

G7 Governments: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Click to expand Image A Uniper coal-fired power plant and a BP refinery steam beside a wind generator in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on Jan. 16, 2020. © 2020 Martin Meissner/AP Photo © (London) – G7 member countries should take immediate and concrete action to end fossil fuel subsidies, Human Rights Watch said in a question-and-answer document released […]

Bahrain: Stop Denying Abuse of Detained Children

Click to expand Image Sayed Hasan Ameen, 16, has serious medical complications from sickle cell anemia but Bahraini authorities denied him family visits and access to medications in detention. He is being tried as an adult, along with other children. © Private, 2021. (Beirut) – A Bahrain government report denying that police and detention-center officers beat, […]

Police Killing, Caught on Video, Riles the Philippines

Click to expand Image Veiled protesters, mostly relatives of victims of alleged extrajudicial killings by the police, display placards during a protest outside the Philippine police headquarters, Quezon City,  July 17, 2019. © 2019 Bullit Marquez/AP Photo The killing on Monday of a woman allegedly by a drunken, off-duty police officer has once again put […]

Australians Should Know That Apartheid Is Still Happening Today

Click to expand Image Protestors hold placards as they take part in a rally in Melbourne, Australia on May 15, 2021. © 2021 William West/AFP via Getty Images When Human Rights Watch released its report on April 27 finding that Israeli authorities are committing the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution, it was covered by dozens […]

US Tulsa Centennial a Timely Reminder Reparations Cannot Wait

Click to expand Image Ruins of Greenwood District after 1921 Race Massacre, Tulsa, Oklahoma. © GHI/Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Today marks 100 years since the 1921 Tulsa race massacre when, in less than 24 hours, a white mob, including police officers, destroyed over 1,200 homes in the predominately Black Greenwood neighborhood—so prosperous it […]

Japan: Global Firms Back LGBT Non-Discrimination Act

Click to expand Image Supporters of Equality Act Japan gather in front of parliament before they submit a petition in Tokyo on March 25, 2021. © Kyodo News via AP (Tokyo) – Major corporations have endorsed Japan’s proposed Equality Act, which would protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people from discrimination, J-ALL, Athlete Ally, All Out, and […]

Ex-Chad Dictator’s Victims Denied Reparations

Click to expand Image Supporters of Habre’s victims, Dakar, 2015. © 2015 Reed Brody/HRW (Nairobi) – Victims of the former dictator of Chad, Hissène Habré, have not received a cent of reparations ordered by the African Union-backed Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal in 2016, five organizations including Human Rights Watch said today. The following is […]

Myanmar: Chevron, Total Suspend Some Payments to Junta

Click to expand Image In this file photo, the logo of French oil giant Total SA is pictured at company headquarters in La Defense business district, outside Paris. © AP Photo/Michel Euler, File (New York) – Governments and energy companies should follow up a recent decision by Chevron and Total SA to suspend payments from […]