Belarus’s Shocking New Low in Crushing Dissent

Click to expand Image Raman Pratasevich, center, Belarusian journalist, who was arrested on May 23 when President Alexander Lukashenko ordered a MiG-29 fighter jet to force the airplane on which Pratasevich was travelling to land at Minsk airport, is seen here being arrested on a previous occasion in 2017 by Belarus police in the capital Minsk. Pratasevich is […]

Bangladesh Police Arrest Children for Facebook Posts

Click to expand Image Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina meets with officials in Tokyo, May 29, 2019. © 2019 Kyodo via AP Images Displaying absolute intolerance for peaceful criticism, Bangladesh authorities have arrested hundreds of people, including journalists, for criticizing or satirizing the country’s ruling party and its leaders. Even children have not been spared […]

Tanzanian Activist Still Jailed One Year On

Click to expand Image Tito Magoti and Theodory Giyani attend a court hearing in Dar es Salaam on December 24, 2019. © 2019 Sipa Michael Mallya This Sunday marks one year since police in Dar es Salaam arrested Tanzanian human rights activist Tito Magoti and his friend Theodory Giyani in violation of their basic rights. On […]

Sri Lanka: Increasing Suppression of Dissent

Click to expand Image Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa at the independence day celebrations in Colombo, February 4, 2020. © 2020 Eranga Jayawardena/AP Photo (New York) – The Sri Lankan government of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa is waging a campaign of fear and intimidation against human rights activists, journalists, lawyers, and others challenging government policy, Human Rights […]

Kurdish Authorities Clampdown Ahead of Protests

Expand A view of the city of Dohuk in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq. © 2017 Laurence Geai/SIPA via AP Images Kurdistan Regional Government (KRI) authorities have just hammered another nail into the proverbial coffin of free expression in Iraq, arresting dozens in an effort to prevent a planned protest. According to a journalist  and […]

Bangladesh: End Wave of COVID-19 ‘Rumor’ Arrests

Expand Police members wear protective equipment as they patrol the streets during the nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the Coronavirus outbreak, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 2, 2020.  © 2020 Photo by Zabed Hasnain Chowdhury/Sipa USA via AP Images   (New York) – The Bangladesh government appears to be cracking down on free speech […]

Cambodia: COVID-19 Clampdown on Free Speech

Expand A policeman (center) and others wear face masks as a preventive measure against COVID-19, at a market in Phnom Penh on March 17, 2020.   © 2020 TANG CHHIN Sothy/AFP via Getty Images (Bangkok) – Cambodian authorities should stop arresting people for expressing concerns about COVID-19’s impact in Cambodia and claiming they are spreading […]

Algeria: One Year On, Activists Languish in Jail

Expand Algerians demonstrate to protest against the government, in Algiers Friday, Jan.3, 2020. © AP Photo/Fateh Guidoum (Beirut) – Dozens of protesters and activists remain in jail a year after pro-democracy protests began in Algeria, Human Rights Watch said today. Many are facing trial hearings in February and March 2020. Following presidential elections in December […]

Indonesia: Free Peaceful Papua Activists

Expand Papuan students shout slogans during a rally in Jakarta, Indonesia on August 28, 2019. Students and activists gathered for a protest supporting West Papua, calling for independence from Indonesia, and demanding racial justice in Surabaya, East Java.  © 2019 Andrew Gal/NurPhoto via Getty Images (Jakarta) – Indonesian authorities should drop treason charges and release at least […]

Uganda: Security Forces Attack Students, Journalists

Expand The campus of Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. © 2019 Oryem Nyeko for Human Rights Watch (Kampala) – The Ugandan police and military have cracked down on student protests over fee increases at Makerere University in Kampala on multiple occasions since October 22, 2019. The security forces have fired teargas into student residences, raided […]