Belarus: Free Human Rights Defenders

Click to expand Image In The Hague, Netherlands, on August 7, a demonstrator holds a placard showing the names of some of those arbitrarily detained in Belarus for protesting against President Alexander Lukashenko, and calling for their release. © 2021 Charles M Vella / SOPA Images/Sipa via AP Images (Berlin) – Belarusian authorities should immediately […]

Philippines: Drop Proposal for New Militia

Click to expand Image President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a speech during the launch and oath-taking of the Global Coalition of Lingkod Bayan Advocacy Support Groups and Force Multipliers at the Philippine National Police headquarters at Camp Crame, Quezon City, Philippines, June 25, 2021. Source: ACE MORANDANTE/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO (New York) – The Philippine government should […]

Russia: Ban Sought on Groups Linked to Navalny

Click to expand Image Police officers outside the Moscow City Court building. February 02, 2021. Russia, Moscow. © 2021 Emin Dzhafarov/Kommersant/Sipa USA(Sipa via AP Images) (Moscow) – The Moscow prosecutor’s office is seeking a court ruling to declare several organizations affiliated with the jailed opposition figure and vocal Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny “extremist,” Human Rights […]

Hungary’s Scrapping of NGO Law Insufficient to Protect Civil Society

Click to expand Image People protest in Heroes’ square against a new law that would undermine Central European University, a liberal graduate school of social sciences founded by U.S. financier George Soros in Budapest, Hungary, April 12, 2017. © 2017 Reuters Despite a chorus of international criticism, the Hungarian government has been in no hurry […]

Lebanon: Action Needed on Syrian Refugee Education Crisis

Click to expand Image Fewer than half of the school-age refugee children in Lebanon are in formal education. (Brussels) – Governments should address the unprecedented education crisis facing Syrian refugee children in Lebanon at the March 30, 2021, ministerial conference in Brussels on Supporting Syria and the Region, Human Rights Watch said today. Donors should […]

Colombia: Protection Gaps Endanger Rights Defenders

(Washington, DC) – Armed group killings of human rights defenders are pervasive across Colombia, yet the government is dragging its feet in carrying out policies to prevent them, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today. February 10, 2021 Left Undefended Killings of Rights Defenders in Colombia’s Remote Communities Download the full report in […]

Turkey: Draft Law Threatens Civil Society

Click to expand Image On December 24, Turkey’s parliament is due to vote on a new law that will increase the Interior Ministry’s powers to restrict NGOs’ activities and threatens the right to freedom of association.  © 2020 AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici (Istanbul) – The Turkish government should withdraw provisions in a draft law that would arbitrarily […]

Kazakhstan: Human Rights Groups Under Pressure

Click to expand Image © 2020 AP Photo (London) – Kazakhstan tax authorities are targeting over a dozen human rights nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) working in the country with fines and possible suspension for alleged financial reporting violations, Amnesty International, Front Line Defenders, Human Rights Watch, and International Partnership for Human Rights said today. Over the […]

India: Counterterrorism Raids Targeting Peaceful Critics

Click to expand Image An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard as National Investigation Agency personnel search the residence of Agence France-Presse’s correspondent Parvaiz Bukhari on the outskirts of Srinagar, Kashmir, October 28, 2020.  © 2020 AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan (New York) – The Indian government is using counterterrorism operations to silence peaceful dissenters, human rights activists, […]

Protect Human Rights Defenders in Liberia

(Nairobi) – Recent credible threats against human rights defenders who, for many years, have been fighting for justice alongside victims of Liberia’s civil wars are a source of great concern, nine human rights organizations said today. The threats were made to staff of the well-respected Global Justice and Research Project (GJRP), as well as to […]