Japan’s Next Premier Should Endorse a Sanctions Law

Click to expand Image Myanmar residents in Japan stage a protest rally in Tokyo on August 1, 2021.  © 2021 Kyodo/AP Images Japan’s ruling Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) will hold its party presidential election on September 29. The winner will almost certainly become Japan’s next prime minister. Four candidates – two women and two men […]

Sri Lanka: Rights Abuses Jeopardize EU Trade Benefits

Click to expand Image In June 2021, the European Parliament passed a resolution calling for Sri Lanka to comply with its human rights obligations if it is to continue enjoying European Union trading preferences known as GSP+.  © 2021 Julien Warnand, Pool Photo via AP (Brussels) –  The European Union should publicly set out a […]

Rwanda: Paul Rusesabagina Convicted in Flawed Trial

Click to expand Image Paul Rusesabagina attends a court hearing in Kigali, Rwanda, February 26, 2021. © 2021 AP Photo/Muhizi Olivier (Nairobi) – The conviction of the Rwandan critic and political opponent Paul Rusesabagina comes after a flawed trial that is emblematic of the government’s overreach and manipulation of the justice system, Human Rights Watch said […]

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 […]

Burundi: Allegations of Killings, Disappearances, Torture

Click to expand Image Burundian President Évariste Ndayishimiye at his swearing-in ceremony in Gitega, Burundi, on June 18, 2020. © 2020 Evrard Ngendakumana/Xinhua via Getty Images (Nairobi) – Grave human rights violations have persisted in a context of insecurity in the 15 months since Évariste Ndayishimiye became president of Burundi, Human Rights Watch said. Until […]

European Parliament Calls for UN Probe into Beirut Blast

Click to expand Image The Lebanese Association of Lawyers march at the First Anniversary of Port Blast, Beirut, Lebanon, on August 4, 2021. © 2021 Elisa Gestri/Sipa USA/AP Images This week the European Parliament heeded calls from survivors of the August 2020 Beirut blast, families of the victims, and many human rights groups to establish […]

Sharing Knowledge, Technology Critical to Curb Covid-19

(New York) – Wealthy governments and pharmaceutical companies are undermining a rapid and equitable public health response to Covid-19 vaccines, therapeutic drugs, and tests, Human Rights Watch researchers said in a paper published ahead of a World Trade Organization (WTO) meeting this week. Human Rights Watch also released a video about the subject. Governments and companies […]

Mexico: Landmark Reproductive Rights Rulings

Click to expand Image A woman holds up a banner that reads “My body, I decide” during a rally to celebrate the decision of the Mexican Supreme Court that found the total criminalization of abortion to be unconstitutional, in Saltillo, Mexico September 7, 2021. ©  2021 REUTERS/Daniel Becerril. (Washington, DC, September 14, 2021) – Mexico’s […]

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, […]

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 […]