Russia: Broad Facial Recognition Use Undermines Rights

Click to expand Image A surveillance camera operates in Red square near the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia, on November 2, 2019. © 2019 Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images (Moscow) – Russian authorities continue expanding their use of facial recognition technology across the country, with no regulation, oversight, or data protection and against the backdrop of […]

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 […]

Kremlin Endorses Another Term for Kadyrov and His Brutal Chechen Regime

Click to expand Image People hold portraits of Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov during a rally marking National Unity Day in Grozny, southern Russia, Monday, Nov. 4, 2019. © 2019 Musa Sadulayev/AP Photo President Putin has told the governor of Chechnya, Ramzan Kadyrov, that he should run for another term in […]

Russia Should End Harassment of Opposition Activist

Click to expand Image Police detain opposition activist, Yulia Galyamina, at Zemskiy Syezd (meeting of municipal deputies), Velikiy Novgorod, Russia, on May 22, 2021. © 2021 Nikolay Kasyan Activist Yuliya Galyamina has been targeted by authorities who are using Covid-19 restrictions to clamp down on opposition figures. Galyamina, a former member of Moscow’s municipal assembly, […]

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 […]

Justice is Served for George Floyd, but US Police Reform Remains Urgent

Click to expand Image A mural dedicated to George Floyd and honoring the Black Lives Matter movement in Minneapolis, Minnesota, May 29, 2020. © 2020 munshots/Sipa via AP Images A Minnesota jury has properly convicted former officer Derek Chauvin of second-degree murder for the killing of George Floyd on May 26, 2020. Millions of people across […]

Brazil: Rio Attorney General Weakens Police Oversight

Click to expand Image Armed Forces members patrol during an operation against the organized crime in Lins slum complex in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil August 5, 2017. © 2017 Reuters (São Paulo, April 16, 2021) – Rio de Janeiro’s attorney general, Luciano Mattos, should reinstate a recently dissolved unit of prosecutors who specialized in preventing, investigating, […]

Guatemala Should Do More for LGBT People

Click to expand Image Protest against the “Life and Family Protection” bill in Guatemala City, May 1, 2019. © Daniel Villatoro “We know where you live, we’re going to kill you.” Those words echoed in Ale’s mind long after she left Guatemala to seek asylum. The men who threatened her had phoned to extort her […]

Bahrain: Police Beat, Threaten 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) – Bahrain police beat children arrested in protest-related cases in February […]