Uganda: Reject Sexual Offenses Bill

Click to expand Image Brenda, a Ugandan transgender woman, was arrested and assaulted by police in the wake of the passage of Uganda’s 2014 Anti-Homosexuality Bill. Activists fear that the passage of the Sexual Offences Bill will similarly lead to anti-LGBT violence. © 2014 Human Rights Watch (Kampala) – Uganda’s Sexual Offenses Bill, 2019 both […]

Saudi Arabia: Reveal Status of Saudi-Australian

(Beirut) – Saudi officials should immediately make public the whereabouts and condition of a Saudi-Australian man forcibly returned to Saudi Arabia in March 2021, Human Rights Watch said today. No information has emerged about the situation of Osama al-Hasani, 42, since his deportation to Saudi Arabia from Morocco on March 13. He was apparently wanted […]

EU: Prioritize Rights at India Summit

Click to expand Image People suffering from breathing issues receive oxygen support at a gurdwara, a place of assembly and worship for Sikhs, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease, in Delhi, India.  © 2021 Idrees Mohammed / Sputnik via AP (Brussels) – European leaders at the May 8, 2021 summit with their Indian counterparts should […]

Crossing Another Rubicon in Russia

Russian authorities have been on a rampage of repression in recent months, imprisoning a top political opposition figure, arresting record numbers of protesters, and sustaining a month of heightened persecution of independent media. This morning they crossed another Rubicon when Federal Security Service (FSB) agents in Moscow apprehended prominent human rights lawyer Ivan Pavlov. Click […]

Myanmar: End Threats Against Rights Group

Click to expand Image Anti-coup protesters hold a banner that reads “What are these? We are Yangon residents!” as they march during a demonstration in Yangon, Myanmar on Tuesday April 27, 2021. © 2021 AP Photo (Bangkok) – Myanmar’s military junta should immediately stop threatening the Assistance Association for Political Prisoners (AAPP), a leading human […]

US: Pass PRO Act to Empower Workers, Protect Rights

Click to expand Image Frontline healthcare workers in Minnesota picket for fair wages.  © 2021 SEIU Healthcare Minnesota (Washington, DC) – The United States Senate should pass the Protecting the Right to Organize Act (PRO Act), five human rights and labor groups said today in releasing a question-and-answer document about the issue. The Senate should […]

Japan: Suspend Aid Benefitting Myanmar Junta

Click to expand Image People protest the Myanmar Armed Forces in front of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Chiyoda Ward, Tokyo on April 1, 2021. © The Yomiuri Shimbun via AP Images (Tokyo) – The Japanese government should immediately review its aid portfolio for Myanmar and suspend non-humanitarian projects that benefit the junta or […]

Mozambique: Protect Residents Fleeing Northern Town

Click to expand Image A Mozambican woman works in a rice paddy in Palma, where large deposits of natural gas were found offshore, February 2017. © 2017 JOHN WESSELS/AFP via Getty Images Mozambique authorities should take urgent measures to protect civilians fleeing an armed Islamist group in the town of Palma, in northern Cabo Delgado […]

Cameroon: Ensure Credible Inquiry on Covid-19 Funds

Click to expand Image A picture showing Cameroon President Paul Biya who recently gave directives to improve oversight and investigate misappropriation of Covid-19 funding. © 2018 Lintao Zhang/Pool Photo via AP, File (Nairobi) – Cameroonian president Paul Biya’s recent directives to improve oversight and investigate misappropriation of Covid-19 funding requires additional safeguards, Human Rights Watch said […]

‘Crip Camp’ Brings the Inclusion Revolution to the Oscars

Click to expand Image Poster for the film, Crip Camp. © Netflix The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced last week that “Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” had been nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature. The film, released by Netflix in March 2020, and shown by the Human Rights Watch Film Festival, […]