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 […]

US: Commit to Joining Cluster Munitions Ban

Click to expand Image Submunición M77 DPICM sin estallar hallada en la localidad de Dughayj, en el norte de Yemen, tras los ataques perpetrados por las fuerzas de la coalición liderada por Arabia Saudita a mediados de 2015 con cohetes de artillería M26 que llevaban municiones en racimo fabricadas en EE. UU. © 2015 Ole Solvang/Human […]

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, […]

Is China’s Human Rights Diplomacy Backfiring?

Click to expand Image Uyghur Muslims walk under an arch with security cameras after prayers at the Id Kah Mosque in Kashgar in China’s Xinjiang region, during a government-organized trip for foreign journalists, April 19, 2021. © 2021 Mark Schiefelbein/AP Photo As international support builds for an investigation into alleged crimes against humanity in the […]

EU: Protect Lives on Central Mediterranean Route

Click to expand Image Migrants and refugees on an overcrowded rubber boat during a rescue by the Spanish NGO Open Arms in the Mediterranean Sea, Feb. 12, 2021. © AP Photo/Bruno Thevenin (Milan) – European Union governments have a collective responsibility to protect the lives and rights of people on the move along the central […]

UN: Promoting Rights Key to UN Chief Guterres’ 2nd Term

Click to expand Image United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres speaks to the press at UN Headquarters in New York, November 20, 2020.  © 2020 Lev Radin/Sipa via AP Images (New York) –  United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres should energetically promote human rights in his second term by using the UN bully-pulpit to call out powerful governments […]

G7 Governments: End Fossil Fuel Subsidies

Click to expand Image A Uniper coal-fired power plant and a BP refinery steam beside a wind generator in Gelsenkirchen, Germany on Jan. 16, 2020. © 2020 Martin Meissner/AP Photo © (London) – G7 member countries should take immediate and concrete action to end fossil fuel subsidies, Human Rights Watch said in a question-and-answer document released […]

Australians Should Know That Apartheid Is Still Happening Today

Click to expand Image Protestors hold placards as they take part in a rally in Melbourne, Australia on May 15, 2021. © 2021 William West/AFP via Getty Images When Human Rights Watch released its report on April 27 finding that Israeli authorities are committing the crimes against humanity of apartheid and persecution, it was covered by dozens […]

US Tulsa Centennial a Timely Reminder Reparations Cannot Wait

Click to expand Image Ruins of Greenwood District after 1921 Race Massacre, Tulsa, Oklahoma. © GHI/Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images Today marks 100 years since the 1921 Tulsa race massacre when, in less than 24 hours, a white mob, including police officers, destroyed over 1,200 homes in the predominately Black Greenwood neighborhood—so prosperous it […]