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 […]

China’s Coal Announcement Potential Climate Game-Changer

Click to expand Image Chinese-built Java 7 coal-fired power plant in Serang, Banten, Indonesia, October 2020. © 2020 RONALD SIAGIAN/AFP via Getty Images Chinese President Xi Jinping told the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday that the Chinese government would “not build new coal-fired power projects abroad” and would instead “step up support for other developing […]

Proposed Pakistan Authority Seeks Greater Control of Media

Click to expand Image Pakistani journalists and activists at a demonstration called by the journalists union to condemn attacks on the media, in Islamabad, Pakistan, on May 28, 2021. © 2021 Anjum Naveed/AP Images The Pakistani government is seeking broad new powers to control the media as part of its crackdown on freedom of expression. Journalists, […]

Russia: Withdraw New Batch of Oppressive Laws

Click to expand Image Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin addresses the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s Parliament, in Moscow, Russia. July 22, 2020. © 2020 AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko (Moscow) – A group of Russian lawmakers introduced three bills on May 4, 2021 that would add new dangerous tools to the already significant arsenal of legislative weapons […]

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 […]

Myanmar: Scrap Sweeping Cybersecurity Bill

Click to expand Image State Administrative Council Chairman and Commander-in-Chief Senior Gen. Min Aung Hlaing makes a televised statement in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, February 11, 2021. © 2021 Tatmadaw True Information Team Facebook page via AP (Bangkok) – Myanmar’s military junta has put forward a draconian bill that would give it sweeping powers to access user data, […]

UK: Setting Aside Rights when Inconvenient

Click to expand Image Hospital workers remember their colleagues who have died from coronavirus and call on UK health authorities to provide personal protective equipment at University College Hospital in London, April 2020. ©2020 Matt Dunham/ AP Photo (London) – The United Kingdom government’s response to major challenges in 2020, often set aside human rights and sought to bypass […]

South Korea: Scrap Bill Shielding North Korean Government

Click to expand Image People watch a news program showing an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, left, and South Korean President Moon Jae-in, right, at the Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020.  © 2020 AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon (New York) – The South Korean National Assembly should reject a […]

Afghan Police Take Page from Taliban Playbook

Click to expand Image Afghan National Police seen near the Defense Ministry compound in Kabul, Afghanistan, February 27, 2016. © 2016 AP Photo/Massoud Hossaini An Afghan police raid on the home of two female journalists in Kabul raises concerns about rising threats to women in public life – in this case from the Kabul police, […]

California: Proposition 22 Threatens Gig Workers’ Rights

(Los Angeles) – Californians should vote No on Proposition 22, a ballot measure that would eviscerate minimum wage and other labor rights protections for the state’s grocery app workers, Human Rights Watch said in a video released today. By rejecting Prop 22, voters can help ensure that grocery shopping and delivery apps – a fast-growing […]