Human Rights

Cambodia: Covid-19 Used to Justify Crackdown on Union

The Cambodian authorities should immediately stop abusing public health measures to repress workers’ right to strike and other basic rights, Human Rights Watch said on February 15, 2022.

Myanmar: Scrap Draconian Cybersecurity Bill

Myanmar’s military junta has revived a draconian cybersecurity bill that would provide sweeping powers to the authorities, Human Rights Watch said on February 15, 2022. The current draft would allow the junta, in power since the military coup on...

South Sudan: Political violence on the rise, UN rights experts warn

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Children look out of a window in South Sudan.

Bangladesh: Rights experts decry ‘appalling’ culture of impunity around killing of journalists

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A view of Dhaka, Bangladesh.

US: Deported Cameroonian Asylum Seekers Suffer Serious Harm

Cameroonian authorities subjected dozens of asylum seekers deported by the United States to serious human rights violations between 2019 and 2021, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on February 10, 2022.

Kazakhstan: Set Independent Inquiry into January Events

The Kazakhstan government should invite international experts to join its domestic investigative efforts into serious human rights violations during the January 2022 protests and violence to ensure that the results are seen as credible, Human Rights...

Hijab Ban in India Sparks Outrage, Protests

Over the past month, several government-run educational institutions in India’s Karnataka state have banned Muslim female students from wearing the hijab, or headscarf. The state government, led by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),...

India: Kashmiri Journalist Held Under Abusive Laws

Indian authorities have arrested the prominent Kashmiri journalist Fahad Shah on politically motivated charges as part of the government’s crackdown on the media and civil society groups in Jammu and Kashmir, Human Rights Watch said on February 8,...

Qatar: Arbitrary Travel Bans

Qatari state security authorities have imposed indefinite arbitrary travel bans against at least four citizens without a judicial process or a clear legal basis, Human Rights Watch and the Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) said on February 7, 2022....

Japan Calls for Monitoring China’s Human Rights Situations

Just days before the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics opening ceremony, Japanese lawmakers passed a Diet resolution highlighting human rights issues in Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Tibet, and Inner Mongolia. Specifically, the February 1 resolution calls for the “...