Human Rights

Ukraine: Independent Journalist Threatened

A Ukrainian journalist who wrote about the alleged influence of far-right groups on a fact-checking organization is receiving death threats, and her personal information has been published online, Human Rights Watch said on July 14, 2020.

Women and girls deserve more protection in emergencies, UN rights council hears

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On 23 April 2020, a child washes dishes in the Maarat Misrin camp north of Idlib, Syrian Arab...

Lebanon: New Coalition to Defend Free Speech

Fourteen Lebanese and international organizations announced on July 13, 2020 the formation of a “Coalition to Defend Freedom of Expression in Lebanon” to oppose the Lebanese authorities’ attempts to stifle free speech and opinion in the country, the...

Malaysia: Stop Treating Criticism as a Crime

Malaysian authorities are increasingly responding to criticism of the government by initiating criminal investigations, Human Rights Watch said on July 08, 2020. Journalists, civil society activists, and ordinary people have all recently faced police...

US: Alabama Missing Ways to Improve Young People’s Health

Alabama is failing to enact policies to improve health outcomes for its young people, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on July 08, 2020. Despite the positive impact adolescent vaccines and sexual health education can have on improving...

Fresh evidence of war crimes committed by all sides in Syrian conflict, probe finds

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A mother caught up in Syria's long-running conflict, holds her child.

Tunisia: Two-Year Sentence for Homosexuality

A Tunisian court sentenced two men accused of sodomy to two years in prison on June 16, 2020, Human Rights Watch said on July 06, 2020. The decision violates their rights to privacy and nondiscrimination under international law and Tunisia’s 2014...

Youth activist speaks up for environmental protection at Human Rights Council

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Junior, a teenage youth activist from Côte d’Ivoire, speaks via videolink to the UN Human...

Malawi: Reaffirm Human Rights, Rule of Law

Malawi’s new president, Lazarus Chakwera, should use his electoral victory as an opportunity to reset the country’s human rights record. On June 28, 2020, Chakwera was sworn in as president following a rerun vote on June 23, in which he won 58.57...

UN: Environmental Emergency Undermines Children’s Rights

Governments around the world should place children’s rights at the heart of environmental policies and action, 24 organizations and experts said on July 01, 2020. They are publishing a Call to Action as governments gather for the United Nations Human...