Human Rights

Citing ‘weight of history’, senior UN officials of African descent issue call to ‘go beyond and do more’ to end racism

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An impromptu memorial for George Floyd, who was killed after being restrained by police, has...

Philippines: Rappler Verdict a Blow to Media Freedom

The conviction of a prominent journalist for criminal libel is a devastating blow to media freedom in the Philippines, Human Rights Watch said on June 15, 2020. On June 15, 2020, a Manila court issued a guilty verdict for Maria Ressa, the founder and...

Iraq: Urgent Need for Free Speech Protection

A spike in violations of the right to free expression during widespread protests at the end of the former government’s term in office and during the Covid-19 pandemic underscores the need for Iraq’s new government to reform its laws, Human Rights...

Brazil: Protect Sexual, Reproductive Rights in Pandemic

Brazil should treat access to sexual and reproductive health services, including access to abortion as provided by law, as essential services that need to be continued without interruptions during the Covid-19 pandemic, Human Rights Watch said on June...

Malaysia/Thailand: Allow Rohingya Refugees Ashore

Malaysia and Thailand should urgently rescue Rohingya refugees stranded at sea and provide them with assistance and access to asylum, Human Rights Watch said on June 12, 2020. On June 8, 2020, Malaysian authorities detained 269 Rohingya refugees who...

DR Congo: Mine Workers at Risk During Covid-19

Democratic Republic of Congo should take immediate steps to protect the rights of thousands of Congolese workers during the Covid-19 pandemic, a group of 11 international and Congolese human rights groups said in a letter to 13 mining companies on...

Burundi: President Nkurunziza Dead Days After Vote

Burundi’s authoritarian president, Pierre Nkurunziza, whose death was confirmed in a government statement on June 9, 2020, leaves a legacy of political repression and widespread human rights abuse. Days after the constitutional court declared the...

Rights experts condemn use of force against journalists covering US protests

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Protesters in Brooklyn, New York, show the names of African Americans who have been killed in...

US: Reject #8CantWait Policing Program

Government officials in the United States responsible for police policy and practice should reject a new campaign called #8CantWait that proposes only minor and ineffectual changes, Human Rights Watch said on June 09, 2020. They should instead adopt...

Hong Kong: Rights Under Attack on Anniversary

Hong Kong’s and China’s governments should reverse measures threatening the fundamental rights of people in Hong Kong, Human Rights Watch said on the first anniversary of mass protests in the city. On June 9, 2019, over one million Hong Kong people...