Human Rights

Malaysia: End Secrecy on Major Land Deal in Sabah

The Sabah state government in Malaysia should immediately make public the terms and status of a land deal that would hand management of 4.9 million acres of tropical forest to a foreign company for up to 200 years, Human Rights Watch said on April 25...

UN’s Bachelet condemns ‘horrors’ faced by Ukraine’s civilians

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The village of Novoselivka, near Chernihiv, Ukraine has been heavily bombed.

UN: Make Reporting on Covid-19 in Prisons Mandatory

Many countries around the world are not monitoring and reporting on Covid-19 infection, death, and mitigation efforts in detention settings, health and human rights experts said in a new statement. UN agencies such as the United Nations Office on...

Myanmar: ASEAN’s Failed ‘5-Point Consensus’ a Year On

Southeast Asian governments should urgently revamp their response to Myanmar’s abusive junta by coordinating action with the broader international community, Human Rights Watch said on April 22, 2022. Despite adopting a “five-point consensus” on the...

Sri Lanka: Police Fire on Protesters

The Sri Lankan authorities should promptly and impartially investigate the apparent use of excessive force by police, who fired on protesters demonstrating against rising fuel prices in Rambukkana, a town near Kandy in central Sri Lanka on April 19,...

US: Public Housing Cutbacks Jeopardize Low-Income People

The United States federal government’s cuts to public housing funding have jeopardized the living conditions of up to 2 million low-income people throughout the country, Human Rights Watch said on April 18, 2022, releasing a video about the situation...

Brazil: Invite UN Experts on Racial Justice

The Brazilian government should invite the new UN International Independent Expert Mechanism to Advance Racial Justice and Equality in Law Enforcement to conduct a fact-finding mission in Brazil, more than 100 international and Brazilian organizations...

Maldives: Reforms Fall Short in Curbing Threats to Free Speech

The Maldives authorities have not credibly addressed threats to free expression and other rights by religious extremist groups, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on April 14, 2022. Despite progress in media freedom under President Ibrahim...

Cyprus: Rights experts call for urgent solutions for missing persons tragedy

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Nicosia, capital of Cyprus.

Bulgaria: Free Online Textbooks for Ukrainian Refugees

A Bulgarian firm has begun providing free access to online learning materials and textbooks for children who have fled Ukraine, Human Rights Watch said on April 13, 2022.