Human Rights

Russia: Police Crush Peaceful Protests

More Than 1,000 Arrested, Including Children

Police arbitrarily detained hundreds of peaceful protesters, including older people and children, taking part in demonstrations across Russia on September 9, Human Rights Watch said on September 13. The detainees were protesting corruption and government plans to raise the pension age. In many cities, the police kicked peaceful protesters and beat them with truncheons.

Alarming level of reprisals against activists, human rights defenders, and victims – new UN report

Thousands of Nicaraguans have protested since April. More than a hundred people have died in clashes with the authorities.

Vietnam: Drop Long Prison Sentence Against Activist

Appeals Court Should Defy Ruling Party, Release Democracy Campaigner

The Vietnamese authorities should quash the politically motivated conviction of the rights activist Nguyen Van Tuc and immediately release him without conditions, Human Rights Watch said on September 12, 2018. The court of appeals is scheduled to hear his case on September 14, 2018 in Thai Binh province.

Saudi Arabia: Free Right-to-Drive Activists

Encourage Automakers to Press Authorities to Release Detained Women

Major car companies should call on Saudi authorities to unconditionally release at least nine detained women activists who fought for the right to drive, said Human Rights Watch said in a campaign announced on September 11, 2018.

Australia: Seek Justice for Myanmar Atrocities

End Military Ties, Help Create Mechanism to Prepare Future Prosecutions

The Australian government should immediately end military ties with Myanmar, Australia’s foremost international human rights and development organizations jointly said on Sep 11, 2018. They called on the Australian government to impose targeted sanctions on military commanders responsible for atrocities committed against ethnic Rohingya, and to press for an international mechanism to assist future prosecutions.

‘Vague and over-broad’ laws stifling independent journalism in Myanmar – UN rights report

A video journalist covers a news event.

New UN rights chief pledges to push back on ‘centuries of prejudice and discrimination’

Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights at the Human Rights Council 39th regular session on 10 September 2018.

Vietnam: Drop Charges Against Rights Campaigner

Brotherhood for Democracy Member on Trial

Vietnamese authorities should drop all charges against Nguyen Trung Truc for peaceful rights activism and release him immediately, Human Rights Watch said on September 10, 2018.

UN Rights Council: Secure Justice for Myanmar Victims

New Q&A on Prosecutions for Atrocities by Myanmar Forces

The United Nations Human Rights Council should act to preserve evidence and create a path to justice for victims of atrocities in Myanmar, Human Rights Watch said on Sep 10, 2018 in issuing a question and answer document. The Human Rights Council is expected to adopt a resolution on the human rights situation in Myanmar as part of its 39th session, which starts at the same day.

China: Massive Crackdown in Muslim Region

Mass Arbitrary Detention, Religious Repression, Surveillance in Xinjiang

The Chinese government is conducting a mass, systematic campaign of human rights violations against Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang in northwestern China.