Human Rights

Burma: Privacy Law Used to Prosecute Critics

Amend Provision Violating Free Expression Rights

Burmese authorities should not pursue a criminal complaint brought under Burma’s privacy law against a Facebook user for posts critical of a state chief minister, Human Rights Watch said on Jan 12, 2018.

OSCE/ODIHR Director voices concern over arrest of and charges against head of Memorial Human Rights Centre in Chechnya

Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, Director of the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), today voiced serious concerns regarding the arrest and detention of Oyub Titiev, Director of the Memorial Human Rights Centre in Chechnya, in the North Caucasus republic of the Russian Federation, on January 20.

Iran: Deaths of Detained Protesters Raise Concerns of Ill-Treatment

Thousands Arrested During Protests at Risk

New reports of deaths in detention in Iran raise grave concerns about the treatment of thousands of people arrested during the widespread protests by government forces, Human Rights Watch said on Jan 09. On January 7 and 8, 2018, activists reported at least two deaths of detainees arrested during the recent protests in cities of Tehran and Arak. Iranian authorities should ensure that all deaths in detention and allegations of ill-treatment are swiftly and independently investigated, and that anyone responsible is brought to justice.

US: Secret Evidence Erodes Fair Trial Rights

Government Hides Investigative Methods from Accused

Medallion that includes the words ‘Special Operations Division’ with an image of Darth Vader over the globe on one side, and the words ‘Drug Enforcement Administration’ and the DEA logo on the other side. The item was shown to a Human Rights Watch researcher by a former member of the Justice Department.

OSCE Representative Désir met Swiss President Alain Berset to discuss closer co-operation

The OSCE Representative on Freedom of the Media Harlem Désir (r) met with the President of the Swiss Confederation Alain Berset, Vienna, 8 January 2018.

Google Faces Lawsuit Accusing It of Discriminating Against Conservative White Men

Two former employees of Google have accused the tech giant of discriminating against conservative white men, in a class action lawsuit filed Monday.

China: France’s Macron Should Spotlight Rights

On Visit, Urge Liu Xia’s Release, Raise Internet Censorship

French President Emmanuel Macron should honor his pledge and call publicly for human rights improvements in meetings with President Xi Jinping and other Chinese leaders, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to President Macron on Jan 08. He is visiting China for the first time as president from January 8-10, 2018.

Ghana: Discrimination, Violence against LGBT People

Some Reforms, but Colonial-Era Law Should be Repealed

Ghanaians who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender (LGBT) suffer widespread discrimination and abuse both in public and in family settings, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Jan 08, 2018. While some Ghanaian officials have publicly called for an end to violence based on sexual orientation and gender identity, the government has yet to repeal a colonial-era law that criminalizes same-sex activity.

Saudi Arabia: Cleric Held 4 Months Without Charge

Family Members Under Arbitrary Travel Bans

Saudi authorities have held a prominent cleric for four months without charging or questioning him, Human Rights Watch said on Jan 07, 2018. Saudi authorities detained the cleric, Salman al-Awda, on September 7, 2017, and later imposed arbitrary travel bans on members of al-Awda’s immediate family.

Taiwan’s “Edison” Owes 100 Billion in Taxes Is Now Homeless