Human Rights

Thousands Gathered on Ketagalan Boulevard, Called for Tax Reform and Celebrated the 30th Anniversary of the Wild Lily Student Movement

2020 is the 30th anniversary of the Wild Lily Student Movement. At the event, young participants, scholars, experts and tax victims held lilies, calling on the fighters of Wild Lily Student Movement, who have now risen to power, not to forget their enthusiasm and original intentions. They should shoulder the responsibility to find solutions of tax cases and help the tax victims who are still suffering under state violence.

UNICEF announces launch of Country Office in Greece on World Children’s Day

On this World Children’s Day, UNICEF and the Government of Greece announce the official opening of a UNICEF Country Office in Greece, a major milestone in the ongoing cooperation between the Greek State and the United Nations agency to place children’s rights at the heart of the national agenda.

Belarus: Expert Report Calls for International Inquiry into Torture

Documented Wide Range of Government Abuses against Protesters, Political

A new expert report has found “massive and systemic” human rights violations in Belarus before and in the aftermath of the August 9, 2020 presidential election, Human Rights Watch said on November 06, 2020. The report documents election fraud, violations of freedoms of expression and assembly, excessive police violence and systematic torture, widespread arrests of peaceful protesters, and numerous politically motivated prosecutions.

Bullying, Violence Common in Schools Worldwide

Governments Should Urgently Tackle Education-Related Abuses

Governments around the world should urgently step up efforts to ensure students’ safety at school and in online spaces, Human Rights Watch said on the first International Day against Violence and Bullying at School Including Cyberbullying on Nov. 05, 2020. Many governments have not yet banned corporal punishment, and many lag behind on protecting students from school-related sexual violence, bullying, and online violence.

East Africa: Human Rights Watch Film Festival

Activism Leading Change

The Nairobi edition of the Human Rights Watch film festival celebrates its 9th season this year with its first digital expansion to audiences in seven countries in eastern Africa, showing free films November 9-13, 2020. The films and panel discussions will be accessible online to audiences in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, and Ethiopia.

Egypt: 49 Executions In 10 Days

Mass Executions Follow Suspicious Prison Killings

Egyptian authorities executed 15 men convicted for alleged involvement in three cases of political violence as well as 2 women and 25 men convicted in criminal cases between October 3 and 13, 2020, Human Rights Watch said on October 22, 2020. The authorities should immediately halt executions, and re-try those sentenced to death in grossly unfair trials.

Cambodia: Hun Sen and His Abusive Generals

Video Shows Unexplained Wealth of “Dirty Dozen” as Number of Political Prisoners Mounts

Cambodia’s increasingly dictatorial, one-party rule is underpinned by generals in the security forces who are responsible for serious and systematic human rights violations, Human Rights Watch said on October 22 as it issued the Khmer-language version of its 284-page report, “Cambodia’s Dirty Dozen: A Long History of Rights Abuses by Hun Sen’s Generals.” Human Rights Watch also released a video showing some of the unexplained wealth of these generals and their family members.

Safeguard human rights defenders, rights of NGOs in India, Bachelet urges

Street scene in India, August 2020.

Thailand: Outspoken TV Channel Banned

End Suppression of Media, Free Expression

The Thai government’s shutdown of the outspoken Voice TV channel misuses Thailand’s emergency decree to censor the media, Human Rights Watch said on October 21, 2020.

US: Protect Peaceful Assemblies; Limit Use of Force

City, State Officials Should Comply with International Standards

City and state officials in the United States should review their laws, policies, and practices ahead of the November 3, 2020 general elections to ensure that they protect the right to freedom of peaceful assembly, five international human rights organizations said on October 20, in letters to over 3,500 mayors and city council members throughout the country, as well as to all governors.