Human Rights

Tunisia: UN rights chief concerned over crackdown on opposition

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Street scene in Tunisia.

WHO reveals one-third of prisoners in Europe suffer mental health disorders

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WHO reports that 32.8 per cent of European inmates have mental health disorders.

Thailand: Law on Torture, ‘Disappearance’ Delayed

Reverse Key Provisions Unjustifiably Put on Hold

The Thai government’s decision to delay enforcement of key provisions of the new torture and enforced disappearance law should be immediately reversed, Human Rights Watch said on February 15, 2023.

Uganda Threatens to Close UN Human Rights Office

Decision to End Mandate Comes Amid Broader Crackdown on Rights Groups

The Ugandan government should immediately reverse its decision to end the mandate of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Uganda, Human Rights Watch said on February 15, 2023. On February 6, 2023, Uganda’s Foreign Affairs Ministry informed the OHCHR Uganda country office that it would not renew its agreement to host the UN entity beyond its current three-year term ending in February 2023.

US: New Policy on Autonomous Weapons Flawed

National Policy, New Law Needed to Address Grave Dangers

A new United States Department of Defense directive concerning development of autonomous weapons systems is an inadequate response to the threats posed by removing human control from the use of force, Human Rights Watch said in a report issued on February 14, 2023. Instead of creating adequate controls on the development of these weapons, the directive could facilitate it.

Myanmar: Political Parties Law Shackles Opposition

Harsh New Measures Would Crush Party Participation in Politics

Myanmar’s new political parties law will prevent key members of the political opposition from running in upcoming elections, Human Rights Watch said on February 14, 2023. The law, announced on January 26, 2023, adds to concerns that the vote now slated for August will lack all credibility and be used merely to try to legitimize further military control.

Gaza: Sisters at Risk After Return to Father

Authorities Should Secure Women’s Safety; Investigate, Punish Domestic Violence

Gaza authorities should urgently ensure the safety and freedom of two adult sisters reported to be in forced confinement at the hands of their father and at risk of serious harm since their forcible return a month ago, Human Rights Watch said on February 07, 2023.

Pakistan: IMF Bailout Should Advance Economic Rights

Strengthen Social Protection, Mitigate Harm to Most Vulnerable

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) should work with Pakistan’s government to protect the economically disadvantaged by broadening social protection systems and minimizing reform measures that risk further harm to the most vulnerable people, Human Rights Watch said on February 06, 2023. With poverty, inflation, and unemployment soaring, Pakistan is facing one of the worst economic crises in its history, jeopardizing millions of people’s rights to health, food, and an adequate standard of living.

UN Message to Ghana on Mental Health Care

At Human Rights Council, Countries Condemn the Practice of Shackling

United Nations member countries have urged the Ghanaian government to address the shackling and inhumane treatment of people with mental health conditions in Ghana, Human Rights Watch said on February 06, 2023. These recommendations were made on January 24, 2023, at the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review of Ghana.

Allegations of Bangladesh Police Torture, Illegal Detentions

Recent Allegations Highlight Claims of Abuses by Detective Branch

Bangladesh authorities should investigate recent allegations of enforced disappearances and torture including by members of the police Detective Branch.