Human Rights

Mexico: Address Persistent Violence Against Journalists

Killings in 2022 on Track to Reach Record Levels

Escalating violence against journalists in Mexico is seriously undermining press freedom, Human Rights Watch said on May 3, on World Press Freedom Day. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador should take urgent steps to strengthen the federal government protection mechanism, stop official harassment of journalists who criticize the government, and ensure prosecutors end the near-total impunity for these crimes.

El Salvador: Evidence of Serious Abuse in State of Emergency

Arbitrary Arrests, Short-Term Disappearances, Deaths in Custody

There is mounting evidence that El Salvadoran authorities have been committing serious human rights violations since adopting a state of emergency on March 27, 2022, Human Rights Watch and Cristosal said on May 2, 2022. The organizations, which are jointly monitoring the state of emergency, have received credible allegations of dozens of arbitrary arrests, including some that could amount to short-term enforced disappearances, and of two deaths of people in custody.

Iran: Labor Protests Surge

Unpaid Wages, Unsafe Work Conditions, Arbitrary Arrests, Prosecutions

Iranian workers are facing mounting economic and political challenges to realizing their labor rights, Human Rights Watch and Human Rights Activists (HRA), an Iranian human rights documentation group said, ahead of International Workers’ Day on May 1, 2022.

Poland: Trafficking, Exploitation Risks for Refugees

Security Measures, Systems to Address Gender-Based Violence Urgently Needed

Refugees from Ukraine, particularly women and girls, face heightened risks of gender-based violence, trafficking, and other exploitation due to lack of systematic protection and security measures in Poland.

Human rights: Belarus journalists win World Press Freedom Prize

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Protesters detained during demonstrations in Minsk, Belarus, are released from prison.

Russia: Respect the Rights of Prisoners of War

Broadcasting Images, Interviews with Captured Soldiers Violates Geneva Conventions

Russian authorities should stop broadcasting programs featuring images of and interviews with captured Ukrainian soldiers that expose them to public curiosity, Human Rights Watch said on April 28, 2022. Such treatment of prisoners of war, or POWs, violates protections under the Geneva Conventions intended to ensure dignified treatment of captured combatants on all sides.

European Union: Rules for Batteries Should Cover Bauxite, Copper, Iron

New Law Includes Obligation to Address Abuses in Battery Supply Chains

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A man washes clothes next to a road used by a bauxite mining consortium in Guinea, West Africa. Local community members said that the construction of mining roads blocked rivers and streams, diverting their course and reducing water levels in local wells.

Pakistan: Amend Abusive ‘Blood Money’ Laws

Stop Treating Murder as a Private Matter

The Pakistan government should amend provisions of the criminal law that treat murder and other serious offenses as private disputes, Human Rights Watch said on April 26, 2022. These legal provisions, called “blood money” laws, allow and at times compel victims of serious crimes or their families to “forgive” suspects and drop criminal charges, typically out of fear of retaliation or in exchange for financial compensation.

Egypt: Two Singers Convicted on ‘Morality’ Charges

Prison Terms, Fines Violate Freedom of Expression

An Egyptian court sentenced two singers to a year in prison and fines on March 28, 2022, on charges that violate their right to freedom of expression, Human Rights Watch said on April 27, 2022. The government should announce that it will not enforce the court judgment and will take steps to repeal the cybercrime law articles criminalizing free expression.

Spreading Love and peace in Eastern Europe tour

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