Human Rights

France: Crucial Need for Macron to Focus on Rights

During Second Term Make Rights a Priority Both at Home and Abroad

It is crucial for President Emmanuel Macron to make human rights a priority of both his domestic and his foreign policy in his second term, Human Rights Watch said on April 25, 2022.

Urgently Help Ukraine Civilians Flee Mariupol

Guterres Should Press Russia to Allow Aid, Routes Out to Ukraine-Controlled Areas

Russian forces now occupying most of Ukraine’s southeastern port city of Mariupol should ensure that civilians remaining in the city can leave in safety to Ukraine-controlled territory if they choose, Human Rights Watch said on April 26, 2022. Older people, people with disabilities, and those who are sick or injured require special attention.

Israel: Release Long Detained Gaza Aid Worker

6 Years After Arrest, Mohammad al-Halabi Has Not Been Convicted of a Crime

Israeli authorities should immediately release Mohammad al-Halabi, a humanitarian worker from Gaza detained for nearly six years both before and during his trial, Human Rights Watch said on April 25, 2022. The Israeli Supreme Court on February 17, 2022, renewed al-Halabi’s detention for 90 days: its 23rd such renewal.

Malaysia: End Secrecy on Major Land Deal in Sabah

Uphold Rights of Affected Forest Communities

The Sabah state government in Malaysia should immediately make public the terms and status of a land deal that would hand management of 4.9 million acres of tropical forest to a foreign company for up to 200 years, Human Rights Watch said on April 25, 2022. The Sabah government is obligated to respect and protect the rights of the communities and tens of thousands of Indigenous people who call the forest their home and derive their livelihoods from it, and to ensure that any deal reached with the company upholds these rights.

UN’s Bachelet condemns ‘horrors’ faced by Ukraine’s civilians

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The village of Novoselivka, near Chernihiv, Ukraine has been heavily bombed.

UN: Make Reporting on Covid-19 in Prisons Mandatory

Pandemic Treaty Should Include Reporting in Detention Sites

Many countries around the world are not monitoring and reporting on Covid-19 infection, death, and mitigation efforts in detention settings, health and human rights experts said in a new statement. UN agencies such as the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Health Organization (WHO), which have mandates to promote health and human rights and improve prison health, should provide technical assistance and make reporting on Covid-19 mandatory and public to ensure transparency and accountability.

Myanmar: ASEAN’s Failed ‘5-Point Consensus’ a Year On

Key Countries Should Overhaul Approach to Junta’s Atrocities

Southeast Asian governments should urgently revamp their response to Myanmar’s abusive junta by coordinating action with the broader international community, Human Rights Watch said on April 22, 2022. Despite adopting a “five-point consensus” on the crisis a year ago, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) has failed to fulfill its pledges or take meaningful steps toward pressing the junta to end its human rights violations.

Sri Lanka: Police Fire on Protesters

Use of Lethal Force Results in at Least 1 Dead, More Than a Dozen Wounded

The Sri Lankan authorities should promptly and impartially investigate the apparent use of excessive force by police, who fired on protesters demonstrating against rising fuel prices in Rambukkana, a town near Kandy in central Sri Lanka on April 19, 2022. One person was killed and at least 14 wounded. Those responsible for abuses should be disciplined or prosecuted as appropriate. Sri Lanka has a long history of failing to provide justice and redress to victims of human rights violations.

US: Public Housing Cutbacks Jeopardize Low-Income People

Video Highlights Impact on New York City Residents

The United States federal government’s cuts to public housing funding have jeopardized the living conditions of up to 2 million low-income people throughout the country, Human Rights Watch said on April 18, 2022, releasing a video about the situation. The video features interviews with public housing residents in New York City and calls for Congress to dramatically increase funding for this critical resource to make repairs and ensure its upkeep.

Brazil: Invite UN Experts on Racial Justice

Nearly 80 Percent of People Killed by Police are Black

The Brazilian government should invite the new UN International Independent Expert Mechanism to Advance Racial Justice and Equality in Law Enforcement to conduct a fact-finding mission in Brazil, more than 100 international and Brazilian organizations said on April 18, 2022 in an open letter to Foreign Minister Carlos Alberto Franco França. The official invitation is necessary for the UN experts to be able to visit the country, where police abuse, disproportionately of Black people, is a chronic problem.