Human Rights

Maldives: Reforms Fall Short in Curbing Threats to Free Speech

Prioritize Accountability, Justice System Reform

The Maldives authorities have not credibly addressed threats to free expression and other rights by religious extremist groups, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on April 14, 2022. Despite progress in media freedom under President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, the government has neglected other essential reforms, leaving the justice system vulnerable to pressure from powerful interest groups, and groups that advocate violence against journalists and critics of the government.

Cyprus: Rights experts call for urgent solutions for missing persons tragedy

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Nicosia, capital of Cyprus.

Bulgaria: Free Online Textbooks for Ukrainian Refugees

Other European Companies Should Follow Suit

A Bulgarian firm has begun providing free access to online learning materials and textbooks for children who have fled Ukraine, Human Rights Watch said on April 13, 2022.

Rights expert concerned about erosion of democracy in Brazil

Brazilian politician and human rights activist Marielle Franco was assassinated in Rio de Janeiro on 14 May 2018.

Peru: Revoke Emergency Decrees

Broad Suspension of Basic Rights Disproportionate and Opens Door to Abuse

Several decrees issued by Peruvian President Pedro Castillo that suspend basic rights in certain areas of the country are disproportionate measures that open the door to abuse, Human Rights Watch said on April 11, 2022.

28 years after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda, ‘stain of shame endures’

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A 14-year-old Rwandan boy from the town of Nyamata, photographed in June 1994, survived the genocidal massacre by hiding under corpses for two days.

Roma rights advocates warn of rising hate speech: Many ‘don’t even know’ they’re being racist

A Roma woman waves hello in Chirnogi, Romania.

El Salvador: Sweeping New Laws Endanger Rights

Harsh Prison Sentences for Children, Restrictions on Free Press

Sweeping legal amendments passed by El Salvador’s Legislative Assembly in response to gang violence violate basic due process guarantees and children’s rights, Human Rights Watch said on April 08, 2022.

Bangladesh: Stop Reprisals Against Victims, Activists

Instead Prioritize Accountability for Human Rights Abuses

Bangladesh authorities have responded to US Treasury Department sanctions on the notoriously abusive Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) by retaliating against victims’ relatives, human rights defenders and their families, and human rights organizations, 12 organizations said on April 07, 2022.

Sri Lanka: Mishandling of economic crisis triggers alarm over rights violations

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A view of Colombo, capital of Sri Lanka.