Human Rights

UN rights office calls for action to end ‘repression and retaliation’ in crisis-torn Nicaragua

Protesters in Managua take part in a march to demand an end to violence in Nicaragua. The banner reads "This struggle is non-violent" in Spanish.

India: 5 More Rights Activists Detained

Stop Prosecuting Dissent; Repeal Abusive Counterterrorism Law

Indian authorities detained five activists and raided the homes of several others on August 28, 2018, for allegedly inciting caste-based violence in January, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International India said on August 30, 2018. The government should cease politically motivated arrests and harassment of human rights activists and other actions aimed at chilling peaceful dissent.

Thailand: Release Ethnic Minority Refugees, Asylum Seekers

Uphold Pledge to End Immigration Detention of Children

Thai authorities should immediately release 181 ethnic minority refugees and asylum seekers, most with UN refugee status, who were recently arrested, Human Rights Watch said on August 30, 2018. Those detained come mostly from the Montagnard population in Vietnam and Cambodia and were arrested on August 28, 2018, on the outskirts of Bangkok.

Iran: Over 200 Dervishes Convicted

Trials Violate Rights to Legal Defense, Basic Liberties

Since May 2018, revolutionary courts have sentenced at least 208 members of the religious minority to prison terms and other punishments in trials that violate their basic rights, Human Rights Watch said on August 29, 2018. The authorities detained more than 300 community members in the notorious Fashafuyeh and Qarchack prisons after late February protests that included violent clashes between protesters and security forces in Tehran.

Google: Safeguard Rights in China

Firm Should Protect Whistleblowers

Google should not offer censored search services in China and should protect employee whistleblowers who raise ethical concerns, Human Rights Watch and other organizations and advocates said in a letter released on August 28, 2018.

US: The Fight to Overturn Florida’s Lifetime Voting Ban

Making History: A Public Discussion on Restoring Voting Rights in Florida

Florida should make history by voting “Yes” on Florida’s Amendment 4 to restore voting rights to people with prior felony convictions who have served their time, Human Rights Watch said on August 27, 2018.

UN Security Council Should Seek Justice for Myanmar Atrocities

States Should Urgently Create Mechanism to Prepare Future Prosecutions

United Nations member countries should urgently act to ensure that those responsible for atrocity crimes in Myanmar are held to account, Human Rights Watch said. The UN Security Council should refer the situation in Myanmar to the International Criminal Court (ICC), and concerned governments should immediately present a UN resolution to establish an International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism (IIIM) to preserve evidence and assist in investigations for future prosecution of those responsible for atrocity crimes in Myanmar.

US Women’s Equality Celebrated on Anniversary of 19th Amendment

Women’s Equality Day on Sunday marks the 98th anniversary of the 19th Amendment, which gave women the right to vote in the United States.

Australia: Press Vietnam To End Systemic Abuses

Unceasing Crackdown Amid Preparation for Rights Dialogue

The Australian government should press the Vietnamese government to release political prisoners and detainees; end repression of free speech, association, and assembly; and take steps to end police brutality.

Syria: ISIS Holding Children Hostage

27 People Kidnapped During Attack on Village Still Held

Islamic State (also known as ISIS) fighters are holding at least 27 people hostage, including at least 16 children, in southern Syria, Human Rights Watch said on August 25, 2018. Local residents say that ISIS is holding the hostages in the eastern region of the Sweida desert and hoping to use them as leverage in negotiations with the Syrian government and Russia.