Human Rights

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.

Burundi: Journalist’s Conviction Violates Free Speech Rights

Release Floriane Irangabiye; End Politicized Prosecutions

The conviction of the Burundian journalist Floriane Irangabiye on charges of “undermining the integrity of the national territory” on January 2, 2023, violates her rights to free speech and to a fair trial, Human Rights Watch said on February 02, 2023. The High court of Mukaza sentenced her to 10 years in prison and a fine of 1,000,000 Burundian Francs (US$ 480). Irangabiye’s lawyers lodged an appeal on January 23.

Libya: human rights abuses must be addressed, says UN probe

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Migrants sit in the courtyard of a detention centre in Libya.

Myanmar: 2 Years Since Coup, Worsening Repression

Foreign Governments Should Target Military Junta’s Main Revenue Sources

Myanmar’s junta, in the two years since the military coup, has expanded its use of deadly force and repressive measures to squelch all dissent, Human Rights Watch said on January 31, 2023. Foreign governments should coordinate increased pressure on the junta to establish fundamental freedoms and democratic civilian rule.

UK: Court to Rule on Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia

Court Session to Rule on Renewed Arms Sales Despite Laws of War Violations in Yemen

The United Kingdom’s High Court of Justice is scheduled to hear a challenge to the UK government’s renewed arms sales to Saudi Arabia this afternoon, Human Rights Watch said on January 31, 2023. The UK government should immediately stop granting licenses for the export of arms to countries like Saudi Arabia that have a record of serious violations of international humanitarian law.

Cameroon: Prominent Investigative Journalist Killed

Effective, Transparent Investigation Needed; Bring Killers to Justice

Cameroonian authorities should conduct an effective and transparent investigation into the killing of Martinez Zogo, a leading investigative journalist, Human Rights Watch said on January 27, 2023. Zogo, who was director of the radio station Amplitude FM, regularly exposed corruption through his work and, in the days before he was killed, spoke on the air about threats he faced.

‘All sides need to think about the future they want for Venezuela’, says UN human rights chief

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United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk.

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