Human Rights

Thailand: Over 20 Democracy Activists Arrested

Police Forcibly Disperse Peaceful Protest in Bangkok

The Thai authorities should immediately drop all charges and unconditionally release democracy activists arrested for peacefully protesting in Bangkok on October 13, 2020, Human Rights Watch said on October 13, 2020.

Greater equality a ‘prerequisite’ for overcoming global crises: Bachelet

In reviewing, assessing and acknowledging the effects of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, enslavement and colonialism, the groundbreaking Durban World Conference of 2001, represented a “milestone” in the common fight against racism, xenophobia and related intolerance, the UN human rights chief said on Monday.

Turkey: Turkmen Activist Faces Deportation

Dursoltan Taganova Risks Arbitrary Detention, Torture if Returned Home

The Turkish government should halt plans to deport the Turkmen activist Dursoltan Taganova to Turkmenistan, where she will be at grave risk of arbitrary arrest and torture, a group of 11 human rights organizations said on October 12, 2020. Turkish authorities should immediately release Taganova from custody.

UN: Deny Rights Council Seats to Major Violators

GeneralAssembly Members Should Not Vote for China, Saudi Arabia

United Nations member countries should not vote for China and Saudi Arabia, two of the world’s most abusive governments, for seats on the UN Human Rights Council, Human Rights Watch said on October 08, 2020. Russia’s numerous war crimes in Syria’s armed conflict makes it another highly problematic candidate.

Myanmar: Mass Detention of Rohingya in Squalid Camps

Camp ‘Closures’ Entrench Confinement, Persecution

The Myanmar government should urgently end the arbitrary and indefinite detention of approximately 130,000 Rohingya Muslims in squalid and abusive camps in Rakhine State, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on October 08, 2020. Recent measures to ostensibly “close” the camps appear designed to make permanent the segregation and confinement of Rohingya and several thousand Kaman Muslims, whom authorities have interned in open-air detention camps since their displacement in a 2012 ethnic cleansing campaign.

More action needed for seafarers, ‘collateral victims’ of measures to curb COVID-19

A containter ship sails near Hong Kong Island.

UN rights chief urges Iran to release jailed human rights defenders, citing COVID-19 risk

A prison cell.

People with Mental Health Conditions Living in Chains

Worldwide Campaign to End Shackling, Shame

Hundreds of thousands of people with mental health conditions are shackled around the world, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on October 06, 2020. Men, women, and children, some as young as 10, are chained or locked in confined spaces for weeks, months, and even years, in about 60 countries across Asia, Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and the Americas.

Egypt: Police Beat Man to Death, Family Says

Relatives, Witnesses, Journalists Detained

Egyptian authorities should conduct a credible investigation into the death of 26-year-old Islam al-Australi in police custody and make the results public, Human Rights Watch said on October 06, 2020. The police arrested neighbors and family members protesting the death and a journalist reporting about it.

Myanmar: Election Fundamentally Flawed

Rohingya Excluded, Unequal Media Access, Arrests of Critics

Myanmar’s electoral process is undermined by systemic problems and rights abuses that will deprive people of their right to fairly elect their government, Human Rights Watch said on October 05, 2020. Parliamentary, state, and local elections are scheduled for November 8, 2020.