Human Rights

‘Militarised approach’ to policing peaceful protests, only increases risk of violence: UN human rights expert

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Protests against racism and police violence were held in New York City after the death of George Floyd on 25 May 2020.

China: US Law Against Uyghur Forced Labor Takes Effect

Robust Customs Enforcement of Import Ban Crucial

The United States government should vigorously enforce a new law that aims to prevent imports linked to forced labor by Uyghurs and other persecuted groups in China, Human Rights Watch said on June 20, 2022. The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), which goes into effect on June 21, 2022, gives US authorities increased powers to block the import of goods linked to forced labor in China.

Rights experts alarmed by violent civil society crackdown in Iran

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A view of a neighborhood in Tehran, Iran.

Afghanistan facing ‘the darkest moments’ in a generation

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Women and children wait for alms in front of a Mosque in Herat City, Afghanistan .

Australia: Prioritize Rights at Home, Abroad

Albanese Should Adopt Human Rights-Centered Foreign Policy, Domestic Rights Reforms

Australia’s new prime minister, Anthony Albanese, should adopt an ambitious human rights-centered foreign policy agenda and initiate urgent domestic rights reforms, Human Rights Watch said in a letter to Prime Minister Albanese and Foreign Minister Penny Wong on June 16, 2022.

Disabilities convention supports ‘inclusive, accessible, and sustainable world’

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Many challenges faced by persons with disabilities compared with persons without when it comes to the world of work.

Myanmar: The Rohingya’s Decade of Detention

No Justice for Crimes Against Humanity Committed Since 2012

The Myanmar authorities have detained over 135,000 Rohingya and Kaman Muslims arbitrarily and indefinitely in Rakhine State for a decade, Human Rights Watch said in a web feature released on June 15, 2022. Drawing on interviews with Rohingya and humanitarian workers from 2012 to the present, Human Rights Watch documents how the authorities have capitalized on the ethnic cleansing campaign launched in June 2012 to segregate and confine a population they had long sought to remove from daily life in the predominantly Buddhist country.

Cambodia: 51 Opposition Politicians Convicted in Mass Trial

Prison Sentences of Up to Eight Years on Baseless Charges

A Cambodian court convicted at least 51 opposition politicians and activists on June 14, 2022, in yet another mass trial on politically motivated charges, Human Rights Watch said on June 14, 2022. The cases are part of the government’s wider crackdown on Prime Minister Hun Sen’s political opponents.

Ukraine and rising global insecurity, test for us all, says UN rights chief

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A mother and her son wait to be evacuated from the besieged city of Mikolayiv in Ukraine in March 2022.

Russia: Enforced Disappearance of Ukrainian Teacher

Urgently Confirm Her Whereabouts, End Arbitrary Detentions

Russian authorities have forcibly disappeared a teacher they detained in Ukraine in late March 2022, Human Rights Watch said on June 13, 2022.