Human Rights

Turkey: Politicians and Activists Detained

Government Uses 2014 Protests as Pretext for Political Crackdown

An Ankara court has ordered the detention of 17 current and former politicians and officials from the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP)and imposed judicial control conditions on three others released from custody, Human Rights Watch said on October 02, 2020.

Russia Expands Facial Recognition Despite Privacy Concerns

Lack of Accountability, Oversight, Data Protection

Russian authorities are planning to expand the use of CCTV cameras with facial recognition software, despite weighty concerns about the lack of regulation, oversight, and data protection, Human Rights Watch said on October 02, 2020.

Iraq urged to investigate attacks on women human rights defenders

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Humanitarian partners distribute emergency assistance in Ibrahim Khalil village in Iraq.

India: UN expert raises alarm over mass evictions of Delhi railway track dwellers

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Deserted streets in the Indian capital, Delhi, during the nationwide lockdown to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Assistance to Vulnerable Households, Small Businesses Key to Mitigating Pandemic’s Impact and Hastening Recovery in the Philippines

Social assistance to poor and vulnerable families as well as micro and small enterprises will help cushion the impact of COVID-19 and hasten recovery in the Philippines, according to From Containment to Recovery, the World Bank’s October 2020 Economic Update for East Asia and the Pacific, released on September 29, 2020.

China: 12 Hong Kong Protesters Held Incommunicado

Detained Pro-democracy Activists Denied Basic Rights

The Chinese authorities should allow 12 detained Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters, including one child, access to family members and their own lawyers and physicians, Human Rights Watch said on September 28, 2020. The group has been held incommunicado in Shenzhen’s Yantian Detention Center since August 23, 2020.

Chile: Reject ‘Anti-Denial’ Law

Bill on DenyingDictatorship-Era Abuses Would Criminalize Protected Speech

The Chilean Senate should reject a legislative proposal that would criminalize the denial of the heinous abuses committed during the country’s military dictatorship, Human Rights Watch said on September 28, 2020.

Australia: Harsh Police Response During Covid-19

Victoria’s Parliament Shouldn’t Broaden Police Powers

Victoria’s police have used harsh measures during the Australian state’s Covid-19 lockdown that threaten basic rights, Human Rights Watch said on September 24, 2020. Victoria’s parliament should reject a new attempt to broaden police powers.

Myanmar: Stop Prosecuting Peaceful Protesters

Drop Charges, Quash Convictions Against Students

The Myanmar authorities should cease responding to criticism of the government and military with arrests and prosecutions of students protesting human rights abuses, Human Rights Watch said on September 23, 2020. They should immediately drop charges against the students and unconditionally release those in custody.

China: Quash Verdict Against Outspoken Tycoon

18-Year Sentence for Ren Zhiqiang Shows Growing Intolerance of Dissent

Chinese authorities should immediately quash the 18-year sentence against a property tycoon and outspoken critic of President Xi Jinping, Human Rights Watch said on September 22, 2020.