Human Rights

Central African Republic: Bar Amnesty for Atrocity Crimes

Political Dialogue Should Not Absolve War Criminals

A general amnesty as part of the political dialogue in the Central African Republic would be incompatible with the government’s duty to bring those responsible for grave international crimes to justice and with victims’ rights to accountability, five Central African and international human rights organizations said on August 24, 2018. The groups are Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), Central African Human Rights League (LCDH), and Central African Human Rights Observatory (OCDH).

Yemen: Coalition Fails to Curb Violations

Investigations Lack Credibility, Leave Victims Without Redress

The Saudi-led coalition’s investigations into alleged war crimes in Yemen have lacked credibility and failed to provide redress to civilian victims, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on August 24, 2018.

Vietnam: Activists Beaten in Concert Raid

Investigate Assaults Against Dissidents

Vietnamese government officers and men in civilian clothes raided a concert in Ho Chi Minh City on August 15, 2018, and severely beat the performer and two prominent activists in the audience, Human Rights Watch said on August 22. Vietnam should conduct an impartial, transparent, and thorough investigation of the attack.

Libya: 45 Sentenced to Death for 2011 Killings

Due Process Concerns in Mass Trial

Libya’s judiciary convicted 99 defendants in a mass trial on August 15, 2018, sentencing 45 to death and 54 to five years in prison, Human Rights Watch said on August 22. The judiciary has a record of conducting unfair trials.

Hungary: Asylum Seekers Denied Food

Cease Inhumane Treatment, Resume Distribution Immediately

Hungarian authorities have stopped food distribution since early August 2018 to some rejected asylum seekers held in transit zones on the Hungarian-Serbian border, Human Rights Watch said on Aug 22, 2018. They should immediately ensure that all asylum seekers in custody are provided sufficient and appropriate food in line with the government’s legal obligations.

Ethiopia: Probe Years of Abuse in Somali Region

Redress and Accountability Needed for Crimes

The government of Ethiopia should commit to an in-depth, independent fact-finding mission into many years of rights abuses and violations of the laws of war in eastern Ethiopia’s Somali region, Human Rights Watch said on Aug 20, 2018. This should include specific investigations into the responsibility of senior Somali region officials, including the former regional president, Abdi Mohamoud Omar, and the current head of the region’s paramilitary Liyu police force, Abdirahman Abdillahi Burale.

Killer Robots Fail Key Moral, Legal Test

Principles and Public Conscience Call for Preemptive Ban

Basic humanity and the public conscience support a ban on fully autonomous weapons, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Aug 21, 2018. Countries participating in an upcoming international meeting on such “killer robots” should agree to negotiate a prohibition on the weapons systems’ development, production, and use.

‘Step backwards’ for Bosnia’s autonomous Serb region as assembly reneges on Srebrenica genocide report

A boy rests against a woman in a camp of people displaced from Srebrenica, at the Tuzla airport in Bosnia and Herzegovina, 1995.

Germany: Put Rights on Agenda for Putin Meeting

Address Jailed Russian Activists, Attacks on Syrian Civilians

German Chancellor Angela Merkel should raise critical human rights issues when she meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Meseburg, Germany, on August 18, 2018, Human Rights Watch said the day before. The chancellor’s spokesperson has said that they will discuss the war in Syria, the conflict in eastern Ukraine, and energy policy.

Mozambique: New Media Fees Assault Press Freedom

Domestic, Foreign Journalists Facing Crippling Payments

Mozambique’s government should cancel recently imposed exorbitant fees on local and foreign media operating in the country. The new fees are a huge setback for press freedom and access to information in Mozambique.