Human Rights

Laos: Activist Gunned Down in Vientiane

Urgently Investigate Killing of Anousa Luangsuphom

The Lao government should immediately and impartially investigate the killing of the prominent political activist Anousa “Jack” Luangsuphom in the capital, Vientiane, Human Rights Watch said on May 3, 2023.

Bangladesh: End Crackdown Against Journalists and Critics

Protect Freedom of Expression

The increasing attacks in Bangladesh on journalists and others exercising their right to freely criticize government policies and practices, is alarming, eight independent organizations said on World Press Freedom Day. The widespread restrictions on freedom of expression undermine the conditions for open political debate ahead of elections, scheduled for January 2024.

DR Congo: Reject Discriminatory Nationality Bill

Proposed Law Would Prohibit Candidates Because of Parents’ Origins

The Democratic Republic of Congo's parliament should reject a draft law that authorities could use to discriminate against Congolese citizens on the basis of their parents’ national origin, Human Rights Watch said on May 2, 2023.

Kyrgyzstan/Tajikistan: Apparent War Crimes in Border Conflict

Justice Needed for Lethal Attacks on Civilians

Forces from both Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan committed apparent war crimes in attacks on civilians during their brief but intense armed border conflict in September 2022, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on May 2, 2023.

Guterres convenes meeting in Doha to discuss key issues in Afghanistan

A thirteen-year-old girl studies at home in Kabul after the Taliban announced that schools would not reopen for Afghan girls in grades 7-12.

UN expert urges Japan to ‘step up pressure’ on Myanmar junta

image1170x530cropped (4)_19_0_0.jpgRohingya refugees walk ashore after traveling by boat from Myanmar on the Bay of Bengal to Cox's Bazar in Bangladesh.

China: 'Vocational training' programmes for Tibetans carry risk of forced labour

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Two elderly Tibetan people walk to a religious event in Lhasa.

Thailand: Free Girl Detained for ‘Defaming Monarchy’

15-Year-Old Student Could Face Lengthy Pretrial Detention

Thai authorities should immediately drop charges and release a 15-year-old student activist detained for allegedly defaming the monarchy, Human Rights Watch said on April 28, 2023.

Tanzania: Maasai Forcibly Displaced for Game Reserve

Provide Redress; Adopt New Conservation Model After Consultations

The Tanzanian government’s forced eviction of Maasai communities from areas in northern Tanzania they have long inhabited violates their rights to land, livelihood, and culture, Human Rights Watch said on April 27, 2023. Since June 2022, the authorities have engaged in abusive and unlawful tactics, including beatings, shootings, sexual violence, and arbitrary arrests to forcibly evict residents from their land.

Turkish Border Guards Torture, Kill Syrians

Turkey Should End Impunity

Turkish border guards are indiscriminately shooting at Syrian civilians on the border with Syria, as well as torturing and using excessive force against asylum seekers and migrants trying to cross into Turkey, Human Rights Watch said on April 27, 2023. The Turkish government should investigate and hold accountable border guards responsible for these grave human rights violations, including unlawful killings, and end the longstanding impunity for these abuses.