Human Rights

Human rights: breaches in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Sudan

MEPs call for the respect of human rights defenders, fair treatment of prisoners and for the respect of women’s rights in Iran, Saudi Arabia and Sudan.

Putin Critic Browder Detained, Released by Spanish Police

Spanish police on Wednesday briefly detained Bill Browder, a U.S.-born British financier and prominent critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin who tweeted he had been arrested at the request of Russia.

Cameroon: Armed Separatists Holding School Principal

Government Should Protect Rights While Dealing With Unrest

The kidnappers of a school principal in Cameroon’s Southwest province should immediately release her unharmed, Human Rights Watch said on May 29, 2018. The abductions of two principals took place on May 25, 2018, during heightened violence and abuses in Cameroon’s Anglophone regions, just days before national school exams began.

Maldives: Opposition Candidates Barred From Election

Electoral Commission Threatens to Reject Results, Dissolve Party

The Maldives’ Election Commission should end its politically motivated exclusion of opposition party candidates from the September 2018 presidential elections, Human Rights Watch said on May 29, 2018.

Paris Summit: Perilous Drive for Libya Elections

Parties Should Create Conditions for Free, Fair Vote

French President Emmanuel Macron should ensure that four Libyan leaders meeting in Paris on May 29, 2018, pledge to improve human rights and ensure conditions conducive for a free and fair vote ahead of any planned elections, Human Rights Watch said.

Israeli Banks Profit From Settlements

Their Role Abets Land Seizures, Rights Abuses

Most of Israel’s largest banks are providing services that help support, maintain, and expand unlawful settlements by financing their construction in the occupied West Bank.

International Effort to End ‘Me Too’ Abuses

Report Highlights Key Issues of Workplace Harassment, Violence

Governments, employers, and workers from around the world will meet beginning May 28, 2018, to discuss a proposed international treaty on violence and harassment in the workplace, Human Rights Watch said on May 27. Human Rights Watch has issued a report outlining key issues in advance of the International Labour Organization (ILO) conference, scheduled through June 8, in Geneva.

Japan: Urge Vietnam to Respect Human Rights

President Tran Dai Quang Visits Japan As Rights Crackdown Worsens

Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe should pressure Vietnam to immediately end its crackdown on peaceful activists and improve its severely deteriorating rights record, Human Rights Watch said on May 27. Vietnam’s President Tran Dai Quang will visit Japan from May 29 to June 2, 2018.

Central African Republic: Adopt Special Court Rules

Parliament Should Act Without Delay

The Central African Republic’s Parliament should swiftly adopt the rules of procedure and evidence for the country’s Special Criminal Court, 40 Central African organizations, the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), and Human Rights Watch said in a letter to members of parliament released on May 24, 2018. The court cannot proceed with investigations and trials until the rules of procedure and evidence are in place to govern the court’s operations.

US: Reject Planned Arms Sales to Bahrain

Manama Should First Tackle Serious Human Rights Abuses

The United States Senate should not approve two proposed arms sales totaling nearly US$1 billion to Bahrain given its government’s dismal record on human rights and relentless persecution of dissidents.